In the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, as they roll away toward the urban expanse of Los Angeles, the town of Encino is a peaceful enclave named for the oak trees that are strewn across its landscape. Fittingly, this beautiful seven-bedroom home is nestled amid an array of tall trees on a quiet hillside cul-de-sac, creating a truly idyllic oasis for leisurely living and festive entertaining in the prestigious Royal Oaks community.
Encino, California | Anthony Paradise, Sotheby’s International Realty – Sunset Strip Brokerage
Classical charm meets modern comfort and convenience in the inviting interiors, which boast numerous custom elements and have an easy flow for indoor-outdoor living. Just inside ornate entry doors, a dramatic curving staircase with a decorative iron railing anchors the main level. Beyond are a sophisticated living room with a fireplace, a formal dining room with a handsome bar, a casual media room, and a remarkably spacious kitchen with a wood-wrapped island, a full suite of top-tier stainless-steel appliances, a sunny breakfast area, and an enviable walk-in pantry. A cool, relaxed ambience pervades the family room, which adjoins the kitchen and opens to a covered patio overlooking the pool and terrace.
Private quarters are secluded on the upper level. Chief among them is an owner’s suite featuring a sitting area with a warming fireplace, dual spa-like baths—one with a soaking tub in windowed alcove and both with roomy marble showers—a pair of walk-in closet with thoughtful built-ins, and access to a hidden arbored terrace designed for secluded enjoyment of fresh air. A rare, coveted amenity, the home’s spa includes a sauna and a breezy balcony.
Vibrant gardens and tall mature trees envelop the residence, creating a curtain of seclusion for an impressive collection of alfresco spaces. The centerpiece is an alluring sun-soaked terrace surrounding a stunning swimming pool and spa refreshed by unique waterfall fountains. Steps away are a sitting area beside a stalwart stacked-stone fireplace, a covered outdoor kitchen and dining pergola with a built-in grill, dazzling rose gardens, an organic vegetable garden, fruit trees, and a lush grassy area of lawn, above which the graceful boughs of a lofty tree support chair swings and are threaded with lights. A delightful freestanding cottage tucked away in a shady grove could serve a number of functions, including an art studio or yoga and meditation room.
On the upper level of the freestanding guesthouse is a restful visitor’s retreat with open living and sleeping space, a kitchenette, a bath, and a balcony ideal for surveying the serene setting. The main level is dedicated to a de rigueur feature for a Southern California home—a light-filled fitness studio that rivals many professional gyms. Glass doors fold back to offer the ultimate in motivation: a view of the perfectly peaceful and private surroundings.