A Los Angeles DJ’s Hacienda-Style Home With a Backyard Studio Asks $1.5M

At the front of the property, a spacious deck and sunken firepit overlook the surrounding hills and city.
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Location: 811 Montecito Drive, Los Angeles, California

Price: $1,499,000

Year Built: 1951

Footprint: 1,876 square feet (three bedrooms, three baths)

From the agent: "A creative compound in magical Montecito Heights. Situated on a flat and private promontory and up a gated driveway is this inspiring, verdant retreat on over 20,000 square feet of land. A vintage Spanish hacienda ranch home awash with westerly light and featuring brick walls, lofty whitewashed ceilings, and an updated kitchen. The home is uniquely situated on the land, with multiple sprawling outdoor spaces for large-scale entertaining, showcasing sweeping hillside vistas and calm garden views. Special motifs found in wood carvings, door thresholds, and ironwork throughout the home and property celebrate nature, plants, and animals. A detached studio with 3/4 bath is ready for creative work, play, or guests. Two additional garages offer plenty of room for cars and storage."

Situated on a 20,000-square-foot lot in Los Angeles’s Montecito Heights, this hacienda-style home opens to a spacious view deck with a sunken firepit and sweeping views of the city. 

The 1950s residence is owned by Christopher George Manak—DJ and founder of the independent record label Stones Throw Records—who is better known by his stage name Peanut Butter Wolf.

A white-painted brick fireplace matches the bright walls and vaulted ceilings in the living room.

The updated kitchen features crisp-white tile backsplash, cabinets, and countertops.

The painted timber ceiling and brick walls continue into the open dining area. Light hardwood floors span the primary gathering spaces and sleeping areas.

The 1,876-square-foot residence includes a total of three bedrooms and three baths.

A carved wooden artwork hangs above a large window in one of the bathrooms. Glass blocks partially enclose the walk-in shower, which includes a small, built-in bench.

A detached studio is located off the back of the main house.

The space—currently used as a "listening room"—is lined with floor-to-ceiling shelves that hold the owner’s extensive collection of vinyl records. 

Multiple outdoor gathering spaces are spread out across the front and back of the property. 

"Behind the home is shaded pergola, a garden with citrus, pomegranate, loquat, and avocado trees, and a delightful bubbling fountain," says the listing agent.


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