San Onofre Drive

Palisades Riviera

In 1953, when The Pacific Palisades was a sparsely populated frontier, Ronald Reagan hiked to the top of the Santa Monica Mountains and planted his flag. At the time, Mr. Reagan was just a working actor with a few movie credits and a gig hosting the popular TV show, "General Electric Theatre".

When GE discovered Mr. Reagan was building his family home, they offered to make it, "The House Of The Future", outfitting the residence with a Jetsonian all-electric kitchen, enough lighting to land a 747 and an all but unheard of luxury at the time: a built in movie projector.

While in residence, Mr. Reagan underwent a career change, serving as Governor of California and, ultimately, President of the United States.

In 2013, Jaman Properties bought the home, which was virtually unchanged since the Reagan's tenure. Coming from the movie business, our training is in storytelling, so we began production by spending time on the property--just listening and watching--to discover what stories it had to tell.

We heard ocean breezes rustling the trees, the call of hawks circling overhead and breathed in the vast views from The San Gabriel Mountains to Catalina Island. As we experienced the awe of what both man and nature had created, we envisioned the moment of Mr. Reagan's inspiration to pursue a future and purpose larger than himself.

With that imagined epiphany in mind, we archivally salvaged the house's historical elements, then created--from the ground up—a new home designed to provide a luxurious retreat from a high-stakes life.

Every design choice was made with an eye for quality and an open heart, in the hope that San Onofre Drive's new occupants might experience a life filled with a similar sense of inspiration, empowerment and joy.

FEATURES:
• Main house: Six bedrooms/8 3/4 bathrooms, Guest house: 1 bedroom/3/4 bath.
• The property has 180-degree views from The San Gabriel Mountains to Downtown LA, Century City, Palos Verdes, the Pacific Ocean and Catalina.
• The residence, including guesthouse, verandas and garages measures approximately 12,000 constructed square feet, on a nearly 28,000 square foot lot.
• The property is private, accessible via an approximately 300 ft. long gated driveway.
• The style of the home is Spanish Revival on the exterior—hand trowelled stucco, extensive use of hand-forged iron, red tile roofs, hand-made Bevolo gas lanterns and divided light doors and windows. The interior is contemporary--smart home technology with audio/visual/wifi, hand finished French oak floors, custom cabinetry, professional level appliances, Waterworks fixtures and antique, custom commissioned or Ralph Lauren lighting throughout.
• Structures and interiors designed by Jaman Properties.
• Exterior Design, by Scott Shrader.
• Kitchen Design, created in collaboration Chef Gino Angelini.

DOWNSTAIRS
• Entry Hall with 24ft. ceilings, circular staircase and 12' X 6' skylight. City views.
• Living Room with wood-burning, hand carved French limestone fireplace and 12ft. ceilings clad in antique barn timbers. City and ocean views.
• 2,000 bottle temperature-controlled wine room adjacent to Living Room and Bar Area
• Bar Area with original bar where Governor/President Reagan entertained Hollywood celebrities and world leaders. Bar contains ice-maker and undercounter refrigerator and has access to wine room. City and ocean views.
• Professional grade Kitchen/Family Room with antique beamed ceiling, wood burning fireplace, hand-made Officine Gullo range, custom cabinetry and walk-in pantry. City and ocean views.
• Formal Dining Room with Hilden Diaz chandelier commissioned for the room and antique hand-carved French fireplace surround and trumeau, rescued from the Henry T. Sloane Mansion on Fifth Avenue. City and ocean views.
• The Living Room, Living Room Bar, Dining Room and Kitchen/Family Room all feature 11 ft. arched, steel doors and open to a columned Veranda with fireplaced living area and heated dining areas, all with 180 degree city and ocean views.
Home Office/Library with fireplace, custom cabinetry and paneling, access to wine room and private garden. This room contains a significant piece of Reagan history—see "Library Shower Door".
• Professional Screening Room lined in cashmere, with built-in bar (with undercounter refrigerator), drop-down projector and seating for 12-15.
• Powder Room lined with approximately 25,000 hand applied peacock feathers
• Staff bedroom with en suite bath.
• Laundry Room.
• Mud Room.
• Elevator.
• Standard Garage for 2 cars (room for 2 car hoists).\

