Stepping up an idyllic Hollywood hillside, Las Orquideas is a compound of 9 units built in 1929. Andalusian in style, Las Orquideas presents itself as a classic Hollywood star. Cecil B. DeMille’s art director, Wilfred Buckland, designed the complex to have the look and feel of an authentic Spanish hill town. Meandering walkways, calles, steps, and intimate plazas, all connected by gardens creating rustic charm as well as sophisticated urbanity.
Composed in vibrant coral stucco and classic clay tile roofs, the terracotta color scheme juxtaposes beautifully with the bespoke blues of the kitchens and bathrooms. Architectural details abound such as Moorish hearths, French doors, and casement windows. The five buildings were restored with the utmost attention to detail and architectural sensitivity by Howell & Padgett whose previous works include the iconic Torre del Moro condos in Beachwood Canyon. Updates are numerous, but the intent on preserving as much original detail as possible while providing luxury 21st century amenities remains.
The nine units range from one bedroom, to the largest which contains three. All have romantic balconies looking upon the twinkling lights of Hollywood Boulevard and the city beyond.
Recently, Las Orquideas was sold for $12.5 million by deasy penner podley partners Barry Gray, Josh Gaunya, and Mike Deasy. As part of dpp’s ongoing excellence in marketing and selling of multi-unit residences and new developments, Las Orquideas stands out as both an architecturally and historically significant.