A Bit of Britain
A divine English tudor-style estate brings seclusion and serenity to one of L.A.’s most distinguished sanctuaries
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of Matthew Momberger
Discovering the exemplary Bradbury estate at 18 Dovetail Lane is like taking a trip to the blissful English countryside without ever having to board a plane. Imagine charming, bucolic surroundings flanked by dramatic mountain views and lush greenery—all cloaked in the ultimate privacy afforded by an intimate community that Forbes once ranked as one of the most expensive in America.
“The area is one of the most beautiful and relaxing small towns in California, with the benefit of sitting on the edge of Los Angeles,” says Aaron Kirman of Aaroe Estates, who is listing the compelling compound for $18.890 million. “With access to professionally maintained National Forest, Bradbury also finds itself at the epicenter of the state’s booming equestrian culture.”
Nestled amid the San Gabriel Mountains—below the Angeles National Forest, between the cities of Duarte and Monrovia—the exclusive enclave of Bradbury offers a desirable small-town locale steeped in richness and paired with warm and welcoming residents. Here, within this somewhat secret millionaire hideaway, sits a massive two-level English Tudor-style estate, which, given its address, “dovetails” quite nicely with the affluent surrounds. Those seeking the ideal Southern California lifestyle will unlock the epitome of gracious living here.
Envision opening the gated confines and arriving at this modern-day castle situated on a secluded 2.45-acre parcel in guard-gated Bradbury Estates, where spectacular English garden-inspired landscaped environs entice with a labyrinth of lush avocado trees. Meanwhile, there is fully equipped stables, corrals, pens, fields, and grounds for the housing, training and showing of horses to fulfill the equestrian’s wildest dreams.
The storybook allure continues inside the property, which was custom built by luxury real estate development and construction firm Chateau Group USA and designed by renowned designer Robert Tong. Flawless attention to detail has been incorporated into every element of the layout, with sophisticated and chic interiors punctuated by exquisite finishes and period accents throughout. Pink polished marble, artisan carpentry and woodwork, and a neutral color palette sporting metallic and wood accents complementing gothic arches, cathedral ceilings, and fleur-de- lis and Celtic cross motifs.
The architecture of this gated compound delivers a classic style worthy of comparison to timeless European estates abroad, yet appears as fresh and clean as new construction. Included is more than 14,000 square feet of living space in the main home and almost 2,500 square feet in the guest house, with highlights including 10 bedrooms (most notably, the master suite showcasing a large seating area, huge walk-in closets and a circular bathroom); a library sporting a gilded and coffered ceiling; and a two-story living room with a spiral staircase circling a spectacular dome-mounted chandelier.
Some of the marquee features of this home are the chef’s kitchen featuring a spacious dining area, butler’s pantry and smaller, separate contained kitchen for Asian wok cooking; a formal dining room surrounded by an equestrian-themed mural; a home theater with a decorative starlit ceiling; and a wine and tasting room.
Meanwhile, the entertainment room hosts a fireplace and full walk-in bar, while the gym sports a sauna and massage room.
Outdoors, multiple amenities take full advantage of the mountain vistas. Among them are a seating loggia with a fireplace and vaulted ceiling highlighted by designer chandeliers; a sparkling infinity-edge pool bordered by grassy lounge areas and statuary; an outdoor kitchen and a lighted sports court.
A duo of two-car garages rounds out the property’s luxe offerings. “This home is definitely unique in that it is one the most luxurious estates in the area, offering the opportunity to find yourself in one of the rarest homes in the region,” says Kirman. Indeed, this estate is unrivaled in its surroundings—something from the backdrops of movies, combined with a captivating abode that tells a tale of culture, elegance and prominence.
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