Newly built, this European-style villa designed by noted architect Hamid Gabbay not only is found in the prestigious Beverly Hills Flats, it is also equipped with almost every over-the-top amenity imaginable. Think lavish conveniences such as a commercial-grade elevator; gym with sauna and steam shower; sleek wine storage; a restaurant-sized bar with alabaster back-lit countertops; 12-seat movie theater; and large covered loggia that opens onto an inviting grassy lawn leading to a sparkling pool and spa, just to name a few.
“This is a home that buyers are looking for . . . brand-new construction with all the bells and whistles,” confirms Steve Frankel of Steve Frankel Luxury Estates Group, who is co-listing the residence with Linda May of Hilton & Hyland for $15.9 million. “Buyers are looking for homes they can move right into and that don’t need remodeling or rebuilding, and the majority of the homes in the Flats are older and in need of work.”
Nestled on a 12,532-square-foot parcel of land at 603 N. Bedford—within walking distance to a bounty of shops and restaurants—this contemporary, six-bedroom abode features 10,000-plus square feet of open, voluminous and light-filled living space on three levels. Expect dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, designer lighting, intricate crown molding and soaring ceilings throughout, along with retractable doors to provide a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.
Show-stopping is a grand two-story foyer with spiral staircase sporting ornate wrought-iron railings; main-floor office/study with built-in bookcases and a fireplace; formal dining room with herringbone flooring and a wine room; and an elegant living room with a martini bar and fireplace. The gourmet eat-in kitchen boasts high-end appliances, a large center island, and butler’s pantry, while the master suite is resplendent with a seating area with fireplace, dual closets and marble baths, and an expansive terrace overlooking the grounds.
“This home sets a new standard in Beverly Hills with its grand proportions and clean interior lines,” says Frankel. “It’s the unique and gorgeous property that today’s buyers are seeking.”
Steve Frankel of Steve Frankel Luxury Estates Group
and Linda May of Hilton & Hyland
Photographs courtesy of Simon Berlyn
There’s something magical about the ocean end of San Vicente. Perhaps it’s the road itself, thick with trees and a central meridian lush with landscaping. Maybe it’s the rows of beautiful homes, breathtaking and stately, or the smell and feel of the sea that cools the air even on the warmest days of a California summer. There are beautiful late-model cars, and joggers and bicyclists enjoying the outdoors, their dogs loping rhythmically behind.
There’s no need to ever leave this neighborhood with so much at your fingertips: Montana Avenue, with its award-winning shops and restaurants, is just a few streets away; the beach is but a short walk; Third Street Promenade offers movie theaters, and the Brentwood and Riviera Country Clubs beckon with their four-star amenities and carefully vetted clientele.
Not to mention that, with access to PCH and the 10, the rest of the city’s benefits are so easily accessible. This is Los Angeles as you always imagined it could be, with beauty in every moment.
That feeling is reinforced when you arrive at this magnificent home in Santa Monica. Nestled in a private cul-de-sac just north of San Vicente, the ideal location brings you to the first box on your list—check. Unlike the other side of the Boulevard, the streets are quiet, rarely traversed by foot traffic other than the people who live and work here. If safety, solitude and knowing your neighbors are priorities, 121 Esparta Way appears to be the answer.
The home extends its welcome even before you step inside. Manicured plantings and a balanced facade with a separate entryway for each car telegraph that this expertly crafted house has been constructed with a modern family in mind.
Reclaimed European white oak floors extend from just inside the entryway, one space on a long list of those with the refined finishes and impeccable details that characterize this home. High-coffered ceilings, wainscoting, chair railings, and black gold marble fireplaces emphasize the impression of quality. Here is a space made for gracious and magnanimous entertaining.
An imposing kitchen with natural black soapstone counters, two islands, a full pantry, two refrigerators and the best of Miele’s meticulously-made appliances arouse envy even before they’re put to work by a chef (and catering staff, hired for the evening to create and plate hors d’oeuvres for guests to sample), or a father, whipping up his legendary pancakes, piled high with whipped cream and berries, as children and friends wait at one of the counters or around the breakfast table.
