You Can Live Like an A-Lister in This Secluded, Treehouse-Like Home in Beverly Hills
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You Can Live Like an A-Lister in This Secluded, Treehouse-Like Home in Beverly Hills

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By Kathryn M.
The husband-and-wife team behind SIMO Design recently completed their newest home along Beverly Hills’ Oak Pass Road—and it’s currently on the market.

With less than 40 residences, Oak Pass Road is a coveted area for anyone seeking privacy—especially Hollywood A-listers. Past and present residents of the winding, gated road include reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, actress Jessica Alba, and actor Channing Tatum. Nestled between it all is the neighborhood’s newest property—designed and built by the duo behind Los Angeles-based SIMO Design.

Paved stairs lead down to a lush lawn and the home’s main entrance: a pivoting front door that opens to a two-story atrium. Greenery dangles from planters integrated into the second floor, while additional pavers connect two sliding glass doors in the living room.

Around the corner from the main entrance, a 23-year-old fiddle leaf fig tree is encased by a glass atrium that pierces the center of the home. The open space directs natural light into both levels of the home—including the dining and living rooms seen here.

"The house that was originally on the site was very interesting," comments Sam Gnatovich, who leads SIMO Design with his wife, Alexi Rennalls. "The structure was demoed to the studs and left to be, so by the time we purchased the property, the surrounding landscape was taking over. It felt like a 3,000-square-foot treehouse." Both Gnatovich and Rennalls were inspired by the open-air feeling of the original structure, as well as the downward sloping lot, which dramatically opens up to the canyon below.

A handsome living room opens to the lawn via disappearing sliding glass doors, while a two-sided fireplace separates the space from the kitchen. The large seating area is bordered by built-in bookshelves and exposed wooden beams.

The kitchen cabinets are black walnut with an oil finish, which Gnatovich and Rennalls chose to enhances the natural color of the wood. The countertop and island are Cielo Quartzite, while the backsplash is steel-troweled smooth stucco.

"When we began the design process, we wanted to embrace that feeling of blurring the lines between where the house stopped and the landscape started," says Gnatovich. "Typically, on a downward-sloping lot the pool would go in the back. The issue then is that the property flow is interrupted by the house."

A covered wooden deck is located off the kitchen. The indoor/outdoor connection is enhanced by large sliding doors that seamlessly connect the two spaces.

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A look at a guest bathroom. The floating stone vanity is juxtaposed against wood panels and a backlit feature wall.

For the new structure, the couple settled on a L-shaped floor plan, with the pool and entry stairs filling the open corner created by the design. "In this way, the flow of the house and the property become more connected and integrated," adds Gnatovich.

The home’s materials were carefully selected and finished to be refined—yet natural and raw as to soften the form. Gnatovich explains how this philosophy was brought to life in the living room: "the fireplace that divides the living area and the kitchen is clad in cold-rolled steel, which we blackened using a technique that allows the imperfections of the steel to show, while being refined enough that it looks finished and not too industrial."

Glass sliders transform the second floor hallway into an open-air breezeway. The space overlooks the lush lawn and canyon views, adding to the treehouse-like feel.

The nearly 1,000-square-foot master suite offers dual views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The bed is nestled against a warm, whitewood marble slab wall, which divides the bathroom area.  

In another application, the couple chose Pertersen Tegl ceramic brick to dress up a wall of bookcases in the living room, dry stacking the tiles to enhance the roughness of the material. 

"We set out to design spaces for the home, pool, yard, and landscape to all come together and interact as one space, while maximizing the attributes of the lot," says Gnatovich. The property is currently listed with an asking price of $11,000,000.

A floating soapstone fireplace wraps around a wall in the master bedroom.

Whitewood marble continues into the spa-like master bathroom. The airy space features a white oak vanity, a marble slab shower, and a Native Stone concrete soaking tub overlooking the private balcony. The suite also includes a spacious closet with a glass-topped island.

Several guest bedrooms are tucked under an impressive 100-year-old oak tree in the north corner of the lot. This one features a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows flanking both sides of the bed.

A cozy home theater offers an additional place to relax.

The 13,000-square-foot hillside lot offers several Ipe wood decks for entertaining, as well as a 58-foot-long Zero Edge pool with integrated spa. The final result is a streamlined composition of intersecting lines that frame and emphasize the natural environment.

9551 Oak Pass Road in Beverly Hills, CA, is listed for $11,000,000 by Boni Bryant and Joe Reichling of Compass.

Project Credits:

Designer & Developer: SIMO Design / @simo_design

Builder: Fischer Construction

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