This sprawling compound located a few blocks from the Eames House in Pacific Palisades was formerly the home and studio of noted Abstract Expressionist painter Sam Francis. Originally built in the 1920s, the compound recently received a thorough going-over by Malibu architect Chris Sorensen. Per the listing, the half-acre property contains an 8,000 square foot main house with four bedrooms, six baths, an art gallery, media room, wine cellar, and, ahem, a cigar room, plus a 4,400 square foot second house with four bedrooms and four baths. Features include "500 year-old reclaimed teak floors, walls, ceilings, and cabinetry; hand carved stone vessels and baths; waterfall walls; glass walkways over streambeds with lilies and koi, explosive Japanese gardens"--sounds hazardous!--and a pebblestone pool that "beaches in the kitchen." The whole megillah can be yours for a mere $18.75 million.
· Sam Francis Compound [Official Site]