Extraordinary Spanish Colonial Estate
868 Birchwood Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Interior: 6,176 sq. ft. (approx.)
Land: 22,924.00 acres (approx.)
Web #: 0027744
MLS ID: 17-236278
This elegant Spanish Colonial residence embodies Hollywood glamour at its most romantic- restored and updated to preserve its exquisite details from cathedral beamed ceilings to hardwood and terra cotta tile floors. Set on a secluded street in Little Holmby overlooking the Los Angeles Country Club, this is where actress Marlene Dietrich, famous for her smoky voice and shocking tuxedo-clad style, hosted the era’s most dazzling stars. The estate was designed in 1932 by notable architect L.G. Scherer. The home’s entryway outer door opens to an unexpected loggia with graceful arches overlooking a beautiful interior courtyard. Inside, the circular two-story foyer is highlighted by a curving, wrought iron-railed staircase ascending to a stained glass window. Entertaining areas include a vast great room, anchored by one of six fireplaces and featuring high-set quatrefoil stained/leaded glass windows and a wood paneled study, both with expansive views of the golf course, pool and grounds. Adjacent to the great room is an inviting, fully glass-enclosed veranda with fireplace which opens to the courtyard and flows into a spacious game room, also with bar and fireplace. The elegant formal dining room leads to an expansive remodeled eat-in kitchen with a stone floor, stainless appliances and dining area with fireplace. A back stairway ascends to the second level, with four spacious bedrooms with views. These include a large master suite with sitting area and two walk-in closets and a detached ensuite bedroom/office with its own private entrance to the upper deck. The home’s lush gardens feature winding paths, a pond, waterfalls, a pool, deck, tiled outdoor fireplace with stone benches and many additional seating areas that enhance the ambience. There is a built-in barbecue for entertaining al fresco. The estate includes a three-car garage and a walk-in wine cellar at ground level. This treasure offers an unparalleled opportunity to live the Los Angeles lifestyle like a star.