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                                                                                                John Burroughs


The early American naturalist could have been sitting on the back patio of this Custom Canyon home when he wrote these words, as the property abounds in nature: the majestic Santa Monica Mountains seen from almost every room; lush landscaping and a myriad of trees – even a large apple tree at the natural, stone-bordered entry – rare in Southern California.  The yard is an especially tranquil setting, with an outside dining area, firepit, and lounging spot perfectly suited for stargazing; all of course, overlooking the mountains!

The 3600 sq. ft. interior is equally tranquil, with a large vaulted-ceiling living room and dual-sided fireplace opening to the dining room, which has light-wood floors.  The rooms bask in sunlight, aided by massive windows, all facing the hills.  A sweet breakfast area adjoins the kitchen, with its window fronting the back patio.  The kitchen has tiled floors, granite counters, and island.  A family room looks onto the kitchen, with another fireplace, and sliders opening to the back.  Also on the first level is a spacious bedroom and bath.

An elegant curved staircase leads to the second floor, which has three bedrooms sharing a bathroom.  French doors open to the master suite, which has a gorgeous private patio.  An updated bathroom, with soaking tub, shower, and dual sinks, makes this an ideal retreat.

The secret magic of living in this part of the Santa Monica Mountains, however, has to be its access to some of the most historic and fascinating sites in Southern California, as well as, 10 minutes to the 101 fwy and minutes to beaches.  Known to the lucky few that reside here are notable gems: The Old Place, formerly a 1900’s post office, now a wonderful “locals only” restaurant.  And right next door is Cornell Winery, a great spot to bring guests for a wine-tasting!  Let’s not forget the Rock Store, a bygone treasure.  And last, but not least, is the Peter Strauss Recreation Area & Malibu Creek State Park, ideal for weekend hikes, and brimming with old movie/tv sets, such as “Mash.”  Stop by one of these treasures, and you’ll see why generations of families have called this neighborhood home, delighting in the history and beauty of living in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains.     

Additional Details

  • MLS#: 218012430
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3/0
  • Square Feet: 3623
  • Lot Size: 0.4
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Garage: 3
  • Floors: 2
  • School District: Las Virgenes