For Sale: A Reader’s $2.69 Million Dream Home in Encino

by hookedonhouses on November 27, 2010

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A reader named Ainna wrote me about the dream house she designed and built for herself in Encino, California. She says the Cary Grant-Myrna Loy movie Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House inspired her so much during construction that she referenced it all the time.

“Pretty much everyone thought I was nuts. Especially when I showed the painter those pieces of thread…” (If you’ve seen the movie, then you know the scene she’s referring to, in which Mrs. Blandings describes the colors she wants for her walls. It always makes me laugh.)

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Now Ainna is selling her charming white house and moving to a “more rustic one-story.”

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The house has 5 bedrooms plus an office, a separate guest house with 2 additional bedrooms, and an 8-car garage.

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I love the dark walnut floors and all of the beautiful woodwork.

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I’m a sucker for a pretty white kitchen:

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Lots of Carrara marble in the kitchen and bathrooms.

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I’m loving all the built-ins, too:

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You can see the entire slideshow and get more information in the listing. Best of luck to Ainna on the sale, and thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us!

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Centsational Girl November 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Dream home indeed! I am in love with that house, oh my word, all the crisp white and dark wood. Just beautiful! I would miss it if I ever had to sell, it’s just stunning!!

Maaike Quinn November 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Wow, I am speechless. This could easily be my dream house. I particularly love the stairs and the garden.

So now I hate my own home lol :S
.-= Maaike Quinn´s last blog ..Day 4 – Write these things down =-.

Maaike Quinn November 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm

And those built in book shelves are gorgeous. I love the window in between them.

Melanie November 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Just gorgeous! I love the bathroom and the bookcases.
.-= Melanie´s last blog ..Thankful =-. November 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm

This house is beyond dreamy. I love every inch of it. I could never leave it. I can just imagine it all decorated up for Christmas.

Cole@LavishProperty November 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Lovely interior. Exactly how I would design my home. Would buy it, but I don’t have $2.7 million. Going to buy a powerball…
.-= Cole@LavishProperty´s last blog ..4-100-000 – Brooklyn- NY =-.

Ami @ beyondpeasandcarrots November 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm

wow, beautiful!!!
.-= Ami @ beyondpeasandcarrots´s last blog ..Gratitude- Week 6 =-.

alison November 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Hi ! I also have my property for sale. A beautiful English Georgian Style home on 10 acres on the Gold Coast Qld Australia. We are in the country but only 25 minutes to the beautiful Gold Coast and 30 minutes to the City of Brisbane! We have beautiful cottage gardens around the house and a formal rose garden behind. A swimming pool and a small lake! Fully fenced horse paddocks
.If you would like to have a look it is listed at Harcourts realestate ormeau. Its listed at $1 million 050 Take a look. I think you will love it. I also have some photo’s on my facebook page too which are even nicer! If you are really keen please contact me! Cheers Alison xxx

Susan S November 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Delightful, cheerful, and lots of good taste! I hope she shows off her new rustic home!

Nancy Hood November 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Oh how I would love to be able to purchase this home!!!

cathi November 27, 2010 at 8:20 pm

What a gorgeous home. I already live in Encino, but this house is fabulous indeed! :)
.-= cathi´s last blog ..cheers to the weekend =-.

ljb November 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I want it!!!!!!

Destiny November 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

This is an absolutely beautiful home and I hope that Ainna finds someone to love it … who won’t just buy it.

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic November 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

What a gorgeous home! I would love living in this house!
.-= Pam @ diy Design Fanatic´s last blog ..Color For Winter =-.

Val November 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm

It is truly beautiful. I don’t know if I’d ever leave the house.
.-= Val´s last blog ..Tis The Season =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints November 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Oh my…that was just beautiful. I wish I had the money to buy it!
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..Home &amp three winners- =-.

Sheila Krehbiel November 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Excuse me while I bookmark this page for reference while we build our dream house. Good grief! But it’s gorgeous. White-white woodwork against dark woods — ahhhh. Lovely.
.-= Sheila Krehbiel´s last blog ..Spaces after a period- How many are too many =-.

Desiree Leone November 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Gorgeous Dream home! Love the dark floors and white walls! The dining table is beautiful! I’m going to have to post a link on my blog to this post! Thanks for sharing this with us Julia!

Desiree Leone November 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Wow! This house is a beauty! Love everything! I’m going to have to post a link to this post! :)

Phyllis Briner November 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Absolutely beautiful!

Chrissy November 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

STUNNING! Everything is absolutely gorgeous! Hope it sells fast and HIGH for them! :o)

Kim November 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I absolutely love this house! Every detail is gorgeous. I can tell that alot of heart went into building this home.

linda @ Lime in the coconut November 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Beautiful home…are you sure you wanna leave??

