The Holt House by Midcentury “Architect to the Stars” Hal Levitt Seeks $26M

The Holt House by Midcentury “Architect to the Stars” Hal Levitt Seeks $26M

By Kathryn M.
Built in 1962, the Beverly Hills home features a covered bridge that spans a central pool.

Harold "Hal" Levitt is perhaps best remembered for designing homes for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars—from Olivia Newton John and Burt Lancaster to Dean Martin and Debbie Reynolds.

Even today, celebrities flock to his creations—although they’ll need deep pockets to snag the latest Levitt-designed property to hit the market. Known as the Holt House, the Beverly Hills compound is often regarded as one of the architect’s masterpieces—and the current owners are seeking an A-list price of $26 million.

Originally completed by architect Hal Levitt in 1962, the Holt House is sited on a lush lot in Beverly Hills, California. The U-shaped floor plan wraps around a central outdoor area, and the two sides are connected by a bridge-like hallway that spans the pool.

The main entrance opens into an open living and dining area. Throughout the interior, original terrazzo floors complement exposed columns, while expansive sliding glass doors open to the central patio and gardens along the home’s perimeter.

Offering the privacy of a densely planted hilltop site, the single-story structure features large public and private spaces that spill out onto a central poolside patio and the surrounding gardens. Massive sliding glass doors connect the indoor and outdoor spaces, and glazed walls overlook water features placed along the structure’s perimeter.

The formal living area features a large wooden hearth and fireplace.

In the corner, a sunken seating area overlooks the manicured lot and an original water feature. 

Opposite the entryway, another seating area opens to a graveled garden alongside the home.

The property has cycled through several owners in recent decades—among them the late hair care mogul Vidal Sassoon and his wife, Ronnie, who owned the home from the 1990s to the early 2000s. During that time, the couple reportedly completed an extensive restoration of the home, reversing changes made by previous owners to recapture the home’s original open-air flow. The Sassoons sold the home to its current owner in 2010.

A formal dining area occupies another corner of the main living space.

The patio nearest the dining area offers an outdoor bar and features steps leading down to the pool. The Sassoons reportedly removed a plastic bubble roof that a previous owner had installed to enclose the pool and patio.

Offering nearly 6,200 square feet of living space, the home comes with five bedrooms and seven full bathrooms, as well as a detached guest house. The 1.43-acre lot also provides sweeping views of Los Angeles and the surrounding area. Keep scrolling to see more.

The kitchen is located in a corner behind the dining area. The L-shaped space features professional-grade appliances and contemporary cabinetry.

The principal bedroom sits at one end of the open-air bridge, opposite the formal living area. At the far end of the bedroom, the Sassoons commissioned designer Larry Totah to add a sunken sitting area and rooftop deck.

The en suite bathroom overlooks the lushly landscaped side yard.

Now restored to its original function, the central bridge connects the home’s principal bedroom with the living area on the opposite side.

Sliding glass doors allow both sides of the bridge to be closed off as needed.

Another view of the pool shows the rooftop deck added by the Sassoons. The couple also reportedly enlarged the original pool.

In the formal entry sequence, a colonnade and covered walkway connect the main doorway with a parking area and winding driveway.

An aerial perspective shows the structure’s position on the lot, and the lush surroundings.

The Holt House, located at 1163 Calle Vista Drive in Beverly Hills, California, is currently listed for $26,000,000 by Sevak Kachadurian of Westside Estate Agency.

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