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Interior Designer Popular With Celebrities Lists Her Own Cubist Home in Los Angeles

Interior Designer Popular With Celebrities Lists Her Own Cubist Home in Los Angeles

Interior designer to the stars LM Pagano has put her own Los Angeles County home—a sculptural cubist structure that played a starring role in the 2005 Bruce Willis thriller “Hostage”—on the market for $4.5 million.

Ms. Pagano, whose clients, she said, include actors Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage and Matthew Perry, bought the six-acre property in Topanga, California, in 2013 for $2.355 million, according to property records, and listed it on March 6 with Greg Holcomb and Cassandra Petersen of Greg Holcomb Real Estate and Nancy Nelms of Snyder Sutton Real Estate.

The 3,640-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house, which is a rose-gray color, was designed by architect Thomas “Tom” Egidi of Tuna Studio Architecture in 1990.

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Ms. Pagano said that she and her husband, metalwork artist Scott McDonald, are selling because they want to spend more time in Whitefish, Montana, where they also have property. “We’re simplifying things,” she said. “And we want to do more outdoor activities like boating and fishing and cross-country skiing.”

Mr. Holcomb said that the Topanga property is “one of the most magical and unique estates I’ve ever come across. Regardless of the weather and the time of day, the way the light and clouds move tells a story that keeps unfolding hourly—there’s always something to see.”

The solar-paneled house, which rises into view from a long, winding, ascending drive, is set in the Santa Monica Mountains. It is entered through custom sculptural iron gates designed and made by Mr. McDonald, and has a private yard that features an infinity-edge pool and a pool house with a fireplace and outdoor shower. The grounds include gardens with more than 40 fruit trees and a bridge that crosses a serene seasonal brook.

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“It’s six acres of fully gated property, and it provides off-the-grid living with solar panels, generators, water purifiers and its own gardens,” Mr. Holcomb said.

There’s also a separate structure on a lower level of the property that Mr. McDonald, a hi-fi fan, uses as his man-cave but that Ms. Pagano said would be ideal as an art studio, a recording studio or a yoga retreat. “The previous owner used it as a pottery studio,” she said.

Ms. Pagano, who designed Mr. Perry’s Los Angeles penthouse that’s on the market for $35 million, designed the interiors of her own house between 2013 and 2016, working with feng shui master Karen Rauch Carter.

“It feels like the whole house is a livable space that works together seamlessly indoors and out,” she said, adding that rainbows frequently appear. “The property is flat, so it’s perfect for equestrian uses.”

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In “Hostage,” the exterior of the home played the role of the place where the villains holed up with their prisoners.

“That film has a cult status,” Ms. Pagano said, adding that the huge rock looming in the background of the property is a computer-generated image. “Fans of architecture and of the film sometimes drive by to take photos of it.”

She added that although the house is a sanctuary, it’s only a 12-minute drive from Santa Monica and Malibu.

“Everybody in the community has three to 10 acres,” she said. “It’s like living in a small town because we’re all here for each other.”

Ms. Pagano’s interior design work has been featured in a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair and Elle Décor.

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