by Neal J. Leitereg
Former Encino home of Smokey Robinson seeks $8.75 million after renovation
Motown great Smokey Robinson parted with this Encino home 15 years ago after more than a decade of ownership.
Since then, the handsome Southern Colonial, which the singer-songwriter sold for about $2.3 million, has changed hands once more in 2016 and is now for sale at $8.75 million following a renovation and expansion.
Tucked behind walls and gates, the 1912-built two-story sits at the end of a circle driveway and boxwood topiary that surrounds a large fountain feature. Black shutters create visual contrast against the classic wide front of the home, while a quartet of columns supports a Juliet balcony above the front door.
When asked what every well-designed outdoor space should have, the design team at CAVAN Furniture Company answers instead what every space should “be.” “Whether a main patio or cozy courtyard, the exterior space should be treated like another room of a home,” they say. “Every outdoor space should be an extension of the main interior spaces.” To honor this, CAVAN bridges the gap between quality outdoor furniture and affordability. “CAVAN set out to be a high-end, cost-effective, all-teak furniture company,” the design team says. It’s a market niche the company successfully fulfills. Even throughout the creative process, while the CAVAN design team develops collections that fit most architectural styles, they keep the focus on quality. Of the company’s many designs, their favorite is the Madison Collection. “Designed after the detailing of a coiffured ceiling, this design is extremely unique and works with many motifs,” they say, speaking to the company’s portfolio of flexible, first-rate teak designs.
"Mixing and matching styles, when accomplished correctly, can be a beautiful thing."
BEHIND THE DESIGN: NEXT-GENERATION TEAK
+ All CAVAN furniture is manufactured and finished by hand, and is exclusively made using Grade-A teak.
+ CAVAN Furniture Company has developed a proprietary seven-layer coating system called C7®, which is hand-applied to each piece for maximum protection and a gorgeous finish.
+ All CAVAN orders include a cushion maintenance kit.
+ CAVAN’s outdoor furniture is completed at the factory, giving its furniture the highest possible weather integrity and quality.
+ All of CAVAN outdoor furniture cushions are made with Sunbrella covers, quick-dry foam and stainless-steel zipper systems.
“More importantly, we use GORE-TEX® marine-grade stitching to keep cushions like new,” the design team says.