May 10th, 2021 at 11:00 am

aerial shot of urban farm and home

This urban farm offers greenhouse, orchard, and chicken coop

This 3-level hillside contemporary home comes not only with a large greenhouse, a small orchard, and free-range chickens in a movable coop, but also has a farmhouse feel. The residential style is described as “urban farm” by exclusive listing agent Phil Missig in our Beverly Hills office.

Hollywood producer Ruth Schleppi-Verboom and director Helmut Schlepp are owners of the house, originally built in 1978 and designed by noted architect Leonard Steinbrueck, AIA. The fully fenced property at 1580 Las Virgenes Road is behind two separate drive-in gates to assure privacy. Offering three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main area of the home, it spreads over 4,700 square feet on a 1.593-acre lot. The Calabasas home at 1580 Las Virgenes Road is offered at $2,998,000.

view of home from the pool and spa

Three levels built into a hillside

Built into a slope, the home’s second floor is the main level and the lower-floor guest apartment is connected via an interior staircase. Inside the guest apartment you will find a kitchenette, two bedrooms, one bathroom, and optional separate entrance. The home’s third level is the upper floor, consisting of mostly bedrooms.

A voluminous wood ceiling runs throughout the house, imparting a very warm, homey feeling. Fireplaces add cozy touches to the living room, primary bedroom suite, and patio, as do the wide-plank oak floors on the main and lower levels.

contemporary kitchen

Entertaining is a breeze in the wet bar area and generous kitchen, which has been outfitted with top-of-the-line Viking appliances. The primary suite boasts a balcony, walk-in closet, soaking tub, multiple-head shower room, toilet closet, and dual vanity. Double-paned windows throughout and HVAC installed in 2016 ensure interior comfort. Smart-home features include the front gate with video conference, 32 leased solar panels, landscape watering system, 9 security cameras, and app-controlled pool and hot tub.

spacious light-filled master bedroom
view of pool, spa, and home from fire pit

Saltwater pool and hot tub

The saltwater pool and hot tub feature a Baja shelf with umbrella holes and an automated cover. Entertain or relax on multiple patios by the pool, the dining area, a deck also off the dining area, and the primary bedroom balcony. A gas fire-pit with built-in seating area invites outdoor get-togethers. The new carport accommodates 4 autos, with ample parking for another 10+ in the driveway for when friends and family want to visit your urban farm.

chicken coop on the urban farm

Chickens in the garden

Chickens enjoy the good life on their urban farm with their own customizable and movable coop, plus you can invite bees to thrive in the included hives. The reclaimed-water system is the source of moisture for all landscaping, as well as the approximately 30-by-11-foot AC-powered greenhouse. A productive orchard blooms with delicious heirloom peaches, apples, plums, pears, and berries, totaling 12 trees, plus six 4-year-old heirloom grapevines.

You will also find writer’s “treehouse” – a one-room cabin with sleeping loft and balcony that is perched among the trees on one of the highest points of the property, offering incredible views.

contemporary living room

About the owners

Ruth Schleppi-Verboom is producer of the film “A Foreign Affair” (2003), author of “OMG: a quest for God, or no god,” and founder of the blog Dinnerella, where she writes about finding beauty and truth in real life.

Helmut Schleppi is a director and cinematographer, known for “A Foreign Affair” (2003), “The Interior” (2007), and “Shortcut” (in development).

interior view of modern entryway and front door

About Architect Leonard Steinbrueck, AIA

Leonard Steinbrueck (1927-2010) graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in architecture and engineering in 1950. He lived with his wife, Muriel, and their family in Los Angeles since 1953. A master of many trades, Steinbrueck held architectural, structural engineering, general contractor, and real estate licenses in California. He also had a master’s degree in education and teaching credentials. He taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District and Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District.

Steinbrueck founded his own architectural firm, which designed many buildings in the Los Angeles area, including UCLA Lutheran Chapel, and many homes in Malibu with his daughter, Karen.

view of dining room and gallery wall

About exclusive listing agent Phil Missig

Phil is a hands-on, humble, no-nonsense, dynamic real estate agent. His stellar reputation has been built upon a 20-year real estate career. He has facilitated countless sellers, buyers and investors transactions throughout Los Angeles. Phil is a trusted adviser to those who need real estate help and a friend to those who have worked with him.

Phil has been honored with numerous national awards over the years, including being ranked in the top 1% of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network’s nearly 50,000 agents, and his many satisfied clients are a testament to his expertise, dedication and work ethic.

Originally from northwest Ohio, Phil grew up with a Midwestern work ethic. During a 12-year stint in the fashion business Phil lived all over the world: Paris, Milan, London, Barcelona, and New York City being some favorites. Phil enjoyed an international lifestyle, appreciating the people, culture, and architecture abroad. Phil ultimately landed in Los Angeles, where he decided to follow his interest in real estate, architecture, and design.

Phil is a natural fit at selling real estate with his “even keel” personality, attention to detail, no-nonsense negotiating style, and high design aesthetic. This allows his clients to feel at ease, have security and peace of mind throughout the process.

To learn more about this beautiful contemporary home and surrounding urban farm, get in touch with Phil Missig today.

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