Buff & Hensman, FAIA

Penny and Stanley Haptor Residence, 1987


First offering. Author P. D. James writes: “Privacy is the last luxury,” and with its gated and long private drive to a secluded hillside setting, Haptor Residence has privacy in spades. But that is only one of the luxuries here. Perhaps not the last, but certainly as significant, is the luxury of space. Indoors and out, expansiveness, openness and quiet are pervasive. In all directions one is uncrowded, with room to breathe, relax and watch the hawks gyre on the updrafts.

While grand, the residence is still grounded in nature, and set carefully in its hillside setting within a Japanese garden by noted landscape designer Howard Oshiyama who, as a Zen Buddhist, endowed the site with its own spirit which is palpable. The residence affords canyon, city, and mountain vistas, and includes a two-story living room, open-plan dining room, media room, fully equipped kitchen with eat-in seating, two bedrooms, and two and a half baths on the first floor. The entire second floor is devoted to the master suite which offers an office, exercise room, dressing area, two walk-in closets and a very deluxe master bath.


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Buff & Hensman, FAIA

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