Sweet Digs

An Address To Envy In Los Angeles

Located in prime Brentwood, just north of Sunset and west of the 405, this area is considered one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Los Angeles—and for good reason. It’s at the junction of all that is great and animated in Los Angeles, an exhaustive list that includes Brentwood Village, the Brentwood Country Mart, Montana Avenue, the Getty Center, Brentwood and Riviera Country Clubs, Will Rogers State Park, plus many of the city’s best schools.

 

Certainly there are many homes that enjoy the prestige of this location. But even the immensely successful desire a home that stands out from the crowd. More than just a place to sleep, one wishes for a home offering privacy and solitude with the ability to frame burgeoning collections of art, wine and furniture, support entertaining and promote the pleasures of individual achievement.

The vision, then, is clear: a beautiful yet completely livable setting that is a constant reminder of just how great accomplishment can be. It’s precisely this discernment that draws one to 12002 Benmore Terrace. Nestled behind lush hedges and secure gates, the home’s wood exterior and clean modern lines immediately make it a star among its neighbors.

 

Its balanced beauty is welcoming, and its low profile perfectly proportioned to the size of the lot. At once elegant and inviting, the home is the perfect illustration of a home built in the vernacular made famous by the likes of Rudolf Schindler, Charles and Ray Eames and John Lautner, and why Los Angeles was fertile ground for these architectural giants to flourish. A two-car garage and a driveway that can be entered from either side of the home is the first indication that this residence expresses evenness of beauty and function with élan.

 

The first glimpse of the interior is breathtaking, with its voluminous open floor plan and multi-levels including an uppermost bedroom level, a central main living area, an intimate area perfect for a piano or a drum set, a reading or hobby nook, and a sprawling lower level with generous pool that sparkles in the sunlight.

Sight lines that look out toward the sea, floating staircases, an abundance of natural light streaming through generous door and window openings, and double height rooms that support a dramatic light fixture magnify this impression. Taken as a whole, one senses understated luxury and livable elegance.

A closer inspection of the home confirms that idea. As on the exterior, the wood on the ceilings and built-ins telegraph intimacy and ease while in the kitchen, a large waterfall island with plenty of storage space, dark gray-green Italian cabinetry with soft close hinges, a book-matched Ceasarstone backsplash to the ceiling, and integrated Miele appliances (including its built-in coffee machine) make it sleek and functional.

In the breakfast area, wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows are spectacular and the view of treetops and canyons, along with outlooks of Catalina and the Pacific Ocean mesmerizes. Surrounded by greenery, with nearby homes deftly hidden from sight, an aura of complete and welcoming solitude infuses this space with a zen-like calm. Just behind the kitchen, perched just outside the entryway from the garage, a temperature-controlled wine cellar and tasting room offers space for over a dozen cases of wine.

 

But it’s the lush foliage and uncompromising view that’s always at the heart of this home. Upstairs in the master bedroom, a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows puts the kitchen’s vista at the foot of the bed, well positioned to greet one in the morning and lull one to sleep at night.

It’s there in the master bathroom, whose double vanities are framed in dramatic Italian marble, setting the stage for bathing in the freestanding spa tub or indulging a refreshing rinse in the glass-enclosed steam shower. Meanwhile, four additional en-suite bedrooms—one on the upper floor to commandeer as a home office with a bird’s-eye view overlooking the street and the driveway to note various comings and goings—ensure plenty of space for family and friends alike

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But of course, it’s against this home’s spectacular entertaining areas that the magnificent backdrop performs its true magic. Inside it is the calm for an evening of cocktails in the living room or the coaxing one needs for a cozy evening in the media room. Outside it is many areas, including the expansive terrace with a zero-edge pool, outdoor marble bar, dining area, and projector-enabled movie screening area that forms the home’s nucleus.

These exterior spaces, which also mean a sweeping rooftop that features an additional bar area, barbecue and outdoor screening area, and lower-level basketball court, settle an air of privacy and seclusion over any festivities. A state-of-the-art home automation system only underscores this peace of mind.

Whether hosting several hundred at a gracious gala, simultaneous parties (one on the downstairs terrace, the other on the roof deck), or enjoying the isolation that this well-designed house bestows, this impeccable address is a movie set for a life of romance and adventure. Perhaps that life is yours—exactly as envisioned.

 

PRESENTED BY

Ari Shram | 310.280.8854

DRE 01863613

of The Agency

List Price $8,995,000

Hermosa Beach Home Exemplifies Modernist Design

“It’s been fun putting the project together because it’s such a nice piece of architecture,” says tradesman and developer Kent McKeown. “This is the quality of a house you would see on the Strand or a walk street.” He’s talking about a new, view-packed Modernist home he erected along a hillside of 7th Street in Hermosa Beach, just east of Pacific Coast Highway. The home is the aesthetic partner to another home he’s built directly behind it on the double lot, with a separate entrance on 8th Street.

For the project McKeown, a South Bay native and shoring contractor (he owns KLM Engineering), enlisted home designer Daryl Olesinski, whose striking residences are increasingly popping up throughout the Beach Cities and Palos Verdes. Olesinski designed both homes in tandem with Martina Linden, his wife and partner at their design-build firm, O+ L Building Projects.

“We work together on everything,” Olesinski explains. “There isn’t a decision that’s made that I don’t bounce off her, and there’s not a decision she makes that’s not bounced off me.”

“It just had to be right,” says McKeown of the project. It’s the true tradesman’s reflex to execute every detail at the highest level, and his was strong on this undertaking. McKeown acted as general contractor and, in addition to O+ L, for interiors, he brought in West Hollywood’s Paul L’Esperance, whose work can be seen in a slew of high-profile commercial projects, from Greystone Mansion to the Egyptian Theatre, as well as a portfolio of showcase homes throughout the Beach Cities and Los Angeles. A nice touch to the home’s staging are works by local artists that have been curated by McKeown’s stepdaughter, Christine Harris, an art consultant affiliated with the South Bay Artists Collective.

The 7th Street home embodies a central O+ L design principle: To create a residence that naturally corresponds to its land. “We spend a great time on the site, just trying to really learn about it and what it wants . . . on it,” says Olesinski of his and Linder’s process. “To maximize what, where and why it is.” To that end, Olesinski explains, the home was designed to “have a conversation” with the view to the Southwest—a dreamy expanse that covers the perpetually blue-lit Pacific Ocean, along with the curves of Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The home’s uppermost level features everyday gathering spaces (kitchen, dining room and fireplaced living room), designed in an open floor plan. Lots of structural steel was utilized to frame the home, McKeown points out, supporting its high ceilings, large-scale windows and open spaces.

