In Brentwood, This Lovely “Modern Farmhouse” Comes With an Architectural Surprise, $5.9M


Where: 1007 Wellesley Avenue, Brentwood
Asking: $5,895,000
What: A gracious modern version of a farmhouse (and done with more style than any farm has a right to expect) this handsome 5-bed, 5.5-bath property also has a deeply practical, domestic side. Plus a hidden surprise: an architectural footnote built by a previous owner, tucked away at the lower edge of the property.

Inside, you’re greeted by an intimate seating area and the dining room, plus a wide, welcoming stair hall leading to a family room/kitchen and loggia overlooking the pool and canyon.

Open kitchens are popular because they’re where everyone wants to be, but sometimes they’re a little too open. Cooking can get messy. Thoughtfully, this house has a long “butler’s” pantry connecting the kitchen and dining area, with wine storage and ovens, plenty of counter space and a second dishwasher. While this house may never have a butler, it is set up to be caterer-friendly.

What We Love: Along with the pantry, there are some lovely details here, like the beamed, tongue + groove ceilings, ship-lap paneling, handsome baths, pale wide-planked floors, plus a family-ready, double-barreled laundry room.

Frank Gehry Slept Here: The famous achitect was a close friend and frequent guest of previous owners, who commissioned Los Angeles architects (and Gehry disciples) Lubowicki + Lanier to design the award-winning guest house.  Buffed and preserved by the current owners, it stands at the lower edge of the property.

More: have a look at the listing for additional information and details. Represented byRichard Stearns and Diana Tsow — both with Partners Trust — and Laurent Mamann at Hilton & Hyland.