Situated on one of the largest residential lots in Santa Monica, the spectacular, ultra-private Villa Ruchello is an entirely self-contained, 3.35-acre, tree-lined compound without compare on the Westside of Los Angeles. Featuring 13 bedrooms, 13 baths and 14,000 square feet of living space spread across three structures, the Mediterranean-style estate built in 1932 has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, showcasing exquisite detail by designer Kerry Joyce. The extensive remodel meticulously restored the original details and Hollywood grandeur while infusing the latest modern advancements and finest, curated materials sourced from around the world. State-of-the-art Crestron and Lutron systems are hidden within antique brass features, allowing for automated lighting, sound, temperature and security control at the touch of a button. Envisioned for both large-scale entertaining and intimate home life, the lush, sprawling estate boasts two guest houses, dual kitchens, expansive lawns, citrus tree groves, edible gardens, private water wells, water filtration system and full generator system, providing everything one needs in the luxury and comfort of home in the Santa Monica Canyon.
Antique gates open to reveal the tree-lined drive and verdant grounds, leading to the extraordinary main residence. The soaring, double-height entrance showcases stairs crafted from Moroccan ceramic tile and white oak. Grand archways lead to formal and informal living spaces bathed in natural light, including the living and dining rooms with hand-painted, beamed ceilings, carved mantels, in-laid floors and arched glass doors and windows overlooking the idyllic grounds.
The first floor features an additional reception or music room and a stunning family room showcasing floor-to-ceiling custom bookcases and a Spanish-style antique ceiling crafted from hand-hewn wood beams. The library boasts a secret bookshelf that opens to reveal an onyx-walled speakeasy bar custom made by MJ Atelier, while a secret stairwell descends to the wine cellar by Shamshiri. The traditional-style chef’s kitchen, one of two on the property, boasts hexagonal floor tile from Clé and premier Wolf appliances. Eight bedrooms in the main house include the primary suite, a private retreat unto itself, with dual dressing rooms, including a custom vanity by MJ Atelier, and baths featuring custom mosaic French marble floors, freestanding soaking tub, hammam with expansive steam shower and access to private patios and tiled walkways. Design features throughout the main house include recast original terra-cotta tile in the powder room and hand-blown glass chandeliers from Venice.
The property’s two guest houses each feature two bedrooms, offering private quarters for guests or staff. One features meeting rooms and a large chef’s catering kitchen, ideal for use during large-scale events. The second cottage-style guest house is separated for privacy from the other living quarters.
Interiors segue seamlessly to the resort-style grounds envisioned for entertaining, including the magnificent, 74-foot pool surrounded by a forest of green palms. Set beneath the trees, the pool house boasts a wood-burning pizza oven, Argentine grill and full guest bath, while a stunning entertainer’s bar is nestled beneath a bougainvillea-laden trellis. Beside the rolling grass lawns ideal for large-scale events, find the children’s play area and bocce court, flanked by several stone goddess statues. The property’s edible gardens include orange, lemon, lime and avocado trees, herb and vegetable beds, and vineyard vines. Within the gardens off the pool is a Japanese-style, cedar soaking tub ideal for unwinding among the trees.
Offering the utmost privacy on one of the largest single-family homesites in Santa Monica, Villa Ruchello feels worlds away on a quiet cul-de-sac North of Montana yet is located in the heart of Santa Monica. Within moments from home are the city’s top-rated schools, scenic beaches and world-class dining and shopping of Montana Ave. and Third Street Promenade. The estate also offers convenient nearby access to the Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica Municipal Airport, LAX, the 10 and 405 Freeways.