New Redondo Beach Contemporary Home is SoCal’s Best Offering

Set in the South Bay, this home combines a soft palette of off-white tones with Ipe wood and one-of-a-kind finishes that bring contemporary beach vibes—with a view—to Redondo Beach, a community with the best of what Southern California can offer.

Located only 18 miles from Downtown L.A. and seven miles from LAX, this relaxed city is a vibrant host of sandy beaches, fine-dining options, parks and shopping facilities, all within reach. Also known for its excellent schools, the area is understandably favored by families. 

Here, this contemporary, newly built project emerges as a collaboration between Hermosa Beach-based GWC Design Architects and Lomita-based builder South Bay Design Center, which was founded in 1992 by Kamer Kosedag and has, over the years, become a popular reference, in particular for kitchen and bath remodeling, and residential construction services.

Located at 810 Esplanade and listed for $3,200,000 by Don Ruane of Real Estate West, the structure comprises a 2,200-square-foot house spread over two levels. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath property (unit C) occupies the ground and first floors of the three-story building.

Steps from the beach, the ground floor featuring the bedrooms has its own private entrance, while the first floor comprises all the living spaces with direct access to two attached garages. 

With the goals of creating a natural look while protecting against the elements, the exterior of the house was covered with Ipe wood. A solid 2.25-inch-thick, custom-made walnut front door acts as an invitation to discover the airy, open-plan space. 

The main living area features sophisticated and high-quality finishes and elements, such as the dark gray Pietra marble fireplace that stands out in contrast with the European-style wood floor. Bi-folding glass doors open up fully to the balcony, making the most of panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and stunning sunsets all year long.

In the dining room area—part of the living room—large windows reinforce the connection between inside and out. Open to the rest of the common areas, the elegant and functional kitchen is adorned with an integrated quartz sink and countertops, and furnished with two side-by-side, 30-inch Wolf refrigerator units located next to a stainless steel floor-to-ceiling backlit wine wall.

With clean lines and neutral tones, the master suite and guest rooms lead out to a charming private patio area where a floating barbecue with sink is the key element to evenings spent alfresco while enjoying the sublime panorama.

The master bathroom is designed as a luxurious haven of peace, using Calacatta marble to introduce sophistication. With careful attention paid to every detail of the construction and design, this house epitomizes high-end contemporary beach living at its finest.

310. 259.9815 | LIST PRICE $3,200,000 


beachy chic retreat

Beachy Chic Retreat

Expect breathtaking ocean and whitewater views from this fully remodeled Broad Beach Bluff retreat in Malibu. The four-bedroom dwelling can be found at the end of a gated driveway at 31654 Broad Beach Road, complete with 4,456 square feet of living space boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and wide-plank oak flooring.

4,456 SQ. FT.
$7.995 MILLION

“The open floor plan with high ceilings and the ‘beachy’ chic interior design with great indoor-outdoor flow is what everyone is looking for in a beach house today,” says Sandro Dazzan of The Agency, who is listing the property for $7.995 million. Among the highlights: a massive great room with fireplace; sleek kitchen with a center island, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and a built-in breakfast nook; and an ocean-facing master suite sporting a spa-like bath with an oversized tub and steam shower. Outdoors, the 5,450-square-foot lot showcases large Ipe-wood decks ideal for entertaining, along with a full kitchen, spa and fire pit…not to mention stairs to a sandy beach.


2,510 SQ. FT.
$3.195 MILLION

Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan has placed his Mid-century Modern home in Beverly Hills on the market for $3.195 million. Situated at 3122 Nichols Canyon Road, the Edward H. Fickett-designed residence was built in 1959, and then re-conceptualized and expanded by modernist architect Val Powelson in 1966. Think 2,510 square feet of single-level living space replete with a central atrium boasting a tranquil water feature, as well as a dining room that opens via floor-to-ceiling glass doors to a pool and spa, deck and fire pit. “The glass box-like atrium floods the home with natural light, while walls of glass provide the perfect indoor-outdoor California lifestyle,” says listing agent Jeff Kohl of The Agency. “From the large pool and outdoor deck ideal for dinner parties to kid-friendly elements including an enclosed side yard with a sandbox, this home is the ultimate haven for buyers seeking approachable exclusivity in one of the most coveted areas of L.A.” 

