A Touch Of Italy

Experience boundless ocean views from an amazing Italianate blu-top villa in Lower Malaga Cove

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography by Paul Jonason

Presented by RE/MAX Estate Properties
List Price $11,900,000
For more information, visit 609paseodelmar.com

Upon entering through the gates of this exquisite estate, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a private villa nestled along the shores of beautiful, pristine Lake Como. Complete with unparalleled vistas of the South Bay coastline and a luxurious lawn, this three-level masterpiece was built in an architectural style reminiscent of the opulent Villa d’Este hotel that rests on the shores of Italy’s most aristocratic retreat.

“This stunning Italian villa is located on over one-half acre on the ocean bluffs in Lower Malaga Cove, with magnificent views of the Santa Monica Bay—from the beach cities all the way to Malibu,” says listing agent James Sanders of RE/MAX Estate Properties. “The owners hand selected this site to build an Italian-style villa overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, with direct influences from classic villas in Italy like the famous Villa d’Este overlooking Lake Como. In collaboration with George Sweeney, a well known local architect, it took them nearly four years to complete construction.”

Standing on an immaculate lot at 609 Paseo Del Mar— in the prestigious and secluded village of Lower Malaga Cove, in the Palos Verdes Peninsula community of Palos Verdes Estates (an area known for its show-stopping residences sporting alluring red tile roofs and Spanish/Italian Mediterranean influences)—this rare retreat is among only a handful of bluff-top homes currently available in coveted Lower Malaga, which offers convenient access to the area’s adjacent peninsula communities, as well as world-famous surf breaks, swimming, fishing, hiking trails, running routes, the prestigious Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club and intimate Neighborhood Church. Just a short stroll up the hill is Malaga Cove Plaza, with its collection of shops, cafés, market and historic Neptune Fountain (a replica of a 16th-century water feature in Bologna, Italy) gifted to the city of Palos Verdes in 1930.

Built in 1994 by Tom Montague, this three-level stucco and stone-clad home offers 7,590-plus square feet of grand living space highlighted from top to bottom by lavish design touches such as custom moldings and trim, limestone flooring, soaring wood-beam ceilings, designer fireplaces, decorative wrought-iron stair railings and European handcrafted exotic cherry, pecan, walnut and white oak finishes.

Among the many stand-out features of this seaside gem are five bedrooms—including a stunning master suite complete with a sitting area and cozy fireplace, and a magnificent master bath boasting a marble-encased soaking tub and ocean view terrace—and a gourmet kitchen with professional-grade appliances, breakfast nook and huge center island with seating. There’s also a spacious circular wine room with a tasting table and rustic Italian wall mural, a great room with an inviting bar area, a large private Jacuzzi with fountain, an elevator servicing all three levels, a massive six-car showpiece garage (with plenty of room for surfboards), and additional covered parking.

Outdoors, on a lush half-acre of land, the resort-inspired yard with award-winning plantings, lighted pathway, lovely stone fountains and dual stone rotundas is the perfect spot for both relaxing and entertaining.

“The home, with all of its interesting facets, reflects a warm and serene feeling, yet it is a wonderful venue for parties and celebrations; the owners have had many of them over the years,” says Sanders. “Living in this beautiful home has been a source of both joy and contentment for the owners.”

No doubt, its future inhabitants will find much pleasure and happiness there, as well as some of the most exquisite Italian design and architecture on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

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