On the top floor, for instance, a wall opens, meshing the indoors with an ocean-air deck—an abundant space not formally figured into the home’s official square footage. Along with the home’s plentiful views, such an outdoor space makes the home live larger than its approximately 3,100 square feet, and host its four bedrooms, four bathrooms and three stories—linked together with an eye-catching horizontal rail system—with ease.

Speaking of views, one would be hard-pressed to find such scenery west of Pacific Coast Highway, McKeown notes. So special was the panorama, when L’Esperance designed the interiors, he took care to make sure it was not compromised. “We watched closely to not have a lot of hanging lights because of the view,” he says. A dining room chandelier was nixed as well.

Contemporary and sleek were design keywords for L’Esperance on this project. “We wanted to have a wow factor but also extremely clean,” he explains. In the kitchen, he utilized a light-hued grainy material, man-made and designed for longevity alongside good looks. “It will really stand the test of time,” offers L’Esperance. Setting the stage in the master bathroom is a mosaic of tile, a glossy Ann Sacks mosaic among them.

“It’s a real show-stopper,” he says of the room. “It’s more like a spa because you can walk in and out of this huge shower. It’s an open but private experience.” The master bathroom continues Olesinski’s dialogue with the view. Situated on the home’s southwest corner, a strategic placement of windows—most of them spanning floor to ceiling—let in a kaleidoscope of natural hues and skyscapes throughout the day and evening.

“We favor a very warm and welcoming Modernism,” says Olesinski of he and Linden’s overall aesthetic. It’s an approach this project displays to the max. On the exterior, crisp geometric shapes, such as a flat overhanging roof that gives the appearance of a concrete slab, are wrapped in glass and softened with earthy materials: in this case, exterior siding made of engineered cedar, preferred to keep the soft wood locked in place, and topped with an Enviro stain to protect the wood and enhance its tones.

Desert landscaping and a palm tree along the curbside are additional welcome notes, as is a wide staircase that leads to the front door. “It’s definitely something that you can be proud of,” says McKeown of the finished product.

Having worked for famed South Bay Modernist Pat Killen at his firm, Studio 9one2, for a few years earlier in his career, Olesinski is more than adept at putting together the elements to make a standout California beachside home, one that is striking while utterly livable, with this residence yet another example.

“We truly and firmly believe that a good building will improve peoples’ lives,” Olesinski says of his and Linden’s design mission. “Our goal is that when we finish a building, the owners can’t possibly fathom living anywhere else.”

 

PRESENTED BY

Brett Zebrowski

310.678.7158

DRE 01313739

Palm Realty Boutique

List Price $2,800,000

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON

A Home That Hits Every High Note

Montana Avenue is justifiably thought one of the most enticing commercial streets in Santa Monica—and indeed, in the city of Los Angeles. Stretching from Brentwood toward the beach, just behind the Brentwood Country Club, it offers a pleasing mix of coffee shops and fast-casual eateries, banks and pharmacies, clothing stores and yoga spots, beauty salons and more.

For this, Montana Avenue is recognized as offering a small-town feel in the big city. Little wonder, then, that the homes within walking distance of this street are high on the list of the most coveted in Los Angeles. If the realtor’s mantra is location, location, location, then the home at 734 18th Street is already a dream, one designed by Ken Ungar, who is listed on Luxe Magazine’s 2019 Gold List, recently designed a home for actress Jennifer Garner and is well-versed in the art of creating luxury residences. Solar-powered, a bonus in increasingly energy-conscious California, the home is surrounded by mature trees and located on the sunny, west side of the street, with a wide apron that welcomes four cars (two inside, two outside).

Even before stepping through the large glass front door one is intrigued—a curiosity that the interior more than satisfies. White oak plank floors highlight the easy flow of the floor plan, from the front door to the back of the house. High ceilings, skylights and plenty of windows flood the interior with natural light. Fleetwood doors fully open the family room to the exterior, seamlessly merging indoors and out, in celebration of a lifestyle that makes Southern California the envy of the world. Yet despite its decidedly modern architecture, the home has the scale and intimacy more characteristic of a traditional home.

Perhaps it is the wood accents carried over from the exterior. From the walnut accent wall in the family room, to the custom-crafted dark wood cabinetry in the large gourmet kitchen, to the wall inset with a temperature-controlled Sub-Zero wine fridge that deftly divides the kitchen from the dining room, these features suffuse the home with immediate warmth. The dividing wall also serves another purpose: to bestow a home’s oft-overlooked ability to conform to the many needs of a modern family’s busy and successful life.

Most days will likely center around the rear of the house: children can commandeer the backyard (there’s plans and renderings—and plenty of room—for a pool just outside the kitchen’s generous windows) while their parents relax in the family room. As meal time nears, the children could drift inside, watching television or playing video games while dinner is prepared in a kitchen whose elegance is elevated by a pair of Tom Dixon light fixtures hanging over countertops made from white matte Dekton, a durable porcelain material usually used outdoors that resists staining and chipping. A coordinating, book-matched backsplash, top-of-the-line Miele appliances, including a convection oven and built-in coffee station, and a large butler’s pantry make even the simplest tasks a pleasure.

Casual meals can take place around the table in the breakfast nook or at the spacious island. On warmer evenings, the backyard is a particularly pleasing option: with a covered living space and kitchen with a 48-inch DCS barbecue, a rotisserie and a substantial island designate this space as the home’s outdoor entertaining area. For more formal occasions—a business dinner or cocktail party—the proper living room pairs with the dining room to offer the perfect setting while the mess of food preparation—or the balletic movements of a private chef—are hidden away. An additional wine display and storage tucked under the nearby stairs capture the remainder of one’s wine collection behind glass, ensuring that when dinner demands another bottle be opened, the conversation will continue without interruption.

While the staircase that ascends to the second floor suggests a floating design, its glass railing provides the safety that parents with younger children will appreciate. In addition to the four en-suite bedrooms upstairs, a den that orchestrates the three junior rooms into a unified whole, offering the children their own living area that can morph from playroom to homework area and hangout spot as they mature.

With its building plans approved prior to the change in the ordinance that reduced the ratio of home size to lot size by 20 percent, these rooms are generous with well-appointed bathrooms, walk-in closets and floor-to-ceiling windows. A window seat in one room, a balcony in another, a private hallway leading to a third—each space has a unique character sure to suit that of each occupant.

The master suite, overlooking the backyard, is certainly deserving of the term. Sparkling Tom Dixon fixtures that hang on either side of the bed are jewelry to the sumptuous trio of spaces—the bedroom, bathroom, and balcony—that make up a luxurious retreat designed for rejuvenation, relaxation and the reconnection for a couple’s harmonious existence. Functionally, two custom closets, with plenty of storage, two toilet rooms, two sinks and a well-lit makeup area, provide copious space to accommodate the chaos of busy early mornings.