The Origami House a Turn-Key Modern Home Perched High Above the Sunset Strip

Commanding Views and Outstanding Architecture Are the Calling cards of this Sophisticated, Turn-key Modern Home Perched High Above the Sunset Strip

Called the Origami House, this contemporary West Hollywood residence resembles the decorative look of the paper folds that characterize the Japanese art form, only with a one-of-a-kind angular, other-worldly design shaped from cement, steel and walls of glass.

“You’re on the 50-yard line of [the] Sunset Strip, with the best views in the city, and only one minute from the action.”

Adding to the home’s striking appeal are floor-to-ceiling jetliner views spanning from Downtown L.A. to the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean beyond.

“The promontory site allows for panoramic views and a commanding curb appeal from the street,” says Patrick Fogarty, who is co-listing the property with Tyrone McKillen, both of Hilton & Hyland, for $14.9 million.

Adds McKillen, “You’re on the 50-yard line of [the] Sunset Strip, with the best views in the city, and only one minute from the action.”

Found at 8516 Hedges Place—on a corner lot that serves as one of the last great promontory view sites along the Sunset Strip—the dwelling was designed and built in 2017 by Belzberg Architects (known for its work on the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust) and Dobkin Construction under the guidance of Fogarty (also a developer of residential projects in the Beverly Hills and Sunset Strip neighborhoods).

Expect approximately 7,000 square feet of minimalist but warm living space on three levels crafted by British designer Elisabeth Fogarty, with high-quality finishes and touches throughout, including custom wide-plank white oak flooring, Carrera marble, frameless glass interior doors and a Dada Kitchen equipped with Miele appliances.

Yet other standout features of the fully automated, five-bedroom home: a day-lit basement housing a movie theater with seating for 12 and a built-in wet bar; a glass-encased, climate-controlled wine-tasting room displaying 750 bottles; and a gym. The massive, 1,200-square-foot cantilevered master suite atop the pool deck affords the best views in the house, along with spacious walk-in closets by Rimadesio and a spa-like bath featuring Antonio Lupi cabinetry and an oversized tub.

Retractable glass walls designed by Fleetwood Windows and Doors open to reveal the grounds (also designed by Elisabeth Fogarty), replete with an infinity pool and Jacuzzi. An added bonus? All of the furniture goes with the full asking price.

Photos: courtesy of Nick Springett and Jim Bartsch

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Industrial-Chic Meets Striking Ed Niles-Design in Malibu

This is not your typical beach house. Although the home can be found in the seaside enclave of Malibu and does indeed offer sweeping ocean views from every room, that’s where any resemblance to a “beach house” ends.

Instead, this visionary structure designed and built by contemporary architect Ed Niles in 1999 looks as if it was plopped atop a canyon from the next millennium, dazzling with its sheer size, geometric shapes, and eye-catching glass and steel façade.

“This home was completed 15 years ago, but it feels like it is from the future or outer space and is one of the most architecturally timeless designed homes I have ever seen,” says Sandro Dazzan of The Agency, who is listing the property for $5.795 million. The most interesting aspect, according to Sandro Dazzan? The way the home is made up of five separate structures that are linked together, but inside flows seamlessly all on one level.

Found at 21757 Castlewood Drive—accessible via a private gate at Rambla Pacifico and Pacific Coast Highway—the three-bedroom estate was updated in 2004. Expect almost 3,000 square feet of open living space rife with refined touches throughout, including limestone flooring, custom Ed Niles-designed cabinetry and furniture, an elevator, and an exquisite stainless-steel Bulthaup kitchen.

Yet other standout features include a sumptuous master suite featuring ocean views, a two-story skylight, fireplace, spacious walk-in closet, luxurious bath and an office, plus an additional junior suite in the main house and a detached third bedroom with its own entrance. Outdoors, the 41,145-square-foot grounds are highlighted by numerous seating areas, a private swimmer’s pool and spa, and fully equipped kitchen. A gated motor court and two-car garage round out the home’s unique appeal.

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1814 N. Doheny Drive a California Dream

Designed & built by architectural great, this residence stands as a hallmark of the storied Bird Streets

Set amid the famed Hollywood Hills, 1814 N. Doheny Drive is an ultra-sexy contemporary residence crafted by L.A. architect Paul McClean, offers expansive living space side by side with amenities that characterize the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. The coup d’état? An abundance of soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, all facing breathtaking views overlooking the mesmerizing skyline below and sparkling Pacific Ocean beyond.

“Being a Paul McClean, the entirety of the home is always a work of art,” says Aaron Kirman of Pacific Union International, who is listing the property for $17.495 million. “But the water feature that begins at the entry of the home and travels the complete expanse of the home, both upstairs and down, really sets the mood of tranquility and luxury throughout.”

Situated at 1814 N. Doheny Drive, the dwelling was built in 2016. Expect approximately 8,290 square feet of seamless indoor-outdoor living space boasting high-quality finishes and touches all around, from marble slab walls to Thassos marble flooring. Yet other standout features of the five-bedroom, seven-bath home include an entertainer’s living room; screening room; full bar; office/library; and gym. In the master bedroom, a private terrace bestows an exclusive vista of a zero-edge infinity pool running the entire length of the house.

“One of the features about this home that really sets it apart is the pool that has been built overlooking the famous Bird Street View,” says Kirman.

“The master bedroom and master bath, as well as the master private outdoor space, all sit behind floor-to-ceiling pocket glass doors that directly overlook the pool and view. It really does feel like the most luxurious, comfortable and private master bedroom in the city.”

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Photographs: courtesy of Matthew Momberger

Hagy Belzberg of Santa Monica is True to Form

Experience the pleasure of living in paradise through this rapturous example of Hawaii architecture—enjoy the view

The fact that this 8,000-square-foot residence set between cooled lava flows in Kona, Hawaii was completed in 2010 but looks as every bit as forward today as it likely will years from now, is a testament to its principal architect, Hagy Belzberg, of Santa Monica-based firm Belzberg Architects—a home both of and ahead of its time.

The entry pavilion echoes a traditional basket weave

Though easy to take the home’s measurement in the honors it has collected, including “Best of the Year Award” from Interior Design Magazine, more is required. This is architecture best appreciated as a broadly thought response to site and surround. Consider the contrast of natural elements, geometric hardscape and views of both volcanic mountains and ocean horizons.

The Kona residence is orientated in relation to the site’s primary views

The environmental sensitivities: a system for rain water collection, roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to offset residential energy use, dark lava stone to help heat the pool via solar radiation. And finally the historical references of reclaimed teak timber from old barns and train tracks and cut lava rock used for the exterior, and the inspired basket weave of the entry pavilion, meant to reenact the traditional gift upon arrival ceremony.

Openness to the outdoors is a property signature

But this is not a historical home, its contemporary in program and approach. So forward in both, any description of architectural abstractions is an abridgment at best. To experience the home is to understand it.

Written by Jenn Thornton
Photographs: courtesy of Benny Chan/Fotoworks

Simply Magical 20,000+ Sqft Island Getaway Home

A sought-after coastal compound offers a gracious contemporary island getaway and legendary seaside views

Modern architect Vladimir Ossipoff passed away in 1998, but the preeminent designer left a distinct mark on Hawaiian real estate. Well-known for creating structures apropos to the natural topography, light and climates of the Islands, his legacy includes more than 1,000 completed projects.

Among them: this stunning Mid-century Modern residence set in the sleepy beach town of Lanikai that occupies 20,079 square feet of land boasting awe-inspiring views of crystal-clear, turquoise water and Mokulua Islands.

“Lanikai is repeatedly written up as one of the best beaches in the world,” says Tracy Allen of Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties, who is listing the property for $12.150 million.