But, while it’s said that everyone always ends up in the kitchen, when it comes to this home, other features are equally alluring. Certainly, given so much voluminous square footage—a lot of approximately 12,000 square feet, the home more than 8,400 square feet over three spacious levels—parents and children can play host simultaneously and separately.
Whether for informal or large-scale occasions, this home offers plenty of options for year-round entertaining. There’s the large open-plan family room, with folding doors that fully open it to the backyard and a generous limestone patio with room for a long dining table. Along with heaters, inset into the roof, and a barbecue, there’s the sunken marble fire pit that helps make this area a welcoming gathering spot on chilly evenings.
Warm up here after a dip in the pool and a long soak in the hot tub. Or, with a carefully curated Spotify playlist providing background music piped in via the residence’s entertainment system, it sets up the perfect finish to a long dinner shared with good friends.
The bar, game area, and den on the lower level are another draw. After a pool tournament and a few specialty cocktails, garnished with fresh fruit found at the nearby Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, invite colleagues to stay for a screening.
The tiered and insulated theater room is a comfortable spot for just such a moment. For more significant evenings, a formal dining room and living room provide the ultimate setting.
Of course, entertaining is but one of the pleasures of having a house that lives as beautifully as this one. The hospitality it extends to guests is only matched by the luxury that it brings to everyday activities.
This is a place that functions equally well for private times as it does for public occasions, with each of the six en-suite bedrooms, including one on the lower level, offering the ideal living quarters for a nanny or long-term visitor, guaranteeing the ultimate in rest and relaxation.
Certainly, the master bedroom is a complete retreat unto itself, with a cavernous closet, private office, and an exquisitely appointed bathroom with separate toilet rooms. It is tempting to spend entire weekends here, and with a lower-level home gym on the premises, that is entirely possible.
If you’re a lover of predawn circuit training, rest assured that with the gym’s Pavigym flooring, a specially designed rubber material that reduces noise and vibration, a vigorous workout session would not wake the family. A steam shower and cedar sauna would, however, make for a bracing start to a busy day.
Though it is hard to leave the house such as this one for the chaos of the outside world, remembering all you might have to come home to, helps. Pull out a bottle from the wine cellar, with its black smoke mirror backdrop and cedar shelving, and compose a toast to a life well-lived.
Drew Fenton, Bjorn Farrugia, and Alphonso Lascano, Hilton & Hyland and Charles Pence, Pence Hathorn Silver
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON
During WWII there were radar towers in the South Bay poised atop Tennyson Place in Hermosa Beach, and the reason had everything to do with the altitude. Rumored to be the highest point west of Pacific Coast Highway, this area remains an ideal spot for building one’s dream home.
There are oversized parcels of land, the draw of an exclusive beachside neighborhood and best of all, prime views—stretching across ocean and hillside.
“It’s a very unique spot because the lots are massive”
says real estate agent Rob Freedman, who is co-listing the property, “and it’s pretty sleepy back there. It’s a hidden gem.”
On a particularly lofty Tennyson lot, a custom home (more like a mini-compound) was erected a few years ago. The approximately 7,300-square-foot home spanning three levels was designed in dreamy partnership with its plethora of outdoor places, and the resulting atmosphere is one of private, fresh-air luxury. Step inside and, though you may still technically be in the South Bay, just a one-minute drive from Pacific Coast Highway, you’re guaranteed to feel somewhere far, far away.
The architect is Louie Tomaro, whose assembly of geometric angles, plentiful glass, and overhanging eaves are cleverly softened by an inviting palette of Spanish cedar, white stucco, and textured stone. Indoors, sunlight and stirring views are everywhere.