The home is “…just the right blend of hard and soft,” concludes real estate agent John Hathorn, “with thoughtful attention to details that give it a layer of luxury that you can sense. And then there’s the scale and the walkability. I could go on. It’s just a really livable, wonderful home.”

 

PRESENTED BY

John Hathorn | 310.924.4014
DRE 00960182 | Pence Hathorn Silver | Compass
73418th.com

List Price $6,895,000

A Jewel-Like Retreat From A Bustling World

It was Le Corbusier who said: “Light creates ambiance and feel of a place, as well as the expression of structure.” Set along a coveted Manhattan Beach walk street, a minute’s walk to the ocean and under 10 minutes from downtown, this inviting Modernist home—a bounty of cheerful living spaces spread among two structures—is a well-executed example of this idea.

A standout feature of the property is a majestic rooftop deck spanning nearly 1,000 square feet. “I can’t remember when I’ve seen a rooftop deck this large,” says real estate agent John Corrales, whose firm specializes in Beach Cities coastal properties.

The home’s introduction is an inviting one: an impeccable front yard with a tidy green lawn and desert landscaping. This, along with rustic wood planters and a lounge area provide earthy contrast to the home’s angular, largely glass front exterior. Designed to maximize the exterior environment from the inside, the ground floor conjoins with the outdoors via a sliding glass wall, turning the place into an ideal spot to while away an afternoon or host a neighborhood party.

Indoors, the home’s sunny, clean lines are ornamented with high-end finishes. Floors throughout are French white oak hardwood, adding texture to unfussy white rooms. Baseboard and molding are used sparingly and with purpose, mainly to delineate distinct living areas in an otherwise open floor plan. Hard to miss on the first floor is the staircase, a sculptural centerpiece made of chunky wood steps and subtly tinted glass railings, held in place with a single white beam support.

Special care has been taken in the kitchen, which features a waterfall-design island made of Quartzforms (a non-toxic quartz material lauded for its resiliency). The island’s veined design—which includes black, gray and white tones—visually brings together the room’s glossy white cabinetry, oversized Ann Sacks backsplash tile and an 8-burner Miele range outfitted in stainless steel and black. Neatly tucked behind custom cabinetry, giving the kitchen a sleek, gallery-like look, are appliances such as a built-in Thermador refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and U-Line wine cooler.

Per the homeowner, both outdoor space and capitalizing on the beachside environment were central to the design of the property. A large skylight in the midst of the home brings in additional natural light, and a fresh-air courtyard at the rear of the home, adjacent to the living room and kitchen, is a unique touch that allows one to reach the secondary structure with ease, a place that houses the garage as well as sun-filled guest quarters.

To have a separate space for guests—complete with a balcony and a living room—is an unexpected luxury one might expect in a larger home. However, Corrales says, “There are people who don’t want a 4,500-square-foot home. A lot of times we get people who walk into our office and say, ‘We don’t want one of those mansions. We just want a beach home, but it would be nice to have guest quarters, too.’”

With four bedrooms and four bathrooms in total, the home’s thoughtful design spans 2,709 square feet, yet feels more spacious due to the scale of rooms and a near-constant connection to the outdoors. The second floor is home to the master suite—an uplifting space decked with awning windows and ocean views—that includes a gleaming white bathroom and a walk-in closet. Nearby is an additional bedroom, as well as a spacious family room with enough room to double as a play space for kids or a quiet study.

The home’s abundance of blue-sky views and ocean air is attributed to the skillful floor plan and the placement of windows, both of which make the most of the home’s great location. “Finding a home on the 100 block that’s on the north side, and south facing, is so difficult,” points out Corrales. Inventory is rare, and the allure has much to do with the area’s proximity to the ocean, optimum Pacific views and natural light. “You could take out all of the lights in the home,” notes Corrales, “and live in the sunlight and moonlight.”

Stepping onto the rooftop deck, one enters a jewel-like retreat from a bustling world. A place with 180-degree ocean views and possibilities galore, from watching the sunset and gazing at stars to enjoying nightly dinners and hosting bashes for over a hundred year-round.

“There are nine layers of protection on the deck—it’s bulletproof,” Corrales says of the construction, which features floors of glossy Brazilian ipe wood, chosen for its beauty and resiliency. Engineering includes heating, a kitchen and two different lighting systems to dial in the ambiance of one’s choosing.

There is a well-designed collection of distinct spaces, from a shaded sitting area and a fire-pit lounge to a bar area and a kitchen-side dining area. Not to miss is a bubbling spa tub, smartly equipped with an ozone system to purify and reduce maintenance.

“It’s almost like there are two living areas,” concludes Corrales. “Inside the house—and up on the deck.” It’s the success of this property’s design that, within a manageable footprint, the most desired beach house items have been incorporated: a light-filled floor plan promoting easy and elegant living; separate quarters for the comfort of guests; and perhaps best of all, a well-crafted sprawl atop the rooftop, expressed in sky and ocean, and designed solely for luxurious enjoyment.

PRESENTED BY

John Corrales 310.346.3332 DRE# 01263687
and  Lauren Forbes 310.901.8512 DRE# 01295248

Compass
12120th.com

List Price $7,985,000

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON

Picture-Perfect Moments In The Santa Monica Mountains

It’s true that Los Angeles County offers many beautiful homes within its vast expanse. But for the discerning buyer, the home with an ideal location and top-notch amenities is the ultimate luxury—and increasingly rare. More than just having opulent materials, the perfect home embodies beauty, flexibility, convenience and ease.

It must be within driving distance of work and the best that the city has to offer, from its multi-star restaurants and world-class museums to its beautiful beaches and wild hills. For frequent travelers, a swift commute to the airport is a necessity too.

It should work for entertaining on a grand scale yet not be overwhelming as a setting for daily life. Perks, such as a butler’s pantry, a pool and spa, a tennis court, housekeeper’s quarters, and parking for at least three cars, are a given; and, it must be private and secluded.

If security is a prime concern, a gated community joins the list of non-negotiables. Weighed against this list of criteria, the inventory of available properties dwindles to a small trickle. Throw in the desire for a stunning view and only a handful of homes remain. Of these, 1458 Bienveneda Avenue is a standout.

“We’ve been here for 25 years,” says the home’s current owner who has watched her children grow from toddlers into adulthood within its walls, “and I couldn’t have imagined any place more perfect.” Located in the desirable Ridgeview Country Estates in Pacific Palisades, just west and north of the new Palisades Village, the home is situated close to the top of a winding road whose every swooping turn renders the stress of daily living a distant memory.

