158 Upper Lake Road – Sherwood’s Hidden Treasure
A truly magical 4240 square foot estate built by the Sherwood Development Company in the heart of the charismatic neighborhood of Thistlebery behind the guard-gated estates of exclusive Sherwood Country Club. The property spans nearly 1 acre amid the beautiful Santa Monica Mountain range overlooking the oldest, scenic, made man made lake in California, Lake Sherwood.
158 Upper Lake Road is accessed through one of the two Sherwood gates off of Potrero Road. Potrero Road is the main artery that winds East/West through the scenic Hidden Valley. It is the first intersection you reach when exiting the historic Decker Canyon Road from the beaches of Malibu or the Canyons of the Santa Monica Mountain wilderness areas.
Once past the Stafford Gate, you veer left on Stafford Road along the glistening perimeter of Lake Sherwood toward Thistlebery. The short drive to Upper Lake Road is bundled with views of Southern California’s most stately and artisan crafted lakeside estates. Each are neatly and somewhat ‘mysteriously’ tucked into the mountainside. After you pass the first 3-way stop sign at the appropriately named Lower Lake Road, you intersect with Upper Lake Road, where you take a left. Immediately traveling up Upper Lake Road, you are overwhelmed by the private, humble and ‘yesteryear’ charm that is Old Sherwood—Thistlebery.
As you veer left on Upper Lake Road, you are immediately overwhelmed by the whimsical air and ecclectic charm & character of Sherwood’s Thistlebery neighborhood. The sensory overload from the stately Classical architecture on Stafford Road fades as you enter into a more serene, lake style neighborhood. A sort of ‘magnificent tranquility.’ It is a calm that you would expect from an address such as 158 Upper Lake Road. This charm, character and tranquility are part & parcel to the current and past residents’ strength, resolve and dedication to preserve Lake Sherwood’s original beauty and majesty. The lake has been stewarded by the local residents and the landholders behind the gates of Sherwood since the Roaring Twenties—as old as the lake itself.
The driveway leads you up to the beautiful 4240 square foot Sherwood estate. You enter either through the spacious, 3-car garage or by way of a short, sweeping spiral stairway to the bold facade of the solid, arch-shaped, custom distressed, stained, bronze laden-front door.
Upon entering, you are immediately greeted at the foyer with the interior’s transitional style and a warm welcome of the expansive and inviting dining area. To the left of the foyer, you are struck by the grand northeasterly facing living room and its impressive custom, distressed wood I-beam laden ceiling and a hand picked chandelier that further accentuates the estate’s ‘out-of-doors’ ambiance. To the right, upon entrance, you are met with the flow of the main floor that merges the gorgeous ‘state-of-the-art‘ kitchen with the warm and expansive family room.
Off from the main floor and office is a very short flight of stairs that winds up to the second floor living area. At the top of the stairs you are greeted by the 3 bedrooms and the spacious Master Suite which immediately gives rise to a sense of breadth that seems to span the entire width of the estate’s floor plan. Each room seamlessly holds together the ‘flow’ and ‘oneness’ that originated at the main floor and foyer. The second floor living area provides ample space for a growing family and their guests, while keeping with the ‘familial’ architectural theme and an open-aired ambience, while sparing no expense at the sake of privacy.
Not to be outdone, the exterior is clearly designed & constructed with the same ‘form follows function’ architectural intent as the interior. The backyard faces a beautiful southwest facing slope that provides views of nightly ‘spectaculars’ courtesy of the Southern California skies and its glorious sunsets. It is not cliché to say that one must have to see to believe … the colors and array of clouds provide evening spectacles worthy of a Hollywood production evening set.
The pool is anchored at the bottom of the sloping backyard by a beautiful Wisteria-strewn cobana and Jacuzzi. Along the pool deck you are given access to the land that rises up to some of the most stunning views in Southern California. This sloping land immediately gives rise to immediate thoughts of creating a custom vineyard or an orchard. From atop the hillside you can delight in forever views of Hidden Valley, Lake Sherwood, and Westlake Village by day and the Milky Way by night.
This blend of a real-life inspired familial neighborhood, unmatched security, historic sense of community, lakeside living community, with world-class exclusivity and modern-day architectural elegance make 158 Upper Lake Road a treasure amongst the world’s exclusive residences.
A hidden treasure that awaits a very fortunate family …