Cape Cod Modern

An exquisitely designed home in South Redondo beach offers views and a walkable beach lifestyle

Written by Joclene Davey | Photography by Paul Jonason | Staged by The Acqua Design Group | Presented by Carl Henkel, California Real Estate Offered at $2,599,000

Step away from the bustle of the Beach Cities to a quiet tree-lined street in South Redondo for a more tranquil lifestyle. While merely a few blocks from the sand and Riviera Village, this exquisite modern Cape Cod pairs peace and quiet with views and beach living at its best. Approaching the home from the wide, quiet street, beautiful slate rock steps lead up to a classic front porch with crisp white siding and contrasting black windows. Uniquely, a pergola design detail on the front of the garage catches the eye when walking through the colossal front door filled with windows. Stepping inside the home, over washed wide-plank hardwood floors used throughout, incites marvel at the high ceilings bedecked with beautiful, cascading chandeliers. On both levels of the home, vaulted ceilings soar to create a nice open feeling. “Our goal was to create a unique design with a beautiful open floor plan with lots of light to take advantage of the ocean views. We feel this home will offer a new buyer an amazing lifestyle with all its modern amenities,” states builder Larry Johnson of Johnson Construction Inc.

Sitting at almost 3,400 square feet on a 5,200-square-foot lot, this five bedroom, four-and-one-half bath home is grand in scale, yet intimate in layout, with a reverse floor plan. “With great support from our client, we flipped the house upside down, putting all the living upstairs. Our idea was to capture views, [and] we think the results are outstanding,” says the home’s architect Nagy Bhatoum. Additionally, large bedrooms dressed in crown molding and multiple windows create polished, light-filled spaces. Each room includes high-end ceiling fans with personal remote controls, large closets with built-in storage and full baths. Each bath has a modern aesthetic with quartz countertops, individually tiled showers and backsplashes with Calcatta quartz and glass tiles. Passing through the hallway introduces the spacious laundry room with unique storage features and a door that leads out to the backyard. Outside, one steps onto a sizable deck area for entertaining; just beyond is an expansive yard trimmed with lush plants contained by a white vinyl fence that encloses the entire property.

Adjacent to the aforementioned door is a private entrance from the backyard to the master suite. Once inside, the master bath shines in Calcatta quartz with amenities such as a large Jacuzzi hydro spa Roman tub, steam shower and dual vanities, plus a separate water closet. The master bedroom is shaped in a partially octagonal form, sporting generous vaulted ceilings and massive windows overlooking beautiful trees in the front lawn that promise added privacy. The suite is also wired with surround sound and includes a spacious walk-in closet with built-in cabinets. Completing the lower level are three more bedrooms, two of which are connected by Jack and Jill baths with dual sinks. Throughout the home, Kohler components pair with Grohe fixtures. Ascending the stairs, one arrives at an impressive open space. Immediately ahead is the kitchen. Along with the tremendous quartz island there are sparkling-white coffered ceilings, gleaming on through to the dining room. White cabinetry with partially glassed-in doors and a coffered hood above a Thermador range make for unique touches. The majority of the appliances, including a professional-size refrigerator, are Thermador; the one exception being the Whirlpool wine refrigerator, tucked into the island. Completing the kitchen are dual windows above a farmhouse sink for gazing out at the backyard.

Just across the kitchen area is another octagonal space with towering tongue and groove ceilings, a quartz fireplace and a plethora of windows boasting amazing oceans views. While planned as a family room, this space also could serve as a stunning dining room. From here, an expansive veranda offers fabulous outlooks of the ocean and Palos Verdes Peninsula. Opposite the stairs is a fifth bedroom with a private bath and large window seat with built in storage. Although intended as a bedroom, this space easily translates to an office or child’s playroom. Just outside is the elevator stop and a guest bath. Also welcoming is the living room, featuring high vaulted ceilings and large windows swimming in bright light overlooking the well-manicured backyard.

The marble fireplace is framed on either side with built-in bookcases and custom cabinetry. Facing this area is a handy storage space accessed by sliding barn doors—the perfect place to keep media equipment and other storage needs. A slight step up, through French doors, is an exterior staircase accessing a 300-square-foot rooftop deck. The explosive views from here—think Malibu to Palos Verdes—are enjoyed year-round, compliments of the oversize gas fireplace. At the subterranean level is a generous two-car garage with full-size elevator and walk-in wine cellar. An added bonus to the floor is the redundant system upgrade, installed as a precautionary measure in case of a flood or excess water flow. The home also features a dual zone climate control with both heating and cooling.

“Living at 1202 S. Irena in South Redondo gives you the best of everything; you can walk to the Village and the beach, but it still sits high enough on the hill to have incredible views. The schools are fantastic, and sun shines year round. [And], the people who live in Redondo are friendly and down-to-earth and make great neighbors,” shares Carl Henkel, realtor for the property. One that not only is a refined family home offering a walkable lifestyle, but also a place that defines tranquil living by the sea.

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