A building should appear to grow easily from its site and be shaped to harmonize with its surroundings if nature is manifest there, and if not try to make it as quiet, substantial and organic as she would have been were the opportunity hers.”

-Frank Lloyd Wright

Welcome to The Retreat

The Retreat is an ecological haven designed to reflect the natural setting of the rolling Los Angeles landscape. At The Retreat, residents and guests have the best of both worlds—the dynamism and convenience of the city surrounded by the peaceful beauty of Benedict Canyon. This eco-focused destination respects three fundamental principles: sustainability, conservation, and community integration.

To preserve and optimize visibility, The Retreat conforms to all natural and wildlife contours of the canyon. Homes at The Retreat offer solace to those seeking privacy and a connection to nature within a community that provides full-service amenities. The private bungalows accommodate those looking for an intimate and secluded short-term stay in a bustling metropolis. The destination is nestled into the canyon and respects its surroundings with approximately 75% open space, plus 12.5% of internal roads throughout the nearly 33-acre natural oasis.

The Retreat will be constructed and operated sustainably. It will also improve local infrastructure and public safety, benefiting the community.

“I’m incredibly excited to share our vision for The Retreat at Benedict Canyon. To my family and I, the most exciting aspect of the project is how environmentally friendly it is. The development will preserve 75% of the site as open space, with only 12.5% non-invasive (internal) pathways including the planting of over 1000 new trees, and a community dog park . The design seamlessly conforms to the canyon’s contour and adapts to the natural landscape and preserves the ridge line. Consisting of hidden private estates and bespoke guest rooms, this development will provide a much desired natural and luxurious sanctuary for Los Angeles. We are thrilled to be providing the opportunity for the City of Los Angeles to generate substantial economic impact and jobs during this grave time of need for our community.” – Gary Safady, Developer

Over $800M

Economic Impact to the Community

Over $90M

in new revenue to the City of L.A. over a ten year period

Over 1,000

new trees added to the existing plush landscape

Project Facts

  • 32.67 acre site.
  • 75% of the site will remain open space, with 12.5% of non-invasive internal pathways.
  • Over 1,000 native and drought tolerant tree species will be added to the existing landscape
  • The Retreat: A Boutique Ultra-Luxury Guest Experience
    • Guest rooms thoughtfully dispersed throughout the site in a series of delicately integrated bungalows
  • Eight single family homes
    • Located on lots between one and five acres in size.
  • Designed to completely conform to the canyon topography, ridge line and integrate into the canyon.
  • Project to be a near balanced site.
  • Community Dog Park open and accessible to the entire community.
  • Improved emergency access and fire prevention measures ensuring a safer neighborhood for residents.
  • The project will incorporate an ecologically sensitive, unified design using natural elements.
    • Designed by Saota, an internationally-recognized architecture firm that has won numerous design and architectural awards- the project is dedicated to energy-efficient, vernacular design and sustainable design principles, including the use of natural elements for construction.
    • With a concentrated focus on landscape, award-winning Los Angeles-based, Harrison Design, leads the Retreat’s vision of implementing and respecting the natural landscape and existing view sheds, while preserving the majority of the protected trees on-site.
  • It is estimated that The Retreat at Benedict Canyon will generate over $90M in new revenue for the City and have a total economic impact of over $800M.
  • The Retreat will create new, well-paying jobs and seek to employ those from the surrounding area first.
  • The project will incorporate energy-efficiency measures and sustainable features such as using recycled materials, and will be designed to achieve LEED Certified status.
  • The project is conceived by developer Gary Safady, an Angeleno, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has owned and lived on property since 2008.



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