This custom residence in the Hollywood Hills was a site constricted project in the greatest sense of the word. The dramatic sloping site was the perfect setting for a unique Spanish hillside home.

The shallow, severely sloping site at the top of Nichols Canyon Road, near Mulholland, did not allow for conventional yards. So decks, patios and courtyards were arranged to become comfortable outdoor living spaces, tying directly into the adjacent conventional indoor living experience. The design utilized an inverted plan, entering from the street on the upper floor with all of the public spaces and then proceeding to the lower level for the three bedroom suites.

Upon entering the property, you walk into a large courtyard which serves as a buffer to the street behind you and as the main outdoor living space for the Living Room. As you step into the Entry, you are welcomed by a stunning view through the Dining Room of the valley below. The Living to the right stretches the full depth of the house and also has a small patio to the south, overlooking the valley as well. The Kitchen and the Family Room are on the opposite side of the upper floor and also open onto a private trellis covered patio, complete with an outdoor fireplace and BBQ.

The shallow lower level focuses all of its energy on the view and light to the south. The large Master Suite contains the sleeping area recessed into the massive surrounding walls, a retreat with heavy built-in bookcases and fireplace, the expansive walk-in closets and a glorious bathroom capturing the fabulous views and glorious morning light.

This was the first of two homes designed and constructed for Carl and Tom. This house was reoriented and enlarged to be constructed on a larger site with a better view of Hollywood, two years after they moved in this house. Look for the Swale + Romeo Residence a little further down our website.
Romeo + Swale Residence
Hollywood, CA