Saddle Peak House is a breathtaking modern vacation villa in Topanga Canyon above Los Angeles, overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Coast.
How would you describe Mt. Veeder Estate in a nutshell?
It’s a stunning, remote retreat set on a 55-acre working vineyard with sweeping views across the Napa Valley.
What is the story behind Mt. Veeder Estate, what was your inspiration to create it?
We have owned the property since 2003 and tore down the existing house to build the current one in 2015. We live in Los Angeles, so it wasn’t until our kids were a bit older that my husband had time to go up and oversee the build. To be honest, we never intended to rent it out but people started asking if they could stay and we love sharing it with guests who appreciate it.
In designing the house, we wanted to allow for that great group feeling where everyone can hang out together. My husband is a chef, so we knew that we wanted a beautiful kitchen but also to ensure that whoever was cooking wasn’t closed off from everyone else. We designed everything at the property to be very high tech — I can control the swimming pool, heating and hot tub temperatures through my phone.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Mt. Veeder Estate?
It’s relaxing, fun and just a beautiful place to get away. We usually go up with our kids and other couples to spend time hanging at the pool or hot tub and cooking together. While we employed someone else to do the interior design, we wanted it to reflect our love of antiques and interest in whimsy. There’s a lot of comfort (the mattresses are amazing) and it’s very quiet in the house as there is no street noise.
To you personally, what is so special about Mt. Veeder Estate?
It’s the memories of staying there and the ability to have 10 or 12 friends together without feeling like you’re on top of each other. Everyone can cook around the big kitchen island — it’s just a fun and relaxing place to be.