SELLER: Gustavo Dudamel
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 3,600 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Gustavo Dudamel, the sublimely talented, infectiously passionate, and riotously maned maestro of the world renown Los Angeles Philharmonic, has his understated home in a low-key but high-priced area near the western border of the historic and affluent Los Feliz neighborhood up for sale with a price tag of $3.3 million. Property records show the 35-year-old Venezuelan-born and bred classical music superstar and his wife, Venezuelan born and bred dancer turned journalist and actress Eloísa Maturén, paid $2.775 million for the property in January 2015. That was, as it turns out, just a few months before she filed for divorce. We’re not quite sure if the couple is still estranged or officially divorced but property records we peeped show the house in question currently owned only by Mister Dudamel.
The 3,600-square-foot, 1923 Four Square Mediterranean villa sits nicely above the tree-lined street on a grassy, palm-shaded knoll. It is configured, per online marketing materials, with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. A little digital research shows that just prior to Mister Dudamel’s purchase the property was subjected to an extensive but quickly executed upgrade and renovation/restoration spearheaded by SIMO Design that included, among other costly improvements and alterations, the expansion of both the kitchen and the master bedroom as well as the installation of a small swimming pool.
The classically arranged residence opens to an elegantly proportioned center hall foyer where spectacular fifteen-pane glass pocket doors open on one side to a formal living room and on the other to the formal dining room. Anchored by a fireplace flanked by integrated wood storage cubbies, the living room is commodious enough to comfortably accommodate a grand piano and, like the living room, the formal dining room has unpainted wood-trimmed French doors that open to a deep, partly covered and stone balustraded porch that sweeps across the full width of the front of the house. A generous butler’s pantry with bar sink and under-counter beverage fridge links the dining room to the eat-in kitchen that features a double-wide work island, slab marble counter tops on simple white cabinets, a full array of name-brand stainless steel appliances, and eye-catching backsplashes of over-sized subway tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. A pair of adjoining rooms along the back of the house — one a sort of office space accessible from both the kitchen and the entrance hall and the other a black-walled den/family room that connects through pocket doors to the formal living room — both open through more unpainted wood-trimmed French doors to the back yard.
Two notably ample guest/family bedrooms on the upper level each have walk-in closets and a restored vintage en suite bathroom. The master suite also has a walk-in closet plus a renovated marble bathroom luxuriously decked out with marble tiled floors set in a herringbone pattern that mirrors the backsplash in the kitchen, a pair of marble-topped vanities positioned on either side of a claw-footed soaking tub, and a very contemporary glass-enclosed shower stall with two shower heads. A deck the spans the width of the back of the house — there’s a dining space under a pergola at one end and a lounge area with built-in fire pit at the other — steps down to a wee patch of lawn, a small swimming pool, and a vine-encrusted detached two-car garage.
Property records indicate Mister Dudamel and Ms. Maturén continue to co-own another Los Angeles home, a 2,720-square-foot contemporary with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms also in the Los Feliz area, they acquired in May 2011 for $1.85 million.
Just weeks after news of his divorce made the papers in early March 2015 it was announced to thunderous applause that Mister Dudamel’s contract with the L.A. Phil, where he is the music director and the artistic director along with the principal conductor, was extended through the 2021-2022 season. The financial terms of Dudamel’s contract were not disclosed but back in March 2015 the L.A. Times cited the orchestra’s tax filings that revealed he was paid $1.44 million in 2012. He is also the music director of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.