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Owners: Steve and Claudia Reich

Home Site:One-and-a-quarter acres between Malibu Beach and Santa Barbara, California

Construction: January 2001

Living Space: 5,900 square-foot, 20-room home with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, library, piano room, and a vast open floor plan that unites the kitchen and great room.

Style: Cape Cod Estate

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Home Builder: Jim Angie Builders

Interior Design: Michelle McGrail, Interior Designer

Landscape Design: George Kerr and Ecology Landscape, Landscape Design and Contractor Greg Toland and Doug Castle, landscape architects

Our tour is set in Camarillo, California, where east coast architecture and lush landscaping create an elegant site for hosting unforgettable family gatherings.

The Best of Both Coasts

Steve and Claudia Reich have in their home a rare, attractive combination: the traditional architecture of the East Coast and the warm, relaxing climate of California's Pacific. Built in 2001,the 5,900-square-foot estate rests on one-and-a-quarter acres in Camarillo, a thriving community nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains of Santa Barbara and the legendary Malibu Beach.

Steve, who owns an insurance agency, and Claudia, a semi-retired marketing executive, were looking to stay close to their hometown of Thousand Oaks, where they were married in 1976, and wanted a setting perfectly suited to entertaining clients and a large extended family. The couple found their home the day their real estate agent took them to see a different property in the same development.

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Claudia says that after the tour, she pointed across the street and told the agent, "Now that's the one I want." The 20-room home combines Cape Cod design with estate scaling—a rare find in The Golden State."I had seen enough Spanish architecture. I was drawn to the East Coast feeling of this home with its shingles, the white trim. It's like traditional Nantucket right here in California," Claudia says.

A Home Built for Entertaining

"When we entered the home for the first time, the high ceilings drew us in. All the light from the two-story design lends such an open feeling to the space. It's great for entertaining," Claudia says. From the entry, the floor plan opens to a formal dining room on the right, the piano room on the left, and the vast great room straight ahead. "I love the floor plan. When I entertain, I don't feel secluded in the kitchen. Everyone feels free to roam."

The great room includes kitchen and living room, which are separated by a tiered granite-topped, wrap-around bar. Steve says, "That's where all the action takes place. Everyone always seems to gather around the bar." The kitchen is outfitted with top-of-the-line Bosch appliances, all paneled in maple cabinetry to create a seamless transition from the other cabinets and to fit within the great room's décor. The entire great room opens to the outside thanks to the sets of double doors flanking the great room's gas fireplace. "Even inside, it's an open-air feeling. The easy transition from kitchen to backyard is so nice."

Kitchen

The great room includes the kitchen and living room, which are separated by a tiered granite-topped, wrap-around bar. Prepare for guests with our Kitchen and Entertaining necessities, which include appliances, serving accessories, and kitchen storage.

For formal meals, the family gathers in the dining room around the square mahogany dining table, which seats up to 20 for special-occasion dining. The togetherness is enhanced by the dining room's paneled walls and the custom brushed nickel light fixture, which casts a warm glow over the feast.

On the other side of the entryway is the piano room, a soaring, light-filled space perfect for showcasing Claudia's most prized possession. "It's a rosewood Yamaha studio grand that has survived several California earthquakes," she says. Her mother earned her masters degree in music and played classical pieces with orchestras. The beautiful piano, once hers, takes center stage in the rotunda. "It's the first thing you see when you come in the front door," she says. Claudia enjoys playing classical pieces as well; Bach and Beethoven are her favorite composers.

In a home built for entertaining, extra bedrooms are essential. Three of the five bedrooms are located downstairs, the master is situated at the back of the house, and the guest quarters with separate entrance is located over the three-car attached garage. The luxurious master bath features a walk-in shower and a generously sized tub surrounded by windows that overlook the backyard, creating the perfect setting for a relaxing, invigorating soak.

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