The Agency’s Craig Knizek knows that his listing at 15963 Woodvale Road is truly a one-of-a-kind property. “This house and this property, in this location, is pretty much impossible to replicate,” Knizek tells Ventura Blvd, which features the 4.62-acre estate, located in Encino’s prestigious Royal Oaks enclave, in the magazine’s latest issue.
What also can’t be replicated is the property’s legacy as the former estate of Shirley MacLaine. The Academy Award-winner called the residence her home in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, a period of time that saw her star in such films as Women Times Seven, Sweet Charity and Two Mules for Sister Sara, which she appeared in alongside Clint Eastwood. When she wasn’t on location filming, MacLaine was regularly entertaining luminaries like Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin at 15963 Woodvale Road.
The Ventura Blvd article, which can be read here, offers great historical insight into how the property came to be as well as a great story about how MacLaine and a group of friends surprised the current owners one day, driving up to the home on motorcycles so she could show them the home where she had so many great memories. Yes, 15963 Woodvale Road is that kind of place, one that’s difficult to forget and always to be cherished.
Sequestered up a nearly 1000 foot drive, the monumental double gated property is surrounded by towering trees, mature landscaping and offers incredible sweeping views of the Valley. One of the many highlights of the home is its championship North/South professionally lit tennis court, which the article explains was built at the behest of the current owner, who was once a tennis pro and journalist.
“He fondly remembers how members of the Kennedy clan played on this court with the spectacular panoramic valley views and enjoyed drinks under the shade by the wet bar pavilion.”
The expansive park like grounds of 15963 Woodvale Road are completed by manicured grassy lawns, multiple open air patios, an above ground spa, detached pool cabana with bath and an oversized veranda with fireplace. Reminiscent of a classic old world Beverly Hills estate, the 6100+ square foot 6 bedroom 6.5 bath residence radiates polished sophistication. An abundance of natural light floods the interior through numerous French doors and walls of windows creating a warm and comfortable space. Grand scale common rooms dominate the timeless floor plan and include a living room with fireplace, family room with wet bar and custom mantled fireplace, banquet sized formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen.
“I’m privileged to see many of this great city’s remarkable estates throughout Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills and the Valley,” The Agency’s Craig Knizek told Ventura Blvd. “I have a lot of clients looking for this kind of ‘dream home’ where their family can grown up and enjoy a lifetime of memories,” he adds.
The public will have a rare opportunity to experience 15963 Woodvale’s classic charm and stunning views in person this Thursday, April 19, when Ventura Blvd hosts its “Home & Garden” Issue Release Party at the residence. For information and to RSVP, click here. Attendees can arrange private tours of the home during the event.