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Altiplano, the latest creation by multi-disciplinary design studio Project M Plus, was informed by its idyllic surroundings. The name for the three-story modern residence comes from the Spanish word for “high plain” — fitting, given the street’s steep incline and 360-degree views. 

On the market for $3,295,000, the newly-constructed home features four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms with a sprawling outdoor space and secluded guest quarters. From the early planning stages, Project M Plus Founder McShane Murnane gave thorough consideration to the sweeping vistas of the San Gabriel Mountains and Downtown Los Angeles.

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“The organization of the home is partly made up of strategic window placement,” said Murnane, who is recognized for his site-specific designs.

Indeed, the home is punctuated with dark-trimmed windows, sliding glass doors and rectangular skylights. Murnane opted for floor-to-ceiling windows in several locations to “express the feeling of being on the edge of the view instead of behind a railing or wall.”

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The gated property at 2100 Fargo Street features a covered carport that can accommodate up to four vehicles. A set of concrete slab steps leads up to the oversized front door, which is surrounded by drought-tolerant landscaping. 

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The main living space is situated on the second floor and consists of an open-plan cooking, dining and entertaining area. A sizeable island anchors the gourmet kitchen, appointed with white oak cabinetry, marble countertops, brass fixtures, and integrated Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances. Meantime, the adjacent dining room offers conversation-starting views and a coffered ceiling. 

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“We took advantage of the mild Southern California climate by introducing a large slider in the living area so the room can open up completely to the outside,” explained Murnane. On those rare occasions when the temperature dips below 50 degrees, a marble-clad fireplace will keep the place cozy. 

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With a total of four bedrooms, the home provides plenty of flexibility for an artist’s studio or home office. The secondary bathrooms are playfully designed, showcasing terrazzo surfaces and brass inlays.

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“The house has a just-for-parents master suite zone on the third floor so the kids can be on a separate floor,” noted Murnane. The principal bedroom provides a generous walk-in closet and a private balcony that overlooks downtown. In the evenings, Los Angeles’ spectacular sunsets bathe the space in a golden glow.

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The ensuite bathroom is tiled with travertine and includes a freestanding soaker tub with wall-mounted faucets. A frameless glass shower is illuminated by a skylight and includes a built-in bench and black matte plumbing fixtures. The vanity area features fully integrated sinks and a stylish niche for storing skincare products. 

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The leveled backyard incorporates a pool and spa, paved patio and stretches of grass. A spiral staircase connects this outdoor space to the deck above, providing convenient access to the kitchen.

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The guest quarters are located at the base of the home, equipped with a full kitchen, bathroom and closet space, plus a walkout to the patio. 

Listed by Ari Afshar of Compass, Altiplano is now contingent. The 3,392-square-foot home is located less than two miles from Silver Lake Reservoir and enjoys easy access to Elysian Park, Los Feliz and DTLA.

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