Originally Posted by The North One
It's a total f*@king mess. The preportions are horrible, it's insanely overdone, the windows don't match the style at all. Honestly what a shame, if you have that much money at least build a home with some taste.
The history of this place is interesting. It sits on half of the site of an even larger house that was purchased by a middle-eastern wealthy buyer (Saudi royalty?), who promptly surrounded the entire lot with a fence topped at intervals by very cheap copies of Graeco-Roman statuary. For some odd reason, he had the pubic hair painted black. The house burned down sometime in the 1980s, I think it was, and the lot sat vacant for years. Then, sometime in the early 2000s, a developer of expensive "spec" homes bought the lot; subdivided it, and proceeded to build two homes (the other one is even larger and more hideous than this one). The building process took years, punctuated by extensive halts. Usually, such halts occur when the developer can't pay his bills. I wondered fiver or so years back why the city of Beverly Hills didn't condemn both buildings and knock them down, since neither was an improvement over a vacant lot. Both were eventually completed and sold (although this one at least was sold for ca. $20 million less than the initial asking price). There are many beautiful examples of contemporary buildings built in traditional styles, many of which are on this thread. There are also many examples of not-so-successful efforts. This house, and its neighbor, fall into the latter category. They are not built to celebrate or remember earlier styles of building as much as they are built for buyers with more money than taste.