With hockey-playing husband P.K. Subban going to work in New Jersey, the most recent fall and winter found ski champion Lindsey Vonn selling her picturesque Vail retreat and a Los Angeles dwelling too, and focusing on establishing a home base in the Garden State.
Come the spring, and the couple is back on the West Coast, signing on the dotted line and handing over $6.75 million to take ownership of a modern villa in the Los Angeles area.
From a distance, the property looks like an album cover for a recording of Respighi’s second tone poem, if one imagines the palms as pines, and the hills those of Rome and not Beverly. The nearly flat-roofed 5,564 square-footer was built in the late 1950s, and features a façade dominated by a prominent quartet of pilasters that indicate entry.
The home’s single-level design allows for luxuriously high ceilings, and a heady sense of space prevails as a result. A recent renovation has brought the interiors in line with contemporary tastes, mixing styles of the 21st century and the ancient world for a postmodern living style. Ornamental columns, tray ceilings, rectangular sinks, waterfall vanities and kitchen islands, strident lines and geometric evocation, skylights, a judicious bit of LED backlighting here and there, a quasi-deco wet bar, and nicely contrasted hardwood—probably walnut—and stone tile floors are a few of the details and materials on show.
The half-acre of grounds includes a pergola-covered patio and a pool and spa, but favors lawn to larger stretches of stone or concrete for outdoor lounging.
Subban helped Canada win hockey gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Vonn won downhill gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.