An oasis of peace, privacy and tranquility in Santa Monica’s coveted Rustic Canyon, this spectacular architectural compound is nothing short of transportive. Formerly known as the Whitney Residence, the iconic home was designed by Frank Gehry in 1978, built in 1981, and stunningly reimagined by Mark Mack. The perfect marriage of architectural prowess and warm, sophisticated design, the two contemporary structures coalesce with nature to form a one-of-a-kind, coastal-canyon retreat.
Set behind gates, a long driveway and circular motor court studded with mature trees lead to the 5,164-square-foot main residence and adjacent 2,000-square-foot standalone guest house. Beyond a tranquil courtyard, doors open to the impeccably scaled main house, replete with soaring, exposed beam ceilings, polished concrete floors, a two-story gallery and vaulted skylights that bathe the interiors in natural light. Multi-leveled living spaces are perfectly conceived for entertaining, with several rooms opening to the home’s remarkable outdoor entertaining areas, including two separate seating areas with fireplaces, an outdoor cinema with built-in projector, grassy lawn, heated pool and spa, and meditation platform nestled atop the lush hillside. Seamlessly connected to the grounds through French doors, a chef-caliber kitchen boasts Wolf and Miele appliances and a large, eat-in marble center island. An industrial-style, sliding wall off the adjacent, open dining room provides privacy while entertaining. Three generous guest bedrooms feature ensuite bathrooms and walk-in closets, one with a private deck overlooking the storybook-like creek. The voluminous master suite showcases gorgeous hardwood floors, varying ceiling heights and a private creekside deck. A second, treehouse-like spa bath is crowned by a marble soaking tub and lined with windows that immerse the space in the sights and sounds of the canyon.
A world all its own, the two-bedroom, three-bath guest house is encircled by a wraparound deck overlooking a private putting green and firepit lounge. The guest house includes a spacious living room with a fireplace and tongue-and-groove ceilings, full kitchen with wine fridge, fully equipped gym and auto gallery.
Quiet and secluded with no other homes in sight, this impeccably curated canyon hideaway feels worlds away from it all yet is just moments to the beach, Pacific Coast Highway, Brentwood Country Mart and the new Palisades Village. It affords its owner a lifestyle of rare pedigree, bringing the serenity of nature to the forefront of the experience.