This striking Rancho Palos Verdes estate is a house of dreams on a street of dreams
Written by Wendy Bowman
This majestic Rancho Palos Verdes estate is the result of an inspired reverie. Original plans were drafted by the current owners—keeping in mind a lifestyle where family, friends, joy, and beauty are paramount—and then handed to SoCal architect Louie Tomaro to work his magic.
The result? A grand Mediterranean-style residence offering a wealth of artisan details complemented by enchanting panoramic vistas spanning from Catalina to Santa Monica Bay. In other words, 365 gorgeous sunsets a year captured via an amphitheater where the star is the Pacific Ocean. “The attention to detail and unsurpassed quality of construction make this home very special,” says listing agent Jason Buck of Re/Max Estate Properties. “Then the views are mesmerizing. Living there is like taking a vacation from home.”
Found at 30637 Calle de Suenos—on a private street boasting only 11 homes—the gated property features an octagonal floor plan punctuated throughout by high-end finishes and touches. Think soaring domed and vaulted ceilings; a spectacular curved double staircase; numerous octagonal rooms; gracefully arched doorways; nine custom fireplaces; curvilinear ironwork railings and sconces; and Venetian plaster walls in a subtle variety of earthy hues.
Built by Peninsula contractors Jim Madden and Bill Howe during a 20-month period, the five bedroom home was completed in 2006. The resulting bright, open and warm abode offers more than 7,000 square feet of living space on two levels, most notably a grand entrance highlighted by a double staircase topped with a cathedral dome with chandelier. In addition to a spacious master suite offering his-and-her designer showroom closets with built-ins, and an en-suite bath showcased by a soaking tub and steam shower, other attributes include 10 baths encased in floor-to-ceiling tile and custom rock; a formal living room; and billiard room. A family room features built-in glass shelving and LED lighting, while a formal dining room is radiant with tongue-and-groove flooring and beautiful coffered ceiling with chandelier.
A spacious chef’s kitchen stuns with maple cabinetry; a duo of granite-and-quartz-topped islands; four ovens; an eight-burner stove topped with skylights; a copper sink; multiple refrigerators; and high concert ceilings allowing for ample natural light. Yet other show-stopping features include a climate-controlled wine cellar with room for 1,300 bottles; 550-gallon, in-floor saltwater aquarium; crystalline lounge area with full walk-in bar; and four-car garage sporting stamped concrete flooring. Outdoors, one will find a 600-square-foot loggia overlooking a 20-foot-by-40-foot infinity-edge pool with waterfall and spa, along with a fire pit; six-hole putting green; life-sized chessboard; regulation-sized shuffleboard court; full-sized half-pipe for skateboarders; and an “oasis” sandbox play area for kids. Meanwhile, a new vineyard area holds the promise of future pinot noir and merlot wines, while a bountiful orchard offers a variety of fruits encompassing plums, peaches, pink lemons and oranges.
By every stretch of the imagination, this home is literally a dream come true.