Classic Cliff May House Replaced With Mega Mansion Complete With Ballistic Safe Room, Retracting Roof and Chef’s Kitchen by Nobu.

Pacific Palisades Mega Mansion Replaces Cliff May House

Pacific Palisades Mega Mansion Replaces Cliff May House.
What was once a classic California home designed in the Spanish Colonial style by legendary architect Cliff May has since been torn down and replaced with this giant mega mansion from Los Angeles-based design and construction firm Arya Group, Inc. The newly listed home in Southern California’s Pacific Palisades is a whopping 20,000 square feet, has 6 bedrooms, 18 bathrooms (11 full and 7 half) and is available to lease for $350k a month. It’s loaded with the types of high tech features you might see in a James Bond movie combined with the kind of over-the-top luxury you’d expect to find in a Kardashian home.

Pacific Palisades Mega Mansion Replaces Cliff May House

It’s not enough for the new homes in Los Angeles to get larger, they seem to compete for the most over-the-top. Classic design and California ranch styles have made way for giant blocky homes that lack character in terms of architecture. Most are loaded with uninspired furniture and baller novelties like illuminated bars, car galleries, wild swimming pools and rooftops with helipads. Always with breathtaking views, these homes have begun to gobble up the cliffs facing the Pacific Ocean.

Cliff May (1909- 1989) is referred to as “The Father of the California Ranch House” a post-WWII architectural style noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and wide open layout. While some architects have lovingly restored Cliff May homes (like this one by Marmol Radziner or the Alisal Ranch Home) and other California Mid-century Modern architectural masterpieces such as this Thornton Abell home or Michael la Fetra’s restored John Lautner’s Stevens House, the majority are torn down and replaced with multi-level modern mansions.

The latest example of the over-the-top modern mansion for the immodest has arrived in the form of this newly listed 20,000 square foot home in an exclusive gated community in California’s Pacific Palisades next to Santa Monica State Park. A new build on the spot that was once occupied by the Cliff May house, a quarter the size, shown below.

The 4,892 sqft Cliff May home that once stood at 1601 San Onofre Drive.

Less than a private home and more like a resort, the enormous home rests on an acre that overlooks the Pacific Ocean with incredible views spanning 360 degrees, taking in everything from downtown LA to to the mountains.

Designed for entertaining, the home is outfitted with everything you need for a party.

The home has three bars:

A chef’s kitchen designed by Nobu:

Multiple swimming pools, jacuzzis and an outdoor theater:

An indoor theater that seats 20:

A Zen massage spa and sauna:

A work-out room with great views:

A walk-in closet laid out like retail store:

A “car gallery” (a fancy term for an open air parking garage):

And a lot of lovely outdoor seating areas:

Each of the rooms are appointed with expensive stone, exotic and hard woods, metals and board formed concrete.

The luxury master suite is accessible via a retinal scanner and has a custom designed roof that retracts for stargazing.

The Master Bath has an amazing view from both the bath tub and the shower:

Amenities include: chef’s kitchen designed by Nobu, 20 seat theater, outdoor cinema & dining, infinity pool, Zen gardens and Zen spa, car gallery, rooftop deck w/pool-cuzzi, state of the art modern lounge, private driveway and car gallery, and a ballistic safe room.

Not sure if the art comes with the house, but the pieces above are by artists Damien Hirst and Retna

1601 SAN ONOFRE DR
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA
6 Beds | 18 Baths | 20000 sq.ft.

For Lease $350,000 per month (subject to change)

The home is represented by Williams & Williams Estates.

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