Welcome to Oak Shadows, a spectacular gated-architectural compound located in the heart of Encino’s prestigious Rancho Estates. Set on an appx 32,446 sq. ft. forested lot, and designed and built by owner Murray Siegel, AIA, for himself and his wife in 1984, this ultra-private 4-bedroom estate masterfully exemplifies the symbiotic union of art and nature. Asian inspired and melding the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement, with a strong nod to Frank Lloyd Wright, this magical property came to be known as the “Pole House,” as the entire redwood-sided structure is suspended above the ground and supported by Douglas Fir poles. Forty-seven poles, 16”-18” in diameter, were imported and employed throughout and around the residence. A dramatic hexagonal entry greets you and leads to the grand and voluminous living room/dining area, where your senses are awakened all at once by the trestle and skylit ceilings, walls of glass, oversized stone fireplace, wet bar, and nature’s surroundings.
To the right of the entry is the generously sized kitchen, highlighted by the octagonal center island with abundant counter and storage space. Adjacent to the kitchen is the warm and engaging family room, accented by a loft library, vaulted wood-beam ceilings and views of the lush rear gardens. The first-floor primary suite features mosaic dual vanities, two walk-in closets, a spa tub, and custom shower with curved wall. There are two additional bedrooms upstairs adjoining the owner’s suite, and a fourth bedroom suite on the ground floor next to the home office. The rich and verdant environs of this awe-inspiring home are nothing short of astounding, and include multiple decks overlooking the large, tranquil koi ponds, bridge, and waterfall, numerous majestic oaks, an arbor, and an auxiliary dwelling. There is also a two-car garage with ample storage and a workshop. To view this one-of-a-kind architectural gem is to celebrate the power of design and to become immersed in the very beauty and simplicity of nature.