Inside a listed Beverly Hills home that’s stuck in the ’60s


It’s still the swinging ’60s in this groovy Beverly Hills abode.

Yes, this sumptuous California home is frozen in amber, perfectly stuck in a previous generation — and is looking for its second-ever owner.

The five-bedroom, four-bathroom property at 1005 Summit Drive is a stuck-in-time stunner — with shag carpeting, upholstered walls and other details that make it look more like a “Mad Men” set than a modern-day home listing. 

Built in 1961, the house has only ever been owned once. The story began six decades ago when its longtime owner, Hermine Beck, moved in and decorated it with the sensibilities of an often-lusted-for, but long-gone, style.

“I’m not going to lie, but I have a strong affinity toward the house,” the listing representative Josh Flagg, of Douglas Elliman, told The Post of the home, which is asks $6.99 million. “It has special meaning to me as I have known the owner … since I was 16 years old.”

The listing notes this will be a trust sale. Beck, 99, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sept. 24. The furnishings are being sold separately.

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The midcentury modern stunner is still equipped with plenty of lovely, if dated, details.
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A living room fit to be a “Mad Men” set.
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A glass wall looks out onto the yard.
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A guest bedroom.
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The home’s formal entry.
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Flagg fondly recalls attending countless lunch gatherings and dinner parties at the residence alongside his grandmother, and credits Beck with imbuing the single-family property with a spirit of its own.

“I have many great memories in the home that Hermine built. She lived there until she was 99 years old and she was very proud of the house she built,” he said. “She was a terrific woman.”

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The main entrance.
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Part of the covered portion of the backyard.
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The property includes a covered driveway.
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A nook off the kitchen, looking out towards the pool.
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In all, the home measures in at just under 4,000 square feet, and that’s enough space for this period kitchen.
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The house is set on a slightly less than half-acre lot, but it’s inside what really counts.
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The home has four bathrooms.
The home has four bathrooms.
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One of the home’s five bedrooms, this one clad in pink.
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The pool and patio.
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Located a few blocks north of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the midcentury estate is not “massive,” he noted, “but it is completely unique in the finest sense of the term.”

The gem comes with Paul Ferrante finishes, Dexter Frankel sculptures, Edward Fields carpets and is set on a slightly less than half-acre lot. The yard offers a patio and a pool with a diving platform. The home itself measures in at just under 4,000 square feet.  Listing images additionally show interiors with handsome wood-paneled walls, floor-to-ceiling exposures, ornate period-specific wallpaper — such as a plaid pattern in a bedroom — and a mod-looking fireplace.

The home has even generated buzz among other real estate professionals in the area.

“You can tell a lot about a person by the way they keep a house and I knew immediately that I loved this lady,” wrote Compass agent Sara Kaye in a post about the property. “Naturally this house will change hands and change form, but pouring one out for its original steward. [Its] current iteration cannot be topped.”





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