When the local city council rejected the plans for a new home in Old Agoura, they said that the home design and scale "didn't fit" in the custom-equestrian community.
Council members offered that they like the variety of styles in Old Agoura, and said they would welcome something unique. They also acknowledged that it wasn't simple to define what would fit into the community.
The design guidelines spell out the desire for a "rural, rustic, and country" feel.
A safe bet, voiced by Councilmember Linda Northrup, is to stick with classic, Old World designs. Undoubtedly Arts and Crafts, or Craftsman, with an emphasis on natural elements and local materials, is acceptable. But what if a builder's taste runs modern? As evidenced by 16 written offers on one modern home for sale on Wagon Rd. in Agoura, or 6 offers on a mid-century on Balkins, modern is wildly popular. Indeed, three of the most modern homes in Old Agoura are or were owned by two former Agoura Hills planning commissioners, and a former chair of the architectural committee of the Old Agoura Homeowners, respectively.
With the popularity of modern styling, the question at the hearing was how to make "modern" have a "rural and country" feel.
There is a vacant lot in Old Agoura that is offered for sale with plans for a 2900 home with an exemplary rustic contemporary design. By breaking up the facade by alternating wood, metal, glass and stone, the home blends into the natural oak grove setting with birdseye views. The low roof pitches and tall transom windows set the contemporary tone. Included in the house plans are 1500 sqft basement and 1400 sqft of decks and balconies. Portions of the roof double as hydroponic gardens. This is a blue ribbon project befitting any community (in our humble opinion). To see a rendering of this home, visit www.agourahorseproperty.com or call 818 426-2292 to request the complete set of plans.