Welcome to Three Oaks, lovingly named by its owners for the trio of majestic trees that anchor the property and provide the focus and inspiration around which the house was built. Designed by Leonardo d’Anconia for his family use, the home has never before been open to the public and it has belonged only to its original owners. Understated and private from the street, the 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom contemporary home in the San Rafael Hills unfolds as it descends the slope, slowly opening up to a series of private courts, decks, and patios that create a sequence of stunning moments throughout the entire property, each more charming and unexpected than the one before. Beyond the street gate, the home surprises immediately upon arriving at the entry court disclosing a deck overlooking a lap pool below. Into the main house, the oak trees are immediately seen framed by the two-story stairway, a view that repeats from different angles as one moves through the property. On the upper level, the master bedroom becomes a veritable tree house, an oasis of tranquility and shade at any time of day set into the tree canopy with a private covered deck gently grazed by the filtered light. Once below in the main level, upon arriving at a lower deck at the base of the trees, the house turns you around and exposes a 12-foot ceiling open space of glass on three sides connected to its wraparound yard but protected from the sun by the overhanging second floor above. It is details like this that set the house apart. The light is rarely direct, the views always relaxed yet intentional, the house telling you how it wants to be best received and engaged. The compound is a delight to the senses. The exterior features integral white smooth stucco and zinc cladding on the middle floor, self-healing, and lowest in maintenance. The second floor is gently engaged inside the double-height stucco volume, almost floating within it. This is expressed by the clerestory windows that run throughout the entire house, as if the walls and ceilings were afraid to touch, always aware of each other. The light bounces through this gap and diffuses everywhere creating a constant soft glow, the house itself a lighthouse in the middle of a green sea. The exterior belies the warmth of the interiors where oak treads, teak, and white oak finishes in natural dark stains dominate. The soft gardenia-colored walls contrast and complement the constant wood details, expressed in extensive built-ins and surprising storage solutions throughout the home. The Italian Scavolini cabinetry in all wet areas is made up of glass fronts in a soft blue hue to mirror the water reflection from the pool inside the house and accentuate its luxurious nature. It is the nature of the house to embrace the tension of its opposites: Earth and water, up and down, inside and outside. For instance, although structurally the house is built of concrete on two sides, anchored to the hillside without the need for piles, and built directly into the bedrock as if carved and terraced straight from the dirt, it remains light rather than heavily anchored. It does so by following the slope and effortlessly settling on it. This blend of grounding and lightness, balanced in harmony with rich layers of materials and an intimate sense of scale, is at the core of this extraordinary home. A cursory glance from the main yard reveals the same delicate layering in the terraces down the slope, from a lookout deck with city lights for late evening drinks, to a water deck to access the pool, to an outdoor fireplace patio outside the kitchen, the terraced pool as the backdrop, the waterfall of an infinite edge providing yet another layer of aural privacy. On the other end, the lawn opens to a lower garden which terminates the property and might yet provide the best city views towards Eagle Rock and back to the home itself, a fitting conclusion to a journey from where one may look back and appreciate this wondrous place, dense in time and space.
Pending $1,999,500
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Garage, 2 Spaces
  • Pool
  • 1976 Sqft
  • 5749 Lot
Michael Darling
Michael Darling
Founding Partner
Mobile (626) 840-8905
CalDRE 01139302
Sandi Rozman
Sandi Rozman
Mobile (626) 993-4477
CalDRE 02041045

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1869 Kaweah Drive is a residential property located in Pasadena, CA. This property sits on a 5749 sqft lot, is 1976 sqft, with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths.