4 Beds • 3 Baths • 3814 SF • $2,795,000 SOLD
The earliest written work on the subject of architecture is De architectura, by the Roman architect Vitruvius. According to Vitruvius, a good building should satisfy the three principles of firmitatis utilitatis venustatis. This translates to Durability, Utility and Beauty. Taking these principles into account, noted designer and architect John Maienza has transformed a 50’s style traditional into a 21st century Modern that surpasses expectation and redefines luxury. One of Maienza’s early influences is architect Mies Van der Rohe whose style was defined by minimal framework of structural order, balanced against the implied freedom of free-flowing open space. Industrial steel and plate glass defined his interior spaces with clarity and simplicity. Maienza has taken his influence and breathed life into Nichols House. Comprehensive in every detail, he incorporates state of the art technology in an elegantly unobtrusive manner. In a dramatic and utilitarian design, the open layout of the main level is a champion of light, volume and space. Using skylights and windows, daylight is distributed to every corner making the home beam with cheery intensity.
The living room features floor to ceiling windows with canyon and city lights views, a circular two-way fireplace with granite hearth, motorized shades, and spacious balcony. The kitchen boasts state of the art Miele appliances including oven, cook-top, coffee maker, steam oven and dishwasher. There is also a Sub-zero refrigerator and wine cabinet. Custom Douglas Fir cabinetry and ‘Absolute Black’ honed granite, adorn an oval shaped cooking station with sit-up bar. The upper level features one of two master suites. Overlooking the serene canyon views, this suite has specially appointed elements that will bestow luxury upon your guests. Surround sound, private balcony, gas fireplace, Artemide pendant reading lights and walk-in closet with safe and alarm. The bathroom spares no expense with heated floors, shower & spa tub wet room, Duravit Bacino dual sinks, and under-counter night lighting. To get to the lower level of the home, a specially designed two-story glass floating stair tower is functional, as well as an art piece. The downstairs living area features Xilo tile flooring which is latest example of modern ceramic technology, imitating the strains of exotic wood. The media room has full surround sound, back-lit TV, wet bar with Sub-zero refrigerator/ice-maker, and an art display with Italian pendent lighting. This level also contains a guest bedroom, full bath and a gym. The lower master suite drenches the senses in full indulgence.
A grand gallery entry leads you to private and secluded sleeping quarters with a private balcony, breathtaking views, gas fireplace, Italian lighting, motorized shades, HD TV with surround sound, and bedside alarm. The master bath incorporates a dual-flip design Duravit Bacino sink center that utilizes space while allowing room to spread your wings. Imported Venetian glass floor to ceiling tiles sport river rock accents. Enjoy double-headed steam shower or Jacuzzi tub with waterfall spout. Heated floors, lighted mirrors, and under cabinet accent lights finish the room in glorious splendor. The outside entertaining space is accented by Brazilian IPE decking, outdoor speakers and a dazzling fire sculpture. The salt-water pool includes a full-length seating area over-looking the views, and Laminar Jet fountains with pulse lighting. A three-tiered grassy area provides plenty of space to peruse the garden or bask in the sun. Nichols House is one of the rare opportunities that combines art and living space in one conveniently wrapped package. As birds and bees built their nests, so humans constructed housing from natural materials, that gave them shelter against the elements. Using 1st century principles and a 21st century sensibility, modern living has been raised to a new standard of excellence.