New custom architectural emerges in Linda Vista

Set on over half an acre in the coveted neighborhood above the Rose Bowl, this just-completed contemporary home at 361 Linda Vista Avenue embodies the essence of California living.

It’s the shared vision of noted local architect John Vandervelde and renowned builder Thomas Lake, who combined forward-looking and Mid-Century Modern design with Arts and Crafts touches and lavish landscaping to create it. Set on a sprawling lot and designed with vast indoor/outdoor spaces, it’s a serene retreat worlds away from the nearby city.

Inside, clean lines, gleaming glass and rich wood combine to lightly define airy spaces that flow effortlessly outside. This is a home built for entertaining, from intimate dinner parties to grand galas. In the high-ceilinged living/dining space, a wall-to-wall sliding glass door opens to a covered dining patio with pool and garden views.

The open professional kitchen centers around a huge prep island with pull-up seating; wraparound windows overlook the garden. A covered outdoor kitchen adds to the menu options.

The single-level floor plan allows guests to wander through the home and gardens while secluding the private living quarters. That sector includes four expansive bedrooms, including a true “owner’s suite” with separate wardrobe, beverage station, room-sized walk-in closet and spacious master bath.

At quieter times, the home is a haven for relaxing by the pool, reading in the garden and sampling fresh fruit from the orchard. The fully fenced and gated property features two ample two-car garages hidden from the street. No detail has been overlooked in the creation of this exceptional residence — a serene and stylish retreat from the city below.

Listed by Payman Emamian, Jan Emamian, and Luis Segura at $6,588,000.