One of California's Most Unique and Stunning Homes
Commanding the crest of Southern California's Palos Verdes Peninsula in exclusive Rolling Hills Estates, Hacienda de la Paz is surely the best-kept secret in Los Angeles—a meticulously conceived Spanish hacienda whose warmth and comfort belie its hidden grandeur. As featured on the cover of the L.A. Times, this home is undoubtedly one of California's most unique and stunning.
This magnificent residence sits on more than eight acres and enjoys one of the most panoramic views of Los Angeles imaginable—a 180-degree vista that encompasses virtually the entire Los Angeles Basin, with views ranging from downtown to the San Gabriel Mountains to the white-strand beaches of Santa Monica Bay, all afforded from a bright patio with an infinity pool. All told, the hacienda's living areas comprise nearly 50,000 square feet—but they unfold in subtle and unexpected ways that preserve a sense of both intimacy and naturalness.
Visitors to Hacienda de la Paz enter through an open courtyard flanked in traditional Spanish fashion by attached stables that have been reimagined as guest quarters. Immediately apparent are the Mediterranean herbs, trees, and flowers of the Moorish garden, which has been carefully planted to impart year-round soothing scents to the outdoor breezes.
Adjacent to the courtyard is a spacious guest house, fashioned in adobe as is the main residence, with windows fitted on the outside with traditional Spanish grass sashes. Hacienda de la Paz is a testament to the exacting standards of its owner, who not only imported from Spain, Portugal, and Italy many of the materials that went into its construction, but also the very workers and craftsmen who painted the murals and frescoes, inlaid the tile work, and installed the elaborate ceilings, fireplaces, floors and carpets.
Overseeing the creation of this unique estate was Raphael Manzano Martos, one of the curators for King Juan Carlos of Spain and a proponent of the Mudéjar style, which pays homage to the Muslim and Christian influences on the Iberian peninsula. Manzano is noted for his hotels and commercial buildings, as well as homes and residential complexes throughout Spain and the Middle East, and Hacienda de la Paz is the only home in the Americas to be designed by him. The estate's faithfulness to its Spanish forbears extends to such amenities as a private chapel, custom-forged door and window fixtures, thick walls of real adobe throughout, and tile roofing created by the same artisans that have restored the tile roofs of the California missions. Reclaimed heart-pine that had been felled 300 years ago in southern Georgia was dredged out of rivers and used for much of the hacienda's flooring. This rare wood is the same wood used in George Washington's Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, but must now be reclaimed because native stands are scarce.
The nine-bedroom main residence is notable for its stately library/office, a media room, a traditional kitchen, game room, and bar. The estate also pays imaginative tribute to other Spanish influences—most notably the Moorish, and a full-size Moroccan-style Turkish bath, or hammam, graces a hidden, lower level and comprises 10,000 square feet alone, with a dazzling cobalt-blue lap pool as its centerpiece. The Turkish spa is a temperature and humidity-controlled world unto itself, decorated with 24-karat gold tiles, fountains, and imported columns and corbels. Perhaps most dramatically and unexpectedly, the estate also pays tribute to the neoclassical heritage of Spain with a magnificent subterranean ballroom that also serves as a regulation tennis court and emergency shelter. Some five stories high and capable of seating 350 guests with a stage accommodating a 30-piece orchestra, this vast room is decorated with floor-to-ceiling trompe l'oeil murals, a large overhead balcony, separate kitchen and prep rooms, is fully equipped for various lighting and sound requirements, and boasts its own separate 400-amp power circuit. The ballroom also doubles as the ultimate safe room. All buildings are structurally engineered to counteract seismic activity and all walls are braced with steel beams, tie-downs, and shear walls.
Outside, the hacienda grounds include a red-clay tennis court built to French Open specs, orchards consisting of more than 26 varieties of fruit and nut trees, a private bridle trail, small pet sanctuary, and a bocce court. The grounds are entirely private and protected by 24-hour security. Seventeen years in the making, Hacienda de la Paz was completed in 2008 and remains a one-of-a-kind, tranquil, yet grand residence that harks back to an early 1900s country estate in Andalusia.
Breathtakingly beautiful Spanish Hacienda, meticulously conceived and built on approximately eight acres at the very crest of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the exclusive gated community of Rolling Hills
Designed by award winning and world renowned Classical Spanish architect Raphael Manzano Martos in cooperation with architect Anthony Inferrera; all interiors by Bruno and Manuel Gavira and decorative painting by Nicholas Luca de Tena
Sixteen years in the making and built to exacting standards by Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Moroccan artisans and craftsmen, recruited explicitly for this project; some spending years in residence while completing their detailed work
Almost unimaginable panoramic views that encompass the beaches, the West Side, the Hollywood Hills, downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains
24-hour guarded and gated estate community, with security further enhanced by the Hacienda's own gated, tree-lined driveway and secure perimeter, with multiple surveillance cameras and breach sensors
Glorious 8-acre estate, crowned with approximately 51,000 sq. feet of living area (per records) yet landscaped and designed to remain as intimate as it is grand
While located within 25 minutes of LAX, and only ten minutes from the beach, the Hacienda is perfectly situated in one of Los Angeles' preeminent equestrian communities, boasting direct access to the area's incredible 25 plus miles of riding trails.
Hacienda de la Paz is situated in an outstanding school district and is the perfect environment to raise a family, marrying Los Angeles' urban appeal with a healthy outdoor lifestyle
Authentic tribute to Spanish and Moorish architectural influences such as The Alhambra, Madinat az-Zahra and The Cordoba Mezquita, can be found in every detail, from custom screens to frescoes, fountains to inlaid pavings, wood ceilings to arches
Tranquil and exceptionally aromatic manicured grounds that include jetliner views, aligned marble fountains, a bocce court, a rose garden, a wide selection of herbs, wild flowers and orchards that produce a regular bounty from twenty four varieties of fruit and nut trees
Astounding underground Hamam (Moorish-styled baths) exceeding 10,000 square feet, opulently appointed with hand crafted and painted relief ceilings, imported marble, hand-carved sandstone, gold-plated Venetian tiling and an indoor pool; all providing a spa experience to rival any of the world's luxury resorts
Subterranean indoor tennis court (built to U.S. Open specifications) flanked by marble columns, balconied walls and floor-to-ceiling trompe l'oeil murals. The Neoclassical designed court also doubles as one of Southern California's most well-equipped private ballrooms; featuring built-in catering facilities, film-balanced lighting, concealed truss hoists and the capacity to host a sit-down dinner for up to 350 guests, a dance floor and a 30-piece orchestra; perfect for foundation fund-raisers and all manner of exclusive events
Additional outdoor infinity edged pool and red-clay tennis court built to French Open specifications, both offering exquisite city views
Uncompromising in every detail, including 800 year old river-recovered heart pine floors, 1940's antique glass windows and custom-forged door knobs and locks featuring the property's insignia
Radiant heated floors throughout
Six-car garage and large fountained motor court
Impeccably presented luxury guest house featuring domed ceiling fresco and Spanish tiled kitchen
Elevators, both private and commercial
Appointed with 9 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms
Immaculately created utilities service facility designed to simplify maintenance and implementation of future technological innovations. Includes an emergency 80KW backup generator and a geothermal energy system for both heating and cooling all structures; significantly reduces energy costs