Saddle House is an earthy modern retreat that’s embedded in the Santa Monica Mountains.
‘The feeling is of being completely immersed in the landscape,’ says its owner, Michael J Sant, principal of Sant Architects. ‘The outside swirls around you affording amazing views of the Californian landscape.’
Constructed from concrete, wood, steel and glass, the building’s tawny colour palette blends with the rugged rocky surrounds.
‘One side of the house overlooks the Pacific Ocean, feeling very much like a bird’s eye view, while the other is earthbound and intimate,’ adds Sant.
Communal spaces – including the living room, dining room and kitchen – are housed in one wing of Saddle Peak House, with huge, floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the water.
Outside there’s a pool and several decking areas which peek out over the hillside.
With four bedrooms, the property sleeps up to ten people and has a separate studio apartment with its own living room and kitchenette adjacent to the main house. Both sit within a private 1.9-acre plot of land.