Built in 1933, this sprawling hacienda was commissioned by uber-wealthy playboy and Singer Sewing fortune heir, Arthur Bourne. At the time its construction, Mr. Bourne owned a vast amount of land. Over time, most of the land was sold, eventually evolving into the community known today as Tennis Club. Today, the home sits on a more-than-comfortable 1.26 acre parcel, and is being sold along with an adjoining 5,227 square foot parcel for a total of 1.38 acres.
The foyer alone is larger than many studio apartments in L.A. and with a ceiling that rises 16’ overhead there is a definite sense that something grand awaits beyond the doorways ahead.
Stepping into the living room, the promise of grandeur is delivered – in spades. “Cavernous” is perhaps the best word to describe this room. Functionally, it connects two long wings of the house, all of which open to a courtyard with a pool, spa, and covered patios. But in addition to its size, what makes this room so special are the gigantic sliding doors that open up the entire room to the courtyard, and the huge pyramid-like fireplace on the opposing wall.
This room alone makes this property a gem, yet there is so much more to come.
The home features 3 beautiful fireplaces in all. The second of which is seen here, situated in the corner of the home’s huge dining room with a conical chimney that rises to the open beam ceiling overhead.
One of the best things about this property is the upside potential and the kitchen is a great example of that. As is, it’s functional and charming, but it has the potential to be transformed into a dream workspace. And extremely spacious room, tons of natural light, a huge breakfast room, a large pantry, and two doors leading to the front and side yards offer so many possibilities.
The sizable breakfast room is larger than many dining rooms. Behind it is a bedroom, bathroom and laundry room, likely used as a servant’s quarters at one time.
With 10 bedrooms, it’s no surprise that a few of them that would make a fine master bedroom. But with a fireplace, en-suite bath, a deck looking over the orchard, and doors opening to both the courtyard and side yard, this room is the de-facto master. And it’s one of my favorite rooms in the house.
Both wings of the house feature classic covered patios that open to the courtyard with pool and spa. The scene here makes for a timeless postcard.
With a backdrop of mountains snuggled up right behind the property, you have a postcard perfect scene to step into every single day.
The home has 6 distinct outdoor areas: the front with its large circular driveway, 2 large and flat grassy yards on the south side, the central courtyard, an orchard lying out beyond the courtyard, and a cement patio accented by a stand of palm trees on the north side. Here we see one of the grassy yards featuring a 1 bedroom/1bath brick casita
Each of the bedrooms that occupy the south wing of the house open to both the court yard and one of the grassy yards on the south side of the house.
The upstairs consists of a single bedroom with a bath. On one side is balcony with views of the mountains and on the other side is a 180 square foot covered deck overlooking the rest of the property and panoramic views beyond.
Running along the entire length of the home’s north wing is an enclosed sunroom perfect for an art studio, gardening center, or a hundred other uses.
9,318 square feet is an awful lot of living space. And if that’s more than you need (after all, who really needs 10 bedrooms), think outside of the box and consider the many other possibilities: For instance a private school! A Church? Executive offices, perhaps. Artist studios - including on-site galleries! A private club? I can’t say for sure what’s permitted, but it’s certainly worth looking into.
Besides the many bedrooms, there is a library, game room, workshop and so many other features to appreciate.
While Neff was alive, he was one of the most sought after architects of Hollywood’s biggest stars. And to this day the magic of his work is still appreciated by Tinseltown’s biggest names. Among those who’ve owned his homes are Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Jack Lemon, Greta Garbo, Joan Bennett, Claudette Colbert, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, Barbra Streisand and Diane Keaton. Here’s your chance to add your name to a long list of proud owners of Neff designed homes.