John Travolta picked up this romantic Spanish-style home in Calabasas this month for $2.65 million.
The house may be a somewhat recent build for a period Spanish—its 1993 vintage makes it a period Spanish-style, in fact. And, in that context, it plays its part very well, managing to come off most convincingly.
The house features a lengthy preamble of wildly romantic tropical landscaping that frames a terra-cotta tile walkway designed around a fountain water feature; classic stuff. An arched entryway with an inset timber door is presided over by an arched Juliet balcony. Softness abounds.
Within, the home thankfully doesn’t defect to contemporary reticence. From its roof-lit turret foyer to its six bedrooms, it continues its somewhat delirious period feel with a staircase boasting wrought iron and hand-painted tile risers, terra-cotta tile floors throughout, the occasional wall niche, period-style fixtures, and exposed timber.
The 7,500 square-foot home is decidedly luxe, though, and upscale details that look more up to date for the style include a green marble fireplace with a raised hearth step, a library anchored by a prominent gallery overlook, and an overall engineered feel to the interior architecture that’s especially contrived in the kitchen.
The home’s exterior is marvelous. A picture-perfect second-floor terrace off the master suite surveys the property’s outdoor living spaces and the mountain landscape, and a summer kitchen augments an extensive patio space with a fireplace, a detached pergola lounge, a pool and spa, and gardens amid the ebullient landscaping.