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Celebrity Home Builder Lists a Hollywood Hills Spec Home for $28 Million

Architectural Digest logo Architectural Digest 2019-04-25 Jordi Lippe-Mcgraw
a house with trees in the background: The ultra-modern home appears to be built right into the side of a hill. © Photo: Daniel Dahler for Sotheby’s International Realty The ultra-modern home appears to be built right into the side of a hill.

Los Angeles–based spec home developer Michael Mueller has an impressive celebrity client list that includes everyone from Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban to Nicolas Cage, Sharon Stone, and the late Johnny Carson. And now, a stunning Hollywood Hills home he created is on the market with Sotheby's International Realty for $28 million.

The 10,000-square-foot modern dwelling appears to hang right off the edge of a mountainside, and offers epic views of Los Angeles throughout. Rest assured that the five-bedroom, five-bathroom (plus three partial bathrooms) house is secure on its perch, after $9 million was spent on structural supports. The property features multiple balconies and outdoor spaces, and a black stone façade adds to the chic Hollywood Regency architecture.

a view of a city: Another view of the home. © Photo: Daniel Dahler for Sotheby’s International Realty Another view of the home. a sign on the side of a building: The home's many outdoor spaces are a big draw. © Photo: Daniel Dahler for Sotheby’s International Realty The home's many outdoor spaces are a big draw.

Inside is just as impressive: Large entertaining spaces seamlessly flow into one another and from indoors to outside. Massive floor-to-ceiling windows are in nearly every room, many of which open to balconies. A Lucite-walled 480-bottle wine cellar frames the dining room. And even the floating stairway boasts views of the infinity pool and skyline.

a view of a living room: The living area boasts a gorgeous modern fireplace. © Photo: Daniel Dahler for Sotheby’s International Realty The living area boasts a gorgeous modern fireplace.

Other highlights include an open kitchen with two islands—one wrapped in slabs of mica-accented granite and the second topped with Caesarstone—while the high-end appliances are carefully hidden from view. The master suite has not one but two showers, along with a soaking tub, as well as a two-story dressing room. Additionally, there’s a library, fitness studio, media room, three-car showcase garage, an infinity-edge pool, and a rooftop Sky Lounge.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: Almost every room in the home boasts epic view of Los Angeles. © Photo: Daniel Dahler for Sotheby’s International Realty Almost every room in the home boasts epic view of Los Angeles.

Mueller outfitted the entire home with chic furniture, including the vintage Italian chairs found in the oak-walled library. As an added bonus for the buyer, all of the furniture is included.

The designer, who interned for Hodgetts + Fung and also studied under Frank Gehry, initially bought the land in 2003 for about $3.4 million. He says he was only able to make this dream home a reality after the 2008 financial crisis had passed. “I held on to the property by the skin of my teeth, waiting for the market to change,” he told The Wall Street Journal. It took two years to secure permits and five years to build.

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