Passing a row of tall cypress trees to the west and a vineyard on the right, the vista conjures up memories of the Italian countryside. Finally comes the exclusive gated community, one of a few in the area, including only 40 homes, each custom built, with an entryway to community staffed, round-the-clock guards.

With the criteria of location met, attention turns to the home itself. The three-story estate does not disappoint. Reminiscent of a Georgian manor, with its multiple columns and a white clapboard exterior punctuated by jet-black shutters, its classic proportions exude both beauty and majesty.

Lush landscaping and a curved driveway soften its grandeur, rendering it welcoming and gracious, qualities that are mirrored in the home’s well-designed interior. Here’s the background for the full spectrum of life’s events. From the casual and intimate to the formal and public, the residence morphs to host them all.

It begins with the generous entryway, underscored by the first floor’s 14-foot-high ceilings. The large foyer and hallway embrace the home’s formal rooms—a living room, spacious dining room, family room and bar—orchestrating them in a dance between unity and autonomy.

The built-in bar is the natural gathering place for get-togethers with close friends; for larger events, designate this space as a drink station, where hired bartenders shake up a bevy of cocktails starring fruit, including apples, oranges and grapefruits, plucked from the estate’s trees. Choose the dining room for a formal sit-down business dinner for a baker’s dozen; for a casual lunch, steer them to the patio’s built-in island.

Scatter large round tables across the back lawn for a charity event or a wedding; set it up with a bouncy house for a children’s birthday. The large kitchen, which corrals both a breakfast nook and a casual seating area, puts a chef and team within earshot of both indoor and outdoor guests, while its large windows offer discrete vantage points from which to monitor the backyard’s activities while a door here enables direct access.

A back staircase, a suite for live-in assistance and a laundry area aid in the smooth and discrete running of a busy household. An additional full-bath, with access to the backyard (the home’s alarm system can be programmed to restrict entry to only this area), enables guests a private place to change and shower.

Large glass-paned doors ensure an easy flow to the home’s expansive backyard. With its surfeit of country club-quality facilities, this is the spot that, taking full advantage of Southern California’s idyllic weather, is destined to become the centerpiece of everyday life.

There’s the plush built-in seating area around the fire pit; a pool sited to rival that of any five-star hotel; and an oversized tennis court that’s been vetted by the some of the state’s top players. (It’s been used as the home court for many of The Riviera Country Club’s most lauded coaches and a junior Maria Sharapova spent time training here.)

Fitted with basketball hoops, it can easily double as the location for weekly pick-up game, as well. With high hedges on two sides and the majestic backdrop of the Santa Monica mountain range as the dramatic scenery to the sprawling 2-acre lot, the treasured and yet often unobtainable gift of privacy is a given here.

 

From the solitude of morning laps in the pool to afternoon tennis lessons to late nights that end around the fire pit, enjoying bottles brought back from France (a cool room keeps them at their peak, though oenophiles can easily outfit it with a temperature-controlled system), the luxury of solitude underscores the peace and quiet that permeates this home. For indoor activities, look to the immense top floor.

In addition to 1,700-square-feet of storage, which might easily accommodate plenty of sports equipment and holiday decorations, the open plan space also can support a home theater, gaming area, playroom, or a home gym, with a staircase near the master encouraging frequent use.

Seek solitude on the home’s quiet second floor whose en-suite bedrooms enjoy that view described above from the quartet of private balconies that extend along the entire back of the house. Large closets, generous bathrooms and plenty of well-designed built-ins render each room a self-contained sanctuary.

This idea is magnified in the master suite. Waking to hilltop views with nary another home within sight, it’s not hard to imagine oneself in some faraway retreat. This is a Los Angeles few experience. They call it living the dream.

PRESENTED BY

Anthony Marguleas

Amalfi Estates

310.293.9280

List Price $9,125,000

Hybrid Manhattan Beach Home

Dressed in white siding and rough-cut stone, a beautifully executed example of new construction at 401 N. Dianthus Street in the Hill Section of Manhattan Beach boasts a stunning curb appeal that gives way to a perfect balance of New York loft meets modern farmhouse.

This magnificent home, built by Ken Johnson Development, designed with Paul L’Esperance, and Doug Leach Architecture, delivers a fresh twist on a gorgeous farmhouse style while steeping the aesthetic in luxury, offering something different to the marketplace.

Featuring incredible volumes, warm, hand-finished wood beams and quintessential shiplap, the 6,300-square-foot home introduces its interior with an impressive two-story, loft-like entry with an open wood staircase, atrium skylights and an iron chandelier that sets a relaxed yet upscale tone. Crisp white walls donned with shiplap accents and black iron windows throughout is pure and uplifting design.

Warm wood beams, bleached wood floors, and refreshing Robin egg blue accents soften the shifts in the palette. “We love the freshness of the Robin egg color kitchen tile backsplash, paired with coastal colored cabinets and hand-made mosaic tile floors in the powder rooms that anchor the design,” explains Paul L’Esperance of L’Esperance Design.

This lovely contemporary mix is particularly apparent in the six-bedroom (or five-bedroom plus a study), five-bathroom, two powder room home where vaulted ceilings drip with bespoke lighting and an abundance of natural light beam into its generous spaces. Pretty combinations of metals and finishes add to the custom feel.

Grand in scale and incredibly sophisticated, the residence has an extraordinary master suite with a swoon-worthy, marble-swathed bathroom featuring lofty ceilings and a sexy, meet-me-in-the-middle oversized shower for two, as well as a decadent his-and-her closet with custom, glass-topped built-ins like one’s private boutique. “The spacious master suite with garden balcony, spa hotel bath and walk-in closet with makeup counter,” L’Esperance shares excitedly, “let you experience five-star treatment at home.”

One experiences this treatment throughout the home, in fact. The entry level includes a generous guest bedroom or deluxe office/study with black French doors opening onto a patio with a lovely garden, plus a private bath with mosaic-tiled floors in a happy custom pattern. Meanwhile, the generous dining room’s ultra-high ceilings foster a perfect dinner-party setting that is close enough to—but completely separate from—the kitchen for convenience and seclusion.

The great room is a focal point: a spacious, sparkling space that is light, bright and opens to the kitchen area and breakfast nook. Beamed ceilings, iron windows and custom built-ins trim the fireplace and the tiniest slices of marble designed in a chevron pattern are outstanding. The free-flowing open space that spills onto a blossoming and beautifully landscaped backyard is accessed via glass pocket doors for coveted indoor/outdoor space.

