Commanding Compound

Old-World charm meets modern amenities at this Montecito-style compound in Encino

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of Brian Thomas Jones

A La La Land-inspired video tagged “Oak View Land” touts the virtues of this Spanish Colonial Revival compound, complete with performers sashaying inside and outside of the estate to show off its charming virtues. When all is said and done, the property does not disappoint when it comes to star appeal, with a trio of adjacent abodes, an alluring pool casita and much more. Plus, it’s been said that a portion of the compound is situated on the former estate of legendary actor Clark Gable, adding to the Hollywood aura.

“This home infuses modern luxuries with the romance and architectural detail of the Golden Age of Hollywood,” says Mark Rutstein, who is co-listing the property with Horacio LeDon, both of Iconic Homes, Partners Trust, for $8.5 million. “The grand, gated entrance makes you feel [like] you are entering a resort in the fabled Santa Barbara/ Montecito area, and once inside, high vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, coupled with modern luxuries, make the experience a paradoxical ‘old meets new’ pleasure.”

Situated at 16780 Oak View—on a 1.5-acre knoll overlooking Ventura Boulevard, with striking city and mountain views—the seven-bedroom compound was designed by architect John Andrews. Completed in 2014, it features more than 10,100 square feet of separate but cohesive living spaces in the main, guest and staff  houses, as well as the pool casita. Expect high-quality details, including Moroccan influences in the intricate tile work, metallic light fixtures, graceful arches and porticos, along with French encaustic cement tiles from Nicaragua and groin-vaulted ceilings.

Additional highlights include 60-plus fully operational solar panels, and bi-folding doors in the living and family rooms, bar area and master bath that open to create a seamless indoor/ outdoor feel. Outdoors, the massive lot features brick pathways and a multitude of courtyards and patios ideal for a serene retreat.

“The sheer size of the home and property as it relates to the surrounding areas [is] remarkable,” says Rutstein. “The home is supposed to be a respite from stressful external influences.” Truly an escape from hustle and bustle of L.A.





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