Home of the week: A $34M California Modernism-inspired new build in Pacific Palisades

Drawing heavily on the principles of California Modernism, it features clean lines, open spaces, and a seamless connection with the outdoors, paying tribute to the area's many architecturally notable properties.

Georgie Mihaila
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Photo credit: Chris Nolasco / Compass

Get ready to be blown away by this brand-new, jaw-dropping California Modernism-inspired compound in the heart of Pacific Palisades.

Freshly landed on the market for a cool $34 million, this 2024 stunner offers the ultimate blend of luxury, style, and convenience — with a distinct architecture that makes it fit right in with area’s many notable properties, which include four Case Study House Program residences and National Register of Historic Places-designated houses.

Listed by Jacqueline Chernov at Compass and David Berg, Kristin Alexander, and F. Ron Smith of Smith & Berg Partners, the newly built marvel offers 15,681 square feet of luxury living space and some standout amenities, not to mention a killer location in the Palisades.

Here’s a peek inside this posh pad.

Specs & features

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Price: $34,000,000
Location: Between Riviera Country Club, Palisades Village, and Will Rogers State Beach
Size: 15,681 sq ft
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 12
Lot size: 0.52 acres
Notable features: elevator, subterranean 6-car garage, home automation system
Select amenities: Ocean views, home theater, wine-tasting room, full spa with a gym, massage room, sauna, resort-like backyard with zero-edge infinity pool & cabana

Set in an enclave of architecture

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The estate sits on the architecturally significant Chautauqua Boulevard, best known for its four iconic midcentury houses built under the auspices of Arts & Architecture magazine’s Case Study House program.

Bearing the signatures of lauded architects like Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, Rodney Walker, and Richard Neutra, several of them have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. That includes the Eames House, the famous mid-century modern home of well-known designers Charles and Ray Eames, now open to visitors.

Paying tribute to the area’s architectural past

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While 538 Chautauqua Boulevard might not align itself with its neighbors’s midcentury modern aesthetics, its architecture does adopt (or rather, adapt) their California Modernism elements.

Drawing heavily on the principles of California Modernism, it features clean lines, open spaces, and a seamless connection with the outdoors. It also heavy showcases certain hallmarks of this style like the extensive use of glass.

Inside the main level

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Walking through the front door, you’re greeted by soaring 12-foot ceilings and steel-framed doors that flood the space with natural light.

The gourmet kitchen, complete with a butler’s pantry, is a chef’s dream come true, and the multiple living areas make this home perfect for hosting grand events or cozy family gatherings.

Luxury amenities galore

Head downstairs to find a bar, lounge, wine-tasting room, home theater, and a full spa with every other wellness amenity imaginable. Think gym, massage room, sauna, and steam room. Talk about living the high life!

Photo credit: Chris Nolasco / Compass
Photo credit: Chris Nolasco / Compass
Photo credit: Chris Nolasco / Compass

Sophisticated interior finishes

The interior of this home is a masterclass in sophisticated design. From the warm, monochromatic palette to the high-end finishes, every detail has been carefully selected.

Highlights include Taj Mahal slab stone, which adds a touch of elegance and durability, and Apparatus lighting that provides both function and a modern aesthetic. These elements come together to create a cohesive and luxurious living environment.

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Standout design elements

Some of the most striking features of this home are the soaring 12-foot ceilings and the walls of steel-framed doors that flood the space with natural light.

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These architectural choices enhance the feeling of openness but also highlight the brilliant millwork of the artisan-crafted walnut staircase and custom built-ins. The design elements are both visually stunning and add practical elegance to the spaces.

The primary suite

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The primary suite is nothing short of a personal oasis. With its high vaulted ceilings, you’re enveloped in an atmosphere of tranquility and spaciousness. Imagine waking up to panoramic ocean views and enjoying your morning coffee from your private sitting room.

The suite also boasts dual custom closets, offering ample space for even the most extensive wardrobes, and a stone-clad bath that creates a spa-like experience right at home.

Bathrooms are equally luxurious

Every bathroom has been crafted with attention to detail, featuring high-end fixtures and finishes, and a luxurious design that seems taken straight out of the most expensive hotels in the world.

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Heading outside to the zero edge pool

Step outside, and you’re greeted by a resort-like backyard that rivals any high-end vacation destination. The zero-edge infinity pool seems to blend seamlessly with the ocean views, providing a perfect spot to unwind.

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More outdoor amenities

The outdoor kitchen and private cabana make entertaining a breeze, whether it’s for hosting a summer barbecue or a sophisticated evening gathering. The outdoor space is designed for both relaxation and recreation, making it an ideal extension of the luxurious indoor living areas.

Our favorite part? The sunken outdoor living area with plenty of seating, which I’m sure makes for one hell of a party spot.

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A great location in the Palisades

The newly built home is located in the affluent neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, known for its tranquil ambiance, breathtaking ocean views, and large, private homes — that sport a hefty median listing price of $5 million, per Realtor.com.

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Conveniently nestled between the Riviera Country Club, Palisades Village, and Will Rogers State Beach, 538 Chautauqua Boulevard offers easy access to some of the area’s top attractions. Whether future owners will be into golfing, shopping, or beach lounging, everything is just a stone’s throw away.

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With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com