An old serpentine wall triggers curiosity as it wends its way along the road. It seems to enclose an ancient grove and as we enter we find indeed a mature garden revealing romantically the history of the Marquez Rancho hacienda that once occupied these grounds.
The stone-paved loggia leads us to the main house designed in the 1920s by John Byers famous for his reconstructions of Colonial Mexican architecture with undulating adobe and plaster walls. Inside the two-story foyer beckons us immediately into the vaulted beamed living room with its massive hearth and quick acoustics, comfortable equally for Segovia or Bach. Beyond, lies the intimate den/ library with bar and signature corner fireplace. The step-up dining room continues the salon space of the living room. From here a corridor leads to one of the owner's suites with a sitting room and bath. The kitchen and two staff bedrooms complete the first floor. The second floor consists of two additional owner suites with baths, one with a generous terrace overlooking the grounds.
The grounds - the essence of the property. The arcaded veranda off the living room embraces the huge courtyard paved in encaustic tile as it approaches the oversized pool. A giant sycamore provides a canopy while giant birds of paradise and bougainvillea give off a quiet aroma of maybe a forgotten era. Nearby a grotto, pond, and stream gurgle.
Additional structures include a chapel, theater, three casitas, two studios, an outdoor bar & fireplace, and a sports court. All on six lots and six easy blocks from Will Rogers Beach.
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