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Remember, in high school or college, reading about artists’ and writers’ colonies throughout the world? The romance of Hemingway and Fitzgerald flocking to Paris for inspiration; the painters who founded the Southwest Art Colony in Sedona, Arizona? The purpose – to allow their creative juices to flourish amongst other like-minded people, in a setting guaranteed to promote inspiration.
The property on Mulholland Highway could be just that: perhaps a haven for animal lovers; or a retreat to escape to after work; maybe a spot for a multi-generational family to live together, with room for everyone! There is no end to the possibilities this spot can offer. First there is the location: two acres of unspoiled land near the Peter Strauss National Recreational Area, with a rare natural spring, providing water even in dry months. Though only minutes from the beaches and freeway, the property is private and quiet, surrounded by giant oaks and breathtaking mountain peaks.
Three structures sit on the two acres. The first is the main home, with a veranda wrapping around the great room, reminiscent of the original adobe homes in Southern California. Natural blonde, wood floors, soaring ceilings of dark oak, and a stone fireplace, add to the ambiance. The large kitchen, with its wide-beamed ceiling is true country, with plenty of room for hosting Sunday dinners. Four bedrooms, two baths, and an office complete the main house.
A charming visitor’s unit, or possible mother-in-law apartment, tucked into another corner of the property, has a beautiful kitchen, with a double-aproned farm sink and bead board cabinets. The floors are all concrete. A wood stove is the centerpiece of the living room, along with a bedroom and attached bath. A covered patio outside is a perfect invitation to relax and enjoy the pristine view.
The third residence is a huge treat for family and friends lucky enough to be invited for the weekend – an authentic red caboose! The outside is quirky, the inside gorgeous, with a kitchenette, bedroom, and bath. Surrounded by reclaimed wood and stone fences, as well as sculptures, this is an artist’s retreat, a writer’s dream, an exotic space to create family memories.
The property also contains a combination welding/workshop and a secluded artist’s studio. Come by and sit with us for a spell. You may find that you never want to leave, that you are more than ready to begin your own adventure in one of the sweetest treasures in California.