A sign on the wall by the softly weathered gate reads, “La Casa Park French, est. 1926.” It refers to a previous owner of this picturesque estate, architect Park French, who designed Toluca Lake homes for Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Norma Talmadge and later founded the Toluca Lake Property Owners Association.
In recent years, it’s actually been Casa Dave Stewart — home to the renowned British musician producer,author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist best known for his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the Eurythmics. Behind the scenes he’s produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, TomPetty, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, and Sinead O’Connor, racking up numerousProducer, Songwriter, Golden Globe, and Grammy Awards along the way. Stewart has restored and updated his Toluca Lake home base to seamlessly blend contemporary amenities with timeless beauty.
Seton a quarter acre, the 5,426-square-foot residence is lavished with period details. Deeply glowing hardwoods, jewel toned stained glass windows and lavish wrought iron accents set the tone across family, living and dining rooms to breakfast room and lounge/library. More recent additions include a soundproof media lounge, a steam room, a filtered water system and a backup generator. The master and two of the three other bedrooms are en suite. One opens to shaded veranda. Off the lounge/library, a heated and canopied dining terrace overlooks the ultra private back yard with swimming pool, organic herb garden and covered exercise deck. A gated dog area links to a two-car garage with laundry area and storage.
Just what makes Toluca Lake — a 1.22 square mile snippet of land tucked between Universal City, Studio City, North Hollywood and Burbank — such a magnet for the rich and famous? “Hollywood stars, CEOs and music legends are drawn to these safe,shady streets, minutes from three major studios,” says agent Strong, a long time resident of the enclave. “The lake is one of the most beautiful areas to have access to anywhere in Los Angeles. And the legendary Lakeside Golf Club is a stroll away. It’s a pretty perfect arrangement — one that’s been attracting luminaries for decades.”
10106 Toluca Lake Avenue
| Offered at $4,299,000 | Craig Strong, Director, Aaroe Estates | 310.439.3225