This residence, selected as Esquire Magazine’s Design Show House for 2008, sits at the top of Doheny Drive in the prestigious Doheny Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The lot’s original 1960s era ranch-style house and kidney shaped pool were demolished and replaced with a 7200 SF home that is now a state-of-the-art entertaining compound. It was conceived, built and designed by TempleHome in a simple and modern architectural style, but embellished with architectural details and accents from a more decorative past. Guests are introduced to the property through a wood and glass 12′ high gate. This opens to a secluded courtyard lined with lush planters and tall fountains. Off of this entry space are the main rooms of the home.

On the ground level, this includes several thousand square feet of contiguous living, dining, and family room, which together can hold large gatherings. The top floor features a grand master suite with room for a gym, an office and a sitting room. There is also a spacious dressing room, his and hers bathrooms, a spa room with large tub and an outdoor deck with stairs to access the pool and spa below.