Designer Waldo Fernandez buys a home with flair
Waldo Fernandez's Italian villa was named "one of the 100 most desirable homes to own" by Architectural Digest.
Built in 1940, the house was redone by John Woolf who popularized the Hollywood Regency style. (Michael McNamara)
Designed in 1940 by architect F. Pierpont Davis and later redone by Hollywood Regency-style proponent John Woolf, the Italian villa was named "One of the 100 most desirable homes to own" by Architectural Digest.
The living room is adorned with 12-foot-tall, hand-carved ceilings from a European cathedral and an oversized limestone fireplace. A domed ceiling caps the dining room, where French doors open to a terrace overlooking the swimming pool and gardens. The master suite features a 16-foot ceiling, a skylight and a fireplace for a total of three bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Fernandez, who started as a set designer on the 1960s films "Doctor Dolittle" and "Planet of the Apes," worked on the face-lift of the Beverly Hills Hotel for Merv Griffin in the late '80s. His celebrity clients have included Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Taylor and Goldie Hawn.
Property records show the house was last sold in 1984 for $267,500.
Brent Watson of Coldwell Banker's Beverly Hills North office was the listing agent. Roberta Foresta of Evergreen Realty represented Fernandez.
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