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A Rose Amongst the Thorns – Beverly Hills “Jewel Box” on the Market for $31.9M


A rose amongst the thorns is this original “Hollywood Regency” French Revival-style residence inspired by famed celebrity architect Paul Williams currently on the market for $31.9 million. Known as the ‘Jewel Box’ of Beverly Hills, the home offers a rare combination of exquisite architecture, craftsmanship and distinct design.

The meticulous interiors were curated with the finest materials and craftsmanship by renowned interior designer and antiquarian, Craig Wright. Once home to Hollywood actress Ann Rutherford, perhaps best known for her role in Gone with the Wind, and her husband William Dozier, the creator of the Batman television series, the home encapsulates Old Hollywood style.

The new owners embarked on a lavish renovation and expansion of the estate, which now encompasses a total of five bedrooms and ten-and-a-half bathrooms across 10,500 square feet of interior space.

Infused with organic and streamlined details, characteristics of the Art Deco and modernist movements, the attention to detail is a rarity. The new interiors maintain the elegant scale of the original rooms and are inspired by the Art Deco and Art Moderne Periods in Paris and the works of Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand and Jean-Michel Frank. With inlaid herringbone-pattern hardwood floors, antique marble fireplaces, Ruhlmann-inspired paneling, 200-year-old Chinese wallpaper, and an impressive collection of 1920s and 1930s Art Deco glass fixtures from notable European decorative artists, the quality of the interior is unparalleled.

Enter to a stunning formal entry with high ceilings and a sweeping staircase. The main level is the perfect setting to entertain with its spacious living room, bar, billiards room and library. The chef’s kitchen is appointed with a mosaic ceiling, custom steel floors, and a butler’s pantry that leads to the grand morning room and elliptical dining room with bronze Parisian screens. The upstairs grand master retreat is complete with a private sitting room, and luxurious separate baths and closets. Two additional en suite bedrooms are located on this level.

The picturesque backyard includes a large terrace, ringed by majestic trees and verdant landscaping, overlooking the elliptical pool. The pool house boasts a bar, a gym and a fully mosaic-tiled hammam and spa, providing the ultimate in relaxation.

The listing is held by leading husband and wife duo Branden and Rayni Williams of Hilton & Hyland.