An Inviting Modern Home Emphasizes Streamlined Design and Ocean Views, Plus a Spacious Green Park, on One of Hermosa Beach’s Most Central and Charming Streets
Valley Park is an oasis of green in the Beach Cities. Situated in Hermosa Beach, the 5-plus acre spread spans leafy trees and playgrounds, sports fields, and picnic areas. Along its perimeter are quiet residential streets with rustling palm trees. Step westbound and there are fresh scenes of the Pacific, like the intersection of navy-hued waves against the soft-blue beachside sky.
“You get a little bit of new Hermosa, and a little bit of old Hermosa,” says real estate agent Dave Fratello of Edge Real Estate Agency about this charming pocket at the North End of town, where one can hop on their beach cruiser and reach either pier—Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach—in less than 10 minutes, passing a bevy of cafes and shops along the way.
“You definitely know you’re in a beach town,” he affirms, “even though you happen to be in one of the nicest, newest and biggest homes in the area.”
Dave Fratello is referring to this eye-catching modernist home, approximately 3,500 square feet, containing five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms within its sunlit floorplan.
“The modern style works when you have big, open spaces and lots of windows and light,” the agent describes. “That’s the way a beach house should be.”
Consider that goal accomplished here: the home’s five bedrooms are interspersed on the first two levels of the home, and the uppermost floor—with its bird’s-eye views of the town, sky, and ocean—is the pulse of the home, with everyday gathering spaces organized in an airy arrangement. There’s a south-facing living room that adjoins a tile-clad deck, creating a fresh-air lounge that becomes lit with electric color during sunset hours.
“You can easily fold away the floor-to-ceiling doors, and the whole house feels like you’re outdoors,” Dave Fratello explains. “There’s lots of room to hang out and enjoy the environment.”
Steps away is a chic kitchen where a white quartz island and slab countertops are warmed by grainy wood cabinets and hardwood floors with layers of character. The other side of the top floor houses yet another living room. This one is more tucked away; made intimate with a fireplace and ocean breezes that stream in via a second private deck.
“You can have two different activities going on at either end of the house,” Dave Fratello notes.
This separation of spaces works nicely for daily use—such as when kids want to play in one space, while adults congregate or cook in another—and helps the home shift easily into entertaining mode. With the glass doors ajar and both decks open, light and beach air flows freely throughout the home.
“You’re living in the space,” Dave Fratello points out, “but everywhere you go you’re seeing the outdoors—the ocean, the treetops, and the park. You feel the natural environment all around you.”
The effect is stimulating, and during parties, there’s a nice selection of distinct spaces, both indoors and under the sun or moonlight, for guests to gather. Also helpful during parties is the home’s three-stop elevator for transporting guests past sleeping levels and to the top floor.
The home’s overall floorplan is distinguished by its efficiency and thoughtful flow. Where the top floor is for meeting and dining, the lower floors are dedicated to bedrooms, some of which can be transformed for other uses. The middle level is home to three bedrooms, including a master suite with a clean-cut fireplace and a generous walk-in closet.
The sunlit master bath features textured white tiles, highlighting the walk-in shower and the soaking tub, that contrast against sand-hued quartz and grainy wood. (This blend, of clean modernist lines softened by natural materials, is a recurrent design theme of the home and consistent to every last corner.)
“If you have a family of three to five,” says Dave Fratello, “they might all sleep on the middle level.”
The two remaining bedrooms are located on the first floor. These, the agent points out, are two flexible rooms that can be used as ancillary spaces, such as housing a play space, office, or gym. The size of the bedrooms on this floor—one is quite larger than the other—plus the full bath also offers the option to turn this level into a suite for long-term guests or family.
It’s a residence that makes the most of its lot size and benefits of using modern design in a coastal setting, all the while leveraging a location that offers three experiences: that of beach, town, and park. Step outside to reach the ocean or shops in minutes, or stretch out in acres of green a few doors away.
“Valley Park is so close,” Dave Fratello promises, “it’s like your own gigantic back yard.”
Or stay indoors, where the smart and sun-bright spaces of this home are styled to embrace this unique natural setting.
“It’s very beach town to be able to have this kind of indoor-outdoor living, and know you can enjoy it for months and months out of the year,” Dave Fratello adds. “After all, that’s why people move to California.”
Dave Fratello of Edge Real Estate Agency
DRE# 01880469 | (310) 243-6299 | edge-rea.com
List Price: $3,649,000
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Photographs by Paul Jonason