Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
At the base of a picturesque wooded hill in the Oakmont area of Brentwood, this peaceful, stylish seven-bedroom home feels as though it has always been here, tucked into the land amid towering trees and greenery. Taking inspiration from traditional farmhouses—with generous use of wood and multiple warming fireplaces—and augmenting that enduring style with contemporary comforts and amenities, it is an enchanting getaway in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
The property is walled and includes a gated entrance and drive, beyond with are steppingstones set amid lush landscaping and mature trees. The entry courtyard feels like a luxuriant secret garden, enveloped by colorful flora. A covered patio with a fireplace is a cozy, shady enclave perfect for relaxing beside a hypnotic water feature while gazing into the trees.
The bucolic location notwithstanding, the home’s 9,150-square-foot interiors are filled with wonderful natural light and feels airy, bright, and inviting. Beyond the formal entry is a collection of spaces designed to accommodate day-to-day living and festive entertaining with equal ease. The kitchen offers a breakfast bar, an oversized marble-topped island, superior-caliber appliances—including a stainless-steel Sub-Zero refrigerator, dual ovens, and a La Cornue range—a dining banquette, and an adjoining family room. A nearby butler’s pantry with marble countertops provides a wine chiller, ample additional cabinetry, and—in a whimsical touch—a view through the floor into the wine cellar below. In a configuration ideal for entertaining, the butler’s pantry gives way to a formal dining room and, in turn, a living room with an elegant fireplace and built-in bookshelves. Breezy French doors open to an idyllic patio—one of many restful spots in the colorful backyard, a thoroughly private refuge offering nearly endless appeal with its stone fireplace, thriving landscaping, tranquil waterfall fountain, open-air dining space, lush lawn, and outdoor kitchen.
Anchoring the upper bedroom level—which encompasses five suites—is a second family room. The owner’s oasis features a private sitting room with wet bar, a warming fireplace, and doors to a deck with a view of the treetops and the city. Striking pitched beamed ceilings, two luxurious baths—one with a roomy soaking tub—and two impressively outfitted walk-in closets. The busy professional will appreciate the inclusion of multiple office spaces with useful built-ins.
An elevator provides a convenient link between all three levels, including the basement, which boasts a delightful game and billiards room, a wine vault, a wet bar, a home theater with comfortable cinema-caliber seating, a gym with a mirrored wall, and a “party kitchen” with a full refrigerator, a bar, and counter seating.
Up the hillside from the home is a sitting terrace with a fire table, an alfresco dining area, and a serene, secluded hot tub and cantilevered hammock nestled amid a quiet grove—all perfect for appreciating vistas of the sparkling L.A. skyline through the trees.