This week saw me visiting a unique house nestled in the Topanga Canyon hills.
This is one of the better family homes I have visited in Los Angeles county and somewhere any growing family could build a scrapb0ok of happy memories. Topanga Canyon itself is wonder of Los Angeles. One of those hidden gems, it has a kind of care free hippy feel to it as you drive from the beach up through its winding roads into the village and beyond.
On arrival at the property’s generous driveway you are wewed and wowed by a handsome rustic red building that sits in perfect proportion to its home lot. The lot has a gentle upslope element to it which compliments the unusual apex lines of the house, the 8000sq ft of grounds around the house are beautiful with thick sods of green grass, oak and fruit trees, and shrubs outlining the property lines. One could loose themselves in this tranquil and peaceful garden for hours.
The main entrance to the house feels a little complicated as you ascend the stairs onto the decking platform then double back on yourself to find the side entrance, but once inside the home all is forgiven. The living great room is open and spectacular. An open living space spanning 2 stories up into the roof trusses gives a much welcome feel of openness and would allow its inhabitants to breath and not feel cramped in its living area. Monolithic windows in this space frame mountain and canyon views and allow the living space to bring the outdoors in and give the home a sense of belonging to the nature that surrounds it. On into the kitchen and although a little outdated it is clean and functional. 2 bedrooms with master bath are downstairs ready for its young nature trekking inhabitants. Upstairs is where the real joy of this home lies. The master bedroom takes in the slopes and lines of the cabin style timber roof and offers hidden nooks where its owner can get some well deserved peace from a hard day of parenting.
A good sized walk in closet and en suite bath keep the upstairs a one stop floor for the night (once the child safety gate at the stairs is closed). Out from the master bedroom there is a wonderful perched area that overlooks the great room below. You could have an excellent office or reading space here while you keep a keen eye on your kritters below, and of course this lookout is child proofed in case one of your young adventurers hikes the stairs into the unknown.
This is a smart house for a family to grow in. Topanga has an excellent public school district and plenty of activities for a family to get involved in. And should all else fail you have the beach a short drive away. Sustainable touches such as solar panel system, and vegetable garden and chicken coop, would ensure your children grow up with a good conscience for the environment. Hell, even get some horses. All this for a modest price tag of $795,000. I really felt the price is a steal for this house and what it offers in today’s competitive market.
And my one last thought – I am pretty sure it has never snowed in Los Angeles, but if it ever did, this is where I would want to take my family to see it.
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