Families in need of a roomy home in the Bel Air area have an opportunity to own actress Yvette Mimieux’s former home, Il Sogno, Italian for The Dream. The Golden Globe Nominee starred in some of the biggest films of the 1960s, including Where the Boys Are and The Time Machine. Her 12,000 square feet Bel Air mansion entered the market at $45 million.
Those who love to entertain or have a large family will enjoy the many amenities of the 1920s Italian-style villa. Each of the home’s six bedrooms and eight bathrooms contributes to its charm. The expansive residence comes replete with fine architectural details and unique materials, including dark-green marble and stone-carved fireplaces.
The villa feels airy due to its hand-painted, high-beamed ceilings. The primary bedroom and some of the guest bedrooms feature adjoining dressing rooms.
Il Sogno provides the ideal home for those who love to entertain, offering a formal dining room and formal living room, a grand ballroom, and a reading room/library made cozy with a central skylight nestled into a cove ceiling and walls of hand-lacquered paneling.
Party preparation is made easier by the home’s chef’s kitchen and wine cellar. In summer, welcome guests in the sunroom where they can enjoy the landscaped lawn through the arched French glass windows.
The room transitions from indoors to outdoors with potted medium-sized trees and bamboo and rattan and bamboo furnishings. It is an inviting room to draw people outdoors to the swimming pool terrace.
You approach the home through its main gate, traversing its concrete tree-lined drive and passing by its large courtyard resplendent with shrubs, trees, and flowering plants, including climbing vines and roses. Park your vehicle collection inside the four-car garage. You enter the home through its main front entrance to a formal foyer marked by a large arch and glass-paneled door.
Throughout the foyer, you’ll find potted plants dotting the receiving area. It includes two cushioned armchairs and a console table lit by chandeliers, lamps, and sconces. Statues on pedestals and walls decorated with hanging artwork invite conversation by guests to the home.
The home comes partially furnished with designer pieces developed for the home. For example, the living room comes with beige sofas designed to complement its fireplace and crystal chandelier, and a glass-top coffee table. The home also comes with a formal dining room decorated with a large round wood table with matching wood chairs.
While the formal dining room offers the ideal location for dinner parties, the home also offers two dining options perfect for family meals – an informal dining room and a breakfast nook. The chef’s kitchen combines dark brown counters and a matching backsplash with white cabinets and a matching kitchen island. You’ll find up-to-date, stainless steel appliances throughout the kitchen.
Contact listing agent Kurt Rappaport of Beverly Hills’ Westside Estate Agency to take a tour of Il Sogno or to make an offer. Your family can benefit from this home’s ideal location, consummately cared for grounds, and spacious home.
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.