UPSTAIRS
• Master, sky-lit bedroom suite measuring approximately 2,300 square feet of constructed space, including a private terrace, private sitting room, master bedroom with fireplace and city and ocean views. Separate His and Her Dressing rooms with extensive, mirrored cabinetry. Her Dressing Room features a dedicated, 365 pair shoe closet, His Dressing Room, a dedicated luggage closet, separate His and Her Bathrooms feature a soaking tub, steam room and sauna, both with city and ocean views. The Sitting Room, Bedroom and Her Bath all open to a large, private terrace (approximately 500 square feet) with pergola and sweeping city and ocean views.
• Four additional bedrooms with full en suite baths, including two bedrooms with private, city view terraces.

SEPARATE GUEST HOUSE
• Home Gym outfitted with state of the art equipment including stationary cycle programmed to replicate the Tour De France.
• Show Garage for 2 cars with built-in bar, undercounter beverage center and dual spigot artisanal beer Kegerator.
• Guest suite with ¾ bath, mini-kitchen and skyline views.

EXTERIOR
• Private, gated 300 ft. hedge-lined driveway.
• Parking Area with city and ocean views.
• Gas-lit, gated Entry Courtyard landscaped with antique, French iron gate, 100 year old olive trees and antique French limestone fountain.
• Back Yard with 180 degree city and ocean views, featuring a heated salt-water pool with invisible glass-walled spa, sunning area, exterior kitchen with wrap-around bar, barbeque, undercounter refrigerator, sink, stove and wood-burning pizza oven.
• Approximately 80 ft. long veranda with fireplace and heated living and dining areas.
• Dining area for up to 30 set amid 100 year old olive trees.


OF SPECIAL INTEREST:

THE ENTRY COURTYARD FOUNTAIN - The fountain was made from an antique hand carved, French watering trough.

THE LANTERNS - The gas lanterns throughout the property were made by The Bevolo Lantern Company of New Orleans. Bevolo was one of the first businesses to reopen after Hurricane Katrina so that the historic gaslights of the French Quarter could be repaired and relit—a sign to the world that the city may have been beaten up but not beaten down.

THE OLIVE TREES - It was August when our exterior designer, Scott Shrader, dispatched us to Corning, California—about two hours north of Sacramento. Humidity 90% and 110 degrees in the shade…of 6,000 olive trees. We "auditioned" every tree on the abandoned olive oil estate till we found the nine specimen Barouni olives that now grow at San Onofre Drive. There's an old Italian axiom, "You plant wine for your children and olive trees for your grand children". These trees are fruit bearing and more than 100 years old. With proper care, they should provide nourishment for many generations to come.

THE LIVING ROOM FIREPLACE - Is wood-burning, with antique French limestone surround.

THE REAGAN BAR - When Jaman purchased the Reagan's former home in 2013, it was virtually untouched since their tenure. The kitchen was the original, "Kitchen of the future" installed by General Electric in 1957 and the centerpiece of the living room was a crumbling vestige of the bar you see in the living room today. We restored the bar and, though it has been updated to include an undercounter refrigerator and ice-maker, it still maintains its original design and materials including the refurbished mid-century knobs and light fixture. The Reagans were known for their generous entertaining—a tradition that extended from the Palisades house to The White House, and this bar was at the center of their social activities. It was around this bar that Mr. Reagan is said to have gathered his wife and other trusted advisors when he made the decision to run for the Presidency of the United States.

THE KITCHEN RANGE - A few years ago, we discovered Officine Gullo online and went nuts. We designed and purchased this range—sight unseen—via email. It was custom hand-made in Florence, Italy, taking six months to produce and nearly as long to reach California.

THE KITCHEN CHANDELIER - The 1960's "Sputnik" was designed by Fabio Ungaro for Stilnovo. It has 32 shooting arms with blown Murano balls.