Adjacent to the great room is the spacious breakfast nook overlooking the backyard and gourmet kitchen with a massive slab island of marble atop blue cabinets. Every necessity a chef requires, from a Sub-Zero refrigerator, dual dishwashers, Wolf Range and cooktop, to a convenient walk-in pantry, all amid a pleasant backdrop of candied brick tiles in Robin egg blue.

It beckons plucking a rare bottle of wine from the Sub-Zero wine tower before heading outside to cozy up by the outdoor fireplace. Trimmed with vegetation and neighboring mature trees, the pool-ready backyard is private and comfy.

Upstairs, along with the aforementioned master suite, is the balance of the bedrooms and an open study nook for kids or possibly an alcove for yoga. “The first floor rooms open to beautiful garden porches while the upstairs bedrooms have twinkling city lights,” shares L’Esperance. There are even views [spanning] from downtown to the Westside with the Santa Monica Mountains sparkling in the background.

Meanwhile, balconies and window seats make it easy to take in these lovely vistas day or night. Refreshingly, the jack-and-jill bathroom connecting the two front bedrooms feature barn door-style glass shower doors—a reminder that, throughout all of the bathrooms and powder rooms, are individually designed mosaic tiles and custom fixtures.

Beyond aesthetics is the home’s sophistication, including the dedicated home theater tucked behind sliding barn doors, high-end speakers throughout, whole house water purifying system, and tankless water heaters. Reaching the basement to catch a movie, meanwhile, is easy via a full-sized residential elevator.

Here, a stunning full-size wet bar with dramatic cut-glass mosaic backsplash sets the stage for a great entertaining space. Just across, the huge game room can also accommodate dining, seating, and gaming. Also included on this floor are the guest en-suite bedroom and a powder room.

Perched atop the beloved Manhattan Beach Hill Section, this striking estate has it all, including close proximity to sand-and-sea, the amenities of downtown Manhattan Beach and Robinson Elementary School, MBMS, and Mira Costa High School. How fitting for a home that is ideal for a growing family and clearly the class of its field.

 

PRESENTED BY

John Chuka 310.990.1110

and Kerry Dawson 310.753.5537

NW Real Estate Brokers

401NDianthus.com

List Price
$7,099,000

PHOTOGRAPH: (THEATER TOP LEFT) COURTESY OF DANA THOMPSON

A Home with Desirability And Charm

One measure of a neighborhood’s desirability and charm is its walkability, a rare commodity in Los Angeles. Walking opens up a myriad of opportunities to enjoy the pleasures of serendipitous encounters and unplanned discoveries.

In this regard, 1101 Kagawa Street is a star, with a myriad of destinations from Pacific Palisades Park and the library, the weekly farmers’ market, and elementary and high schools to grocery stores and many favorite dining spots, all just a few blocks away. So too is Caruso’s new Palisades Village development.

The LEED Gold certified, ground-up business district crowns the location with a movie theater and an impeccable selection of shops. Talk about an embarrassment of riches—perhaps none more valuable than the opportunity to occupy the home at 1101 Kagawa Street.

An equal to its neighborhood both in form and function, the newly constructed house, an arresting edifice of stone and glass, is majestically poised on a corner lot. The imposing ipe wood front door introduces the interior. First is the astonishing main floor of extraordinary proportions. French white oak wood floors complement high ceilings and soft cove lighting. A dining area, living room, breakfast area, built-in bar and chef’s kitchen are corralled into this breathtaking first impression.

Light pours through large glass windows that run along one side of the space and frame lush green plantings; making this area even more astounding, Fleetwood doors stretch across the home’s rear wall. Opened, they seamlessly merge this room with the backyard, where a grassy back lawn, sun deck, entertaining patio with a barbecue, and a pool and spa complete a perfect snapshot of the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that is the hallmark of Southern California living.

Luxurious and thoughtful details make the kitchen a delight for professional chefs and home cooks alike—a book-matched marble island, separate pantry, exquisite Blum hardware, and plethora of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances including a warming drawer, wall ovens, range, and built-in espresso machine.

Also on the main floor are two fireplaces with natural stone surrounds and a touchpad system that puts full control of the home’s lights, music and security features at one’s fingertips. Whether considering hosting a cocktail party for 200, a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner for extended family, an intimate dinner party, or a spirited 4th of July pool and barbecue party, this home is equipped to handle it with ease.

While everyday life doesn’t include hosting elaborate events, the future owner of this home should not be surprised at the increase in spontaneous invitations sure to arrive here—from friends who’ll find an excuse to drop by for coffee in the afternoon, play dates by the pool; and the boys’ night out that suddenly becomes a boys’ night in.

The lowest floor of the home, with its wine display, ventilated cigar room and plenty of space for a pool table and foosball table is ideal for the latter of these occasions. This floor also boasts a state-of-the-art home theater that makes watching Game of Thrones here a mesmerizing experience.

Once guests leave, albeit reluctantly, the home allows for the natural ebb and flow of solitary and group activities that make up the rhythm of family life—work and reading, gaming and watching television, food prep and meals—with everyone finding a favorite spot. Six en-suite bedrooms, meanwhile, grant everyone a private space of their own.

For the illusion of complete solitude, one need only disappear into the office. While it can, of course, be used as a private bedroom for out-of-town guests who demand the utmost in autonomy (a bedroom suite downstairs offers the same), this en-suite room’s location, just to the right of the front door, and overlooking the home’s sculptural central floating staircase, offers the perfect vantage point from which to monitor the household’s comings and goings.

One must look up to find one of the four-story home’s most jaw-dropping features: the roof. Accessed by an exterior spiral staircase or the elevator, it showcases a custom bar, fire pit, and hot tub. With its stunning panoramic ocean and mountain views, watching the sunset here could easily become a nightly ritual. Later, in the master suite, one can view discreet echoes this display.

This space’s well-designed layout, which includes a large balcony and spacious walk-in closet, offers a thoughtful surprise with its generous bathroom, separated from the bedroom by a two-sided fireplace. Sinking into the freestanding tub, plush with bubbles, it takes but a moment to realize that soaking in luxury takes many forms—from a stunning edifice to an equally captivating interior, to a luxuriant immersion of a more private variety. This is life. If only others knew how great it really was. It is a secret not long for the keeping.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON

 

PRESENTED BY

Anthony Marguleas

Amalfi Estates

310.293.9280

List Price $6,999,000

SoCal Dreaming At Terranea Villa

Poised along the coastline, overlooking a green golf course and with epic ocean views—it’s hard to imagine a Southern California vacation home more enticing. Add cuisine, a world-class spa and collection of pools within a short distance by foot, and Terranea’s Villas are unlike anything else in our midst.

