Calabassis: Between the mountains and mansions, this stretch of California is hardly short on sprawling celebrity homes. Within this postcode littered with A-listers, it’s rare that when a property comes to market, its previous occupier is the reason to make the headlines. This property, however, has us making an exception for the former Formula One Champion Jenson Button.
Because, while the area owes much to the likes of Instagram and the Kardashians for its projection into the zeitgeist, it has also promoted a certain type of Californian crash pad. ‘Minimalist’ and ‘understated’ are rarely used adjectives by the realtors around here, and perhaps that is why this particular property has caught our attention.
For what it seemingly lacks in towering turrets or endless concrete drives, it offers a minimalist escape among the mountains.
After hanging up his Formula One keys in 2016, Button and his interior designer wife, Brittny, have turned to real estate, and have been quite busy in this corner of California, having sold a trio of homes in Palm Springs and Santa Monica for a net of $11.4m. The Casa Encanto (meaning ‘charming house’) is their latest project to hit the market, asking just under $8m.
Having bought the property in winter 2021 for $3.7m, the property has undergone an extensive remodel, spearheaded by Brittny’s own design studio, Button Atelier. The intention was not only to create a home but rather, as Brittny puts it, “a retreat, providing an oasis of calm in contrast to the bustling daily routine and city life.” The result blends traditional influences with contemporary design and luxurious finishes: SoCal cool meets with hacienda chic and laid-back elegance.
Stepping into the property from the long, private gated driveway, you are greeted by the large central living space. The open-plan layout throughout the property makes full use of its huge 8,400-sq-ft interior footprint, while the high ceilings ensure the space is flooded with natural light.
The colors of the terracotta roof and creamy stucco render are echoed in the property’s interiors, where a design palette of creams, tans and chocolate work in harmony with the original beams and classically fluted columns.
Leading on, the sleek designer chef’s kitchen, boasting top-of-the-line appliances, seamlessly connects to the kitchen-dining area, which is adorned with a cozy fireplace that makes it ideal for hosting large or intimate gatherings. A formal dining room and custom lounge with a bar area also add additional versatility for entertaining friends and family.
Upstairs, an open gallery on the upper level leads to the six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The luxurious primary suite boasts an open layout, complete with a fireplace and a separate seating area, providing a serene retreat within your own home. The spa-like primary bathroom offers the perfect escape, accompanied by a nice-sized walk-in closet and dressing room.
Large, black-framed patio doors open to a backyard oasis, featuring a covered terrace and resort-style private pool, all enveloped by panoramic mountain views.
$7.9m. Contact Jaime Krupnick, Engel & Völkers, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 310 749-0703