Hollywood heavyweight Lew Coleman recently retired from DreamWorks Animation, and placed his architecturally pedigreed mansion in Beverly Hills up for sale, with an asking price of $15.95 million. Property records show Coleman — who was president of the company for 10 years, and last held the title of vice chairman — purchased the half-acre corner property in July 2007 for $5,917,500. He subsequently engaged the services of maverick Mexican modernist architect Ricardo Legoretta, who replaced the existing, 1950s traditional with an imposing, 10,000-square-foot minimalist villa that marketing materials announce is “quite possibly Legoretta’s last single-family home prior to his (2011) death.”
Wide, elegant stone steps ascend from the circular drive to the wooden front door that’s set deeply into the sparely ornamented front facade, and opens to a three-story atrium space flooded with natural light from huge clerestory windows and a circular skylight. A theatrical, negative-edge water feature on the lowest level is soothingly lined with ebony stones, and various walls in the voluminous space — as throughout the house — are bathed in Legoretta’s vibrant signature colors: Think hot pink, bright orange and Easter-time lavender. Polished concrete floors run throughout the main floor living spaces that include an oversized library/office with built-in bookshelves and a tic-tac-toe-like grid of nine square windows. The capacious combination living and dining room faces the rear for maximum privacy, and opens to an outdoor living area that overlooks a 66-foot-long swimming pool, while the cutting-edge kitchen is extravagantly equipped with steam and pizza ovens, and adjoins a television lounge with custom built-ins.
The main-floor master suite provides generous closets, a giant marble bathroom and a wide bank of glass sliders that open to a private patio and spa, and a separate guest/staff suite has a kitchenette. One of the potential two bedrooms on the uppermost floor is configured as a state-of-the-art gym and the other, per listing details, is set up as a crafting room, while a partly subterranean lower level includes a workshop, a 1,300-bottle wine cellar, a four-car garage and — natch — a plush six-seat home theater.
listing photos: Westside Estate Agency