Evening view of backyard with fire pit, pool and spa

Authentic to European style in every way – save for the thoroughly modern luxury amenities – this glorious residence envelops you in warmth and privacy. Lovely gardens with oak trees, cypress and lavender lead to the charming front gate, made of two antique doors that usher you into a sheltered central courtyard fashioned of French Terracotta tiles with a splashing fountain and lanterns.

While it’s tempting to stay in this serene, sun-drenched setting, the custom iron and glass front doors beckon you into the magnificent interior of the home. as you walk through the entry gallery, with its sensuous barrel-arched ceilings and beautiful hand painted French tile floors, you get your first glimpse of the show stopping living salon.

Main entry hallway of home

Designed on a grand scale to allow for effortlessly elegant European style entertaining with several seating and gathering areas anchored by a massive French limestone fireplace, the room features reclaimed beam ceilings, walnut floors laid in a herringbone pattern, and a wall of French doors leading to the grounds and providing a view of the beautiful raised stone pool and spa. Adjoining this impressive salon is a true gourmet kitchen, outfitted with professional- grade stainless steel appliances in a setting that would do a Michelin-starred chef proud.

Family room with wood floors

Buxy blue slab limestone clads the counters, including the oversized central island with sink and seating, while furniture-quality cabinetry finished in a rich patina adds a warm touch and hand painted tiles provide a breathtaking backdrop to the Viking range with limestone-finished custom vent hood.

Daytime view of backyard swimming pool and spa

In addition, a spacious dining area offers a view of – and access to – the expansive loggia, and an adjacent office or guest bedroom provides a full pool bath and French doors to a charming side garden with lions head fountain. dine formally in the dining salon embellished with silk wall coverings, artisan walnut paneled ceiling, striking chandelier, two wine cabinets and a bank of French doors that open to the central courtyard for additional alfresco space.

For more casual entertaining, adjourn to the family theater and library with abundant seating (pre-wired for projection screen system) – even throw open the French doors to create an indoor/outdoor room that spills onto the side loggia, citrus gardens and inviting fire pit area. While this enchanting home is ideal for entertaining in all seasons, it also offers wonderful private rooms for relaxation and rejuvenation. on the main level, a bright guest suite includes a private entrance, verdant garden views and a full bath. on the upper level, three bedroom suites await.

Evening view of courtyard

The graciously scaled master wing encompasses a large sitting area with French limestone fireplace, a grand bedchamber with walnut herringbone floors and reclaimed beam ceiling, an expansive loggia with views of rolling hills and the rear grounds, and a wall of arched windows that drench the room in sunlight, treetop and hillside vistas. The master bathing suite is truly sublime, with gorgeous Jerusalem gold and cream limestone accents, beautifully adorned wallpaper, a dual vanity island, a freestanding bathtub with canyon views, a large shower, dual water closets and a spacious dressing room. The two additional bedroom suites on this level are generously proportioned with beam ceilings, pastoral canyon and hillside views, closets with built-in cabinetry and ensuite baths finished in exotic stone.

In addition to an attention to detail and master craftsmanship second to none, other features of this Shady Canyon estate include a large laundry and craft room, a jewel-box powder room, gated motor-court driveway, finished garaging for three cars, abundant storage areas, security, lighting, HVAC, water softening, central vacuum and whole-house A/V systems. and, of course, you will enjoy the unparalleled lifestyle amenities of Shady Canyon, with swimming, tennis, clubhouse and playground facilities, as well as hiking and biking paths and 24-hour guard-gated security.

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