Luxe Digs—May 2017

John McVie: The Right Notes

Where would Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie want to live if he had his choice of homes? At this Mediterranean-style villa at 120 N. Layton Drive in the guard-gated Brentwood Circle community, surrounded by 5,000-plus square feet of elegant details, including hardwood flooring lined with antique French pavers, soaring hand-hewn beamed ceilings, intricately carved doors, imported wood and charming limestone fireplace mantels.

Recently purchased by the famed musician for $6.775 million, highlights of the Gus Duffy-designed dwelling also include a rustic kitchen boasting a limestone island with custom cabinetry; butler’s pantry and professional-grade appliances; four bedrooms sporting Venetian-plastered walls and en-suite baths with imported marble and Baccarat faucets; and outdoor environs featuring an enchanting flower garden, babbling brook, saltwater pool and spa, and ample room for entertaining. Aram Afshar of Quintessentially Estates at Coldwell Banker served as listing agent.

A Piece of History: Neverland Ranch

Formerly known as Neverland Ranch, the legendary estate of Michael Jackson has been reintroduced to the market at $67 million. Now called Sycamore Valley Ranch, the iconic Santa Ynez Valley property features 2,700 acres of sweeping views, mountain ranges and farmland. As for the living quarters, the 12,598-square-foot French Normandy-style main residence was designed by renowned architect Robert Altevers and offers show-stopping features such as 18th-century French oak parquet flooring culled from two French chateaus, exposed timber beams, handsome brick and stonework, and five fireplaces.

“The magnificence of the natural landscape as far as the eye can see affords an owner absolute privacy in a one-of-a-kind magical retreat,” says listing agent Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International. “The extraordinary charm and amazing musical history that the residence, theater and dance studio represent is like no other in the world.”

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