But I hear ya…sending fast selling fairy dust!
.-= linda @ Lime in the coconut´s last blog ..-Full of Thanks- =-.

Pat November 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Be still my heart. You had me at the mentions of Mr. Blandings.
I would actually be happy to be a guest!
Someone is going to get a spectacular home, and I would love to see the next home they have!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..BYOFP bring your own fat pants =-.

E. George November 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Thats it I’m moving to your side of the world….. Hi Julia what a beautiful home love everything about it. Thank you for sharing hope everything went well for thanksgiving. Enjoy the weekend. Regards Esther from Sydney (I’m dreamin again)……

Catherine November 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm

We’re for sale…at a much lower price than that gorgeous property! Our historic home is in Lebanon, Ohio and is walking distance to everything out great little town has to offer. Check it out!

hookedonhouses November 27, 2010 at 11:25 pm

What a great house, Catherine! Seems like a steal for that price to me. Lebanon is a great town. I haven’t been there in years, but I loved visiting! -Julia

Sharon November 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

Only $163,000? Where I live (coastal New England) your house would sell for at least $600,000+!
.-= Sharon´s last blog ..Morning light for Mosaic Monday =-.

The Little Red Shop November 27, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I’ll take it, thank you!

: )

Julie M.
.-= The Little Red Shop´s last blog ..JingleJingleZzzzzz =-.

Cheryl November 28, 2010 at 12:25 am

Wow, this house is truly gorgeous! It’s very similar in appearance to the dream house I hope to build someday. I love the kitchen and bathrooms. Every room is just beautiful. If I had 2.7 million, I’d buy it in a heartbeat!

Nita November 28, 2010 at 1:23 am

Leaving this house, I’d love to see the house she is moving to!

Nita November 28, 2010 at 1:29 am

Here is a link to an over 7000 sq ft home in my old hometown on over an acre. I would rather have this house, built in 1936 when they really built fine homes.

Nancy@marcusdesign November 28, 2010 at 3:51 am

Wow, this would be in my dream home category for sure, it’s amazing! I love the paneling and the built-ins, those kinds of details always make me swoon. I would buy this home if I could!!
Nancy xo
.-= Nancy@marcusdesign´s last blog rush =-.

desiretoacquire November 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

that is truly a dream. I love everything about that home!
.-= desiretoacquire´s last blog ..saturday silver screen- gidget =-.

Sharon November 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

Absolutely stunning home, but in my eyes it could use just a tad bit more color and fabric. Total white doesn’t do much to accent the gorgeous wood details and bookshelves. Plus it leaves a cold feel. Still, gorgeous.
.-= Sharon´s last blog ..Morning light for Mosaic Monday =-.

karen ho fatt@ fire pit reviews November 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Charming indeed!Lovely home and beautifully designed. Lots of attention paid to detail, which is essential in a traditional, classic styled home. Love the dark floors of course, I have similar dark wide plank flooring in my own home. Guest always comment on it. I would not leave it either and I hope she enjoyed living there. Would like to see what she does with her new one storey. Ainna has a great eye for design.
.-= karen ho fatt@ fire pit reviews´s last blog ..Landmann Big Sky Western Fire Pit – Rustic Charm At Its Best =-.

Luciane at November 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Oh…. wonderful Sunday… Are you enjoying yours, Julia?

Well, mine is being busy, busy with LOADS of LAUDRY! Does anyone do lots of laundry? I think we do so much more now that’s colder. Oh, well… :-)

Now, about that stunning house… WHY would you move out of a house like that? That’s dreamy and Ainna is a tremendous gifted girl to have that vision! Well designed, well decorated… beautiful! I just wish I had the $2.7 mil! :-)


Luciane at

Annia November 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

You are all so kind! Thank you for all your generous compliments (and constructive criticism). Pixie dust also appreciated – my dogs have arthritis, and can’t do the stairs. Special thanks to Julia for the feature – it is hard to give up something you worked so hard on, but easier when your work is remembered and appreciated!

Cindy November 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

What an amazing, beautiful house. I wouldn’t want to change anything, it’s too gorgeous the way it is. I love it.

alison November 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Hi This is Alison from Figtree Cottage. You may have seen my holiday Cottage on Julias lovely blog before. Well I am sell my country property. Beautiful Georgian Style home on 10 green acres! A swimming pool and a small lake. Plenty of room for your horses! I have a formal rose garden and cottage gardens surround the house. If you are interested take a look! the property code is QM3345. Take Care, Alison xx

Gloria November 28, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Beautiful home. And you know, Julia, because of YOU, I just rented MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE from Netflix! I haven’t watched it yet. I’m actually surprised I never saw that movie! My mother loved Cary Grant, so I would have thought I would have seen it when I was small. I will let you know how I like it! ;)
Best regards,
.-= Gloria´s last blog ..Shop Cinderella Moments! =-.

