First Look: In Rustic Canyon, A Grand Log Cabin Returns, $8M

Where: 38 Haldeman Road, Santa Monica
Asking: $7,995,000
What: A 1920s Uplifters Ranch cabin rebuilt and expanded over 2012-2014 into a 6-bed, 5.5-bath family home, seamlessly using components from the original structure, in a deeply-wooded enclave between Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades that remains one of LA’s most coveted “secret” neighborhoods

First, A Little History: Originally founded in 1913 as an even more exclusive offshoot of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the Uplifters were modeled after Russian River’s storied Bohemian Club, providing an all-male venue for “artistic” hijinks and the consumption of alcohol and cigars, and counting LA’s most powerful and influential among its members. “Uplift” pertaining more to the lifting of glasses than the lifting of culture, the advent of Prohibition in 1922 saw the club buy 120 acres of wooded canyon (adjoining Will Rogers’ ranch) and build a lavish clubhouse, subdividing and leasing lots to members who wanted their own weekend retreats. Built under strict construction guidelines and mostly fanciful versions of log cabins, these original structures are still catnip for log-cabin aficionados. A city park since 1953, the original clubhouse and grounds are now the Rustic Canyon Recreation Center; lots are now owned rather than leased. In 2012, owners Marla and Larry Butler began their 2-year reinvention of one of these vintage masterworks, transforming it into a grand but deeply evocative family dwelling for the 21st Century.

The Team: The Butlers assembled an impressive design team– architect Chris Peck, interior designer Lisa Strong, builder Eric Dobkin and landscape architect Samantha Gore– to evoke a very specific moment in Los Angeles’ cultural history. Hugh Evans III from Partners Trust is the listing agent. Below, the original living room fireplace and chimney was disassembled, each stone numbered, and incorporated into the new structure.


Not all the rooms are rustic. The master suite, below, is impeccably finished.



And the kitchen (shown at top and below) is big enough for guests and staff and opens direcly to a patio.



More: Have a look at the agent's dedicated site for additional information and details for this magical property.

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