Under foot you’ll find one of the most beautiful hardwood floors you’ve ever seen. Made of reclaimed red and white oak from a 100 year-old barn, it has tones and a finish that are gorgeous. And with a complement of tongue-in-groove wood overhead as well, an otherwise enormous living room feels downright cozy.
And check out the windows. These are most definitely not off-the-shelf from Home Depot. The long, horizontal panes of glass with mitered corners provide a sleek view to the expanse of LA that spreads out below. That sleekness, though, is made timeless by the rich wood that frames the glass. Frank Lloyd Wright used this to great effect many times.
With an open floor plan, the living room and dining room flow right into the oversized kitchen, which is a true chef’s workspace. No cabinets overhead – just open shelving. I love the functionality of that, as well as the clean lines that it creates. The cabinets down below adopt the same clean lines. And if you’ve always wanted to have a commercial grade oven with a faucet installed above the cooktop, you can now check that off your list.
The eye may go directly to the wall of built-ins at the far end of the living room. But after a longer look, you’ll notice that even the wall that frames them has a soft beauty to it. That probably comes from the fact that they’re made of hand-troweled plaster. The same is true of the home’s exterior walls.
With a dark bottom and framed by lush grass, the salt water pool has the ambience of a mountaintop lake, which makes it somehow feel private even while offering180-degree views of forever.
This is a homestead where comfort abounds. Just ask this fella chillin' in the grass.
The master bedroom opens to a patio, the perfect setting for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast, or a nightcap while looking at the stars.
Feels like a spa to me.
Although the home is essentially a one-story ranch, there is a bonus space below that can be used for any number of things – gym, studio for art, yoga, music, garden workshop (more on gardening to come), or the ultimate man cave.
With two walls that open to the outdoors, it’s such a cool space that you may end up needing to flip a coin to choose which use wins out.
Finally, what makes this property really special is the use of the land upon which it’s sited. The house itself is built on the promontory of a 34,475 sf lot, most of which extends down the hillside. For many properties, that means the land goes unused. In this case, it’s been transformed into veritable parkland that includes paths, terraces, and multiple seating areas to choose from depending on your preferred view and degree of sun/shade. The boxed and screened-in vegetable gardens above are fantastic.
Tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac, this 4 bedroom/4 bath home was built in 2014, but its Mission inspiration is timeless. On that note, one of the last things worth mentioning is the roof, which is covered in tiles that were imported from Spain. So if you get to see this place, take it slowly and look close. It’s the details that make it a gem.