This is Estate of Play, a monthly rundown (with pictures!) of seven of the most architecturally significant properties currently for sale in Los Angeles.
This month: seven stunning vacation homes in reasonable distance from L.A.
Avid mountain bikers will want to consider this Mediterranean-style pad in Westlake, where the Santa Monica Mountains are literally your backyard. Five bedrooms and bathrooms and a waterslide equals the ideal family escape. Plus, you get Quintessentially concierge service, which includes luxury itineraries for stays both local and global, restaurant reservations and access to big ticketed sporting events.
Listed by Aram Afshar & Anthony Boscarino, Quintessentially Estates
San Jose del Cabo
You could do worse than decamping to a beachside estate in San Jose del Cabo. The nine-bedroom Casa Oliver has lots of archways and open-air porches for escaping the sun.
Listing: Bernardo Mucino and Janet Jenson, The Agency
If the thoughtful mix of building materials — marble, slate, wood and concrete — combined with exotic plants don’t make this Malibu manse a beauty, the ocean-bluff view surely does. You’ll also have your own private beach. Clothing optional.
Listing: Scott Morris, MariSol Malibu Realty
Desert House No. 1
Architect Lance O’Donald received many a chin-nod at Modernism Week for his Desert House No. 1. With 360 degree views of the desert and mountains, Terrazzo floors, multiple lounges, a kitchen fit for entertaining and a pool fit for cooling off in the desert heat, this place — like the terrain — rocks.
Listing: Jon Grauman, Eric Lavey, Marc Saunders, The Agency
This six-bedroom manse has a quiet presence with loads of class. The stone walls speak to a Tuscan-style that blends well into the hills overlooking the Pacific. With 16.5 acres of oak, eucalyptus and olive trees, hidden gardens, a Romanesque pool and a big outdoor patio for al fresco dining, you’ll feel like you’re in Italy without having to take the flight.
Listing: Suzanne Perkins, Sotheby’s
Ojai Ridge Ranch
This ranch-style house that comes with a vineyard in Ojai is your 40 acres (mule not included). The vineyard is already producing cabernets and syrahs, and if you already have a small fortune, perhaps you’ll make it a large one at this Hacienda.
Listing: Michelle Ouellette and Bill Carter, Sotheby’s
This landmark Mission-style home is currently being operated as an 11-room boutique hotel. You could keep it that way and be a hotel owner, or switch gears and run it as a private estate. Either way, you’re on a bluff overlooking the ocean.
Listing: Katie Bentzen, Partners Trust