Small, secluded, and once considered a sleepy suburban area in San Fernando Valley, Calabasas has grown into becoming one of the most sought after communities in California, thanks to the resurgence of celebrities living in the area. Known for its luxurious homes and extravagant gated communities, Calabasas offers picturesque views, an award-winning school district, and several recreational parks. It is also known to host numerous neighborhood events, festivals, and block parties throughout the year, making it a close-knit community. Although a variety of architectural styles can be observed with the homes here, almost all of them still retain touches of the ranch-style. According to Data USA, Calabasas’ median property value is at a staggering $926,800, with homeowners sharing a common trend of either constructing a home from the ground up or redeveloping an estate into something more lavish.
This list compiles ten of the best contractors behind some of the most beautiful homes in Calabasas, and by extension, some of the most beautiful homes in America. These contractors were chosen based on merit, experience, skill, and portfolio. Several of these firms also boast an impressive clientele list and have worked on multiple award-winning homes in the area.
10) Peter Melcher Construction
14975 Yerba Buena Rd., Malibu, CA 90265
With over two decades of experience, Peter Melcher Construction specializes in custom residential buildouts and is known for its attention to detail and highly personalized, streamlined processes. It has worked on projects of varying sizes, from 450 square foot constructions to estates as large as 20,000 square feet. Led by Peter Melcher, a builder who has been in the industry for over four decades, the firm’s team is comprised of trained professionals who are ready to assist each client from conception to completion. The firm offers competitive pricing and has worked on an extensive range of design; its portfolio showcases a gallery of traditional, modern, and transitional themed homes.
The following project is an example of one of its more traditional Mediterranean themed homes. For this home, the firm made use of a classic neutral color palette and opted for clay roof tiles. To further bring out the European accents, it also incorporated a small dome right at the center of the house.
9) BAR Design + Construction
19044 Citronia St., Northridge, CA 91324
BAR Design + Construction extends its services throughout Southern California and has had the privilege of working with some of the most talented architects in Los Angeles. The firm is led by Asher Alfasi who established BAR in 1999. He learned the craft from scratch and got his first glimpse into the industry working as a painting contractor. After a time he began working on home additions, remodels, and small houses. The firm specializes in high-end custom homes and large-scale renovations and has masterfully constructed hillside projects and luxurious beach properties. The firm favors a highly collaborative approach, emphasizing the importance of working closely with a client through every step of the entire construction process.
BAR employs only the most highly skilled craftsmen, artisans, and technicians, and meets with a client’s preferred architect or interior designer whenever necessary. The firm also maintains onsite supervision of a particular construction site and provides its clients with a follow-up visit and a one-year warranty.
8) Cornell Custom Homes
5670 Schaefer Ave. Suite H, Chino, CA 91710
Cornell specializes in luxury custom home buildouts and provides its services throughout Southern California. Since its inception, the firm has worked on homes ranging from 4,300 square feet to 13,000 square feet in size, and in some of the area’s most upscale neighborhoods, including Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County. Now on its third generation of builders, it is currently led by Toby Cornell. who took over company leadership over 20 years ago. Under his supervision, the firm has been featured in several publications, including the cover of Best Homes of the Year.
The firm’s designs often emphasize classic European architecture; its portfolio features an extensive gallery of Spanish inspired villas, Mediterranean estates, and Tuscan themed homes. The firm provides a turn-key construction experience and cooperates with a client’s chosen list of architects and subcontractors. It employs an up-to-date budget process that allows its team to provide accurate estimates for new homes.
7) Douglas Raub Design and Development
14066 Roblar Rd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Headquartered in Sherman Oaks, Douglas Raub Design and Development specializes in constructing high-end custom homes, additions, and entire house remodels. The firm is comprised of a highly-skilled team of professional craftsmen who each have over two decades of industry experience, making them equipped for any particular needs a project may require. Using only the latest modern technology and practices, its team specializes in a vast range of designs. Its portfolio is a gallery of modern homes often accentuated by a recurring theme of straight lines and glass exteriors in its Tuscan villas, and French country inspired estates.
The firm’s work has been featured on several episodes of “Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing” and even on Showtime’s Emmy award-winning series “Shameless.” We’re taken with the project pictured here, which is an elegant example of the firm’s contemporary work. Located in Hollywood Hills, this three-story luxury home features a rooftop deck and has four bedrooms and four baths. It is anchored on the side of a hill by 63 feet of cement piles and walls.
6) Prestige Builders
427 30th St., Newport Beach, CA 92663
Founded in 1988, Prestige Builders has secured a solid reputation for itself, constructing and developing some of the finest homes in the Southern California area. Prestige is led by its founder, Christopher Walton, who first worked for a large firm where he was tasked with managing several developments prior to his establishment of the firm. Currently, he oversees the marketing aspects of Prestige and regularly meets with each of the firm’s clients and designers to better synthesize ideas and to ensure that every project receives the benefit of his experience.
