A drive along Marguerite Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes is like watching a postcard from the coast come to life. There are grand estates bathed in golden light, and the backdrop is pure California
It’s been an impressive run of growth for Cindy Ambuehl’s group, which the Los Angeles super-agent launched two years ago after over a decade of building her A-list real estate name as a sole agent.
With its vast acreage—a rare spread of five acres—and privacy that’s afforded beyond its curving, gated driveway, this Palos Verdes retreat is a nature-filled escape from the crowds. And quite a bit more.
Less than a 5-minute drive from the manicured shops and eateries of Palisades Village is a little-known road named Marinette. Here, the wide and peaceful streets are adorned with old-growth California greenery and large, pretty homes.
Head up the hillside in Rolling Hills along Lower Blackwater Canyon Road, conveniently just a half-mile from one of three entrance gates, all manned 24 hours a day. Along the crest of a hill is 5 Lower Blackwater, Rolling Hills a ranch spanning more than five acres, that deftly presents an atmosphere that’s both manicured and charmingly rustic.
It takes many hands to create the perfect home. This 4,490-square-foot house was no exception, requiring the energy and talent of Feldman Architecture, Commune Design (for the interiors), Tucci Lighting, Ground Studio (for the landscaping), and Allison Harding (for the art selection).
It’s a rare home that can truly shape-shift, presenting itself as two different atmospheres depending on the mood and crowd. In this sizable Spanish coastal residence, spanning approximately 7,606 square feet, this scarce design feat has been accomplished.
Drive along scenic Palos Verdes Drive and swing onto Via Coronel, a peaceful street sweeping along a green hillside on the Peninsula. Duck onto a secluded side street and through a gated entrance, shrouded with old-growth trees, leafy palms, and trim green hedges and you’re at 909 Via Coronel.
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558 15th Street is located in the quiet enclave just north of Montana with supermarkets and specialty shops, a high-ranking public elementary school, coffee shops, cafes, and a farmer’s market nearby. Only slightly further afield would be movie theaters, some of the city’s best private schools, its famed stretch of beaches, its many hiking trails, and its best private clubs.