Country English in Westwood Hills
As seen in Los Angeles Times, Hot Properties this stunning home right from the curb, is incomparable, much-loved and meticulously-maintained 1930s Country English was designed by renowned architect Allen Siple, known as the master of “Country Luxe”.
Set in Prime Westwood Hills and part of Hollywood history, famous actors Martin Landau and Barbara Bain raised their family here.
Designed for gracious entertaining both indoors and out, its circular floorplan surrounds a central courtyard with an upper-story wooden balcony and a stone-faced outdoor fireplace. The perfect setting for enchanting al fresco lounging and dining.
The richly-detailed interior spaces are architecturally exquisite throughout. Vaulted, carved beamed ceilings, decorative wainscoting, diamond-paned windows, beautiful light fixtures, built-in alcoves and bookcases, wide-planked, pegged wood floors and more all symphonize to create a gloriously warm ambience. And not to be forgotten is the Allen Siple rotunda, complete with his signature wagon-wheel.
The grand living room with its dramatic high ceiling is anchored by a huge fireplace and opens to a side garden patio through a set of French doors.
Up a few steps, the den is graced by a vaulted, beamed ceiling, a cozy corner fireplace and a library reading nook. Beyond is the family room / billiard room with its full, professional-style wet bar and seamless access to the backyard. Adjacent is the powder room and another space, perfect for a home-office.
The elegant formal dining room is large enough to seat sixteen or more and opens to the updated, eat-in cook’s kitchen featuring a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Viking 6-burner cook-top, a Bosch dishwasher and Kitchen-Aid double convection oven, separate warmer and built-in microwave. For the wine enthusiast, the basement houses a temperature-controlled wine cellar with 1,800+ bottle storage.
There are four bedrooms in total, three ensuites upstairs, each with its own tastefully updated bathroom. The master, with its charming window seat, has several closets plus two walk-ins and the master bath features two separate vanity areas with sinks, a soaking tub and a separate shower, all done in a richly-toned marble. The fourth bedroom and bath are downstairs, easily used as guest quarters, housekeeper’s or nanny’s suites.
The sunny backyard, originally featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, is spacious, quintessentially private and serene, with broad views of treetops and blue sky. Much of the outdoor space features a John Watson Landscape Illumination outdoor lighting system, washing the property in his renowned “moonlight” as featured at the Hotel Bel-Air.
A true retreat, there’s a sparkling swimmer’s pool and spa, a sauna, cabana and a sunken, built-in, gas fire pit surrounded by the original six, sculpted concrete seats. There’s also a built-in BBQ-buffet area with a refrigerator and several brick-clad lounging and dining spaces. Infratech electric heating units allow year-round enjoyment.
Creature comforts include a Sonos system, newer dual zoned HVAC, updated plumbing, emergency Generac generator and security system.
Located in the much-desired Warner Avenue Elementary School District and in close proximity to UCLA, Westwood Village, Beverly Hills and Brentwood.