Artemesia: words just can’t describe it. But we can try.

It started as one of the finest Arts & Crafts houses ever built. Then, it was treated to an award-winning restoration and updated with the latest 21st Century technology. There’s really no way to describe it, because it’s pretty incredible. What do you say about a place right above Paramount and the W Hotel that you reach via a path through a secluded forest? (Yes, that was a deer.) Well, maybe there are a few words. Private. Incredibly beautiful. Irreplaceable. But we’ve just gotten started.

Back in 1913, they picked this site carefully to maximize the amazing views, which shoot straight down the canyon and across the city to the ocean. Then they built a 13,000+ square foot knockout right across the top of the canyon, with a waterfall underneath it. Picture windows didn’t even exist back then, but this place had some of the first. You can soak up the scenery from almost every room and a lot of outdoor spaces. As we mentioned, who can describe it? Who would try?

When you walk through Artemesia, it may look perfectly preserved. And it is, because every one of the period interiors has been carefully refreshed. From hand loomed wall tapestry to coffered ceilings to an entry hall fitted with African mahogany walls and ceiling, this home conveys elegance and artistry no modern structure can.

The rooms are brilliant, from a warm and inviting breakfast solarium to a secluded master suite with a 1,200 square foot sitting room. Party spaces range from a dining room that easily seats forty, to a 2,000-square-foot ballroom which opens to a wide lower terrace that runs across the whole front of the house. Fiesta for 500, anyone? From charity fundraisers and Super Bowl extravaganzas to the most memorable holiday gatherings ever, this is the ideal place for a legendary bash. The sleeping porch boasts 5 pull-down Murphy beds and there are six huge Batchelder fireplaces. (Most people are thrilled with a single small one.) There is a completely remodeled kitchen with modern gourmet features done in authentic period style, gorgeous remodeled bathrooms, and a brand new pool and spa.

Wherever you are in Artemesia, you hear the sound of water. In the woodland park, a waterfall cascades into the reflecting pool, down the canyon streambed, and into the huge nature pond by the entry gate. Step out of your car to the sound of a 100-year old fountain burbling onto the plants below. Outside the breakfast room, three solid streams tumble from a luxurious spa into the shimmering new swimming pool. Silence and untroubled greenery surround you. From hidden nooks and welcoming benches to a quiet brick terrace at the very top of your world lit by a flickering fire pit, you can pick from a dozen amazing nature spots to enjoy and entertain in. An adjacent fully buildable parcel, not included in this offering, is also available.

When you pass through the gates at Artemesia, everything outside disappears. The stress of the city melts away as you enter your own protected, secluded woodland. Sure, there are plenty of grand estates. And then there’s Artemesia, a whole other world hidden in a forest in the heart of Los Angeles. It’s far too amazing for words.

5771 Valley Oak Drive, Los Feliz Oaks

Listed by Sally Forster Jones of John Aaroe Group at $9,995,000

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