728 El Medio Avenue

728 El Medio Avenue: a West Coast interpretation of a traditional, shingled, East Coast farmhouse; this home is a stylistic trip down memory lane to a land of stripped down practicality melded with sturdy seaboard construction techniques and flourishes, tried, true, and modern, which create a distinctly Californian creation, a deconstruction and essentialization of Yankee traditions and customs into casual, easy elegant living. It is the elevation of the farmhouse aesthetic, of close quarters, of a place for everything and everything in its place, of gardens, animals, and kinship that intrigues me, as well as the processes that have created the privileging of the pastoral, the primacy of land and all the trappings “being landed” entails. Very much like the other homes I have covered in Los Angeles, 728 El Medio Avenue, located in Pacific Palisades, seeks to create a countryside escape within the bustling, winding asphalt highways, avenues, and boulevards that traverse the Los Angeles Basin. The innate tensions, and possibilities, which the intersections of town and country allow for inform my every design decision; chaotic order is necessary to surprise and delight.

The El Medio elevation of the home includes succulents, sycamores, a curving stone path, shingles painted grey, white trim, a bachelor button blue front door—simple lines and sumptuous textures abound as you approach this home from the street.

Upon passing over the threshold into the entry hall, this home reveals a truncated version of my favorite arrangement of rooms—a large formal great room containing a the dining and living rooms is to your immediate left, allowing for relaxed, understated entertainment of friends and family. Passing beyond this large room and the stairs, the informal great room emerges: this great room, composed of the kitchen, family room, and breakfast nook, is the heart of the home, and also enables access to the generous exterior terrace and staircase down to the grassy hillside and fountain below. This informal, private, family-oriented space, spanning the entire rear elevation of the home, enables conversations, both tough and easy, a loving, warm setting composed of butcherblock, marble, slate blue cabinetry, and a simple colonial revival mantle. Also, the sheer amount of foliage, shrubbery, and citrus on the patio assists in the creation of a world unto yourself, a private Pacific Palisades paradise.

As this home is located in a sloping hillside lot, the site allows for a true daylight basement, a basement that allows for a full, useable, engaged third floor with easy, direct access to the hedged, turfed, secluded rear yard. This lower level centralizes the recreational and leisure spaces by creating and integrating the theater, lounge, exercise room, and wine cellar spaces into the essence of the home. Yet, on the other side of the manicured hedges is a wide boulevard, street lights, a parking lot, and Pacific Palisades Charter High’s football stadium, which assures you easy access to any and all local sporting events.

728 El Medio Avenue, a 6 bedroom, 7 bathroom, 5,858 square foot home on a cozy 6,528 square foot lot, is currently listed by Ellen McCormick and Neil Smith of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California for $4,995,000.

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