THE DINING ROOM FIREPLACE - Back in the 1890's, Henry T. Sloane made his fortune selling furniture and rugs to New York's gentry. He had a socially prominent wife, two beautiful daughters and an opulent home on West 72nd Street. Life was good. That is, till Mr. Sloane's wife divorced him and remarried a mere five hours later. Ouch. Believing that living well was the best revenge, Sloane commissioned architect C. P. H. Gilbert to design a six-story, 18,267-square-foot Beaux-Arts manse with 17-foot-high ceilings, an imposing marble staircase and a dozen ornate fireplaces imported from antique French châteaux. After Mr. Sloane's demise, the home changed owners till, in 2011, a Russian oligarch purchased the home and demolished its once grand interiors. The staircase was dismantled and the priceless mantles sat in a salvage yard till 2013 when Jaman purchased one of the dilapidated relics for $600 on ebay. Master furniture maker, Mark White spent three months restoring the mantle to its former glory and adapting it for its place in San Onofre Drives dining room.

THE DINING ROOM CHANDELIER - We fell in love with the work of Hilden Diaz—two Danish artists known for their political installation art--and commissioned this chandelier when the house was still just lines on paper. The resultant work, titled "Forms In Nature" was designed for the dimensions of this room and made on a 3-D printer of extruded plastic. When lit, the light projects shadows on the walls that give the impression of a forest lit by moonlight.

THE POWDER ROOM - Approximately twenty five thousand peacock feathers, individually applied.

THE SCREENING ROOM - The screening room is lined in 100% cashmere fabric and includes a bar with an undercounter refrigerator. The equipment includes a 4K 145 inch screening system with 9.2 Dolby surround sound, controlled via an App based, Total Control processor. There is a Lutron Radio Ra2 Lighting control in the theater and Sonos sound system providing sound throughout the property.

THE LIBRARY SHOWER DOOR - When Jaman bought the home at 1669 San Onofre, we were keenly aware of the historic events that had occurred here. Wanting to be good citizens, we offered the home's original fixtures to The Smithsonian, The Reagan Library and even General Electric to see if they wanted the perfectly preserved, "Kitchen of the Future". To our surprise, everyone passed, so we saved the few pieces that, in our opinion, had the most meaning--including the shower door. To call it, unattractive is an understatement and, measuring only 5' 6", it's impractical as well. Nonetheless, it is now installed in the bathroom of the new house's library with the plaque reading: "On this spot, election night, November 4th, 1980, former California Governor Ronald Reagan was in the shower, his wife Nancy was taking a bath. The phone range and Nancy answered. She handed the phone to her husband and, as water cascaded over him, he heard Jimmy Carter's voice, 'Mr. Reagan? Congratulations. You're President of The United States'."

THE WINE ROOM - Is temperature and climate controlled and holds approximately 2,000 bottles. It is accessible from the Reagan Bar Area and the home Library/Office.

THE MASTER BATHS - Share a dual, exposed valve shower/steam room and a dry sauna.

THE MASTER WHITE DRESSING ROOM - Includes a designated, 365 pair shoe room lit with a chandelier made of vintage Schiaparelli bonnets.

THE MASTER BLACK DRESSING ROOM - Includes a designated luggage closet.

THE SPA - Scott Shrader devised the invisible Jacuzzi. Made of glass, instead of the typical masonry, the walls of the spa disappear, allowing for a seamless pool surface.

THE EXTERIOR KITCHEN - Includes a barbecue, wood burning pizza oven, exterior refrigerator, sink and dual burner stove.

THE SHOW GARAGE- Contains a bar with dual spigot Kegerator and beverage center.

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NEITHER SELLERS NOR BROKER/AGENTS GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF THE SQUARE FOOTAGE, LOT SIZE OR OTHER INFORMATION CONCERNING THE CONDITIONS OR FEATURES OF THE PROPERTY. BUYER IS ADVISED TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE ACCURACY OF ALL INFORMATION THROUGH PERSONAL INSPECTION AND WITH APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONALS TO SATISFY SELF.

1669 San Onofre Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA
$29,700,000

Offered Exclusively by:
Kurt Rappaport
Westside Estate Agency
Cell: 310.995.3214
Email: kr@weahomes.com

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