Though this glassy ’70s structure once served as the TV home of Vince Vaughn’s “True Detective” character Frank Semyon – a career criminal looking to go legit – Topanga’s stunning retreat, known as of “Von Hagen Residence”, is actually the longtime home of Vesta Foodservice founder and owner Michael Glick, who bought the place for nearly $3 million in 2004; now he came back on the market with Christine Hildebrand of Crosby Doe Associates, asking for a vastly inflated $12 million.
Built in 1975 and designed by renowned modernist architects Thornton Ladd and John Kelsey – the team behind the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena and the first Methodist church chapel in the California town of La Verne, which made an appearance in the 1967 film ‘The Graduate’ – the 13-acre estate is hidden away behind a steel entrance and long private driveway that winds through a park-like park before emerging into a four-bedroom, six-bathroom property resting amidst an expansive mountaintop plateau.
A striking glass entry opens to a spacious palm-lined courtyard/hallway that leads to nearly 5,000 square feet of single-level living space abounding with rich hardwood floors, clerestory windows and skylights. Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass in nearly every room also offer jetliner views stretching from Santa Monica Bay and Catalina Island, to the San Fernando Valley, to the San Fernando Mountains. Bernardino and beyond.
A sleek living room highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows and a floating fireplace, as well as built-in shelving and cabinetry, particularly stands out. Other highlights include a gourmet kitchen outfitted with marble countertops, a center island, high-end Viking appliances, and a separate dining kitchen with its own entrance, plus a cozy den and formal dining room with doors sliding glass doors leading to a patio with ocean views.
Elsewhere in the home is a master fireside retreat, which includes a kitchenette, two cedar-lined walk-in closets, and a luxurious wood-clad bathroom with dual sinks, walk-in closet, and oversized oval tub. But the highlight of the entire production are the scenic grounds, which include a large rectangular pool and deck overlooking those jaw-dropping views.
Finally, in addition to a motorized lot and an adjoining carport that can accommodate four vehicles, there is also an accessory building of 3,300 square feet equipped with a workshop, a kitchenette, a laundry and two bathrooms which is currently used as a showroom garage. As Vaughn might mean, “This place is money, baby!”