The firm’s work is often distinguished for its fine woodwork, custom finishes, and elaborate Mediterranean inspired designs. To achieve this level of quality, the firm collaborates with some of the best subcontractors and architects in the area, and the relationships with these trusted partners have reaped repeated rewards for clients. The firm is also affiliated with the prestigious American Institute of Architects and has been featured on several noteworthy publications such as LUXE, Town & Country, Elle Decor, and In Style.
5) Structure Home
21860 Burbank Blvd. Suite #110, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
For the past two decades, Structure Home has been providing a full range of custom home building services from pre-development and coordination to planning, general contracting, and consulting. Run by a team of expert designers and project managers, it has successfully overseen the development and construction of over 1,700 single family residences, condominiums, and apartments, as well as over 500,000 square feet of commercial projects equivalent to nearly a billion dollars of revenue. The firm is also a Certified Green Builder known to infuse sustainability into its projects.
In fact, the firm was chosen by Green Builder Media to construct its VISION House, a research and training demonstration house program that would provide builders and remodelers with all the necessary information needed to create a functional home. It also serves as the best example of a high-performance infill project in an urban environment. The firm specializes in an extensive range of designs and has worked on contemporary, Tuscan, and traditional inspired homes. Some of its work has even been featured in several prestigious publications like Professional Builder, the New York Times, and the LA Times.
4) Root Construction
17216 Saticoy St. #180, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Root Construction specializes in modern, art deco, and Spanish inspired homes. It has also worked on several Mediterranean and English themed cottages and villas as well as traditionally styled houses, and provides a full range of residential construction services. Some of these include ground-up construction and entire house remodeling work. On occasion, it also takes on commercial and multifamily housing projects, along with several other specialty works which require skill and expertise such as safe rooms and disaster rooms. The firm is also known for its excellent pools and beautiful outdoor living spaces.
The firm is led by Matt Myers, who serves as every project’s manager and oversees each home from start to finish. He has been in the industry for over 20 years and works with only a group of handpicked subcontractors, some of whom are the best in the area. Under his leadership, the firm has been recognized numerous times throughout the decade it has been in the industry. Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and Traditional Home have all featured Root’s work in their pages.
3) Prime Five Homes
839 N Mansfield Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
With over five decades of combined experience, Prime Five is headquartered in Los Angeles and is best known for its luxurious, yet eco-friendly homes. It is LEED certified and use the latest sustainability practices in its designs, often emphasizing modern and contemporary architecture. The firm is led by Mayer Dahan, a Los Angeles real estate developer who is also the founder of the Dream Builders Project, a non-profit organization whose key mission is to raise awareness for the city’s most pressing social issues. Dahan has played an integral role in the modernization of LA, and it’s not surprising he was named by Professional Builder as on its annual “40 Under 40” list. As for the firm itself, it has been featured in several noteworthy publications like Voyage LA, Architectural Digest, and even in Forbes Magazine.
The featured project is a 5,200 square foot modern home that features five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Its design provides generous ambient light and emphasizes sleek lines. For this particular project, the design team included solar panels and a custom water capture system.
2) Roman James Design Build
8383 Wilshire Blvd. 8th Flr., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Known for its luxurious residential custom home projects, Roman James is one of the most sought after builders in California due to its services. It oversees every facet of a project and takes charge of designs, architecture, floor plans, engineering, and overall general contracting. In 2014, it led the construction of two homes on the famed Bird Streets of Los Angeles with each home costing $3,150 per square foot which broke the record for the highest per square foot sales record in the area. In total, the projects cost $70 million, making it the highest recorded sale in the history of Beverly Hills.
Because of projects like these, the firm was able to gain the attention of numerous high-profile clients like Beyonce and Jay-Z, as well as TV show creator Reinout Oerlemans. The firm was also the mind behind the acclaimed Fischer Residence of Coto De Caza, which is often referred to as the “Best Home” in the Strand at Headlands. The firm’s work has also been featured in several publications like World Architects as well as on television. It was once featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Modern Living with Kathy Ireland.”
1) Tyler Development Corporation
1932 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025
From Montecito to Beverly Hills, Tyler Development has solidified its reputation as a premier residential contractor that has worked on over 275 high-end custom homes since its inception in 1980. It specializes in modern, Victorian, and Spanish revival inspired designs and has worked on numerous estates and villas. Adhering to a universal philosophy of integrity, quality, and professionalism, the firm has attracted the attention of numerous notable clients through the years and has constructed homes for several celebrities and business executives, often on a repeat basis. Its staff is known for being both financially and environmentally responsible, with two of its project managers being LEED-certified professionals.
For all of these excellent services, the firm has been recognized with multiple awards throughout its years in the industry. It is a proud recipient of several Gold Nugget awards and most notably won a grand distinction for Best Custom Home in the 5,000 to 10,000 square unit category. Its work has also been published in the likes of LUXE, Elle Decor, and Town and Country.