A timeless Traditional refines the art of elegance

Sophisticated style meets effortless ease in this exquisite home at 5037 Gaviota Avenue in the Hesby Oaks School District. Outside, a curving, remarkably landscaped front lawn hints at the experience to come.

Inside, the formal entry opens to a high-ceilinged living and dining great room highlighted by a twelve-pane picture window—a beautiful setting for gatherings with family and friends.

Nearby, the family room is a magnet for fun, with vaulted beamed ceiling, bar, custom stone fireplace and hearth, and huge sliding glass doors that open wide to the magnificent grounds.

The all-Italian Valcucine kitchen is a custom work of art, from cabinetry and Absolute Black granite counters to sleek appliances and European pendant lighting. A sweep of windows invites the green view in, while a breakfast area opens to the pool. The lower level also includes an impressive office with built-ins just off the front entry, an elegant powder room, and maid’s quarters adjacent to a custom laundry center.

The upstairs is home to four spacious bedrooms and three designer baths with upscale finishes. The serene master suite, where plantation shutters filter the leafy view, has custom closets  and a luxurious spa-like bath with shower, soaking tub and dual sinks. This and two other bedrooms include spacious built-ins and storage. The fourth bedroom is configured as an upstairs office for crafting, organizing or other activities.

The home’s pièce de résistance is a glorious backyard oasis designed by esteemed landscape architect Mia Lehrer, whose projects have included the Silver Lake Reservoir, Annenberg Community Beach House and Natural History Museum gardens. Here,  she has created a magical world of  Pennsylvania bluestone, mature shade trees, high-end artificial turf and lavish custom-uplit flora, the ideal setting for a shimmering swimmer’s pool with spa and soothing waterfall.

The home’s great location is down the street from excellent public and private schools, The Galleria, Encino Little League, shops and restaurants, with easy access to the Westside and freeways. Listed by Alan Taylor at $2,899,000, it’s a rare find indeed.