May 19, 2017
By Alexandria Abramian | March 22, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
Meet the visionary queen of L.A.'s hottest real estate market.
A Google exec purchased Gordon’s Belgian farmhouse–inspired Nowita Place home for $4 million, a neighborhood record for walking-only streets.
While Venice Beach real estate is now beating Beverly Hills and Bel-Air in per-square-foot prices, the community has its own code of cool when it comes to architecture. Here, in the hood celebrities like Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel call home, cookie-cutter compounds need not apply. And perhaps no one translates the city’s penchant for one-of-a-kind style into walls and windows better than designer-builder Kim Gordon. The longtime local resident has quietly become the area’s go-to guru of luxury-loving homes that still channel the area’s bohemian roots and preference for the handmade over mass-produced.
“The idea of California design became a bit stuck in the Mid-century aesthetic,” says Gordon. “This is home to SciArc, after all, and we’ve seen an abundance of houses with a certain feeling. Flat roofs, wood on the ceiling, no closets, low ceilings… zero drama. I want homes to feel sophisticated and grown-up, and at the same time to capture a feeling that is quintessentially Californian. I also like to live indoors and outdoors and explore materials and texture—to add embellishment but not in a traditional way. So I started to design and build them [myself]. Luckily, other people appreciated and wanted the same things.”
Another of Kim Gordon’s Milwood Avenue projects was snapped up by Grammy Award–winning music producers Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen after just 16 hours on the market. Indoor/outdoor integration is a hallmark of the 3,500-square-foot residence, which also makes efficient use of small spaces.
In the past three years, Gordon has completed half a dozen residences in her usual manner: overseeing the entire process, from materials collection and construction to the smallest details of the interior design. And while her style varies from home to home—some feel more like a modern take on a Belgian farmhouse while others are more evocative of Big Sur by way of SoCal beach—the through-lines are consistent: soaring, steel-framed glass walls, total indoor/outdoor integration, and no shortage of drama.
Each house has sold for above its asking price—snapped up by a Silicon Beach power list of Google executives (one recently purchased a home on a coveted walk street for $4 million) and creatives such as music industry exec Neil Jacobson (will.i.am, Fergie, Robin Thicke), who had purchased another Kim Gordon home on the same street in 2012 and sold it last year for $6.1 million. More recently, Gordon completed a farmhouse-style home on Milwood Avenue, down the street from hipster haven Gjelina. The buyers were Grammy-winning Norwegian producers Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen (the duo behind hits such as Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” and Katy Perry’s “Firework”), who purchased the four-bedroom residence for significantly more than its $5 million price tag.
Total time on the market? 16 hours. Beat that, BH.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRANDON ARANT, COURTESY OF HALTON PARDEE + PARTNERS. OPPOSITE PAGE:
BRANDON ARANT, COURTESY OF HALTON PARDEE + PARTNERS (HOME); PHILIP ONG (GORDON)
April 21, 2017