Home of the Week: Escape to Rustic Canyon

There are cabins in the woods. And then there’s this utterly romantic creekside retreat hidden among the trees at 689 Brooktree Road.

Set in the heart of Rustic Canyon, it’s moments from urban Santa Monica but a world away, lushly wooded with coast live oaks, California sycamores, Eucalyptus and ornamental trees.

This canyon is known for its unique geography, one that creates a significantly cooler and moister microclimate compared to most areas of LA.

Inside the shingled home, high ceilings, wide plank floors, an abundance of natural light and endless sylvan views create a magical ambience.

At every turn, the inviting floor plan opens to a large deck that blends seamlessly into the trees and nearby creek. French doors in the flowing living and dining areas open to this fragrant, leafy setting, while high walls of tall windows frame the treetops above.

Double doors in the living room lead to the heated natural stone pool just outside. The updated open plan kitchen features a planked and beamed ceiling, Viking appliances, butcher block countertops, a long granite island and open shelving.

On the upper floor, the large master suite features a walk-in closet and tranquil bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower.

On the same level, a large, skylit loft is flanked on both sides by large windows that showcase the green views. In the lower level bedroom suite, floored in Jerusalem stone, sliding barn doors open to the front of the home. Moments away from Rustic Canyon Recreation Center, Pacific Palisades, the beach and Santa Monica, this is a secluded escape to delight in and share. It’s listed by Melanie Sommers at $3,699,000.


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