Open House Obsession: Exquisite Monterey Colonial in the Brentwood Flats, $6.25MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 228 South Carmelina Avenue, Brentwood
When: Sunday, October 30 from 2:00pm-5:00PM
What: A 5-bed, 5.5-bath Monterey Colonial compound originally built in 1930. Following a thoughtful, 3-year expansion and renovation that touched every aspect of the house, it’s now one of the most civilized and romantic homes on the market in Los Angeles. Below, the walled entry courtyard.
The long entry/stair hall connects the living room, kitchen and dining rooms.
And eventually the family room, which in turn opens up to the walled pool courtyard and outdoor entertaining spaces.
The new garage/poolhouse at the end of the courtyard, below. The lower level is a 2-car garage and office; upstairs is a romantic guest suite.
What We Love: “Monterey Colonial” is one the first vernacular styles to develop in California, a hybrid of the mid-19th Century ship’s carpenter traditions (that arrived with the Gold Rush) and Mexican adobe, and popularized by Florence Adler Elkins. Originally from Chicago, Elkins was a decorator/designer in California working primarily in the 1930s; the style would evolve into the California Ranch house in the hands of native Californians like William Wurster and Cliff May. Below, the sybaritic master suite, with a private terrace.
More: Go to the listing for additional details and images. Below, a laundry room to reckon with.