The Flair of Polak: Restorations for Discerning Buyers


Rudi Polak's "Grey Gardens" bursts with spa-blues and vibrant greens, open spaces and private oases

“This is my 20th year restoring homes in Los Angeles, and my 21st project,” says Rudi Polak about his just-listed, latest project he calls Grey Gardens. “The house was in absolutely horrendous shape, but with great bones. We took it down to the structure and completely redid everything while maintaining its historical integrity.”

The incredible renovation in Hancock Park is move-in ready. “We sell our remodels with everything – down to the silverware,” says Polak. “If the buyers want it, it’s theirs.” And that’s Polak’s ideal client: entrepreneurs, C-suiters, and bi-coastal business people who want a home, but not the hassle of setting it up. Three out of four of his clients buy the entire property turn-key, including the furnishings. His taste and ability to create a home that’s move-in ready, but can flex to accommodate owner’s personal items and touches, is a big part of his key to success.

Potential buyers are not only looking at a home, but many times often the entire neighborhood. Polak chooses both carefully for his restoration projects. “This entire neighborhood (Hancock Park) has been restored by high-end designers,” he said about Hancock Park. “I walked the neighborhood for design inspiration at the beginning of the project. The other homes definitely influenced the design.”

Grey Gardens is a five bedroom, 5.5 bath on a street-to-street lot, which allows Polak to add a pool. At just over 3,000 sq. ft. it seamlessly combines classic and contemporary design elements in its historical Dutch Colonial architectural style. No system or finish has been overlooked in this truly remarkable re-imagining: from the open kitchen with top-of-the-line Viking appliances, to spacious bedrooms, all-marble bathrooms, an alfresco dining area next to the pool and spa. A spacious guest house in the back completes the remarkable project property.

Listed at $2,395,000 by the Beachwood Team’s Peter Lavin, showings can be scheduled online or by calling +1-323-376-1964 and referencing MLS number 18-396784.

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