Once the home of Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Rooney, this Topanga gem is set in sprawling canyon views and brushed with a gentle ocean breeze. Enveloped in natural beauty, with its own poetry at any time of day or year, it invites one to retreat in tranquil simplicity and comfort, yet within minutes to civilization.
It is located minutes from the beach and surfing hot spots, nestled in between Malibu (10 minutes,) Pacific Palisades (10 minutes,) Santa Monica (15 minutes,) and the Valley (20 minutes.)
The property is embraced by a lovely fenced yard, a growing orchard, an herb garden, and a vegetable garden, crowned by a gazebo with a swinging couch and garden chairs. The main entrance opens to a rock garden with a fountain. Facing it is the front porch with cushioned wicker chairs providing relaxation at any time of day or night to the soothing sound of the water.
The house has loads of vintage charm with tasteful modern upgrades, bamboo floors, high ceiling with exposed beams, and carpet in the bedrooms. It has an eclectic feel with flavors of Asia, India, Africa and France. The home and rooms are small and well designed, inviting simplicity and serenity.
It is proudly erected on a rugged canyon terrain, yet comfortable with amenities including a gas stove, oven, central heating system, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, shower/bath, fireplace, home theater, surround sound, wireless FIOS Internet. I can offer to do one laundry load a week for occupancy of one three weeks or more.
You walk into the main room featuring various environments without needing to be sectioned. The Master and Guest Bedrooms are on the right; across, is a full bathroom with a view from the shower and bathtub.
The kitchen is bright with two windows into the world of nature. You may choose to have breakfast in the dining area, on the front porch or in the gazebo, weather allowing, before heading off to the hiking trails or the beach.
Comfortable queen size bed, high quality linen, towels, basic toiletries, and cookery are all included. It is bright and temperate, each window with a stunning view of nature.
You can expect cleanliness, quietness, beauty of the surroundings - nature and civilization working together. There are about 7 restaurants in towns including grill, fish, ethnic, spiritual, warm lively cafes and quaint boutiques, Farmer's Market. Also within short distance is Lake Shrine, a breathtaking meditation garden and lake with swans - one of Los Angeles hidden treasures. You can drive, ride, or walk through the Santa Monica mountain to get there! The Canyon is strewn with stunning trails to hike or mountain bike. Should you long for beautiful beaches and surfing hotspots, the ocean will be calling... 6 minutes away
The days weave a visual tapestry of trees and vegetation, among which California Oaks, Olive trees, fern, massive boulders and wild flowers. The nights orchestrate a symphony of frogs and crickets, conducted by owls, and a wide variety of wild life. Sheltering it all, the sky will dazzle the stargazer, weather allowing.
This is a good place to take a break from the city and the busy-ness of life, where you can be quiet, secluded, and creative, and/or social, active and busy as you wish.
Topanga is a small town within a large city: offering the best of both worlds, it shelters a spirited community in breathtaking spectacular surroundings, to be explored by foot, bicycle, mountain bike, horse. Its privileged location by the ocean also provides a rich display of wild life (dolphins, seals, whales...) and opportunities for sea exploration, boating, surfing (one of the best surf spots,) kayaking, paragliding, swimming, or just walking. Even the simplest walk will reveal treasures from the sea, particularly at low tide, sunrise and sunset.
It gives me great pleasure to share my surroundings with you and I love to exceed your expectations.
Born and raised in the south of France, I have traveled all over Europe, lived in Spain and England before choosing to settle in California. I am creative and spirited, living a healthy lifestyle with passion and no extreme.
My work requires intercultural awareness, which enables me to communicate with a wide array of people. I practice yoga, love to dance, and plan to travel to India, Brazil and Africa. In traveling, I like to live among the people a few months at a time, to get a deeper understanding of their culture.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome travelers from all over the world and share my world with them.
This is a unique property in that it is small yet well designed, with many different environments, both inside and outside.
It is centrally located and easily accessible - no long winding canyon roads to contend with - completely surrounded by nature, and in the climate perfect part of the canyon.
The house is modern with a lot of vintage charm. It has the best of all worlds: canyon setting, yet close to the ocean; secluded, yet within minutes to civilization. It supports a healthy lifestyle in an eclectic community.
The house is simple and tastefully designed.
There is a lovely fence all around. The gazebo with swinging couch and chairs, growing orchard, herb and organic vegetable garden expand the living experience. The main room features a home theater with surround sound.
There are hikes right outside the door. The climate is temperate, with a gentle summer breeze.
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum: 'High quality theatre in a magical setting - Pack a box lunch and a bottle of wine and head over to enjoy the grounds before the 8:00 pm show. The setting is wonderful and the performances engaging.'
Getty Villa: 'This museum is dedicated to the art of the ancient Greeks, Romans and other classic civilizations.
Lake Shrine, a meditation garden surrounding the only coastal lake in the Los Angeles area. Swans glide peacefully against a spectacular backdrop reminiscent of many parts of the world, Lake Shrine welcomes visitors from all religions and nationalities. One of Los Angeles hidden treasures.
Walk, hike or bike the Santa Monica Mountains
Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon: 'The historic home of Merritt Huntley Adamson, a local rancher, is set along the beautiful Malibu coastline and is home to a museum that explores the history of Malibu.'
El Matador Beach (Malibu)
Inn at the Seventh Ray (restaurant)
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