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Enjoy Nature From a Distance in This Glassy Pac Pal Modern

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Don't let the modest street view of this wonderful 2004 residence fool you. Spooning a hillside in the Pacific Palisades, the supremely luxurious Abidi House was designed by James Tyler (who directed the design staff for famed modernist Craig Ellwood for 12 years) to allow for an existence that is harmonious with nature without having to actually be in nature. Take, for example, the skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing for ample light throughout, or the vast, manicured forest that is the backyard. It's like you're outside, but better. To keep you in touch with society as well as with nature, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom house is fully appointed for entertaining, with its formal dining room, media room, and terrace. This 5,500-square-foot estate is asking $5.395 million.

· 15960 ALCIMA AVE [Partners Trust]