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See this luxury hilltop house with spectacular Los Angeles skyline views

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Bjella Architects designed this modern hilltop house for a couple whose soul is in nature but whose body lives on the outskirts of Los Angeles, California. This home provides a sanctuary from the hectic city below and an observatory of nature. Sweeping views of the site and valley below are captured with large expanses of glass, simultaneously breaking the boundaries between indoors and out.

Yet, varying degrees of exposure allow privacy where needed, from fully enclosed to fully glazed, including the floor. Heavy timber, stone, steel, and glass create a palette of materials that combine with unique forms, culminating in a home both modern and romantic. Continue below to see the rest of this spectacular custom home…

modern family room

The home’s aesthetic derives from the expression of structure within an area prone to earthquakes – elements are necessarily bigger and bolder.

modern family room

Recognition that the structure need not be utilitarian or minimal evolved into the concept of using structure as jewelry to adorn the home: timbers connected by heavy steel plates, ornate steel compression struts within wood trusses, layered beams with rhythmic bolting as cabinetry, and a modern interpretation of classical Greek columns fabricated of wood and steel.

modern family room

The choice of materials is one of durability and timelessness. Stone and heavy timber evoke a sense of stability and permanence, while steel and glass allow the structure to open up to its surroundings. The materials combine with unique forms and intricate layers of detail to create a modern home with a touch of Zen.

modern living room

Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of this smart home design, incorporating sustainable technologies like photovoltaic solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems. Expansive overhangs and robust trellises contribute to the home’s distinctive aesthetic and play a crucial role in passive solar design, mitigating heat gain during the warmer months, enhancing energy efficiency, and reducing the reliance on mechanical cooling systems. 

modern living room

What We Love: This hilltop house was custom-designed to meet the lifestyle needs of a family whose souls are deeply connected with nature yet find their physical presence tethered to city living. As a result, they created a fabulous home that serves as a tranquil refuge and an urban oasis in one. Nestled on a hillside, this dwelling provides breathtaking views over the city of Los Angeles from expansive glazing throughout, along with the rooftop deck.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this hilltop house in Los Angeles? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other fascinating home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of California: Tour this spectacular modern home perched in the Hollywood Hills and This sleek modern home boasts impressive views over Los Angeles.

modern living room

modern living room

modern staircase

modern staircase

modern kitchen

In the heart of the home, the kitchen bridges modern design and craftsman-style warmth. Crafted from heavy Douglas Fir timber, the cabinetry emanates comfortable solidity with a natural welcoming atmosphere. The focal point of the space is the wood trestle center island that combines functionality with neo-rustic charm. Its robust presence serves as both a culinary workspace and a social hub. An exposed concrete wall behind the professional cooktop and stainless-steel hood provides an industrial edge and grounds the space.

modern kitchen

modern hallway with a sliding barn door

modern living room

modern living room

modern ceiling detail

modern living room

modern kitchen

modern dining room

modern dining room

modern dining room

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

The highlight of the home is its cantilevered dinette that extends over the hillside. It features a glass floor that gives the sensation of floating above the valley below while immersing its occupants in the breathtaking views.

modern dining room with a glass floor cantilevering over the hillside

modern dining room with a glass floor cantilevering over the hillside

modern dining room with a glass floor cantilevering over the hillside

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior with a cantilevered dining room

modern hilltop house exterior dining room cantilever

modern great room

modern great room

modern great room

modern living room

modern hilltop house patio at dusk

modern hallway

modern staircase

modern bathroom

modern home office

modern home office

modern powder room

modern home office

modern bathroom with a freestanding tub

modern staircase leading to the lower level

modern home theater with red theater chairs

modern home theater with red theater chairs

modern home theater with red theater chairs

modern home theater with a wet bar

modern home theater with red theater chairs

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior with a view of the pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with a pool

modern hilltop house patio with outdoor dining furniture

modern hilltop house patio with outdoor dining furniture

modern hilltop house exterior

The house takes its commitment to sustainable living further with a lush, planted rooftop adorned with native vegetation, providing insulation and promoting biodiversity. A sunken deck within this green oasis offers an intimate and inviting space for the family to connect with nature while enjoying the warmth of a fire under the starlit Los Angeles sky.

modern hilltop house exterior with a circular patio and a fire pit

This elevated outdoor haven extends the living space and seamlessly merges with the natural landscape. The rooftop encapsulates the essence of balance, catering to the dichotomy of a life deeply rooted in nature and a body embedded in the heart of the city.

modern hilltop house exterior with a circular patio and a fire pit

modern hilltop house exterior with a circular patio and a fire pit

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior view of the dining room cantilever

modern hilltop house exterior view of the dining room cantilever

modern hilltop house exterior view of the dining room cantilever

modern hilltop house exterior view of the dining room cantilever

modern hilltop house exterior

modern hilltop house exterior aerial view

modern hilltop house exterior at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior dining room cantilever at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior dining room cantilever at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior pool at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior pool at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior patio at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior at dusk

modern hilltop house exterior at dusk

Photographs by Tim Bjella

modern hilltop house lower level floor plan

modern hilltop house main level floor plan

modern hilltop house plan diagram

modern hilltop house second level floor plan

modern hilltop house view room section

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Josh
3 months ago

Kudos to TIm B. A career’s worth of ideas went into this design. The bespoke tapered columns are timeless, and rarely seen, and carry thru to the dining table, office desk, etc.. Made me smile. Guessing Thousand Oaks area?

Jane
3 months ago

The style is wonderful, but I wonder how many times a day I’d hit my knee hard on the kitchen island corners. Ouch!

Mototripper
3 months ago

Really like this house. The cantilevered dining area with the glass floor is amazing! Like the use of wood to soften the steel structure and how some of the furniture ties in with it.