Home of the Week: Rustic contemporary retreat in Encino
Sophisticated simplicity is the hallmark of this inspired, fully reinvisioned home. Here, airy spaces, surrounded by white oak floors, rough-hewn ceilings and walls of glass, create a serene environment that effortlessly brings nature in. 

A striking bridge leads to a tower like front entry guarded by a massive pair of eighteen-pane doors. They open to a sweeping array of rear-facing living spaces where banks of floor-to-ceiling windows frame a private world of wide wraparound patios, lawns and terraced landscaping. A freeform pool and spa lie at one end of the structure. 

In the gourmet kitchen, custom white oak cabinets, concrete surfaces, stainless steel appliances and an apron front sink embrace a generous center island with seating for four. After dinner, retire to the spacious home theater/family lounge, wired for Sonos.

In the master retreat, two sets of French doors flank a pair of floor-to-ceiling windows, letting the garden inside and leading to the patio and pool. Master amenities include a generous walk-in closet and ultramodern en suite bath. Three more bedrooms and two baths complete some 3,500 square feet of Southern California contemporary with the slightest hint of Zen.

The residence at 4703 Balboa Avenue in Encino is listed by Tara Rose and Craig Strong at $2,275,000.
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