Inhabit Space, Inc. Renovates Historic Al Jolson Estate in Los Angeles

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Principal design and renovation of the historic Al Jolson Estate has been completed by Inhabit Space, Inc., an L.A. based design firm. Lead designer Todd Cintron--best known for modern design for residences and fashion showrooms---helmed the traditional-style project for the property's current sellers. In addition to Jolson, the estate was later home to celebrities Charlie Sheen and Kirstie Alley.

The home is an incredible structure. It presented some amazing creative possibilities in concert with preserving the property's original integrity

Inhabit Space, Inc., a Los Angeles-based interior design firm announced today the completed renovation of the historic Al Jolson estate in Encino, California. Principal design to the property's interior and exterior was led by Todd Cintron, founder and design lead at Inhabit Space. The eight-bedroom, 9,000 square-foot celebrity estate rests on 2.26 acres and was built in 1935. The property was owned and occupied until 1950 by the late Jolson, a '20 and '30s-era movie star. Since then, it has enjoyed a celebrity ownership lineage including actors Charlie Sheen, Kirstie Alley and Katey Sagal.

Originally, Inhabit Space was selected to remodel the 1,600-square foot master bedroom suite, as well as an office and theater room. Soon thereafter, the estate's owner requested extensive renovation to the kitchen, wine cellar, music studio, foyer, powder room, and laundry facilities. Design also expanded to the home's exterior, as Inhabit Space conceived and constructed both a 900-square foot carport and barbeque area.

"The home is an incredible structure. It presented some amazing creative possibilities in concert with preserving the property's original integrity," said Cintron. "What exists now is a high-character, traditional home with a distinctive, modern aesthetic, and easygoing functionality."

The Inhabit Space team expanded the estate's master suite from its previous incarnation by raising the ceilings, constructing a second closet, and building new cabinetry. The room's windows were shifted to increase natural light and garden views, respectively. Cintron also designed a luxurious seating area and bathroom (each approximately 400 square feet) in rich, white marble with matching wrap-around accents, and extensively lined the area with custom light fixtures and custom moldings.

Many other showcase areas grace the home, particularly the modern kitchen where taste, tastefulness, and technology converge. Inhabit Space optimized it for freedom of movement around the center island. Meanwhile, multiple work stations, marble countertops, and custom, solid Alder wood cabinetry with a "country feel," were installed to perfectly compliment the top-flight appliances. Also, in the living room, the lighting was enhanced with customized wall sconces, and surface brightness was achieved through decorative repainting and use of textured, Venetian plaster.

Additionally, for the home's interior and exterior, Inhabit Space:

  • Converted the front entrance door to glass and wood
  • Installed green onyx countertops, custom cabinetry, and four laundry machines to the laundry    


  • Installed a cedar closet, and climate control technology to the storage attic
  • Added brick to the main house exterior and installed planters around the property
  • Painted the entire estate, including its guest house

Inhabit Space estimates that it renovated approximately 70% of the Jolson estate. According to Cintron, "Beauty, comfort and functionality, as with all our projects, remained the foremost considerations. We commit to the belief that every structure--residential or commercial--represents a landmark that should endure for decades to come."

About Inhabit Space, Inc.
Inhabit Space, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is based in Los-Angeles California. The company has forged an eclectic path, showcasing beauty, comfort and functionality with every residential and commercial design project--from modern residences and professional offices to landmark estates and fashion showrooms. Todd Cintron, the company's founder and lead designer, is a former television executive with extensive ties to creative and design communities. For interviews with Todd Cintron or information about Inhabit Space, Inc. please visit or call 323.854.3145.


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