“This house is like a temple.”
We’re standing in the open living area of 6832 Westlake Avenue and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor Scott Carlson makes a sweeping gesture upward. He’s not wrong. This immaculate renovation is temple-like. In the morning sun, the space absolutely glows. Light filters in from the home’s abundant transoms and bounces off of the sleek marble counters and white custom cabinetry and there is a sort of reverence about it all. The tour is over and I remain reluctant to depart.
“You never want to leave this place,” Carlson says, as if he’s reading my mind. Or, perhaps, my body language is just that obvious.
Everything Considered, Nothing Overlooked
The five-bedroom, six-full-and-one-half-bath home is the brainchild of Gary Weed of A&A Residential Designs, who, clearly, placed design quality above profit margin. The materials chosen here are top notch. Weed is determined to save Lakewood from teardowns and McMansions, one house at a time. His latest project, listed at $3.2 million by Carlson, is proof of what can be accomplished with a thoughtful renovation. Everything considered, nothing overlooked.
If the devil truly is in the details, well, to quote Shakespeare, “Give me my sin again.”
From where we stand in the kitchen, a stunning wine room beckons from across the living space. The gourmet kitchen itself feels simultaneously timeless and current, with every conceivable gadget and convenience. Coffee warmer? Check. Warming trays and steam cookers? Try one of the two butler’s pantries.
Glass doors adjacent to the kitchen bring the outdoors in, making the well-appointed outdoor kitchen and serene landscape seem like part of the square footage. Tranquility abounds here.
No Reason to Leave
The sun-drenched master suite opens onto a cedar plank deck with views of the tranquil Koi pond. The master bath is equal parts tranquil and invigorating. It offers his-and-hers everything. Separate vanities, toilets, closets, and even two shower heads in the attractive, spacious shower. The adjacent sitting room is plenty versatile to serve as a light-filled second office.
In fact, very few spaces in the home fail to capitalize on the peaceful views and stunning quality of light, thanks to the inclusion of transoms and a well-conceived floor plan. But even interior hallways here are special. Designed to function as much as a gallery as a home, the wide, beautifully lit hallways just ache to be adorned in art.
Among the practical details featured in this home: a four-car garage which boasts four Tesla charging stations. You’d have no excuse but to turn in your gas guzzler! Pre-installed tech includes a wireless lighting system and an eight-camera security system.
The home also offers generously outfitted guest quarters for a nanny (if you’re bringing up bebe), or a home nurse (if you’re looking to age in place). You’ll also find a spacious guest master with its own deck, for that steady flow of important visitors you won’t be able to avoid after buying a place like this. Hope you really like your mother-in-law! There is literally no reason to leave this little bit of heaven on earth.