Saturday, January 16, 2010

"award-winning Hollywood Hills house"

Fashion designer Randolph Duke has sold his award-winning Hollywood Hills house for $5.3 million.

The modern home, designed by XTen Architecture, won an American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter award for residential design in 2007. Set on a promontory, the gated 4,800-square-foot house has 10-foot-high glass panels that open to 6,500 square feet of outdoor terraces, decks and gardens.

There is a silver-leaf tiled swimming pool, a reflecting pond and downtown-to-ocean views from the three-bedroom, 3 1/2 -bathroom trilevel. A chandelier hangs from a tree in the outdoor dining area, which is built into the hillside.

Duke, who started as a swimsuit designer, gained recognition in the '90s for revitalizing Halston. He then launched his own evening couture collection, which gained favor with celebrities at red-carpet events. Duke next brought his designs to the mass audience, selling the Look line on the Home Shopping Network.

The property came on the market at $8.25 million a year ago. Duke purchased the lot in 2004 for $2.25 million, according to public records.

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