Las Brisas | Topanga Canyon
Topanga, Los Angeles County, California
Las Brisas is a serene 29.5-acre sanctuary for animals, wildfowl, and the human spirit. Embraced by the majestic mountains overlooking the artistic, spiritual enclave of Topanga, CA, this idyllic haven and modern working ranch resonates with old-world charm reminiscent of exclusive resorts and iconic, timeless haciendas. A once-in-a-lifetime, secluded, generational compound, Las Brisas is deeply rooted in organic living and natural splendor, a place where every thoughtful, soulful detail speaks to the profound relationship between nature and ourselves, and between ourselves and our past. Set into Las Brisas' 600 feet of landscaped frontage on Topanga Canyon's most prestigious street, a grand hand-wrought iron "Las Brisas" headgate opens into a refuge that seems eons away from Los Angeles and yet is just a 20-minute scenic drive to downtown Santa Monica. A lushly landscaped quarter-acre pond the largest privately owned pond in the Santa Monica Mountains is home to swans, ducks, egrets, herons, and wildfowl.
The nearby wooden chapel, with a history spanning two centuries as a Mexican troje, was relocated to Las Brisas and meticulously reconstructed on-site; its hushed interior invites daily introspection and mindfulness. Serene amid mature landscaping and grassy, verdant courtyards, the compound's three haciendas the main residence, a guest house, and a three-car garage are architecturally splendid. The four-bedroom, four-bath main house, with its hand-hewn exposed oak beams, hand-painted Mexican tiles, Saltillo flooring, and extensive custom and vintage fixtures, conveys the warmth of peaceful, quiet luxury reminiscent of an earlier era. Both intimate and grand, it has dining and living spaces ideal for private family moments or larger gatherings. The family room/bar and the large covered deck and adjacent patio with fire pit are blessed with cool breezes, stunning mountain sunsets, and views of the stone-walled, terraced organic garden below and canyon beyond.The guest hacienda, with its three bedrooms and full kitchen, offers visitors to Las Brisas a tranquil refuge. A resort-inspired pool area includes a water slide for the young at heart and a palapa relocated from a beach on Mexico's Costa Carreyes. An indoor-outdoor gym and a custom-built treehouse overlook the pool. At the heart of Las Brisas are the horses and other animals who live there and who have a mystical, soulful relationship with their human companions.
The ranch includes a spacious 3,750-square-foot barn with an office and four paddocks, five wooden corrals with turnouts, six pipe corrals, a huge lighted riding rink with viewing area and entertainment casita, a two-part natural pasture with large shade structures, and other amenities such as a round pen, organic fly suppression systems, warm water wash rack, three tack rooms, and backcountry trails for riding through natural habitat on the property. In addition, custom-crafted enclosures house alpacas, pigs, goats, tortoises, chickens, turkeys, and geese, many of them rescued, and all of whom are integral to the property's rich, harmonious tapestry. Horse boarding, riding lessons, and equine therapy sessions have been fully permitted. Mature landscaping, stunning landscape lighting, multiple organic gardens brimming with fruit, vegetables, and herbs, and two high-capacity wells and water storage tanks enhance the beauty and wellness of Las Brisas. A substantial flat pad can be used as a helipad and affords endless views throughout Topanga Canyon. Modern features include FiOs fiber-optic internet, a Sonos music system, high-resolution security cameras accessible worldwide, and a monitored security alarm system.
Located moments from Santa Monica and Malibu, Las Brisas stands as a testament to nature's beauty, human spirituality, and the timeless bond between the two. Las Brisas is a spacious and luxurious working ranch, but also much more: it's a unique legacy, an emotional experience, and a dream realized.
, AKG Christies International Real Estate