Just East of Laurel Canyon and South of Ventura Boulevard sits a magical Berry Hilltop Community home. Surrounded by lush grounds and gorgeous views, this 3 bed, 2.75 bath home is the perfect private hideaway.
Built in 1939, 11539 Decente Drive is a part of the rich local history of Studio City, what with its sprawling views of the surrounding area.
Named for the lot known as CBS Studio Center, Studio City was actually originally known as Laurelwood. It was part of Rancho Ex-Mission San Fernando, a Mexican land grant from Governor Pio Pico to Eulogio de Celis in 1846.
An 1880 map of the San Fernando Valley Land Grant, courtesy of the David Rumsey Map Collection
An 1887 map courtesy of UCLA Special Collections
After the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct made its way to the San Fernando Vally in 1913, real estate in the area took off.
An early image announcing the end of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, courtesy of SCV History
A syndicate led by Harry Chandler, Hobart Johnstone Whitley, Isaac Van Nuys, and James Boon Lankershim purchased the southern portion of the Mission lands. Whitley acquired the area that makes up present-day Studio City.
H.J. Whitley and family, courtesy of Alchetron
Fast forward 14 years, to when Mack Sennett started construction on a 20-acre plot of land in the area. This construction would soon become a new studio – and thus, the area around the studio was renamed Studio City.
Mack Sennett’s first studios in Studio City, courtesy of Hollywood Photographs
The area quickly became known as a hot spot for the film industry. As such, housing was soon built for industry employees as their families. Since then, recognizable figures such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Bonnie Bartlett, and George Clooney – among countless others – have called the area home.
Ventura Blvd in Studio City ca. 1950s, courtesy of Water and Power
East of Laurel Canyon Blvd in Studio City ca. 1950s, courtesy of Water and Power
11539 Decente Drive provides a true oasis within the Studio City area. This private home is completely gated and comes with a large 2 car garage.
Enter into a spacious living room provides the perfect place to relax or to entertain, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, and hardwood floors.
Serve up memorable meals in a large, open kitchen…
…then step into a dining space that opens to a wraparound balcony with views of the grounds and the valley below.
The master bedroom provides a calming, relaxing space.
From the bedroom, step into a bathroom complete with a standing shower and jacuzzi tub.
Next, the second bedroom offers an expanse with wood flooring and an abundance of bright, natural light.
The second bathroom also features both a standing shower and a tub.
The third bedroom opens up with large windows providing a few of the grounds. Ample shelving units and carpeting complete the space.
The detached guest suite provides the perfect mini-escape for any guests you may have.
The grounds of the home will transport you to a magical, peaceful place.
Watch the sunset over the valley from the comfort of the rooftop terrace.
Lose yourself in the magic of the lush garden-scape and the soothing lap pool.
You’re sure to recharge, relax, and find peace in this unique sanctuary!