317 Rocky Point is a Rare Bluff Top Home that Combines Panoramic Pacific Ocean Views With Sunlit, Private Elegance in Palos Verdes Estates
Standing on a bluff-top in Palos Verdes Estates one is treated to a shifting panorama of coastal scenes, from open stretches of ocean to miles of meandering coastline. There are tall craggy cliffs too, sculptured by time and sea.
“Living on the bluff is very special,” points out real estate agent Chris Adlam of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. “There are a finite number of homes on the bluff of the Pacific Ocean.”
Among this exclusive group, this property is distinctive for its unblocked vistas as well as its lushly landscaped lot, generously sized at approximately one-third of an acre.
“With nothing but ocean to the West of you,” notes Chris Adlam, “the setting is extremely unique.”
You wake to coffee surrounded by manicured grass and sun-drenched ocean scenes. Days are spent lounging or working in one of the home\s al fresco nooks. (The fireplaced family room can be transformed into an oceanview office if you wish, or an additional bedroom.) In the evening, you can ponder vibrant sunsets and sea air over dinner in the outdoor dining area, or congregate near the stone wall running alongside the bluff top.
Landscaping is a lush, textured blend of old- and new-growth California trees, grasses, and shrubs that’s been neatly arranged across the ocean-facing bluff and the front yard—a separate green space that’s home to a bubbly spa and freeform pool deck, bordered with pale grey stone and tucked discreetly behind a dense green hedge.
Enter the gated, estate-like property and when the wood entryway closes, you’re unto a world of your own. The home, California Coastal in style, is pale stucco and set against a low-sloped, chocolate-hued roofline with overhanging rafters. Inside, the one-level ranch layout combines an airy elegance—like large-scale rooms with raised ceilings, and glossy wood floors—alongside an efficient floorplan and an indoor-outdoor duality. Features like floor-to-ceiling glass and an array of open-air seating areas, some shaded by overhanging eaves, keep you close to nature at every turn.
“The unobstructed, panoramic views of ocean and coastline make the design of this home special,” Chris Adlam points out. “You can actually listen to the waves breaking on the shoreline below.”
The home’s main meeting spaces—like the cozy, fireplaced family room and a formal living room with a crackling fireplace and textured wall of pale stone—are host to front-row bluff-top views. So is the formal dining room, an elegant space where glass doors open to accompany dinner parties with sounds and breezes of the ocean. The kitchen is an airy space where wood and polished stone create a homey contrast against gleaming steel appliances and a white cathedral ceiling.
Casual dining happens at the corner nook, and the central island is where you can gather for breakfast over ocean views, or enjoy a glass of chilled bubbly from the wine refrigerator. Adjacent to the kitchen is a charming butler’s nook with exposed wood cabinets for extra storage, and a built-in desk where you can work while watching kids play in the pool and front yard.
The opposite end of the residence is home to sleeping spaces, including a peaceful master suite with character-rich wood floors and an earthy stone fireplace. This important room is a retreat where you can awaken each day to an unblocked blue panorama of sea, sky, and horizon—courtesy of a wall of glass stretching nearly from floor to ceiling. Before going to bed, you can step outside to stargaze on the grass or lounge on the spacious stone patio, watching the twinkle of lights glow along the coastline.
The 317 Rocky Point Road residence feels relaxed and resort-like in its ambiance. But prior to arriving, a good feeling kicks in as you drive down the broad, manicured streets of nearby Paseo del Mar, which is home to regal, oceanview estates, and wafting palm trees. This is a neighborly area, where you can walk dogs or jog along the flat streets or breezy bluff-top trails, located steps from the house. As mellow as the atmosphere is, it’s also practical in terms of reaching local amenities: A 5-minute bike ride brings you to sidewalk cafes and the local Lunada Bay market, and several schools are situated within a mile or two from the residence.
A selection of award-winning golf courses can be reached in 15 minutes by car. The property itself is a versatile Palos Verdes haven where you can work and rest in pleasant solitude, joined only by views of dolphins, seals, and soaring sea birds. Or entertain, enjoying the company of family and friends under color-soaked coastal scenes that somehow, never look less than stunning.
Chris Adlam | 310.493.7216 | DRE# 00967574
Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
List Price: $6,999,000
Photography by Peter McMenamin, Courtesy of Chris Adlam Real Estate