The La Cañada Flintridge, California of 1950, a world brimming with post-war conveniences and exuberances set within rustic, heavily beamed and paneled interiors, a world away from the clinical chrome interiors of the nearby Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the creeping tendrils of communism, welcomes you into a true country house in the city, a daily respite and vacation as soon as you’ve parked on the lengthy drive.
The board and batten exterior of this home, a lovely avocado with lemon peel trim and shutters, harkens back to simpler days, the days of the Californios and ranchos, a time and place this home seeks to recreate with its broad, sheltered exterior terraces, human-sized spaces, and enfiladed rooms—the casual formality of a time long past, a reworking of past narratives to create meaning in the present, and how intricate the physical structure and building of this narrative is, complete in brick, plaster, and broad swaths of paneling.
Once past the entry threshold, multiple beamed rooms unfold before your, all with large fireplaces, ample windows, and opportunities to interact with the out of doors. The sheer amount of wood brings the outdoor forest in, leaving the space asking for more—where are the fiddle figs, rubber plants, and monstera?! The continuation of the outdoors in would pair exceptionally well with the heavy wrought iron hinges, drawer pulls, and handles throughout the home.
The bedroom spaces feature amazing beamed bones, especially the final bedroom in this photoset, which displays wonderfully whimsical woodcarving.
The intimate rear yard of this home is an expansive like oak forest with turf meadows and seating areas sprinkled here and there. At the rear of the property, over a darling bridge, is the barn and paddocks, allowing you to nurture your very own small farm! Growing up, we had pet chickens and rabbits, along with numerous types of gardens, which has always instilled a love off all things pastoral in my heart—I love the country life! Just thinking of all the possibilities and opportunities this amazing property affords the future owner leaves me quite jealous, haha.
With a personalization of the home on the near horizon, I forward the use of the following two homes as a basis for the future interior and exterior design of the home. The first, featured in Architectural Digest, is composer Jonathan Sheffer’s Sagaponack home renovated by architect Manuel Fernandez-Casteleiro and designer Jack Ceglic. This home feature warm wood paneling, generous glass walls, and the surrounding green, green gardens to enhance its moody, broody interior lighting scheme.
Similarly featured in the pages of Architectural Digest, this Sonoma Valley home created by Wade Design Architects and designer Tim Clarke reveals the possibilities available if you lighten up the walls and add well-placed sky lights can enhance our perceptions of depth and volume in the design of a comfortable, well curated home.
4228 Chula Senda Lane, a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, 2,375 square foot home located within a 40,500 square foot lot, is currently listed by Jean Garr-Roddy of Compass Realty for $3,385,000.
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