This English country style home is set on Kentwood's most beautifully wooded street lined with mature 50 foot Liquidambar trees that turn gold and red in autumn. The sleepy town of Westchester has been renamed the “Lower Westside” with neighboring “Silicon Beach” in Playa Vista to the North and has become a treasure for those seeking an unspoiled old fashioned neighborhood. Artistic interior designer Linda Zale (Zale Design Studio) devised an inviting and colorfully eclectic background by blending new and antique European and American furnishings accented by a whimsical folk art collection.

The home’s steep roofs and dormer windows create a living space full of shaped volume ceilings that are filled with natural light. The site slopes down from the street level so we took advantage of this feature by using a series of steps that allowed us to manipulate the ceiling heights to our advantage. The fully paneled Living Room/Library/Study off the grand foyer has built in bookcases on all four walls. A wood burning fireplace and two window seats are nestled in amongst the books and objet d’art. A few steps down from the foyer lies a casual open plan Family Room/Dining Room/Kitchen with 10 foot ceilings, another wood burning fireplace and French doors leading to the back garden and brick patio. The circular dining bay is centered on the entry allowing the garden to be seen from the moment one walks in through the front door. We used Costa Smerelda green granite on the kitchen countertops to further bring the outdoor feeling inside. Additionally there is a Powder Room, Guest Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom, Laundry Room and walk in Pantry on the first floor.

Designed with family in mind, there are two bedroom wings upstairs. One wing leads to the Master Study/Music Room/ Bedroom with wood burning fireplace and Sitting Room between dormers, spacious Master Bathroom and walk in closets all with soaring vaulted ceilings. The private deck is built upon the Dining Room circular bay and overlooks the property’s lush 65 year old Pepper tree. The children’s wing has two bedroom suites with built-in desks and cabinetry that span the entire length of each room, French casement and dormer windows, interesting vaulted ceilings and full Bathrooms.

Architect: Ward Jewell Architect, AIA
Interior Design: Zale Design Studio
Contractor: Bob Pagan Builders
Photography: Laura Hull