Posted on 8 Dec
An L.A. winter may not bring falling snow, but it does mean shorter days and, occasionally, weather just chilly enough to warrant a cozy sweater. From wood-burning fireplaces to outdoor fire pits, home theaters to wine cellars, we rounded up four of our favorite properties with features fit for whiling away a winter’s day.
There are few better ways to spend a chilly afternoon than curled up by the fireplace with a good book; luckily this classic 1930s Paul Williams home has a fireplace fit for every mood—and piece of literature. The traditional fireplace with a mantel in the grand living room makes us want to reach for our favorite F. Scott Fitzgerald, while the marble fireplace in the elegant wood-paneled library seems like the perfect spot to cozy up with an L.A. noire classic by the likes of Raymond Chandler or John Fante. As for the brick fireplace on the terrace overlooking the rose garden? So Jane Austen.
Plan the ultimate winter’s night in at this contemporary farmhouse in Pacific Palisades. Cook your favorite comfort food for your nearest and dearest in the gorgeous chef's kitchen, then grab a bottle from the glass-enclosed wine cellar and settle in for a double feature in a state-of-the-art cinema. Showcasing 6,000 square feet of luxurious living space just minutes from the ocean—including a beautiful master bathroom with an awesome soaking tub—you might find it difficult to justify a night out.
Winter in L.A. may not bring much of a chill, but the benefit is that we can enjoy our outdoor spaces year round, which is why we had to include this sprawling traditional John Byers home in Mandeville Canyon. Situated on an expansive lot, the home showcases exquisite living spaces both inside and out, with lush gardens, a large swimming pool, paddle tennis court, and lounge area with an outdoor fireplace perfect for snuggling up with your loved ones and roasting marshmallows.
L.A. is infamous for its magic hour, that time just before sunset when the light is at its most cinematic, and winter brings a particularly brilliant glow. This spectacular Mid-Century home, with its open living spaces and walls of glass, was designed with an eye for enjoying this incredible light. Its high ceilings, exposed beams, and wood-burning fireplace exude warmth and lend the home a quintessentially Californian appeal, while its sunlit swimming pool and proximity to Fryman Canyon’s gorgeous hiking trails make for a convenient escape year-round.