There are some clothing lines that will forever make me feel 20 years too old or 20 pounds too fat, but such is life in Los Angeles.
The man responsible for some of those 20-20 situations is Arif Noor, chief executive of Clothing for Modern Times, or CMT as it’s known in the fashion trade. CMT, based in Toronto, produces designer clothes under several well-known labels including Urban Behavior. Noor has listed his five-bedroom Hollywood Hills home with views of Lake Hollywood at $12.5 million.
The architectural home was designed by Jeffrey and Rochelle Mills of the Mills Studio and completed in 2007. The home is constructed of two glass and steel boxes perched on and cantilevered from a series of exposed poured concrete walls. Truly this is a case where a picture is worth 1,000 words.
A two-story entryway features a steel and glass-floor bridge that cantilevers out over the swimming and reflecting pools below and out to the lake. In the living room, walls of glass fully retract, making for an honest to goodness indoor-outdoor experience. The home has two family rooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a private movie theater, bar area, gym and massage room. The residence has lots of high-end finishes including mahogany siding and Tigerwood floors.
For those who don’t spend nearly the amount of time I do looking at fancy houses, Tigerwood is from Latin America and thusly named because of its grain patterns that make it look like a tiger. It can discolor in sunlight, which makes it a higher maintenance hardwood, but I love the stuff and like to credit home sellers on their good taste whenever possible. Even those who produce clothes I can’t fit into.
CMT has a 60-person L.A. design studio that drives the company’s brands: Urban Behavior, Costa Blanca, Delicious and Naked Blue. The company opened its 30,000-square-foot fashion penthouse in early 2008 to encourage fashion inspiration and creative design freedom.
Noor also owns the chain of more than 125 Urban Behavior stores in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. The first Urban Behavior store opened in Toronto in 1989.
David Findley at Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage, Brentwood, has the listing.
One of the nation’s leading wealth managers has listed his Pacific Palisades estate for $11 million.
Palmer N. Murray, a vice president of Morgan Stanley and No. 64 on Barron’s list of top 100 wealth managers last year, is hoping to sell a 9,000-square-foot home that sits on nearly two-thirds of an acre in the Huntington Palisades neighborhood. The house has six bedrooms and nine baths. There are extensive entertainment areas including a large yard with pool, spa, sports court and putting green. The home has a floating staircase and a large master suite with dual closets, his and her baths, and a veranda with views.
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