16666 Oldham Street
Encino, CA 91436
- 4 beds
- 4 baths
- 3,050 sqft
Designed by one of Beverly Hills’ pioneering architects, this midcentury gem retreats from the congestion of the city and its neighboring homes, surrounded instead by lush landscaping, trees, and sweeping canyon views. Extensively renovated for modern living, this four-bedroom, four-bath home maintains a seamless indoor-outdoor flow throughout its single-story plan that sits on a generous half-acre lot.
There’s little to be seen beyond a gate from the street, or even from the parking court beyond—and that’s intentional. Architect John P. Pedersen had been designing character-defining homes for 30 years when he was commissioned to do this one in 1958. Having already worked for some of the region’s most prominent residents, he knew that privacy was supreme. The experience begins as soon as you pass through the carport door into an inner courtyard, lined with plantings and studded with mature shade trees, that leads to the entry. Only when you step inside do you see the genius of Pedersen’s plan – a kitchen-dining-living area spanning the rear width of the house, where three sets of French doors open to a covered veranda looking out to the hills.
Cooking is a dream with a Viking stovetop that faces the windows from the kitchen’s enormous Arctic White marble island, while a separate coffee bar by the doors is perfectly placed for those heading out with their morning brew. The dining area provides a lush banquette spanning the wall that also faces outside.
The home’s open plan is ringed with more private spaces: A family/media room on one end provides intimacy for movie nights; a bedroom/office on the other end is only accessible from a private hall but steps out to the main veranda; and the primary suite and two other ensuite bedrooms have discreet entries, hidden away from the central living area.
This home truly capitalizes on the California climate, offering as many outdoor-living options as it does inside. The rear deck frames an enormous lawn—big enough for a pool—while a hillside gazebo bar provides a high perch to enjoy the sunset. The primary suite steps out to a sauna and calisthenics gym. The entry courtyard embraces an intimate patio with a firepit—a niche that gets definition from specimen-wood siding in beautiful contrast to the home’s black stucco exterior.
Located in the sought-after Lanai Road Elementary School district, this breezy contemporary home is ready for occupants of every age—a secluded promontory with easy access to the surrounding city.
Lot Size | 23,270
Designed by one of Beverly Hills’ pioneering architects in 1958, this midcentury gem at 16666 Oldham Street retreats from the city and its neighboring homes, surrounded instead by lush landscaping, trees, and sweeping canyon views.