“We’re the only oceanfront resort in Los Angeles County,” says Marika Kalogerakis, director of sales at Terranea Real Estate. “We call it a ‘getaway not far away’ because of its location. You’re about 20 or 30 minutes from LAX, and convenient to all of the amenities of L.A.—but when you’re here, it feels like a different world.”

Living in this different world, one so close to home, and spread out over 102 coastal acres, means that full-ownership of one of the 82 Villas and Casitas here is an exclusive treat. With the resort’s 10th anniversary in close sight (June), she says, “We’re down to two.” One is a resale unit by an owner—a rarity—and the other is the only available unit owned by the resort.

Particularly interesting about owning a Terranea Villa is the usage and financial implications, and that they are sold as privately-owned, fee simple condominiums. The creation of Terranea Resort and its vacation homes came with a pledge, per the California Coastal Commission, to keep public access intact.

This means that an owner’s stay at their Villa is capped at a maximum of 90 days per year. When an owner does not occupy a unit, it must be made available for rent to the general public. In other words, a Villa vacation home that can offset some of the costs when you’re nowhere in sight.

The aforementioned resale Villa (Unit 17-201) spans nearly 1,900 square feet and includes two bedrooms and a den, along with two and a half baths. It’s an upper level unit, and positioned on the “front row” of the resort’s neatly manicured nine-hole golf course. Views are nearly panoramic, stretching across the golf greens to the ocean, and including Catalina Island on a clear day.

Walking through the Villa’s sunny, elegant interior, one is treated to ample views of blue sky and sea from the many windows and viewing balcony in the unit. The floorplan, Kalogerakis points out, has been configured to take in the physical beauty of the landscape.

Evenings on the spacious main balcony, for instance, capture the stars and splendor of the peninsula, and are made more memorable when lounging on the daybed positioned in front of the fireplace.

As for the style of the Villa, Kalogerakis says: “It’sintended to evoke the grandeur of a Mediterranean estate.” In the great room—which spans a sunny island kitchen, plus dining area and fireplaced living room—there are vaulted ceilings, inlaid with heavy wooden beams.

The palette is a plush mix of creamy walls against rich-hued wood floors, with arched doors throughout. Liberally scaled, the Villa sleeps six comfortably and is a place of spacious rooms and charming hideaways, or what Kalogerakis calls “nooks.”

Sold fully furnished, and with a newly revamped interior, this Villa is a study in turnkey leisure. One arrives at the unit’s private, two-car garage, and among its conveniences are a fully appointed kitchen and daily housekeeping.

Everything is included,” confirms Kalogerakis. “You can literally show up with your suitcase, and everything else you need is taken care of.”

It’s an ideal scenario given that Villa owners are keen on being here to savor good times with friends and family—and such days are made even more glorious by having nearly all of the resort’s star-studded amenities within a five-minute stroll along the rolling, landscaped grounds.

Perks available to owners, notes Kalogerakis, include a full-fledged concierge service; preferred pricing on resort dining, shopping and spa treatments; and access to all of the resort’s amenities—even when one is not occupying their Villa. “If you live locally and want to come over for the day to go to the pool and have a meal, you’re able to do that,” she points out. “There’s a country club aspect to being an owner here, as well.”

Awarded an endless stream of awards since its 2009 opening (Condé Nast Traveler, for one, included the resort in its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards), one of the most rich rewards of Villa ownership: enjoying the luxurious property with those you care about.

The resort handles the property management making it “the easiest vacation home you could possibly own,” sums up Kalogerakis. And probably one of the most beautiful. It’s hard to imagine a more ideal escape: Spending days in one’s oceanview haven, then stepping out to hike along bluff top trails, explore the gardens and beehives, or dine in one of the resort’s seven restaurants.

Golf or seaside yoga is a short walk away and afterwards, a sports massage or saltwater bath awaits at the spa. It’s here that one can enjoy Terranea’s unique mix of award-winning comforts and the Peninsula’s natural bounty—without ever getting in a car, traveling on the freeway, or straying too far from one’s home or business.

“Our owners are our elevated VIPs,” says Kalogerakis. “They own the property with us, and we want to make sure they are well-taken care of and happy, and enjoy their time here.”

 

PRESENTED BY

Terranea Real Estate
310.265.2888
terranearealestate.com

List Price
$1,745,000

Open House
May 4 & 5
12pm to 3pm

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON

The Landmark Ennis House, Frank Lloyd Wrights Opus

That iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright eventually found work in Los Angeles feels a bit like prophecy—he remains one of the most colorful characters in architectural history. Opinionated and flamboyant, a swashbuckler, he was a personality perfect for these parts.

Practically, the West Coast promised the architect a shot at big-budget projects and reliable paydays, along with proximity to his son Lloyd Wright, who served as general contractor on his father’s now-famous series of textile-block houses in the L.A. area, including the beautifully restored Ennis House, which is back on the market, a big ticket and better than ever.

Listed for $23 million by Coldwell Banker and Hilton & Hyland and located in the Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A., Ennis House has long been a star in this town, having appeared in a slew of television and film projects throughout the years including Blade Runner, the sci-fi classic, an acute reminder of the home’s experimental nature, particularly when it was first built, in 1924, when concrete still was a mostly new material in residential construction.

Now nearly a century old, the landmark residence is still making headlines, most recently for the feverous, multimillion restoration efforts by its current owner Ron Burkle, which has taken the already high-profile home to yet another level of renown.

 

The last of Wright’s local textile-block homes built in Southern California, the Ennis House is his most extravagantly imagined here. The clients who commissioned the house, Charles and Mabel Ennis, proprietors of a men’s clothing store, are somewhat shadowy figures in the sense that not much is known about them.

They had some degree of affluence, but prior to their collaboration with Wright, the Ennises’ homes were largely sensible. One assumes, not unreasonably, that as the couple rose in the ranks socially, their ambition widened as well. In Wright, the Ennises had an architect to design a house to meet the moment, a place where they could entertain.

Wright’s vision for the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home, which is composed of roughly 27,000 blocks, each one hand-cast in a custom mold, is equal to its expansive view of Los Angeles.

The property also features a self-contained, one-bedroom guest house. Later, as part of a 1940 remodel, Frank Lloyd Wright designed the pool. The home’s living spaces are more intimate than its public spaces, which are quite grand, even a bit showy.

“The way it’s perched on the hill is on stage. There is definitely a theatrical component to the house,” says John Waters, AIA, LEED AP, preservations programs manager of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, pointing to such aspects as the architect’s beautiful glass mosaic fireplace, columned corridors, and custom art-glass windows.

