REAL ESTATE

Architect Clive Wilkinson Selling West Hollywood Retreat

  • Clive-Wilkinson-house

    Clive-Wilkinson-house

  • Oversized Glass Front Door

    Oversized Glass Front Door

  • Double Height Ceilings

    Double Height Ceilings

The man behind the open and colorful offices of Funny or Die, the Disney Store headquarters, and the Googleplex (and many others) has but one single-family home in his esteemed portfolio. Now you can live in the home that workplace architect Clive Wilkinson built for himself. The groundbreaking designer is selling his West Hollywood digs for $4.5 million.

"He's mostly known for being a modern master of the industrial space," listing agent Wendy Gladson says. "This house is a living, breathing example."

The property, built in 2007, is also a rare example of his residential work and, to date, the only single-family home Wilkinson has done, according to the agent.

You can hear Wilkinson describe the place himself on this home tour video.

The architect is shedding the property for another residence he's creating for his family, according to Gladson.

One of the benefits of buying a home from a designer? The quirky custom finishes throughout, including the white rubberized flooring on the stairs, a matching oak floor and kitchen island, and green (weatherproof) drapes in the living room that are hung on the outside. A wood ceiling graces the double-height kitchen and dining area. Radiant heat warms the concrete floor of the living room.

A dip in the counter next to the sink is no accident: It's to hide unsightly appliances from the counter.

The retreatlike space includes a 48-foot-long pool, visible from the from the oversize glass front door that doubles as a wall. The glass continues to the living room and the kitchen, and looks out to the pool.

Although the property is close to a lively commercial area, the home manages to feel serene, according to Gladson. "You feel like you're transformed," she says. When you walk through the gate, "there are olive groves … to take you away from the urban and draw you into the property."

The property includes a master suite with its own courtyard, complete with a blooming Japanese maple tree -- and direct access from the pool to the master shower. (According to Gladson, the South Africa native swims daily.)

The two-level, 3,300-square-foot home includes flexible space upstairs, with an office and two more bedrooms.

We can tell that the master of the workplace has an equal amount of finesse on the home front.