“When you get panoramic first-floor views, and panoramic second-floor views, that’s very unusual,” points out co-listing agent Bryn Stroyke. It’s not by accident but by meticulous planning that palm trees, blue skies, and ocean vistas follow you through home and yard. “The way the home is situated on the site takes full advantage of the lot,” explains Freedman, whose real estate acumen is supplemented with a Cornell architecture degree. “It’s got about a good a view that you can get in Hermosa Beach.”
The home opens onto the formal living room, a floating space with walls of glass on three sides, revealing grand vistas. “The living room became the perfect space to utilize the cantilever which welcomes you as you enter in the front door,” says architect Tomaro.
“Entering the living room gives the sense as if you are floating over the ocean in the view beyond.” From the exterior, it’s one of the home’s most captivating features—a glassy cube seemingly held up by air. “The floating, cantilevered look softens things,” says the home’s builder, Dan Bronner of Dolphin Construction. “It really lightens up a big structure.”
The main floor of the home’s interior hosts a myriad of clean-cut and spacious gathering spaces, nearly all of them designed to grant instant access to the outdoors via endless glass walls and doors that pocket neatly into the walls.
The openness of the home lends a flow to, and between, indoor and outdoor spaces. “The style of the Tennyson project is a coastal contemporary home that was driven by the family’s active lifestyle,” explains Tomaro. “The clean lines and floor-to-ceiling glass create a modern feel that allowed us to fully capitalize on the stunning views this sight had to offer,” he adds.
The kitchen, for instance, a gleaming place of wood, steel, and stone, adjoins not only the outdoors but also a spacious family room and a sitting nook—a pure white space that connects dramatically to the back yard via glass walls.
“The sliding doors that pocket into the wall allows you to join the front and back of the house together,” notes Bronner. “It’s a wonderful place to have an entertaining evening, and have it flow seamlessly from the back yard, through the house, and into the front yard.”
Speaking of the outdoors, the size of the lot affords plenty of al fresco areas; each varies but all look and feel like the leisured grounds of a world-class resort. “There are multiple entertainment areas,” Tomaro describes, “with the pool and yard providing a focal point for the public and private spaces to wrap around, creating a constant indoor-outdoor relationship.”
Due to the amount of space, says Stroyke, “There are no hard decisions. You’re able to accommodate everything. The back yard features an elegant swimming pool and spa adjacent to a covered cabana that’s ideal for warm-weather lounging.
Steps away is a tidy sports court, and at the southwest corner of the grassy front yard, a spacious hot tub with a dramatic fire feature. “You can sit with quite a few people, have a glass of wine and overlook Catalina Island with fantastic views,” says Freedman.
Back inside, the top floor features four of the home’s five bedrooms, including a mellow master suite with a custom mahogany beam-work ceiling, inlaid fireplace and fresh-air sitting balcony that faces the ocean square on—one of the home’s many spots to ponder the brilliant colors at sunset.
An equally prime place is the master bath suite, a luxurious space decked in wood and natural stone, with plentiful ocean views, even from the soaking tub and the generous walk-in shower.
Not to miss on this floor is a grand deck, over 1,000 feet in size, adjoining a spacious gym and dance rehearsal studio. Cleverly shaded to blunt the sun’s strongest rays, and capture a full panorama of ocean views, from north to south, this private space beckons as a lounge for everyday use, or as an ideal site for full-blown soirées.
Rounding out the home’s star-studded amenities is a lower level with a plush theater, chic wine cellar and kid-friendly recreation room. A seven-car garage, in addition to an exterior parking area, is a convenient touch for a home that’s bound to have guests.
“It’s a big, pavilion home that at once is perfect for a family, yet has this architectural verve about it that’s livable, yet uplifting,” says Freedman. Indeed, this sculpted and elegant place, soaked in light and ocean vistas, and stocked with abundant outdoor spaces satisfies the most-sought-after trifecta in South Bay luxe house hunting.
There’s no need to make those not-uncommon compromises, such as swapping views for size, and foregoing pool dreams in order to save precious lawn space. As Stroyke simply sums it up: “With this property, you can have your cake and eat it too.”