“It is known for its calm waters where you can enjoy an array of sports from your back door. Magical sunrises and moonlight nights with the backdrop of the Islands is a daily visual. It has become even more popular, as [Barack] Obama frequently vacations with his family and close friends in this seaside town.”

Situated at 1234 Mokulua Drive in the Lanikai neighborhood of Kailua, the home was built in 1962 and remodeled in 2018, complete with 6,222 square feet of sleek, sophisticated and open living space crafted by award-winning designer Jamie Jackson. Expect high-quality touches throughout, including Indonesian teak wood, black anodized windows and doors, natural polished concrete flooring, soaring ceilings, and seamless indoor-outdoor environs.

Among the standout features of the three-bedroom home is a gourmet kitchen sporting an expansive central island, Dekton countertops, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and a butler’s kitchen and pantry; a media room with soundproof walls, a surround-sound system and 3-Form sliding barn doors; and an office.

The master bedroom suite features built-in window seating, and a spa-like bath with dramatic basalt countertops and flooring, a solid teak vanity with dual basins, a free-standing deep-soaking tub by Native Trials and a walk-in shower.

Outdoors, the lushly landscaped grounds are highlighted by walking paths and mature tropical landscaping rife with fruit and flowering trees, as well as a two-bedroom guest cottage. The pool is surrounded by custom teak decking with built-in seating and concrete planter boxes, while a barbecue dining pavilion is flanked by a 600-bottle wine refrigeration system. An adjacent, elevated lanai offers space and flexibility for a gym or yoga room, and a three-car garage and gated courtyard has space for up to eight automobiles.

“The home’s stunning linear architectural style and dramatic pitched roofline—coupled with one of the most beautiful oceanfront locations in the world—makes this property so special,” says Allen. “This home is breathtaking beyond words and simply magical…if you are looking for an incomparable setting with surreal views and stunning modern design, welcome home.”

Written by Wendy Bowman
Photographs: courtesy of Andy Landgraf of 360 Productions LLC

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Tracy Allen | Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
List price $12.150 million

A Touch of the Grandiose at 1000 Elden Way

A splendid contemporary estate that is nothing short of a masterpiece brings abundance to Beverly Hills

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Posh resort-style living is the rule of the day at this revamped contemporary abode gracing a secluded cul-de-sac just above the famed Beverly Hills Hotel. Think an ebony glass gate entering into a courtyard dotted with soaring redwoods and a walkway lined with pounded metal tile leading to striking double entry doors that open to a grand, marble-columned living room rife with floor-to ceiling walls of marble and glass, a linear fireplace with changing flame colors and a massive chandelier.

Add to that a vast master suite boasting a private balcony overlooking lushly landscaped grounds, along with an elevator and a decked-out three-story guesthouse, and this home has all the makings of a five-star property.

“This estate has been impeccably updated and restored, while still preserving the classic style and elegance of a bygone era,” says Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, who is listing the property for $29.999 million.

“The voluminous living room is worthy of a luxury hotel lobby, and the incredible grounds were designed for entertaining in lavish style, complete with covered and open patio space including a tremendous outdoor living room/pool pavilion. The stunning pool and spa are constructed of mother of pearl and black marble, and have lights that change to six different hues.”

Situated at 1000 Elden Way in prestigious Beverly Hills, the stunning home was built in 1987 and has since been fully restored. Expect more than 14,000 square feet of grand living space featuring high-quality finishes and touches throughout, including Caeserstone Concetto counters, custom cabinetry crafted in Italy, Gagganeau appliances, a 52-foot island, and a chef/catering space in the professional-grade kitchen.


Yet other standout features of the eight-bedroom, eight-bath home include a sunken bar, a theater and a mirrored formal dining room sporting an art-deco chandelier. Outdoors, the 29,634-square-foot grounds are highlighted by the aforementioned pool, pavilion, and three-bedroom guesthouse donning a living room, dining area, gourmet kitchen, private patio and its own staff apartment, as well as a large motor court and three-car garage.

