Home of the Week: Historic legacy estate in prime Studio City enclave

A rare opportunity to acquire one of the original estates in Briarcliff Manor, a coveted enclave within the growing celebrity magnet of Fryman Canyon Estates in Studio City. Winter Brook Estate, a 1937 Country English tennis compound designed by renowned Los Angeles architect Arthur C. Munson, is perched on a wooded knoll surrounded by mountain and canyon views. Its approximately 42,250 square foot lot lies adjacent to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, an interlinking collection of urban, rural, and river parks; open space; trails; and wildlife habitats.
Arrayed at the end of a long gated drive at 12127 Iredell Street, the slate-roofed manor is enveloped by mature trees and lush grounds surrounding a retreat-style clover-shaped pool and spa set amid sweeping weathered brick patio spaces. A sunken championship-sized lighted tennis court enjoys views of the surrounding hills. A fifteen-car motor court and a lavish 4,604 square foot home complete the compound. 
Beyond the picturesque half-timber-style façade, visitors enter a grand, welcoming living room with exposed weathered driftwood ceiling beams, diamond-paned windows and a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with rustic plank mantel. A library adjoins the area. Nearby, French doors open to a garden. Other gathering spots include a formal dining room and split level entertainment area with large bar. Both rooms include French doors to the patio. Off the kitchen, a pitched-ceiling breakfast room is surrounded on two sides by eight-paned windows framing the greenery outside. Peg-and groove floors and gleaming hardwood finishes enrich the spaces. 

Upstairs, a series of high dormered rooms include a master suite with sitting area and a wide-windowed office. All rooms on this level, including the four bedroom suites, take full advantage of the elevated views. 
The hiking trails of nearby Fryman Canyon Park, shaded by massive pines and enriched by native chaparral, deer and other wildlife, offer some of the best views in the San Fernando Valley. Despite Winter Brook’s privacy and seclusion from city life, the estate is just minutes away from top schools, restaurants, shops and major studios, with easy access to the West Side. This is a rare opportunity to expand and redevelop a magnificent historic manor into a legacy family estate. 
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