Music Producer Erick Morillo Buys Hollywood Hills Hang Glider House

One of Los Angeles’ most recognizable houses has been sold, we first learned from Dawn F. Time, for $7.6 million to Miami Beach-based remix master and house-music producer Erick Morillo. Originally designed and built in 1974 by maverick modern architect Harry Gesner for lumber industry executive Mike Hyne, the recently and completely rehabbed residence is prominently perched like a hang glider ready to take flight on a gated promontory about as high in the Hollywood Hills as one can get. Knee buckling, 270-plus degree views encompass a bevvy of quintessential L.A. landmarks: the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood reservoir, Griffith Observatory, the Downtown skyline and, far below, the Hollywood Bowl.

The seller, pioneering radio personality and music producer Barry “Reazar” Richards and wife, Debra, purchased the gated, .82-acre property in 2010 for $2 million, and engaged the services of high-end architect Dean Larkin to expand and overhaul the house. (Mister Larkin, FYI, is the same fellow who did over the uber-lavish Liongate estate in Bel Air that — so the scuttlebutt goes — Steve Wynn is buying for about $50 million.) The two-story contemporary now spans more than 3,700 square feet, with four bedrooms, four full and two half bathrooms and — the lazy and infirm might be pleased to know — an elevator. Open-plan main living spaces (living, dining, kitchen and den) are located on the second floor under a vaulted, exposed-wood ceiling. Solid walls of windows and sliding glass doors open to a glass-railed terrace that cantilevers over the back yard and, from the inside of the house, visually hovers directly and dramatically over the 101 Freeway.

The glassed-in lower-level master suite has two sitting areas, built-in wardrobes and an exhibitionist’s dream bathroom with a free-standing soaking tub set in to the triangular point of two massive sheets of glass. Glass sliders in the lower-level rooms open to a roomy, wrap-around yard with a plaza-sized terrace, built-in fire pit and boomerang-shaped infinity pool with integrated tanning shelf and spa.  Jason Oppenheim of the Oppenheim Group and Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker represented the seller.

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  1. Brad Hallston says:

    One of the most unique homes in LA, with one of the most unique and best views. Architectural pedigree, and citywide recognition. Yet the listing made no mention of “THIS is the house you can see from the Hollywood Bowl, and everywhere, that everyone talks about.” It’s why they didn’t get full asking price or more, if I had to guess. It was marketed as just another view home.

  2. Jamiekins says:

    The views alone warrant the price of this house what ever it is. And Larkin is a visionary, especially for the work he did on Lions Gate. Lions Gate is beautifully decorated with large amounts of understated elegance. Spacious rooms in very comfortable neutral colors that help to tone down the enormous rooms and make them comfortable to live in.
    Some people are always trying to one up Mama in painting descriptive portraits of different places. Mama, actually has no equal in this arena, thus Variety came to Mama not the other way around…(I rest my case on that issue).
    The truth is, some people on this site resent anyone that can afford beautiful homes. They sneer and spit at the opulence that some people feel they have earned and direct their bitterness about their own failure toward anyone that has achieved success. All in the name of saving the planet or drawing attention to just the size of it at all in some demeaning manor. Swearing of coarse the entire time that even if they had the resources they wouldn’t buy a home like that, which is an out and out lie.
    I am always happy for people that can have large beautiful homes and even more interested in what they do with them. Some people have better taste than others. Good taste comes from the ability to have tried many different things, and eventually finding that there are certain guidelines that one must follow to achieve it. There isn’t anyone that is born with good taste, it is acquired through trial and error or taught to you by your family. Nonetheless, it isn’t innate in anyone’s life.
    Also good taste is different for different people, I enjoy many different styles of homes if I think they are first comfortable to live in and (or) unique in some way.
    Love Ya Mama :-)

  3. lil' gay boy says:

    There’s something very Lautner-esque about this stunner that suits the site; hard to believe that Larkin, who shows a deft hand here, made such a mess of Liongate

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