California offers the perfect climate and location for relaxed living and homes that blur the lines between indoors and out. The West Coast aesthetic is eclectic and often filled with bohemian touches, natural elements, exquisite vintage and antique furnishings, and plenty of bold art. From Santa Barbara to Silicon Valley, these residences from the AD archives showcase luxurious amenities, expansive views, and enviable landscaping, with styles that range from sleek and contemporary to stately and traditional. Take a peek at the homes of some of the Golden State’s most stylish residents—tech moguls and Hollywood power players alike.

Author: Melissa Minton

Los Angeles architect Arthur R. Kelly designed the 1930 half-timbered dwelling, which was christened Nine Gables; its brickwork and stucco are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hardwick White.

Photography: Scott Frances

Architect Marc Appleton and associate Paul Williger reimagined a Spanish-style Santa Monica house for Michael and Danielle Braverman.

Photography: Erhard Pfeiffer

On a lush oasis in Silicon Valley, designer Suzanne Tucker and architect J. E. Caldwell remodeled an early-20th-century stone winery into a 2,300-square-foot residence.

Photography: Matthew Millman

The front façade of Steve Tisch’s 1932 Paul Williams house, designed by Peter Dunham Design, turns away from the property's sweeping views of Los Angeles and toward an expansive driveway.

Photography: Roger Davies

Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl, looked to East Coast precedents in designing their Santa Barbara home. “It was inspired by the Virginia-area style,” says architect Don Nulty. Mark Rios of Rios Clementi Hale did the landscaping.

Photography: Mary E. Nichols

Varying the mass and materials of a residence Marc Appleton created for clients in Santa Barbara means “that it looks like it was put together with separate pieces and might have grown over time,” the architect says. A 1960 Corvette is parked at the front entrance.

Photography: Mary E. Nichols

The vine-covered poolhouse “frames the view of the main house,” notes Appleton. He and the clients turned to the architecture of the Midwest and New England as well as England. For him, the challenge was to make the disparate sources of inspiration “look at home in Santa Barbara.”

Photography: Mary E. Nichols

Architect Ron Goldman reinvigorated the façade of a contemporary Malibu house for owners Jim and Diane Kahan by angling and adding windows to the stucco wall and elongating the curved window of the stairwell corridor.

Photography: Tim Street-Porter

Fan palms shade interior designer Emily Summers’s family getaway at the Eldorado Country Club in Indian Wells. Summers worked with Lance O’Donnell of o2 Architecture and Wayne Carlton Connor & Assoc. landscape architecture to restore the 1969 property.

Photography: Nikolas Koenig

Architect John Pawson designed this Los Angeles house for Ellen and Andrew Hauptman; Jonathan Bell handled the landscape design, and Alexandra and Michael Misczynski of Atelier AM assisted Pawson with the decor. The dwelling consists of two slim and stately boxes, one cantilevered over the other; an additional level is partly hidden below ground.

Photography: Todd Eberle

At the 1920s Beverly Hills home of Lucky Brand executives Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade, the Italianate garden by the Los Angeles firm Modern Floristry includes a pair of lead fountains (one is shown) from Authentic Provence.

Photography: William Waldron

Film and TV producer Brian Grazer transformed a rambling and eclectic mansion in Santa Monica into a crisply modern retreat for his family. Mark Rios of Rios Clementi Hale Studios oversaw the architectural work.

Photography: Richard Powers

Evening at the Malibu home of real-estate entrepreneur Kurt Rappaport. The architecture and landscaping are by Scott Mitchell Studio.

Photography: Scott Frances

The boundaries between indoors and out blur at a sleek Laguna Beach house designed by Ehrlich Architects.

Photography: Roger Davies

Designer Waldo Fernandez and architect Michael Kovac collaborated on the renovation of Jamie McCourt's 1980 Malibu beach house by John Lautner. The swooping roofs are capped with copper.

Photography: Roger Davies

Seen from the back lawn, the main house of musician Mike D’s family compound in Malibu features a standing-seam roof and board-and-batten siding.

Photography: Trevor Tondro

The historic Laurel Canyon manse, renovated by Brigette Romanek of Hancock Design and architect Eric Ryder of Ryder Design, is crowned with a bell tower.

Photography: Douglas Friedman

The pool terrace at Ryan Murphy’s Laguna Beach compound, designed by architect Mark Singer, features chairs and planters by Willy Guhl.

Photography: Douglas Friedman