Charm, seclusion, and an ideal location just begin to describe the assets of this former home of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, currently listed at $9 million. The 4,177 square foot house nestles on 1.75 acres between Rustic Canyon Creek and Will Rogers Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, a small, exclusive celebrity neighborhood off Sunset Boulevard.
The home is unique in its combination of traditional charm and California-Contemporary edge, presenting the best of both worlds. It has all the luxuries without any pretension – a pool, spa, sauna, floodlit tennis courts, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, three fireplaces, and spacious living areas.
Visitors enter the woodsy property over a bridge flanked by gnarled old oak trees. The house’s light-filled entry spans both levels, welcoming you in with a built-in seating area. The living room sets the transitional tone, with traditional bookcases complete with a sliding ladder, built under a large modern skylight.
This stunning room, surrounded by a wrap-around deck, features a tiled fireplace centered between large curving windows overlooking the forest. Hardwood flooring continues from the living room through the dining room and the kitchen’s adjoining family room, which offers a large gaming area and a cozy office nook with a window seat. The gleaming white cabinetry of the kitchen is complemented by black counters, stainless steel appliances, and backsplashes in gray subway tile, all warmed up with a terracotta floor of ageless square tile.
Upstairs, the unique features continue, with a modern fireplace and built-in shelving in the primary bedroom. All five bedrooms have ample closet space and large windows overlooking the trees. Part of the home’s appeal is the interest created by the property’s different levels.
A footbridge extends from the house to the tennis courts, overlooking the swimming pool with its stone grotto. Brick and stone pathways wind up and down through terraced garden areas. A large wooden deck at the back of the house steps down to a shaded patio area on one side, and up to the tennis courts on the other, also with easy access to the pool.
It is one of those rare homes with no bad views, surrounded as it is by woods of eucalyptus, oak, and sycamore, overlooking a winding creek. Another wonderful feature of the neighborhood is the recreation – both equestrian and hiking paths lead through neighboring forests and parkland. Schwartzenegger, the action film star of Terminator fame who became California’s governor, moved into the house in 1986.
He lived there with his wife, journalist and NBC anchor Maria Shriver, and their four children until the couple’s break up in 2011.
They sold the house for $12.9 million to Maxwell and Vicki Kennedy, the current owners, in 2013. Maxwell is the son of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, and Maria Shriver, also a Kennedy, is his cousin. The home is listed with The Agency, Beverly Hills.
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.