A La Cañada Flintridge woman who spent years perfecting every aspect of an aristocrat’s dream home has put it on the market for a staggering $10.7 million, an asking price that aims to set a new bar for local real estate values.
It’s an impressive space: 8,000 square-feet of high ceilings, carved marble fireplaces, stately polished limestone floors, seven bedrooms and living spaces wide open to natural light that pours in from an expansive courtyard and pool area.
But for all of the grand aspirations, reminiscent of an 18th-century French royal chateau, the 567 Meadow Grove St. estate owned by Heather and Austin Kim is really a monument to obsessive detail.
Tiny flowers carved into a dining room’s coffered ceiling live in subtle varieties of red, orange and blue —all hand-painted down to each petal under the constant direction of Heather Kim, who conceived the home’s design. A small westerly window is barely noticeable above a grand stone and wrought-iron staircase worthy of Norma Desmond, but its tinted glass bathes the grand entry hall in different shades of light.