June 28th, 2023 at 11:00 am

This extraordinary Balinese modern pavilion-style residence in Trousdale Estates was the longtime home of actor Billy Dee Williams, best known for “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972) and “Mahogany” (1975). Williams was cast as Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), becoming the first African-American actor with a role in the “Star Wars” series.

The peaceful Zen retreat was designed by the owner, noted L.A. movie producer/international interior decorator Katie Heidy, president of production company Katydid Films. She is also an actor and producer. In 2011, she co-founded X Space Studio in Burbank.

Inspired by a visit to Bali, the home was designed for true Southern California indoor/outdoor living. Every room opens out to either the courtyard, the pool area, the outdoor kitchen area, or a private deck.

Markus Canter in our Beverly Hills office is listing agent for the six-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom, 6,000-square-foot house on an approximately 22,440-square-foot flat lot at 1240 Loma Vista Drive. It is offered at $8,995,000.

Ancient palace gate

Enter this remarkable one-story villa through an impressive ancient palace gate and high hedge to discover a variety of large-scale lounging indoor and outdoor spaces, carefully designed for grand entertaining while providing the utmost in comfort and intimacy.

Set amid magnificent tropical gardens and seductive patios on a large lot, this contemporary house features stunning views of the Los Angeles skyline. Every aspect is crafted with the highest-quality materials and finest attention to detail, including solid tiger-wood floors throughout.

A formal dining area is close to the gorgeous chef’s kitchen filled with built-in high-end appliances, an island, and a breakfast bar. All bedrooms are large and en-suite, including two primary suites with luxurious baths and sitting rooms. The main primary suite has a cozy fireplace, while the second primary suite has its own kitchenette and outdoor terrace.

For entertaining, the large family lounge/media room with fireplace under a vaulted wood-beam ceiling boasts a digital projector and blackout curtains for a theater-like experience. One bedroom that opens to a private patio garden, now in use as a home gym, could be converted to a yoga studio or office.

Resort-like pool area

The interior courtyard is made for entertaining, with its spectacular resort-like pool area, kitchen, and guesthouse. A local artist’s striking paintings on the courtyard walls depict legendary musicians Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, and Kurt Cobain. Multiple decks afford gorgeous views of the city below. The attached two-car garage is behind a gate where a motor court can accommodate six vehicles.

About listing agent Markus Canter

Markus is a Luxury Properties Director at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. He is one of the top-producing agents at the Beverly Hills branch and frequently represents high-profile and celebrity clients.

Markus has been featured twice in one season on Bravo network’s “Million Dollar Listing” series and is regularly quoted by leading news organizations such as The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, CNBC and Forbes.

St. James + Canter + Associates is a modern real estate agency that provides clients an unparalleled full-service environment to suit the needs of their individual lifestyles. The company specializes in offering global sales, marketing and design solutions for buyers, sellers, developers, and investors.

Want to schedule a private tour of the former Beverly Hills home of actor Billy Dee Williams?

Get in touch with Markus Canter today.

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