“While it is not unusual for Wright to dramatically reveal once space after another, the visceral effect of movement through the house is particularly theatrical here,” Waters adds. “The various spaces create a stage-like feeling inside. The Storer and Freeman [Houses] are more intimate in scale and the way the spaces work. Ennis is theatrical.”

While it is certainly true that the Ennis House has the flavor of the Mayan Revival style, it is more accurately perceived less aesthetically and more about Wright’s attempt to create a useable system of building. “Because it’s conceptual, it took more than he anticipated,” says Waters of Wright’s experimentation with the system.

“But it wasn’t a willful attempt to spend a lot of the Ennises’ money, but about his curiosity to see if the system would work.” Still, the Ennis House is highly ornamented, as was Wright’s way. “He loved to get his T-square and triangle working,” Waters notes. “The patterns are not always directly related to the work at hand. His work can be extremely decorative, a lot more than people really think about it being.”

The Ennis House is a testament to Frank Lloyd Wright’s remarkable ability to see three-dimensionally, but also his affinity for California. He did return to the Midwest eventually, but presumably, he was attracted to the energy of a Los Angeles as well as its regional characteristics, like natural light, which played well into his ideas of organic architecture.

It also fit with Wright’s flair for presentation; he did, after all, dub the Hollyhock House his “California Romanza” and in a letter to the Ennises, he wrote, prophetically in fact: “You see, the final result is going to stand on that hill a hundred years or more. Long after we are all gone it will be pointed out as the Ennis House and pilgrimages will be made to it by lovers of the beautiful—from everywhere.”

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Presented by:
Ron de Salvo
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
310.777.6233

Branden and Rayni Williams
Williams & Williams Estates Group at Hilton & Hyland
310.691.5935

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARY E. NICHOLS

A Refreshed Pat Killen Home In Manhattan Beach

When a starkly geometric home appeared on 10th Street in Manhattan Beach in the mid-1990s, it was a bright, rare flash of Modernism in a town flush with tile-roof Mediterraneans and quaint beach bungalows. The home had been designed by none other than architect Pat Killen, one of a small group of local architects who were applying Modernist principles to beachside homes decades before others would follow suit—and with superb results. 

Since then, the home has remained a classic California Modernist beach structure, complete with a dramatic juxtaposition of angles and curves, plenty of glass and one of Killen’s trademark’s—a touch of eclecticism. Its eye-catching looks aside, the home’s design was rooted in pragmatism, for Killen always insisted on capturing the best views and light, and chose Modernism as the way to get the job done.

After several owners, in 2014 the home came into the possession of homeowners who knew great architecture, and saw that Killen’s design, after so many years, could do with a refresh. “I was respectful of Pat’s work,” says one of the homeowners, a client of real estate agent Beth Morrissey.

Morrissey reached out to Pat Killen, who recommended Daryl Olesinski, a former associate at his firm Studio 9one2. Olesinski, along with fellow designer Martina Linden (their firm is O+ L Building Projects), made changes that would smartly enhance the original home. “Having worked for Pat Killen for a few years,” says Olesinski, “I knew Pat very well, and respect his position in the architecture of the South Bay.”

“Clearly this house had a great pedigree and a strong sense of line and massing,” Olesinski explains. “With that said, the current owners wanted a bit more from the house, and wanted to use the building in a different manner than the original design allowed for.” Included among Olesinski and Linden’s work was the installation of pocket doors to further mesh indoors and out.

Modernizing the fireplace. A portion of the ceiling was raised so that it followed the curve of the roofline. The beige exterior was updated to a soft gray, and the yard was dramatically overhauled. More changes were made and in the end, says Morrissey, who witnessed the before and after, the house had morphed into an updated version of a classic work of beach architecture.

“Daryl wanted to keep the remodel aligned with Pat’s original vision,” says Tyler Krikorian, general contractor for the project, whose specialty is high-end custom homes. “I followed his lead with everything, and I feel it was executed very nicely.”

When one walks into the glass-front foyer, one enters a meditative and sunlit space that feels not unlike a gallery. The curving staircase, a Killen trademark, is a focus point.

Approaching the second floor, one is treated to sweeping ocean views—a panorama that’s uplifting at first sight. “I remember very intense days at work,” says the homeowner. “I would come home and sit on one of the terraces and disconnect. Look at the ocean and reflect on life. It’s an incredible place.”

Spanning five bedrooms and approximately 4,300 square feet, the home embodies a central Killen design principle: “The way we live, with our contemporary lifestyle, people want open spaces, and they want it all to flow together,” he said in a 2010 video.

“But yet, you don’t want it to seem like it’s just one big auditorium, so there has to be personality that’s developed in those different spaces.” The home’s revisions were built upon this theme. Floor-to-window sliding glass was added to the living room so it conjoins the Brazilian ipe deck.

The result is a flurry of fresh air and sunlight added to this central open level, which includes a peaceful reading room along with a newly revamped kitchen and a breakfast nook. The formal dining room, with fresh floors of Brazilian cherry, expands to include a fresh-air sitting deck. “They expanded the upstairs view so you have 180-degree views of the ocean,” notes Morrissey, “That’s really hard to find in Manhattan Beach.”

The home’s yard, previously overlooked, was overhauled to offer outdoor living spaces that are bright lights in the memories of the homeowners. “On summer days, it’s one of the most refreshing places,” says the homeowner of the hearty ipe deck, home to a bubbling spa and an outdoor kitchen with a sleek barbecue and wine cooler.

There is a cozy side yard as well, a private, manicured green space where lights twinkle in the trees. “There’s a timeless element of the home’s design,” says Morrissey of the residence, which she remembers Pat Killen speaking fondly of, and referring to as a favorite project. “With the updating done—it’s truly a stunning property.”

The views and the architectural pedigree are fine points of the home, Morrissey points out, along with the open floor plan. The walkability to both town and beach is another. Morrissey, who’s been in local real estate for 16 years and raised her family in Manhattan Beach, cites it as an increasingly attractive lifestyle bonus.

After all, with downtown less than 10 minutes by foot, and the sand seven blocks from the home, it’s easy to conjure up visions of sunset swims, or walking to town for dinner—then coming home to a place that was designed around the pleasures of its climate and location. “This home is a piece of history when it comes to architecture in our community,” she says. “It’s a great example of Pat Killen’s work.”

PRESENTED BY

Beth Morrissey,
RE/MAX Estate Properties

310.977.2475

List Price
$5,199,000

 

90210 Trophy Property

Numerous factors converge to make this European-style estate the crown jewel of the Beverly Hills Flats: Think an outstanding realization of concept and design, complete with awe-inspiring interiors, breathtaking grounds punctuated by olive trees, lavender and Old-World gardens, and unrivaled views of the Los Angeles Country Club and Century City amid a peaceful and private setting.

