Tranquil Mid-Century Ranch Original
Introducing one of Santa Monica’s finest examples of California mid-century modern ranch style. Owned by the same family for over 50 years, this unique and versatile estate presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to recast an architectural jewel with 21st century vision and design.
Connecting to Nature
A tranquil, forested setting on a quiet cul-de-sac on exclusive Woodacres Road provides the backdrop for a sprawling single-story that doubles as a private sanctuary. A spacious flat lot spanning over 33,000 square feet is surrounded by lush landscaping with a pool and a 3-car garage. Offering an uncommon oasis in the city surrounded by nature, the residence is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the world-renowned Riviera Country Club in Santa Monica, yet only minutes from the shopping and restaurants on Montana Avenue.
Behind the Design
Designed by architect William Carlton Jarrett and completed in 1955, the original home is a symphony of mid-century modernist statements. Beginning with the cross-shaped plan, the residence has a rambling footprint that emphasizes privacy from the street and creates free-flowing, indoor-outdoor spaces that are emblematic of Ranch houses.
A generous, curving driveway and landscaped front yard with mature ponderosa pine and eucalyptus trees begin the home’s design expression. The low-pitched wood shake roof, wide overhanging eaves, and projecting beams create a low-slung appearance and plenty of shade. Bands of clerestory windows above vertical wood siding enhance the mid-century styling and provide natural light. The main entry to the house is situated on a raised landing near the primary front-facing gable and is flanked by three full-height sidelights. A small garden shaded by a eucalyptus tree leads to the atrium that serves as an informal secondary entrance to the house. The atrium blends indoors and outdoors with a skylight and sliding glass doors. An expansive, landscaped backyard further accentuates this idyllic setting.
The interior spaces consist of a central living wing, a secondary wing with four large bedrooms and a generous multi-purpose room, as well as a separate wing for the primary bedroom that was added to the rear of the house in 1965 by noted architect Paul Sterling Hoag. The peaceful and spacious master suite includes a sitting room, a stone fireplace, two walk-in closets, a sunken tub, and a sizable sauna. A sixth bedroom could serve as staff quarters or an office. The residence on Woodacres has undergone few alterations over the years, leaving many of its unique mid-century features and materials intact, including decorative wood block screens and a distinctive cut stone fireplace with floating surround. Additional features include Philippine mahogany walls, a walnut paneled den, and a concealed wet bar.
Characteristic of mid-century modern architecture, the indoor/outdoor connection has been prioritized in nearly every room. To one side of the central wing is a spacious outdoor patio, and to the other is a full-sized swimming pool with concrete pool deck. Expanses of full-height windows and sliding glass doors provide easy, informal circulation between rooms and outdoor areas.
Reimagining an Architectural Gem
This exciting offering presents a rare chance to reinterpret a California mid-century modern ranch original for the modern era in one of L.A.’s most prized neighborhoods. Bring your vision and reimagine its next evolution!