“Palatially pastoral” Mandeville Canyon modern farmhouse asks $23.5M

Inspired by contemporary industrial chic Napa estates, 1707 Westridge Road, a towering 16,000 square foot home pairing steels doors and windows with board and batten, chevroned marble with open grate railings—this home offers an agrarian twist on the century-old palm tree and terra cotta Los Angeles idyll, an ever intensifying pursuit for the ultimate home in the city, and, yet in the country. Sheltered from the outside world by a thicket of mature olive trees, this home takes inspiration from their muted, earthy tones for its interior and exterior stone and woodwork, allowing the massing of the structure to mellow and blend into its surrounding landscape.

I am always a fan of a tactile entrance, such as heels on terrazzo, heavy, jasmine scented evenings, or, in this case, a pea gravel entry drive, providing the perfect crunch as you pull through the automated gate in your white SL, the top down, your hair tousled, and even though you have sunglasses on, we know your smiling with your eyes underneath. Welcome home.

The sheer volume of interior space within this home is intimidating, and their approach to connecting and stitching such a structure is ingenious in its simplicity: center everything around gathering spaces and they will gather. The foyer, which seemingly suggests a rather tame center hall plan, belies the interconnectivity of the remaining rooms, and even the center hall, provided; each room draws you further into the dream that is this home: Napa in Brentwood.

Each ground floor room is a study in refined rusticity—black and white marble floors, stainless steel sinks, roughhewn beams, and ceiling light fixtures of all shapes and sizes greet you at every turn.

Upstairs, the central hall transforms into a spectacular double height gallery, beamed and railinged in the cleanest of woods and metals, providing a generous landing to transition into the private bedroom suites and family spaces. The master, a house unto itself, features not only a massive beamed bedroom, but a separate retreat with double sided fireplace—this feature always recalls something tract and eighties excessive in my mind, perhaps a more personalized could be configured by the future owner—and his and hers, or his and his, or her and theirs, etc., baths each with its own South-Coast-Plaza-sized dressing room. The remaining bedroom suites are nothing to sneeze at either as each offers a bespoke design scheme and treetop views.

Two levels down, in the basement, further recreation spaces are offered in the form of a wine cellar, bonus room, screening room, fitness studio, and personal day spa—why ever go on vacation when you return to your own personal resort on the reg?

The separate pool house offers further interior and exterior entertaining space, a guest suite, as well as a separate, and essential, dedicated pool bath complete with shower, a true luxury and lifesaver for every pool party. I must admit I am the biggest sucker for the fireplace and clerestory window trick in the entertainment room—so simple yet so unexpected—but hey, I’m easy to impress like that. Give me a little sparkle, shine, or sleight of hand and I’m all yours; I live for the novelties.

The rear yard, a turfed fantasy, offers ample lounging opportunities around the long rectangular pool, a pool, which, to my eyes, is a few shades too light, is all that I would change in my personalization of the property. And, yet, I would also enhance the home by adding vines and vines of wisteria to grow up and over all the welcoming, protective arbors and trellises surrounding the home and its ancillary buildings.

And, if you’re lucky and the hedges aren’t too thick, you may be able to catch a glimpse of your famous neighbor, Gwyneth Paltrow, and her Windsor Smith built Veranda Magazine Idea House.

1707 Westridge Road, a 9 bedroom, 11 bathroom, 16,243 square foot home situated on a roughly 36,600 square foot lot, is listed courtesy of Jennifer Pinckert & Kale Mendeleyev of Compass.

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