The Modern Farmhouse: Valley style

Los Angeles’ northerly neighbor, the San Fernando Valley, a region sprinkled with towns such as Studio City, Encino, and Sherman Oaks, the preferred addresses for many a studio executive to start and raise a family, has doubled down on the Modern Farmhouse movement, rivaling even the metropole for dominance of the craft.

Sherman Oaks’ very own 4173 Nagle Avenue, conveniently located just off Ventura Boulevard, affording you easy access to numerous shops and boutiques, takes the idea of a country house in the city and runs with it, creating a spectacularly immersive world behind board pressed concrete walls and the silvery boughs of fruitless olive trees. The driveway, created using “a Dupont barrier sand pebble driveway,” is a wonderfully unexpected flourish that cements this home as a truly pinnacle of Modern Farmhouse design. The interiors, a delightful interplay between honed marbled, clean-cut wood paneling, and waif-like metal railings, create a easy, breezy environment that immediately allows you to feel at home whether this is your first our thousandth visit. This sort of air, seemingly effortless, was created using highly curated and intensive designs and materials, as all farmhouses, though industrial to the core, are all bespoke properties.

12142 Laurel Terrace Drive, located in Studio City, spreads 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms over three levels compiling a total of 6,265 square feet of angular, moody, broody interiors within midnight blue board and batten exterior. The garages, located at street level behind crisp wire gates, employ chevroned doors set within a rusticated, whitewashed brick foundation, a combination of traditional elements with a contemporary twist, allowing the casual passerby a glimpse of the wonders awaiting inside upstairs. The ground floor of the home, built into the hillside and elevated above the street, affords the air of a grand piano nobile, that raised formal entertaining level within the great townhouses of New York, Paris, and London, yet encased within country tweeds; the chevroned exterior doors give way to interior similarly colored herringboned floors, an enfiladed formal living and dining rooms boasting black walls, white trim, and natural oak wood ceiling, the massive family great room extending beyond. The great room, complete with waterfall marble island and prominent light fixtures, affords a place for everything and everything in its place, as well as easy access to the Goldilocks-sized pool and spa just off the connecting loggia. Each and every fixture in each and every bathroom blows me away—I’m sure I could be quite happy within their roughly sixty square feet for quite some time.

Located in Sherman Oaks, 14755 Sutton Street, is a divine meditation on the contemporary perception of the pastoral, of life in the country, contrived, yet stunningly beautiful with its use of white board and batten, blue shutters, windows with wired panes reminiscent of old school houses, multicolored subway tiles, and rolling green lawns, striking a wonderful balance between tradition and innovation, all with a shimmering, beautifully blue, blue swimming pool to boot!

13141 Valley Vista Boulevard, a 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, 5,300 square foot Studio City home, boasts a wonderfully tactile and visually intriguing exterior, pleasingly allowing the eye to wander and study the unique composition. Behind the gates a semi-circular drive, the home displays a highly traditional center hall plan with the formal dining and living rooms to the left and right respectively. I, personally, would transform the living room into a library wrapped in row after row of book of all kinds. At the rear of the composition, a massive kitchen with dual islands—be still my heart!—draws all into its warm embrace. What more could one want?

4811 Densmore Avenue, a massive Encino spread boasting 5 bedrooms, 7 bathroom, and 8,215 square feet of living space on a roughly 18,700 square foot lot, is quite the valley manse, offering everything, and then more—a truly regional outlook. I am most intrigued by the numerous second floor balconies and enclosed patios, allowing light, air, privacy, and views to abound from within the home, a truly novel feature that could much more readily be employed in the California home, we have just the climate for it after all, especially if you’re building up instead of out. This home allows you the privilege of a hanging garden—true luxury.

Check out our previous post on the Los Angeles Modern Farmhouse here.

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