Pure romance, aglow from Hollywood’s Golden Age

From its enchanting front courtyard to its secluded poolside oasis, this breathtaking gated two-story estate captures Old California at its most magical. The picturesque beauty of 4335 Ponca Avenue in Toluca Lake has been carefully preserved, with rustic hand-hewn beams, hardwood doors and floors, rich Saltillo floors and hand-painted tiles.

In the courtyard, an arched entry with decorative ironwork balconies and classic red tile roof is worthy of a master painting. Inside, soaring ceilings, stunning custom windows, French doors and a beamed stairway skylight illuminate the rooms. In the living room, a romantic fireplace glows as a massive arched window frames the courtyard view.

The bright chef’s kitchen is equipped for everything from intimate meals to expansive gatherings, with professional Wolf range, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, and an easy flow around a butcher block island with breakfast bar and prep sink.

Both the adjacent entertainer’s dining room and the inviting fireside family room have French doors to the grounds. In the spacious, airy master retreat, a sitting area and another fireplace create an intimate ambiance.

The spacious en suite bath features back-to-back vanities, a soaking tub and a shower. French doors in both rooms – and most other bedrooms – open to leafy balconies overlooking the lush lawns, shimmering pool/spa and flagstone patio of the private rear grounds.

This quintessential California Spanish treasure is listed by Craig Strong at $3,495,000.