Comfortable living that luxuriously transcends time
Written by Joclene Davey | Photography by Paul Jonason
Presented by Forbes Corrales
Price upon request
Nestled on a cozy, tree-lined corner in Manhattan Beach, behind a whitepicket fence, awaits a radiant Cape Cod home—1313 Pine Avenue, an elevated version of a timeless style from popular builder David Odle. True to character, with white siding, Virginia bluestone and Odle’s signature blue door and windows, this coastal beauty is elegant and livable for the Manhattan Beach family desiring a comfortable yet luxurious lifestyle.
A dazzling foyer and open living room introduce the approximately 3,260-squarefoot home bathed in bright natural light. Equally striking are the 22-foot ceilings, from which dangle marvelous overhead lighting. This extraordinarily appointed room displays custom wainscoting trim complemented by a refreshing soft-gray paint that adorns walls throughout the home. Its gorgeous Calacatta marble fireplace, meanwhile, is elegantly trimmed with molding from flume to ceiling, and is surrounded by bench seating with clever built-in storage for tucking away blankets.
Just off the living room looms a stunning, private guest bedroom with 12.5-foot coffered ceilings and a three-quarter bath with glass tile. Pass back through the living room and one enters the dining room through a transom entryway that allows light to pour in through surrounding massive windows. Expansive, this space features a contemporary chandelier and beautifully designed coffered ceilings with painted insets in Loyal Blue by Sherwin Williams (a signature color reflective of the sea, which can be viewed throughout the coastal abode).
Moving into the area just beyond, an open floor plan kitchen and family room beckon. Adjacent to the family room is a dreamy kitchen that reveals an oversized Caesarstone square island with Loyal Blue cabinetry below. Conveniently located on one side of the island is an eat-in bar; opposite is a farm sink. Impeccably placed herringbone micro tiles, a detail throughout the kitchen, create a dramatic backsplash behind the Thermador stove. Also here is a large walk-in pantry and breakfast nook surrounded by enormous French windows overlooking the outdoor dining area.
As for the family room, while large in scale, it has a cozy sensibility and layout, with aesthetics like built-in custom cabinetry and gorgeous black brick work around the fireplace paired with elegant coffered ceilings, softening the space and resulting in a contemporized coastal style.
Glass doors connect the home’s indoor space with its pristine patio and outdoor living area. The tidy manicured lawn and lovely fountain set a tone where one envisions relaxing in front of the stone fireplace on cool evenings. Ceiling heat lamps add additional warmth for grilling a delightful meal on the large Wolf range. “This space is one of our favorite places in our home,” shares owner Michele Blumenthal. “When we entertain, we are always out here.” No matter the season, this space is where a family can truly enjoy the beautiful weather that Manhattan Beach offers.
Back inside, ascend the oak staircase embellished with vintage-style, wrought-iron wall sconces and approach the master suite. Emanating peace and calm, this private escape includes vaulted, sky-high tongue-and-groove ceilings and recessed lighting, coupled with a large outdoor patio accessed through French doors through which heaps of light shining in from outdoors play off the shimmer of a dramatic Capiz chandelier. There’s also a large, walkin his-and-her closet, and a bathroom fit for royalty. The en-suite, beautifully adorned with Calcutta marble, incorporates unique custom tile work with glints of iridescent light, all playing off a subtle trellis motif in the flooring and shower.
Moreover, one feels like a star at the make-up counter, with a mirrored tabletop and glamorous pendant lighting. Equally important are the inviting pedestal bathtub, steam shower and dual vanity. This bathroom has everything one could wish for in a personal retreat from the world.
Also on the upper level are three additional well-sized bedrooms, two of which are connected by a Jack-and-Jill bath. All rooms feature high-coffered ceilings and customized tile work with artistic panache (floors, backsplashes and showers) in bathrooms. Additionally, the front bedroom has a lovely balcony overlooking beautiful trees; just across the hall sits an impressive laundry room with plantation-style cabinets and black porcelain floors.
Further adding character are three-panel doors; French wide plank oak floors, lightly washed and complemented by crisp white molding; and bright white coffered ceilings and statement-making light fixtures throughout. “For a home that was not custom-built for a specific client, this home has all of the attributes of a fully custom designed residence,” states realtor Lauren Forbes, of Forbes Corrales. Notably, the home is also conveniently located just a few blocks from Pacific Elementary and American Martyrs School.
Ultimately, 1313 Pine Avenue has everything—and so much more—one could desire in a Cape Cod. It’s so much more as a family home that sparkles with elegant beauty while still remaining comfortable and livable.