“This home is on arguably the best street in Beverly Hills and the Flats, and one of only eight homes on the L.A. Country Club golf course,” says Jon Grauman, who is co-listing the residence at 837 Greenway Drive with Mauricio Umansky, both of The Agency, for $33 million. “It also has the widest frontage of any home in the Beverly Hills Flats.”

Set behind gates on almost an acre of flat land that opens up to the 9th green of the golf course, the seven-bedroom abode features more than 10,000 square feet of contemporary, Erinn Valencich-designed living space on two levels, replete with mid-century-style touches, from suede and chrome doors to high-gloss, wood grain cabinetry.

Among the highlights: a marble foyer with a striking, sculptural staircase that leads to a light-filled living room with wide-plank hardwood flooring, fashionable LED-lit ceiling, fireplace, white marble bar, and steel-and-glass French doors that open to reveal a loggia and gardens boasting water and fire features.

Yet other refinements include a formal dining room with a glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled wine room; chef’s kitchen sporting a spacious marble island and Miele appliances; circular master retreat featuring dual marble baths and custom showroom closets; a billiards room with fireplace; plush theater; and auto gallery.

Finally is a guesthouse and lushly landscaped, made-to-entertain grounds featuring a floating, infinity-edge pool, spa, fire pit and cabana with outdoor kitchen. The end result? Eye-catching charisma and a sublime perspective on Southern California living in one of the country’s most prestigious ZIP codes.

 

PRESENTED BY

Jon Grauman and  Mauricio Umansky of The Agency

424.238.2484

List Price
$33 million

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF THE AGENCY

Hotel-Like Estate By The Sea

World-famous architect Tony Ashai has a distinct design philosophy, one that is steadfast to all things classic and timeless. That is to build a client’s dream home tailored to their individual lifestyle, and in a way that never goes out of style. For the property at 67 Paseo Del La Luz, Aisha—working with general contractor Josh Herbst, who is well-known for building premium homes in Beverly Hills—applied his classical stance and commitment to visual balance to create this elegant retreat reminiscent of a luxury seaside European villa.

Commanding views from a secluded neighborhood in Rancho Palos Verdes, this particular home is one of the newest properties built in the Oceanfront Estates community. Here, gorgeous private estates are surrounded by large manicured lawns with deep setbacks and wide streets. The slight gradation of land allows one to truly enjoy the cliffside locale and still enjoy 180-degree ocean vistas. With this neighborhood also near to some of the town’s hotspots like Terranea Resort and Trump International Golf Course, dining out or playing a round of golf is the norm.

The beautiful limestone colonnades at the entry create an almost piazza feel with cloistered ceilings along the hallways that are perfectly symmetrical, true to Ashia’s philosophy. Along with this visual balance, the grand, almost palatial, spaces feel surprisingly intimate and comforting. “The entrance to this home and its common areas feel like the lobby of a five- or six-star hotel in Europe,” describes Lily Liang, Realtor for Strand Hill Christie’s International Real Estate Group.

The attention to detail is unmatched, evident not only in the classic European wrought iron that wraps the dramatic and curved dual-sided staircase but in the individually carved marble stairs and floors that run throughout the common areas and hallways too. Hardwood floors, meanwhile, warm the bedrooms. “Those with a keen eye and understanding for architecture can see the value in the curved lines of the marble stairs and the authenticity of the colonnade pillars and fireplaces being hand-carved from French limestone,” adds Liang. Clearly, no expense was spared for the sake of quality and pure form.

Boasting just over 8,300 square feet, the tremendous volume of the space is highlighted by dramatic coffered ceilings that vary from room to room with clean lines so as to not feel overdone. Spaces seamlessly blend due to a flowing floor plan and creamy monochromatic color palette that yields a streamlined yet intricate aesthetic. One always finds delightful surprises in a home like this one: a regal study, custom wine cellar built directly into the dual staircase, and posh home theater, along with dedicated space for a gym or reading room.

All of these unique spaces are only steps away from outside access through a multitude of arched French doors leading to lovely grounds. The ultimate feature for the gourmet cook is the home’s second kitchen, sometimes known as a kosher kitchen, where a self-proclaimed chef can engage in the messier side of cooking, discreetly and out of the way of the main kitchen. Anchored by a huge slab of cream marble on the island and furniture-style cabinetry, this space also is appointed with a six-burner Wolf range, including griddle, indoor grill, and a professional grade ventilation system, tucked under a classic French-style hood.

Meanwhile, refined wooden panels mask doubled-sided Sub-Zero refrigerators, as well as dual dishwashers and other storage. This home was definitely built for a family or an owner who enjoys throwing a good party too; there’s a multitude of entertaining space, including two grand living rooms, one at the entry and the other downstairs with pool access, as well as a more intimate family room. Adjacent to the family room is a classic full-size wet bar with counter seating for enjoying a cognac after a dinner party in the formal dining room. Both upstairs and downstairs entertaining areas open up to gorgeous scenes from various balconies and patios.

The lavish master suite is one of the four bedrooms. Bordered by two balconies—west and southwest facing—one may enjoy vistas to Catalina right from bed. In the master and throughout the balance of the bedrooms, finely crafted built-ins with trim details create ample storage, as well. A swoon-worthy closet fit for a king and a massive master bath with a silver-tipped clawfoot tub complete the master suite. The balance of the bedroom-suites are very generous in size, each with a full bath and closets with built-ins. Each of the six baths, which include two powder rooms, one with a richly-done chrome sink, are individually designed with fresco-style tilework, furniture-like vanities and unique features.

A unique advantage to this home is that has two separate backyards. Perfect for families with small children, and completely gated, there is a large grassy lawn for playing sports or housing a pet on one side, and meticulous landscapes wrapping the lovely pool, with waterfall feature, and the spa on the other. Here, plenty of outdoor seating is available on the covered patio draped by colonnade-style pillars, as well as in the outdoor kitchen area with built-in barbecue grill. Sitting on just over a half-acre of land, the home’s exterior offers abundant grassy space for kids to run and play.

The property’s outdoor environment paints a transcendent classical picture via its dramatic colonnades, pillars of limestone, wrought iron-wrapped balconies, and smooth stone finish. Combined with its exquisite interior, this home translates to a life spent on permanent vacation in a seaside villa where stunning views and privacy abound—beautifully.

 

PRESENTED BY
Lily Liang
Strand Hill Properties
Christie’s International Real Estate

310.902.7799

List Price
$6,789,000

PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON

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