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Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury
List price: $29.999 million
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Traditional Mediterranean With a Contemporary Edge

A striking Palos Verdes Estates home along the Peninsula marries contemporary elegance and surrounding Mediterranean-style architecture

This resplendent Palos Verdes Estates home recently underwent an extensive renovation. The result? A grand contemporary Mediterranean-style residence offering a wealth of artisan details, accompanied by enchanting Pacific panoramas alongside seamless indoor-outdoor living areas ideal for family gatherings and entertaining.

“This home is unlike any other product on the market in Palos Verdes,” says listing broker Nicola Lagudis.

“The bones are Mediterranean, but it has a very current edge. It is elegance meets Westside luxury on the Peninsula, with an upscale appeal that makes it look like it just jumped off the pages of Architectural Digest.”

Situated at 1606 Espinosa Circle—on a secluded, flat quarter-acre lot perched on a verdant hillside adjacent to parkland in Upper Lunada Bay that boasts ocean views from Santa Monica to Malibu—the property was built in 2000 and updated in 2018.


Expect 4,200-plus square feet of bright and open living space punctuated by modern high-end finishes and touches meticulously chosen to complement the home’s traditional build. This means marble surfaces and designer lighting throughout; soaring ceilings; a 10-foot, solid/seamless quartzite fireplace mantel; and an 11-foot LaCantina accordion door.

A professional-grade, brass mosaic-accented kitchen features a Superiore range and hood in matte black and bronze, as well as a large stone island oriented to the ocean view, with the property’s Smart-Home features including Sonos Sound and Lutron Lighting systems.

The living and family rooms and kitchen open via expansive doors onto the outdoor living area, where one finds an attractive loggia and expansive patios, along with a brand-new fire pit, fully equipped kitchen and covered dining area set amid newly landscaped and hardscaped grounds.


“Most homes in the area require some degree of updates, while this home has been extensively reimagined and remodeled,” says current homeowner Lynn Ahearn. “In addition, while other lots may provide a view or great outdoor family living (with a flat yard), few homes offer both—and even fewer provide immediate orientation to parkland.”

An added bonus: The residence is situated within walking distance or a short drive of Palos Verdes Intermediate, Palos Verdes High School, Lunada Bay Little League, a number of dining options and some of the most scenic bluffs in the South Bay. It is, quite simply, the home you have dreamed of and have not found—until now.

Written by Wendy Bowman
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BRE # 01066785
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Top-Tier Vistas at Tigertail

This stunning new contemporary abode is sleek and sexy as it is warm and comfortable

“This home is truly a haven where the owner will wake up each morning and go to sleep each night feeling peaceful,” says Cindy Ambuehl, who is co-listing 800 Tigertail Road in Brentwood with Dan Urbach, both of The Agency, for $10.899 million.

“It has everything that encompasses both comfort and today’s lifestyle, checking all the boxes without feeling typical. There is no detail spared…nothing was compromised in the design and build of this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.”


Constructed by Huntington Estates Properties in 2018, the seven-bedroom, eight-bath residence features 7,890 square feet of bright and open living space. Expect high-end details, including Ipe wood; backlit floating ceilings; automated, floor-to-ceiling glass Fleetwood pocket doors that open to a massive deck overlooking a private backyard and endless city and canyon views; a 10-foot mahogany front door; three-story floating staircase; and custom lighting fixtures. Not to mention a smart-home system.

Highlights include an expansive living room emphasized by a towering fireplace; a sleek chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line Wolf appliances and a butler’s pantry; an elegant dining room with a seven-foot-long onyx bar with lavish waterfall edge; impressive master suite with a duo of walk-in closets, steam shower, fireplace and balcony; a fully sound-proofed media room with a 130-inch screen; glass-encased wine cellar; and gym.


Outdoors, an 1,100-plus square foot rooftop deck sports a spa, fire pit and 360-degree views from downtown to the Pacific, while the 13,020-square-foot lot boasts a cascading infinity-edge pool and spa, built-in barbecue and putting green.

“Usually, with upper Tigertail, you have to trade off having a yard for having a view,” says Ambuehl. “This property gives you both! It has 360-degree city and ocean views, as well as a huge yard. It has the best of both indoor-outdoor living.”

