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Kurt Rapport lists house next to his own – DIRT

Platinum Triangle mega-broker Kurt Rappaport’s latest eight-figure listing in a coveted corner of LA’s Brentwood Park neighborhood at $44.5 million is particularly close to both his design-savvy real estate heart and his wallet.

About four months after former CAA honcho (and former Madison Square Garden Company president and CEO) Doc O’Connor put a vacant $12.7 million lot on the market in the fall of 2018, Rappaport swooped in and threw $11.75 million for the not-quite-acre property, which happens to share a border with his own several-acre property.

The co-founder of the Westside Estate Agency, who has represented more A-listers in buying or selling a home than a red carpet at the Oscars, David Geffen, Ellen DeGeneres, Warren Beatty, Sean Combs, Dr. Dre and Adam Levine Among them, he saw not only an opportunity to ensure the neighbor’s house was stunningly beautiful and built to the same exacting standards as his own home, but also an opportunity to expand his already sprawling, several-acre property . A few quick calculations based on tax advisor numbers and real estate listings show that Rappaport shaved off about a third of an acre of the O’Connor parcel and incorporated it into his own estate, where he’s since built himself a 100-foot lot -long infinity pool.

Architect Scott Mitchell and interior designer Clint Nicholas — the same duo who whipped up the five-structure complex of Rappaport and his model wife Zorana Kuzmanovic Rappaport in such fine garb that it’s just been featured in Architectural Digest — have been brought on board and with Rappaport’s input and checkbook, no expense or effort was spared sourcing top quality materials and hiring skilled craftsmen to make it stunning and worthy of its $44.5 million asking price.

Freshly contemporary with minimalist tendencies, tempered by a range of natural materials used in a bespoke manner, there are handcrafted steel doors and windows, hand-plastered walls, wide white oak plank floors and natural oak paneling with a coordinated grain. A staircase of glass, steel, and wood provides a gravity-defying connection between all three floors, while an elevator provides easier, if less theatrical, transportation. And outfitted with all the high-tech amenities expected in a home of this caliber, it’s all controlled by a comprehensive, state-of-the-art touchpad home automation system that controls lighting, sound, window coverings, entrance gates, security and more.

Facing a gated and gravelled driveway flanked by two two car garages, the main floor spaces flow gently into one another and include formal living and dining rooms with high ceilings and a paneled library/office/bar. The kitchen is complemented by a breakfast area, a family room and a separate and smaller but equally gourmet kitchen for messy menus and catered events. Huge expanses of glass open up throughout the ground floor to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.

There are five bedrooms and nine bathrooms spread across the villa’s 13,000 square feet. Four guest bedrooms each have a walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom, while the master suite offers a private sitting area, huge and dramatically lit walk-in closets, and a bathroom that showcases more than 50 slabs of bold veining and careful book-matched black-and-white imported stone .

The sprawling subterranean level is a world unto itself, with more than enough to keep everyone in the household (and a whole host of people they invite) entertained and occupied. A red neon text sculpture enlivens an air-conditioned wine cellar, which is enclosed in glass for maximum presentation by the spacious lounge and tasting area. A sleek bar is supported by three flush-mounted flat-screen TVs, a luxurious Dolby Atmos screening room big enough to house a pool table, and a wellness facility complete with a gym and spa facilities, including hair and makeup facilities Salon.

The grounds are laid out to look like it has had years to grow and obliterate neighboring homes. It includes rare species of trees, a dark-bottomed pool set amid a thick carpet of fresh lawn, poolside terraces for dining and lounging, and a separate gazebo for stepping out to soak up the sun and grab a cool drink.

Rappaport holds the listing along with Kevin Booker of the Westside Estate Agency.

As one of LA’s top realtors, this is far from the first time Rappaport has marketed a mansion priced at over $44 million at the rodeo. It’s not the only truly swanky home he’s built to spec, either. In fact, he has built more than 30 homes in the Los Angeles area, six of which have been featured in Architectural Digest. His Malibu beach home, which he sold for a whopping $120 million in 2018, was featured in Tom Ford’s film Nocturnal Animals, and many of his private homes have been sold to business, media and entertainment heavyweights including Tom Cruise , Michael Rapino , Jeff Shell, David Murdock, Larry Ellison, Daryl Katz, Ben Soleimani, and Sean Rad.

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