Robin November 29, 2010 at 6:51 am

I am so happy to see a new house built in this style. Love it! I would have to add alittle color, but the bones of this house are wonderful!!!

Emily November 29, 2010 at 11:46 am


Sarah November 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Oh how I would love to buy that house and give it some color!!! Not that I don’t absolutely adored the crisp white foyer, because I do, but the home seems so formal and almost cold. Some warm colors would be so inviting. Best wishes in selling it!

Nathan November 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I would add a bit of colour to it – even if that colour happened to be earthy tones and not much different than white. But it is just a bit too much white for me. Other than that simple fix, I absolutely love the house!

pollydove November 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Holy cow! I LOVE everything about it … where’s a sugar daddy when you need one????

Jessica November 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Beautiful home! I wonder if she’s sad to be selling it? I grew up in Encino from the teens on and there are some pretty nice homes in and throughout there. You wouldn’t know it from the main Blvd. (Ventura)…but they’re there, hiding…like this dream home!

Really love the pendants in the kitchen!
xo J~
.-= Jessica´s last blog ..Our Special Guest =-.

Jackie W.- Kansas November 30, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Julia, maybe you should become a Realtor & charge commission !

anna see November 30, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Simply dreamy! I can’t imagine ever living somewhere so lovely! Thanks for sharing.
.-= anna see´s last blog ..Youre So Vain- You Probably Think This Car is About You =-.

Kathy :) December 1, 2010 at 11:38 am

Now that says KATHY Julia……LOVE that house. I bet she will have no trouble selling this gem :) Love it all ………

Kathy :)

Monica December 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Lovely, just lovely. I could never move if I lived there. Just wondering what paint colors were used in the bathroom and the upper hall.? I am going to copy it. Thanks for keeping me dreaming.

Annia December 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Hi Jeanne and Monica. How funny, the paint colors in just those two areas were custom mixed by my lovely neighbor! She is an excellent colorist, and the lighting, window film, tiles, and other finishes were making the colors rather tricky in those spots. Mistakes were made. I called her over and she used platinum tones in the bathroom – using interesting amounts of sage green, gray, and yellow to work with the polished nickel finishes in the bath and the otherwise cold tones in the stone (there is a fair amount of gold in the stone that comes out if you use the right color). I had used gray beiges that had too much pink – looked good on the swatch. The upper hallway had a rather horrible shade of soft robin’s egg that looked great until all the woodwork was painted out. The blue light in the area with all the white turned it all hospital green. The color reads soft wheat gold in that area, but is also based largely on sage green (and just the right dollop of dark burnt sienna) – and totally looks soft green in the can. Honestly, there is no way to pass along a color and have it work. You have to get a few colors, see how it affects the space, then get more colors. I’m sorry I can’t lend my neighbor – I just got lucky.

Michele December 3, 2010 at 1:15 am

Lovely! I showed this to my husband a few days ago and we both said ‘want.’ :) It’s a nice mix of both of our styles and desires. How how I would love for his/hers bathrooms and all of those built-ins!

Jeanne December 5, 2010 at 2:33 am

Annia: Your house is absolutely gorgeous. You have great taste and design skills. I love the feel of the crisp white woodwork and the dark floors. It’s perfect and exudes calmness. I’m hoping you are checking on posts now and then. Please please please let us know the color of your bath and hallways. I am repainting my home and think that shade would be perfect. Thanks so much in advance.

Annia December 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Hi Jeanne, I just posted the whole color story as a reply to Monica a couple of comments up. Thanks again for your kind words. It is a freakishly calm and soothing house – don’t know how I did it. Hope your paint project comes out great!

black eyed susans kitchen February 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

Hi again Julia, Thought I’d look at the white houses…love this one. The dark floors and different textures…marble and slate, really make this beautiful. Definitely more my style!

Annmarie March 6, 2011 at 8:01 am

That is a fabulous house! I’m not sure I would be able to leave it behind. Beautifully done!

Ann June 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

Am just finishing building a log cabin. Horizontal logs western style with cement chinking in between the logs. The logs are huge, 24 inches in diameter, very dramatic. Here is my problem, I’m planning on using beige in the decor which will be similar to the log color. There is a large stone fireplace with gray tones as well as the gray in the chinking. What would you go for, beige or gray? I don’t want to use both.

I too was strongly influenced by Mr. Blandings and his Dream House. And I love the house in the blog. Ann

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