This exquisite living room at the Lucca Drive Gerard Colcord home features giant hand-planed wood beams.
For Bret Parsons, his fascination with Beverly Hills-based architect Gerard Colcord began in high school when he visited a Colcord home owned by Bob Newhart. Years later as a mortgage broker Parson’s ran across 10,000 hand-written drawings by the renowned architect that were museum quality
“When I found these papers I flipped out and said there had to be a book written,” Parsons said. “They were charming, human scale, beautifully crafted homes. They were not statements as much as they were multi-generational homes.”
Now one of Colcord’s most exquisite designs resembling a French farmhouse known as the Trippet House is on sale in Pacific Palisades for $8.1 million listed by realtor Anthony Marguleas with Amalfi Estates. The home on Lucca Drive was one of Colcord’s earliest designs and still one of the most spectacular.
Built in 1930 — Colcord was 29 at the time — the 4,976 sq foot home has 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and a guest house in an immaculate garden. Throughout the house giant hand-planed beams line the ceiling and rise to pointed arches like a cathedral in the grand living room. Doorways too have these peaked arches throughout with beautiful wood doors giving the impression you could be in a Disney fairy tale. Its exterior of stone masonry and high-pitched shingled roof further adds to the old world motif.
“Technically his homes are combinations of styles from many different centuries. He was able to blend all these different elements into a harmonious home in a way that nobody else could,” Parsons said. “His homes are like post cards .They are so picturesque.”
Today Parsons is the official spokesman and biographer of an architect revered in acclaimed circles until his death in 1984, but never fully recognized publicly even though an entire list of celebrities owned homes that he designed. In 2008, when Parsons published Colcord Homes, one of the phone calls he got was from Harrison Ford who owned two of them. Other celebrities who owned Colcord homes include Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Richard Chamberlain, Reese Witherspoon.
Alejandra Sorenson, Anthony Marguleas and Sarah Knauer make up the team at Amalfi Estates.
During the course of writing the book Parsons spoke with 300 people and visited almost every single home. One of the more interesting things about Colcord was that he had three wives and no children, yet he designed some of the most beautiful family homes still in existence today.
“You feel good in these homes,” he said. “Every owner I talked with said they love having guests over. The problem is they don’t want to leave because they feel so comfortable.”
For more on the home at 13535 Lucca Drive contact Anthony Marguleas at AmalfiEstates.com or 310-293-9280