Equestrian facilities, lush landscaping and abundant nature—all ideal for instantly unwinding—make for a transporting residential wonderland.
Nothing could be finer than enjoying a slice of the country life via this serene, ultra-private pastoral setting within Brentwood’s coveted lower strip of Mandeville Canyon, just minutes from the beach and the city. Think an overwhelming abundance of character at what is one of the area’s few remaining equestrian estates—complete with stables, a period tack room, and access to the Santa Monica Mountain Bridle Paths and Sullivan Canyon Preservation Association’s membership-only equestrian facility.
Pair all of this with a sprawling, 1940’s ranch-style home boasting charming period environs, along with a large, mostly flat, lushly landscaped lot including a wealth of towering sycamore and oak trees, and a pool for cooling after a long trail ride, and the sophisticated riding set should feel right at home at this very special equestrian retreat nestled in Lower Mandeville Canyon.
Found at 1665 Mandeville Canyon Road, the single-story abode was originally built in 1947 by avid equestrian and polo player Jack Smith—a graduate of the USC School of Architecture, who went on to work in the motion picture industry as an artist, production designer and art director. Later updated and expanded by subsequent owner, actor Noel Harrison (Rex Harrison’s son), the rustic wood, brick and stone home offers 3,000-plus square feet of charming yet cosmopolitan living space highlighted by abundant natural light, period hardware, Dutch doors opening to an interior brick courtyard with fountain, a duo of fireplaces and hidden wet bar.
Among the special features is a total of six bedrooms (including an elegant master suite boasting an office nook, seating area, and chandeliered, spa-like marble-clad bath with a large walk-in shower and dual vanities), as well as five baths, a formal dining room, and an attractive gourmet kitchen showcasing a Sub-Zero refrigerator and other high-end appliances, a center island and breakfast counter.
“The home has been lovingly maintained and improved over the years, with meticulous attention to staying true to the Mandeville Canyon area’s ranch home heritage,” says Richard Burton of Compass Brentwood West, who is listing the gated property for $7.999 million. “Canyon properties are often dark and hilly, and this property is probably 97 percent flat, and receives amazing sunlight throughout the day.”
Photographs: Courtesy Of Todd Goodman Of La Light Photography
of Compass Brentwood West
List Price $7.999 million