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Designer Relives His Travels

July 29, 2001|RUTH RYON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

When Eric Brun-Sanglard lost his sight five years ago at the age of 33, he started redesigning homes with the help of such tools as a machine that creates Braille versions of floor plans.

So far, Brun-Sanglard, who grew up in the French Alps ski resort of Chamonix, has redesigned and rebuilt six homes in the Beverly Hills and West Hollywood areas. Each is different.

"As a child, I traveled a lot with my parents to such places as Morocco, Spain and Turkey," he said. "I bring a lot of those memories into my design."

His houses have sold at prices in the $2-million range.

This house is his latest work, one that he has called home for about a year.

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About this house: At first, this was a 1960s post-and-beam home. Brun-Sanglard turned it into a contemporary villa with Mediterranean/Southeast Asian overtones. He draws upon his other senses to give the home touches that lend a Zen quality, with water features and wide-open living spaces. The house has what one observer calls "touches of Bali."

Asking price: $1.85 million

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Size: Three bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a den in about 3,400 square feet

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Features: In the hills just off the Sunset Strip, the home has city-to-ocean views, a gated entry, private courtyard, 14-foot entry gallery and bamboo floors combined with limestone and colored glass tiles. Each bedroom has a bath, and the master has a walk-in closet and steam shower. There are two private patios with contemporary fountains. The backyard has a pool and a spa.

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Where: Sunset Strip area

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Listing agent: Richard Klug, Sotheby's, Beverly Hills, (310) 786-1817

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To be considered as a candidate for Home of the Week, please send color interior and exterior photos (copies only, please; we cannot return the pictures) and a brief description of the house, including what makes the property unusual, to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; or e-mail homeoftheweek@latimes.com.

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