Written By Wendy Bowman | Photos Courtesy Of Sky Photography LA

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Cindy Ambuehl & Dan Urbach, The Agency
List Price $10.899 Million

L.A. Lookout

Classic design combines with a timeless locale to create a coveted and impressive place to live

Some of the best vistas of downtown L.A. and the Hollywood Hills can be found at this newly built contemporary estate atop a promontory overlooking the Sunset Strip. It just so happens to reside next to the Pierre Koenig-designed Stahl House, a historic 1959 residence made famous by the iconic Julius Shulman photograph portraying two women leisurely sitting in a corner of the house while enjoying an evening view of the city via floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

“Upon entering the motor court, the dramatic views across the L.A. skyline greet you before you even reach the front door,” says Ernie Carswell, who is co-listing the property with Chris Pickett, both of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, for $14.995 million.

“This is a view perch like no other. Once inside, the striking architectural beauty and its simplicity blends organic surfaces and contemporary design with a dazzling backdrop of the city, by day or at night.”

Situated at 1625 Woods Drive in Hollywood Hills West—above the famed Chateau Marmont—the gated, four-bedroom residence was built and designed by developers Agustin Rodriguez and George Jordan of ANR Signature Collection and architect Birgit Hansen of Hansen Design. Expect approximately 6,733 square feet of open, Masa Studio-designed living space punctuated by soaring ceilings, as well as Fleetwood windows and doors that open to reveal a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.

Among the home’s star qualities are a grand living lounge and dining pavilion; temperature-controlled wine cellar sporting titanium leathered stone and distressed wood bottle racks; media room; library study; and spacious and serene master suite boasting a spa-like bath featuring a book-matched sequoia brown quartzite shower and polished stainless-steel tub.

A professional chef’s kitchen offers honed quartzite countertops, Miele appliances, custom cabinetry and a center island ideal for dining and entertaining, while an upstairs art gallery precedes the awe-inspiring roof terrace, replete with 360-degree wraparound views, a fire pit and wet bar.

“The crowning achievement may be the unique roof terrace, which is rare to experience in L.A. from a residence…normally, it’s a hotel or restaurant,” says Carswell. “The roof terrace at Woods Drive leaves one feeling truly on top of the California world.”

Written By Wendy Bowman  |  Photos Courtesy Of Douglas Elliman

Architectural Prowess

This contemporary yet welcoming Mid-century Modern in the Beverly Hills Post Office area of L.A. nods to nostalgia

“Our homes place a premium on warmth, comfort and beauty, while expressing a lifestyle narrative rooted in the architectural traditions of the early modernists such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra,” notes KAA Design Group founder, Grant Kirkpatrick, in the recently released book California Contemporary: The Houses of Grant C. Kirkpatrick and KAA Design.

“They all share the common ingredients of a warm-contemporary lifestyle: a tremendous indoor-outdoor connection, ample natural light and timeless materials.”

Nowhere is this concept more apparent than at 1129 Angelo Drive in Beverly Hills, a single-level, Mid-century Modern residence built in 1959 and since remodeled by Kirkpatrick, who is known for his work with the L.A. County Museum of Art and several Hugo Boss boutiques.

Now on the market with Steve Frankel of the Coldwell Banker Previews International Beverly Hills North Office for $2.995 million, the home is situated at 1129 Angelo Drive in the exclusive and much sought-after Platinum Triangle, just minutes to Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Hills Hotel.


Expect approximately 2,250 square feet of living space punctuated by clean lines, walls of glass, soaring ceilings and vintage stone. Among the standout features of the three-bedroom, two-bath home: a Zen-like courtyard; media room; and light-filled living room (with a quintessential ’50’s-style rock fireplace and gallery skylight) that opens via sliding glass walls to the backyard and pool area beyond. A gourmet kitchen with large dining area, and an alluring master suite with custom closet cabinetry and a marble bath round out this property’s special appeal.


“This is a rare Mid-century Modern design that exemplifies the classic indoor-outdoor living experience,” says Frankel.

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photographs: courtesy of Jeff Ong, PostRain


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