Those looking to escape the urban crawl of Southern California in favor of more spiritually unique communities have long been attracted to the Bohemian enclave that is Topanga Canyon. The artistic roots of this creative oasis date as far back as the 1950s, when Will Greer, an American actor, musician, and activist, relocated to the community after being blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Since then, the vibrant community’s laid-back lifestyle, small town feel, and proximity to nature have served as both a source of inspiration and a home for musicians like Jim Morrison and Alice Cooper.
Topanga Canyon is held sacred by the indigenous Tongva people who named the area “a place above”. The breathtaking views across the canyon’s scenic cliffs leave no question as to why the land holds spiritual significance. The land’s natural beauty has been largely maintained by a vibrant community that is populated by small-town businesses, luxurious homes, and hiking trails. Community members are known to frequent family-owned general stores, dive bars, spiritual centers, art galleries, and rustic cafes. The surrounding Topanga State Park features 36 miles of trails through open grassland with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Located entirely within Los Angeles’ city limits, the park provides recreational opportunities for hikers and mountain bikers as well as endless inspiration for the artistic soul.
Engel & Völkers Beverly Hills’ advisor Genevieve Mishlen is currently listing an incredibly charming four bedroom, four bathroom home that epitomizes the whimsical nature of Topanga Canyon life. On a country road bordering the Topanga State Park, this enchanting estate offers rustic appeal in complete privacy across over three quarters of an acre. The grounds feature lush landscaping including an enormous arch of roses, old French mirabelle plum trees, wide stone steps, 33 ancient oaks, a seasonal spring-fed creek, and a large bridge with room for dining. The exquisite scenery has been host to weddings, film, tv, and editorial shoots and is home to famed author, chef, and producer Red Montgomery.
Red describes her experiences at this truly one-of-a kind property, “In 2012, I decided to open a private retreat on our family land in Topanga Canyon, establishing it with the concept of all that I had learned in Italy; a simpler more authentic way of living, of entertaining and of food. Almost instantly I became the maven of a beautiful private retreat on our Topanga land, using my trademarked name, The Chianti Life. By the end of the first month, I’d opened a private restaurant at the retreat with very detailed and custom multi-course dining experiences for select clients on the enormous bridge that crosses over the waters of our stream-fed creek.”
The refined mystique of Topanga that has long attracted creatives is perfectly demonstrated throughout this entire property. Careful attention to detail and playful design choices detail both the landscaping and interior of the whimsical home and are sure to inspire a creative spark.
Farm windows wrap around both stories of the main home and provide incredible views of the surrounding canyon. Inside, rustic charm in design is perfectly balanced with modern luxuries. A new European-style kitchen features stunning white quartzite counters, a large farm sink, a French boucherie island, and top-of-the-line appliances including a dual-fuel 6-burner gas range with hand crafted Italian Burners and cast-iron grills and a Paykel French door refrigerator. Just outside, a large patio provides outdoor living and entertainment space.
This extraordinary listing also includes two cottages. The first, a beautifully structured geodesic dome, features indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a gorgeous skylight, and wrap-around decks.The second cottage, a former two-stall barn, has been turned into a unique culinary prep studio ideal for events. Additionally, in accordance with Topanga’s artistic roots, a small structure stands near the upper corral which can be used as a studio.
Topanga’s spiritual connections and natural beauty will only continue to serve as inspiration for creatives in the future. The area’s lush environment is preserved despite its proximity to Los Angeles, perfectly combining the opportunities and luxuries of LA with the beauty of a luxury Bohemian oasis. Incredible properties like this one will continue to attract artistic souls looking for both opportunity and inspiration.
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