Home Of The Week
4430 Hayvenhurst Avenue
A private compound right out of San Miguel de Allende or Mallorca, this Spanish Colonial villa welcomes both grand-scale entertaining and the quiet comforts of home. Built in 1947 and expanded in 2004, Villa Encanto (encanto = charm) was exquisitely decorated and furnished by renowned designer Alessandra Branca for Alex Meneses. The walled and gated grounds create a resort-like ambiance day and night, with sunset and Valley views. Every detail exudes quality and authenticity, with fine materials from Spain and Morocco, Venetian plaster walls and hand-crafted Mexican tiles.
From the mosaic fountain entry, the home opens to a breathtaking foyer beneath a high cupola. An artwork in itself, the magnificent central staircase has ornate wrought-iron railings and traditional tile risers. The rooms are grand in scale and lush in color and comfort, with cathedral ceilings, massive hewn beams, decorative wrought iron and distinctive archways. The majestic formal dining room features antique doors and a sumptuous coffered ceiling. In addition to the formal living room with its huge fireplace, there is a large family room that opens to the back yard. The deluxe gourmet kitchen offers a center island, granite and tile counters and a walk-in pantry.
The main house has six bedrooms, including the lavish master suite, which has a large fireplace, walk-in closets, dressing room, spa bathroom, and a sitting room that opens to a large view balcony. On the lower level, there is a gym/playroom/media room and a handsome dine-in wine cellar. There is also a two-bedroom, two-bath guest house with kitchen and sitting room, and a one-bedroom, one-bath guest unit.
The grounds are a paradise, with a saline pool and spa, cooking pavilion, mosaic fountains, fire pit with seating and viewing deck, generous lawns, mature trees, terraced garden and a stream flowing into a pond. There is a 4-car garage, ample motor court parking and abundant storage. Villa Encanto: an graciously livable work of art!