Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
In the early 20th century, the award-winning team of David J. Witmer and Loyall F. Watson—celebrated architects of the American Southwest—designed numerous public buildings and private residences, which earned them renown for outdoor living spaces and homes that that encourage a relationship with their natural environment. That connection is readily apparent in this stately manor, which was built in 1929 for the Henry W. Swafford family.
La Canada Flintridge, California | Heidi Lake & Tara Del Bosco, Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage
Impeccably maintained and tastefully updated, the home now blends an elegantly classical ambience with contemporary panache, and its tranquilly rolling 2.3-acre grounds are replete with expanses of emerald lawn and mature trees—with peaceful green spaces and a private putting green linked by footbridges recalling those at Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny.
Old World detailing pervades the 11,719-square-foot interiors, from timeless paneling and wainscoting to an impressive, ornately detailed central stairway crafted from richly hued wood. Highlights include a mahogany-paneled library with a fireplace; a living room with a dramatic vaulted ceiling, a striking leaded-glass window, and a fireplace; a colorful family room with an oversized fireplace, a bay window seat, a coffered ceiling, and French doors to the grounds; a dining room with a distinctive ceiling; a sleek kitchen with top-tier appliances, Vermont soapstone countertops, and an island with counter seating; a vibrant breakfast room with a pitched glass ceiling; a butler’s pantry with a wine chiller; a playroom; and two offices. Entertainment happens on the lower level, which includes a billiards room, a wine cellar and tasting room, and a professional-caliber theater with carpeting and wood paneling. Private quarters consist of five guest suites—each with thoughtful built-ins—and a stylishly serene primary suite with a balcony, a vaulted ceiling, a corner fireplace, and a spacious, lavish bath offering plentiful counter and cabinet space and a soaking tub.
Perhaps most delightful, though, are moments spent outdoors. Beyond cool, breezy covered and open-air patios, lush lawn and tall shade trees unfold. Paths meander through manicured hedges and trees toward charming bridges and the putting green. Beside a T-shaped training pool with deck jets and a spa is a covered pool patio with a pitched ceiling and a warming fireplace. The estate also easily accommodates five vehicles in freestanding garages that mirror the main residence in style and classical flair.