The Armstrong Estate, Roland E. Coate, Architect | deasypennerpodley
19,168sf lot

Set at the end of a cul-de-sac is the 4,963 square foot home known as The Armstrong Estate. Lionel M. Armstrong, a powerful business executive and investor, commissioned Roland E. Coate, the renowned “architect to the stars”, to build this Monterey Colonial style home for his young wife and family in 1927. Sitting on almost half an acre of land, this home was built for entertaining with its large formal living room spilling out to a charming leisure room and then out to the spacious backyard. Coate’s trademark design of high ceilings and numerous windows is evident throughout the house. With five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and a powder room, Armstrong Estate does not lack space. The dining room, complete with a butler’s pantry and lined with a wall of windows, makes hosting friends or family easy while remaining elegant. For smaller, more casual get-togethers, head to the warmth of the library with its adjoining bar. Tucked quietly away from the entertaining rooms are two bedrooms and a bathroom awaiting guests or perhaps an au pair to enjoy. Upstairs, which is easily accessed by one of the two separate staircases, are two more bedrooms sharing a bathroom, and the master retreat. The master retreat includes a spacious bedroom with mountain views, a bathroom and a closet – big enough to please the most discerning fashionista. Adding to the space of this house is the very large basement, a well-thought-out detail of Armstrong and Coate’s collaboration, but an unexpected bonus for homes built today. Here is a perfect opportunity to create a private wine or whiskey tasting room. Armstrong Estate harkens back to the “Golden Era” of residential architecture with timeless style and elements brought together by giants of business and art. Now it waits for the right person to bring back its luster and create new memories to carry into the future. 

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