For the first time in more than half a century, the Il Sogno villa (“The Dream”), located in the swanky Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel-Air, is on the market. With a list price of $39,500,000, this unique property is the historic showpiece of a neighborhood that’s home to celebrities such as Beyoncé and Jennifer Aniston. But this listing from the prestigious Jade Mills Estates of Beverly Hills is without a doubt a cut above.
One of Bel-Air’s most beautiful homes, this former residence of commercial real estate mogul Howard Ruby and his wife, Yvette Mimieux, a multiple Golden Globe-nominated actress, was built in 1928 by renowned architect and engineer Mark Daniels. The Tuscan-style villa is a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, two half-bath, 10,607 square-foot-masterpiece set in a secluded enclave surrounded by the Bel-Air Country Club.
Purchased by Ruby in 1979, the property features interiors created by one of America’s greatest designers, Kalef Alaton. His vision came to life thanks to artisans flown in from Tuscany and the Amalfi coast to recreate an authentic Italian villa. Il Sogno’s design is similar to what Alaton created for the homes of Marilyn Monroe and Paul Newman, a motif that blends vintage ostentatiousness with contemporary elements to create the overall eclectic style he was famous for.
The expansive floor plan also includes a ballroom, formal dining room, stunning solarium, formal living room, gourmet kitchen, stunning wine cellar with tasting room, and state-of-the-art gym and spa. The home features exquisite hand-carved fireplaces, immaculate plaster walls, delicate hand-painted ceilings and frescoes, terracotta and marble floors, and a spectacular “red library” showcasing craftsmanship that’s almost impossible to replicate today. The master suite has its own private balcony, patio with fountain, fireplace, and dual bathrooms and closets.
Il Sogno sits behind delicate, handcrafted iron gates that open onto a circular drive that winds up at a connected four-car garage. In classical Alaton style, the exterior of the villa matches the attention to detail given to the interiors, with marble statues, fine pottery, and fantasyland flora enveloping the private lap pool and the mansion. A private garden on the property was designed by florist David Jones, who counted among his clients Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor. Ultimately, the overall impression Il Sogno gives, even with its grandiose furnishings, sensuous draperies, oriental rugs, and ornate furnishings, is transportive, warm, and comfortable.
- 6 bedrooms
- 10,607 square feet
- 0.96 acres
- Historic design
- Unique architectural features
- Lush private gardens and exteriors
- Ultra-prestigious neighborhood
- Wine cellar and tasting room
Jade Mills Estates
Stephanie Zebik, managing director