Trousdale Estates Overview
This Trousdale Estates residence was originally designed by the architect John Elgin Woolf for Mr. & Mrs. Paul Trousdale. DLD updated this iconic home while utilizing many of Mr. Woolf’s signature “Hollywood Regency” design principles. This was Ms. Livingston’s primary residence for several years and she incorporated all the custom design elements and details that she is so well known for. “What’s wonderful about this house is that it has grand proportions but it’s also intimate.”
In 1955, Paul Trousdale choose this iconic piece of land to be his personal home. It sits atop of a private knoll and commands an impressive view. Obviously, it was the premier site as he built over 25,000 homes in Southern California but this was his personal one for over 40 years.
It was love at first site from the moment I walked over the threshold of this John Woolf Hollywood Regency style house. It was a classic beauty that just needed my touch and additional master bedroom suite with his and her baths. It only took me 18 months to make my mark and yet stay within the style of John Woolf architectural genius. With the new addition including curved custom windows that would overlook the new master bath and gardens. I studied in detail and added my own personal love of French 1940’s modernism with classical elements, shagreen flooring, and custom DLD bronze hardware.
In addition, I added a new Wine Cellar and brought in materials from Jerusalem for the flooring, arches, and ceiling of this custom wine room. It was a successful love affair and I feel it has my personal signature for sophisticated livability.
Even though this was featured in Architectural Digest as my home, I no longer own this house but have had the opportunity to dine there on more than one occasion…and that’s when I knew I had left my legacy as a designer. It still looks gorgeous and the interiors have a sense of timelessness, which is exactly what I wanted. The home’s great bones and commanding site ensures that it will always remain a classic for decades to come.