Emotionally evocative right from the curb, this 1940-vintage gem has been magnificently restored and remodeled with great sensitivity to and unflinching respect for its fine, original architecture. Professionally crafted by a tenured designer, there’s an abundance of rich, masterfully-crafted wood accents with wonderful built-ins, thick and stately moldings, gleaming trim and warm fir and oak floors punctuating most every corner of this very special home. The interiors are illuminated by several custom light fixtures, many of them antiques.
The formal entry leads to the spacious step-down living room with its regal fireplace and large, bowed window taking in beautiful streetside views. With a touch of a button, the living room converts to commercial-grade home theater.
The ultra-elegant formal dining room is comfortably-sized, complete with the requisite chair rail and lit by a Baccarat crystal fixture.
The chef’s kitchen retains much of its original feel yet has been remodeled to include top-of-the line appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a Viking stove. It has era-correct Carrara marble countertops and backsplash and a built-in Carrara marble café breakfast table with a circa 1880 French cast iron powder-coated base lit by a Baccarat crystal fixture.
Adjacent to the kitchen in just the right spot is the cozy family room, warmed by yet another fireplace and featuring many built-ins.
The primary bedroom exudes comfort and high-style with its peaceful views of the backyard. The primary bath was remodeled to include new casement windows, era-correct limestone, a modernized rain shower, custom cabinetry and an oversized separate bathtub and separate shower complete with a shower seat. It even has its own dedicated water heater.
Another secondary bedroom is adjacent and also exudes a special charm.
The formal guest suite, with its extensive era-correct built-ins and sunny feel, is nicely separated from the other bedrooms and was built to blend seamlessly with the vintage, yet freshened tone set by the rest of the house. It even features a custom bay window, window seat and window box to match the other originals.
The unusually lush front and backyards have been professionally designed and painstakingly installed and feature drought-tolerant landscape choices. Even the sidewalk in front of the house has been replaced, trimmed artfully with imported flagstone cobblestones. Out back, there’s an imported French limestone fountain using recycled water and an al fresco patio, gloriously- reminiscent of a moment on the French countryside. On the upper-level yard, there’s a large grassy expanse and a kids’ play- house, also remodeled preserving its original hardwood interiors.
There is a fully automated drip system and fully automated low voltage Luminaire landscape lighting.
Other creature comforts include an updated alarm system, professionally monitored, central air and heat, Cat 5 wiring and Smart Home control of the lighting, the entertainment system, the security cameras, the security system, the garage door, the thermostat and the wi-fi.
Even the garage has been remodeled with plaster-finished interior walls.
All this in the coveted Warner Avenue School system in close proximity to UCLA and to the Westwood and Brentwood villages and the fine shopping and dining experiences each provides.