Built over six exacting years by Robin Gibson, founder of the St. Tropez suntan product line, this Italianate palazzo in guard-gated The Estates at the Oaks in Calabasas would be right at home on the shores of Lake Como.
Sited on a corner lot at 25305 Prado de la Felicidad on the highest street in the community, it consists of a three-story main house with 15-foot ceilings, a 28-foot-tall great room, a 10-foot-tall basement, and a one-story guesthouse. All of these amenities mean it could be the perfect fit for a professional athlete.
The house’s architect, William Hablinski, is known for the magnificent Villa Firenze mansion in the Beverly Park neighborhood of Beverly Hills, which sold for $51 million in April 2021.
Chris Lucibello and Andrew Manning in our Sherman Oaks office are listing agents for the property, which has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms in the main house, and two bedrooms and two bathrooms in the guesthouse. The estate is offered at $29,995,000 for the 1.28-acre property, with its 15,745-square-foot main house and 1,757-square-foot guesthouse.
Home theater, gym, wine cellar
Classic groin-vault ceilings throughout, Palladian windows that bring the outdoors in, and 20-foot steel-and-glass rear doors are just a few of the designer touches in this showcase home. Plenty of reasons to stay at home include a library, theater, exercise and massage rooms, and a wine cellar that can hold about 5,000 bottles behind three sets of glass French doors.
The massive kitchen below features huge ceiling beams and has an ornate French stove, a separate pantry with full kitchen, and an elevator to the third floor, where there are stairs to the 20-by-15-foot roof deck that features a 360-degree view and a retractable dome.
Lutron lighting controls are installed throughout, and the home is wired for current and future smart devices. Other Italianate touches include stone bathtubs and four Travertine fireplaces in the main house, plus one in the guesthouse. Builders went above and beyond, using enough steel for a skyscraper. Thick walls and heated floors assure comfortable living in any season.
Infinity pool, formal French gardens
Landscape artist James Dean, designer of the grounds at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, created the home’s baroque, formal French gardens. It features an infinity-edge pool with Bellagio-type arcing water “spitters,” and an above-ground spa enjoys fabulous views of the San Fernando Valley. Don’t forget the a huge Travertine chess board with stone-like chessmen.
The outdoor area is ideal for entertaining, with a refrigerator, sink, massive barbecue, and rotisserie. The last outside wood-burning fireplace ever built in California is a three-sided beauty under the covered loggia against the house.
Above the five-door, high-ceiling garage is a putting green. A horseshoe-shaped motor court can accommodate many additional vehicles. The Estates at the Oaks, with just 55 homes, is adjacent a nature preserve, meaning no additional residences can be built.
About architect William Hablinski
With more than three decades of experience, William Hablinski is an award-winning architect best known for designing high-end residences that combine historical architectural elements with modern lifestyles. His work can be seen in some of the world’s most prestigious communities in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New York, Texas, Singapore, Florida, and Mexico, and Indonesia.
About listing agents Chris Lucibello and Andrew Manning
A Real Estate Consultant and Luxury Property Specialist, Chris’ business is always expanding through continuing education. Chris works with the top real estate industry coaches to stay on top of the latest marketing and housing trends. Chris’ goal is to give his clients a professional business experience, to educate, and to lead them to a successful real estate transaction. He is consistently among the top-producing agents in thr Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties network.
Andrew focuses on marketing properties in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Valley Village, and Encino, as well as the Mulholland Corridor. He maintains a support team dedicated to responding to all client questions and concerns the same day, providing reliable and expert support for his clientele. Andrew has built a strong reputation over the years and works with a large network of cooperative and interactive associates. He has spent years-forming relationships with other agents at various companies across the city, state, and country that provide him amazing networking and marketing opportunities. These connections give him with the ability to expose his properties to a wider market range.