South Bay Digs 8.14.14


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"Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.” 

– Walt Whitman 
  According to a recent report by CoreLogic DataQuick, the number of California homes that sold for a million dollars or more rose to its highest level in seven years last quarter, with a total of 12,826 homes sold during the April-through-June period. Statewide, $1 million-plus homes sales rose 9.1% year-over-year in the second quarter. Manhattan Beach 90266 ranked number one with 146 total home sales over $1 Million. A total of 265 homes sold for more than $5 million last quarter, a new record. Also reaching new all-time highs were sales in the $3-$4 million range at 469 homes sold and in the $2-$3 million range with a total of 1,595 homes sold. Interestingly, the most expensive home purchased last quarter was a 11,000+ square foot mansion built in 1931 in Westwood which sold for $45 Million in May 2014. Here’s what is happening in the local real estate market: Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 5.21.37 PM   Our COVER home this issue is a contemporary masterpiece conceptualized by renowned architect Michael Lee and built by KKC Fine Homes. Located just a few homes from the Strand, the home features stunning steel and open wood tread staircase, sealed concrete and rift white oak flooring, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and a large patio deck with fire pit and incredible views of the Pier, Sand and Water. Enjoy Manhattan Beach living at its finest. Offered by Gerard Bisignano, Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. See the details on the inside back cover page 107. Don’t miss this issue’s HOME OF THE WEEK — a beautiful custom built Mediterranean Estate by renowned architect Richard Landry in Rancho Palos Verdes. This magnificent property features a spacious and bright open living space with dramatic sweeping staircase and volume ceiling, gourmet kitchen with inlaid stone/wood floors and exquisitely appointed grounds on a 20,000+ square foot lot. Offered by Juanita & Bruce Stucker, RE/MAX Estate Properties. See the details on page 23and don’t miss DIGS produced high-definition property video on our website

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT — see what’s on the market in the Los Verdes section of Rancho Palos Verdes on page 36. REAL ESTATE INSIDER – get to know Maureen Megowan of RE/MAX Estate Properties on page 37. COOL STUFF — discover on page 43 & 49. Don’t miss our feature LOCAL TASTEMAKERS article –“From heart to table: Chef Melba Rodriguez,” starting on page 58. FAB FINDS: Sit a spell: Unique dining chairs on page 66-67. THE SCOOP: How to make the most of a great room on page 72. ESCAPE TO TERRANEA on page 79. Finally, see what happening in local real estate in LOCAL MARKET TRENDS on page 84-85.

Looking to FIND YOUR PLACE? Check out the DIGS OPEN HOUSE GUIDE on page 102, where you will find the most comprehensive listing guide of open houses in the South Bay. Sign up for our free Open House eBlast at and we’ll send you the most up-to-date list of Open Houses for all the Beach Cities and PV every Friday afternoon before you begin your house hunting on the weekend!  

South Bay Digs Featured Articles:

  1. LOCAL TASTEMAKERS: From heart to table: Chef Melba Rodriguez on page 58
  2. THE SCOOP: Make the most out of a great room, on page 72
  3. Can't get enough of the resort life? ESCAPE TO TERRANEA,  on page 79
Enjoy! (All property data taken from MRMLS Active & Closed Sales, Single Family Residence (SFR): for areas: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates & Palos Verdes Peninsula as of July 29, 2014. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.)  - See more at: