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The Rise of the Modern Farmhouse

2018 has proven to be the year of the modern barn house. More and more homeowners are opting to swap out the hustle and bustle for a rustic, yet contemporary feel with these barn house retreats.

When we think of cozy and comfortable, our initial thought may be a traditional beautiful barn house — preferably, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature. Throughout Los Angeles, you can now enjoy a barn house feel with a modern twist without having to escape to the countryside.

With soaring ceilings, exposed timber-framing, steelcase windows, and wide open spaces, barn houses have become the perfect dwellings for buyers looking to repurpose architecture or simply live expansively. Designed to foster and nurture communication and togetherness amongst a family, each space in the home is carefully curated to be functional, while at the same time, contemporary and luxurious.

Just as these sumptuous sun-soaked rooms flow freely from one to the next, these spaces flow freely from indoor to outdoor. On the outside, these idyllic homes are a mixture of modern and traditional and reminiscent of historic architecture. As these spaces blend natural light, space, and scale to create environments that are open, peaceful, and inviting, trends will continue to move in this direction in the coming year.


With steel and glass paneled doors disappearing in rooms, Architect Howard Backen beautifully blends nature and design to create a seamless indoor-outdoor nirvana. Design by Atelier AM reflects proportioned spaces rendered in sensuous materials, making the private residence unparalleled in luxury. Sumptuous and chic, the juxtaposition of wood against marble, glass and organic textures inspired by lush lawns throughout create the ultimate in California living. From its wooded barn-like great room to its voluminous living room which transforms into a studio-quality theater, stylish den with a bar and private office, the five bed, 12 bath trophy compound cultivates an immense sense of tranquility throughout.


This brand-new modern farm style home was constructed with a rich palette of the finest building materials and features unparalleled craftsmanship. An entertainer’s delight, this gorgeous home is defined by sleek sophistication and warmth. One of the standout highlights of the five bedrooms, six bathroom residence is the gourmet kitchen fully equipped with top brands stainless steel wolf range, subzero fridge, two large center islands, a butler pantry, two dishwashers, and extra cabinet space. The family room provides an indoor-outdoor living space, making it quite the retreat.


Originally built in 1932 and set behind beautiful gates, this transitional gem is the ultimate in refinement, Old Hollywood glamour mixed with casual California Living. Steelcase windows frame views of the grounds and provide a perfect flow to the outdoors. White oak floors, rift white oak cabinets, slabs of book-matched marble and gorgeous paneling combine to create unique and curated experience. Designed for entertaining, the vast living room opens to a private courtyard with fire feature, seating area and mature olive trees. Wood-paneled library, sunken family room and gourmet kitchen all open to the rear grounds and infinity edge pool with cabana.


Set upon an oversized sought-after creekside lot in Brentwood, this two-story barn house with full guest house exudes a casual, contemporary style and ambiance. The main residence boasts five ensuite beds and five and a half baths, including the master retreat, which opens to a large balcony overlooking the yard. The open concept kitchen features Calacatta marble countertops, professional-grade appliances & a vast butler’s pantry. The loggia is accessed via La Cantina bi-fold doors that open for year-round alfresco dining on the terrace, complete with an outdoor fireplace, extending to the lawn, pool/spa and large deck areas. Recognized with a Decade Honor Award in 2006, the detached guest house was a frequent haunt of Frank Gehry, who inspired the cubist design of the truly serene oasis.

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