ALMIDOR, The John Show Ranch Estate, Builder, L. G. Knipe, 1928 :: This Spanish Colonial Revival home is one of the most significant historic structures in all of the San Fernando Valley. At the time of construction, the Show Ranch encompassed over 350 acres of citrus and walnuts. Today, the ALMIDOR home is now privately situated high above a surrounding development of Charles Du Bois Mid Century homes and in its most pristine condition, the byproduct of a multi-decade multi-million-dollar meticulous restoration by the current owners in collaboration with historic architects and contractors. An ascending driveway leads to the grand arched front exterior and expansive wrap-around entry porch overlooking beautiful gardens and mature trees, a setting that is surprisingly European in nature and instantly invokes emotion, that ALMIDOR is an experience as well as a stately dwelling. The grand and soaring interior entrance sets a tone of distinction and artisan craftsmanship such as an oversized carved Mahogany door, forged iron work, and original Gladding McBean floors. Extensive Malibu decorative tiles and fixtures are showcased throughout and have been verified by the Adamson House Malibu Tile Committee. Original Kokomo hand cast stained glass impresses as do the second story Corinthian style arches. A bright and incredibly large step-down living room is the heart of the first floor, boasting hardwood floors, a decorative cast citrus fireplace above a Malibu tile hearth and a custom silk and wool carpet that was entirely hand tied over 9 months and specifically designed for this room. The living room flows seamlessly into a large den and bar, perfect for an office, family room and entertaining. The large kitchen was recently completely overhauled to marry the modern with the memorable and features both original and custom cabinetry, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. And just off of the kitchen, a large dining area is overlooked by ornate original plaster work. Dedicated to preserving the home, the current owners restored light fixtures and for a few locations cast and duplicated original fixtures to ensure that the look and historical integrity of the property remained intact. No expense was spared. Upstairs, the property features 4 large bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, with original colorful Malibu tile bathroom floors, fixtures and fireplace tiles. Unlike many builds from the 1920's, ALMIDOR also has plenty of closet space and accompanying dressing rooms. Recent systems upgrades include a new roof, exterior sewer line, triple zoned HVAC and ducting and new electrical wiring and panels. The resort like heated pool and patio settings were completely structurally rebuilt and fortified to code in 2017 with structural pylons, rebar and retaining walls. The patios were tiled with period correct Arto Brick tiles to ensure that the 1928 experience was felt in every aspect of the property. The upper exterior patio conveniently comes with a large custom bar and BBQ, and the lower patio offers plenty of space for pool parties and long summer evenings with family and friends. As such, the home has hosted several large events from fundraisers to weddings and can easily accommodate very large gatherings, catering companies and more. Seller financing possible for adjoining second vacant gated parcel (APN 2074-033-035) with separate, rear street access, allowing for a more convenient and lesser up front cost to acquiring both of these rare pieces of land. Contact listing agent for additional info. On a total of well over 1 acre of land, the possibilities are endless to create additional exterior entertaining spaces, parking and garages, detached workspaces and additional expansion (buyer to verify). The ALMIDOR residence is an incredibly rare offering for a special buyer who appreciates history & passion, woven together with the best modern sensibilities and design. Home as been pre-underwritten for a homeowners insurance policy.
Listing Agent: Benjamin Kahle, Compass
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