As Prince William and Kate prepare to embark on their whirlwind visit to the City of Angels, we’d like to offer the world’s favourite newlyweds a real estate tour of our favorite neighbourhoods.
Beverly Hills: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will kick off their L.A. tour hobnobbing with up and coming entrepeneurs in Beverly Hills. This affluent city has been home to entertainment moguls and stars since silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford hired starchitect Wallace Neff to remodel their 56 acre estate here in the early 1920s. Pickfair as the estate was coined, was remodeled in the English Manor Style, filled with period furniture from early 18th century England and France. In six degrees of Royal separation, Queen Victoria’s great grandson Lord Louis Mountbatten and bride Lady Mountbatten honeymooned in Pickfair’s guest suite.
The first stop on our tour is a trophy Wallace Neff estate which features French-inspired architecture, offered at $14,995,000. All public rooms of this view estate open to covered loggias and manicured formal gardens. A mahogany paneled library, formal dining room, and gourmet kitchen with antique cabinetry add European design sensibility.
Hancock Park: The Mountbatten-Windsors will attend a meet and greet with politicos and VIPs at the Hancock Park Official Residence of the British Consul-General. We can presume the couple will be model house guests during their weekend stay. Incidentally, guess who designed this 1928 estate which has been in the hands of the Brits since 1957? You guessed it, Wallace Neff!
In yet another six degrees of separation, this 7 bed/6.5 bath estate on Hancock Park’s South Windsor is offered at $6.9 M. The Mediterranean home built in 1921 features a spectacular pool area, elegant coffered ceilings, and a high end gourmet kitchen.
Santa Barbara: Though techically not in L.A., Santa Barbara is a favoured weekend retreat for many high power L.A. movers and shakers. Wills and Kate will travel to this posh outpost to atttend a polo match to benefit American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. The Prince will join in the match and Kate will pass out the prizes. FYI, Wallace Neff built an English Arts & Crafts home for his Rand McNally publishing heiress mother in Santa Barbara’s Lower Riviera back in 1919.
Wills and Kate can catch a glimpse at the Wallace Neff Arts & Crafts home while touring this 1920s Spanish home located on the same street. Offered at $1,459,000, this charming ocean and island view retreat features a top of the line gourmet kitchen with built-in Viking range and stunning tile backsplash. The home’s saltillo tiled patios exemplify the Southern California style.
Downtown L.A.: While most tourist make do with Star Maps or an open air bus tour of celebrity homes, posing on the Red Carpet is de rigueur for the Royal Couple who will spend Saturday evening at a BAFTA reception at the Belasco Theatre in downtown L.A. where the duo will mingle with British TV, film, and theater stars.
Downtown L.A. has undergone a renaissance as a residential hub since the L.A. City Council adopted an adaptive reuse ordinance, easing restrictions to develop condos, apartments, and lofts in commercial spaces. As the Royal Couple tours the new downtown, they may stop at this 3,960 square foot condo located on the top floor of a 23 story architectural midrise. The unit features breathtaking skyline and mountain views from most rooms.
Venice: The couple will kick off Sunday with a visit to Inner City Arts, an art program which helps disadvantaged and homeless children before heading to a war veterans event at Sony Studios which is located in Culver City. Neighboring Venice is home to some pretty swanky artists digs, many set on canals.
We pay tribute to the couple’s loving relationship with a stop on Venice’s Amoroso Place. This Craftsman style home priced at $2,695,000 would be the perfect stateside retreat for the darling pair. We think the former Miss Middleton would love the charming front porch.
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