This architectural sanctuary epitomizes SoCal spirit with chic wooden interiors and oceanic views

You can sleep in this Santa Monica Mountain retreat – and learn a lesson in minimalism above the Pacific

Wooden living room in Saddle Peak House, Santa Monica
(Image credit: Joe Fletcher)

Few locations combine rustic charm with chic minimalism quite like California. With a combination of Hollywood allure, cacti-kissed mountains, and sunny Pacific shores, the stylish state emits both a fashionable buzz and a rare restorative aura that is unlike any other place worldwide. If one property captures this juxtaposition perfectly, it is Saddle Peak House

Hidden amongst the verdant Santa Monica Mountains and fringing the Pacific, Saddle Peak House is an alluringly simple wooden maze whose traditional Californian aesthetic will serve as the catalyst for our modern home decor ideas for the rest of the summer.

Pacific Ocean from Saddle Peak House, Santa Monica

(Image credit: Joe Fletcher)

Architect Michael Sant designed the villa to accentuate its location and place emphasis on its exteriors. Every square inch of the home is built to strengthen your connection to the landscape and showcase Malibu’s unrivaled assets. Though, while the outdoors are ever-so impressive, the interiors are equally noteworthy.  

Exterior of Saddle Peak House in Santa Monica

(Image credit: Joe Fletcher)

A maze of traditional wooden hues and minimalist decor, Saddle Peak House exhibits a traditional Californian ambiance with a contemporary twist. The expansive sliding doors drench the haven in West Coastal rays and bring the outside into the forefront of the room – thus blurring the lines between the interior and exterior spaces. 

Plus, this unique combination of the sea and sky emits a beautiful light blue tone that similarly illuminates the wooden pieces and transports you back to rural SoCal without sacrificing style. 

Minimalist bedroom Saddle Peak House in Santa Monica

(Image credit: Joe Fletcher)

Showcasing an exemplary use of natural materials and a perfectly framed landscape, Saddle Peak House has just transformed our neutral living room ideas – even if we can’t all overlook the Pacific. 

The timber hues and minimalist decor scheme continue throughout the four bedrooms and a kitchen – paying homage to the all-wood kitchen trend that is among our favorites of the season. Though, with its timeless aesthetic, this is a style that is unlikely to waver.  

Wooden kitchen in Saddle Peak House in Santa Monica

(Image credit: Joe Fletcher)

Michael describes Saddle Peak House as a transportive property that offers the opportunity to travel back in time, to see the golden state as ‘very few people have’ in the past. ‘The native plants on the property are found throughout the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains, connecting you to that broader context,’ he adds. This is now the setting of our modern home dreams.  

Wooden hallway in Saddle Peak House in Santa Monica

(Image credit: Joe Fletcher)

Saddle Peak House is located on Monte Nido, 3 miles north of Malibu. Prices begin at $1105 per night via Welcome Beyond.  

Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.