February 9th//Real Estate, Santa Monica

A Landmark Rustic Canyon Home Reimagined for the Modern Family

Tucked discreetly amidst the trees of the iconic Uplifters Ranch neighborhood of Rustic Canyon, this contemporary lodge-inspired architectural home, recently featured in Mansion Global, California Home & Design, and Elle Decor, sits upon a storied property that once served as a fabled bohemian retreat for Hollywood icons such as Walt Disney, Clark Gable, and Will Rogers. The property, located at 38 Haldeman Road in Santa Monica, is listed with Partners Trust Founding Partner Hugh Evans III and offered at $7,995,000.


Originally constructed in Lake Arrowhead for the 1923 silent film “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” the log cabin was taken apart and reassembled in Rustic Canyon. After years of being a summer home for Governor Earl Warren in the 1940s, and later a permanent residence for actress Daryl Hannah, Marla and Larry Butler finally acquired the property in 1999. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that the couple assembled an impressive design team, including architect Chris Peck, interior designer Lisa Strong, builder Eric Dobkin, and landscape architect Samantha Gore, to dream up a 6,195-square-foot estate befitting an authentic, California coastal-meets-country lifestyle.

The Butlers instructed the talented group to ardently preserve the rich legacy  — and in some instances, the original materials  — of the cabin that once stood on the property, while sparing no expense to create a thoroughly modern home more than double the size of its historic muse. The home’s extraordinary transformation was completed in 2014.

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Contemporary finishes meet native materials throughout the home, such as naturally fallen lodgepole pine timber from Montana that forms the home’s framing in a striking, split-log fashion. The enchanting Great Room, site of so many memorable gatherings, delivers unparalleled warmth with its grand fireplace  — the stones of which were meticulously dismantled from the original cabin, numbered and then reassembled  — along with Eucalyptus trunks that support a cozy, built-in seating nook and upper balcony.

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The massive, open flow kitchen and dining room are hugged by double case windows and bi-fold doors, offering views of the surrounding nature and outdoor entertaining areas, including a large terrace, plunge pool, and stone walkways undulating through a three-story high hillside park. Elsewhere throughout the home, original furniture and architectural elements provide a visual portal to the past, including several light fixtures, windows, and a double Dutch front door, a favorite locale for viewing the golden hour or a starry night.

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Primely located between the main dining and shopping corridors of Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades, and moments away from the polo fields of Will Rogers State Park, this well-published home, most recently profiled in C Magazine, enjoys close proximity and access to the neighborhood’s community swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic area and the playing fields of Rustic Canyon Recreation Center. Additionally, a significant draw to living in this community is the reputable Canyon Charter School, one of the highest rated elementary schools in California.

Though its days of courting Hollywood’s Golden Age royalty are rooted in the past, this property  — and the home that now stands proudly at 38 Haldeman Road  — is destined to remain a special place for coming together and creating memories, now and for generations to come.

38 Haldeman Road is listed with Hugh Evans III. For more information on this property, click here.

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