Rob Freedman | 310.291.7779
of The Domo Group – RE/MAX Estate Properties
Bryn Stroyke | 310.880.3436
of Stroyke Properties
Certain elements characterize a great home in Los Angeles. First and foremost is the proximity to nature. Privacy is a marker too, and architecture that harmonizes with the environment another.
A midcentury modern-style home with a pool, low-slung profile, flat roof and large expanses of glass that blur the boundaries between indoors and out is ideal. Unfortunately, this elusive triptych is increasingly difficult to find within the city’s boundaries. But this combination of privacy, nature, and architecture finds an eloquent expression at 14400 Villa Woods Place.
First, the accessibility to nature here is a feature at the heart of the homes located in the Will Rogers State Park neighborhood—a fact that’s immediately clear when winding up Will Rogers State Park Road. The softly curving drive quickly erases the memory of busy Sunset Boulevard in favor of lush, rolling hills and cavorting wildlife: parades of waddling ducks, leaping deer, and clusters of curious rabbits are a common occurrence here.
The destination, one of the first houses built in this community with two bedroom wings that stretch out from a central living space, has been cited to embrace both the pool and the unbroken vista of the Park’s 168 acres.
A private gate in the property’s fence offers direct access to its numerous hiking paths and horse trails, breathtaking lookout points, elegant lawns, and polo fields, with additional trails that connect the home to Topanga and Temescal Canyon State Parks. There’s no need for a weekend place. With the countryside your backyard, escape is always within reach.
The home’s setting offers the twin attributes of solitude and privacy. While situated within a few minutes of the sophisticated dining, shopping and cultural pleasures of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, including the Getty Museum and Rick Caruso’s vibrant Palisades Village, and within moments of PCH, this hidden enclave is a world unto itself.
Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this area, which sees infrequent traffic, is unique in its ability to provide children with a protected space in which to ride bikes and skateboards (witness the skateboard ramp at the end of the block). Parents who remember the blissful anonymity of their childhood explorations will appreciate this rare gift; they’ll also enjoy the peace of mind afforded by the safety of their secluded enclave.
Last but certainly not least is the home itself. Building on the foundation of solid construction and beautiful craftsmanship that are the hallmarks of midcentury modern style, the single level home, ideally positioned on a generous lot, has been remodeled and updated, with an eye for both beauty and modern conveniences as its driving factors and a solar-heated pool and fire pit.
Expansive walls of glass flood the large central living room and book-lined dining area with light and overlook the pool, creating the perfect space for entertaining friends and family, whether for a casual weekend brunch with a few friends—with plenty of space for outdoor lounging, entertaining and dining, such a day will fly by—or an elegant cocktail soirée for a hundred or more guests. A fire pit is a natural place to gather.
Inside the home, wood-burning fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, and wood floors suffuse the interior with inviting warmth. The balanced proportions of these rooms, which also hooks the family room, bar, and 3/4 bath, as well as a spacious eat-in kitchen into the rhythm of daily life, allow each member of the family to find their own space while still enjoying the feeling of comfort that comes from visual contact.
This interconnectedness allows for the natural ebb and flow between privacy and togetherness. The beautifully landscaped grounds, flush with citrus trees that are plump with fruit, include a large rear yard complete with a soccer pitch lit for nighttime play, a zip line, and a tree house.
Five bedrooms—a pair with a shared bath on either wing, plus a master suite with generous French doors opening on to the pool—ensure a space for everyone to dream. Guests will especially enjoy the anonymity of coming and going at their leisure, content not to disturb the rest of the house when tiptoeing in after midnight or enjoying a late-night snack.
For those who work at home, an office designed with built-in storage is directly accessible from the carport. Its dual work stations discretely overlook the pool, allowing parents to catch up on work while keeping an eye on their children. When it’s time for a break, grab the dog and call the kids to join you on the half-mile trek up to Inspiration Point.
From here you can see from Santa Monica Bay all the way to downtown. If a home is all about location, you couldn’t have picked a more perfect spot. Top of the world, indeed.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON
The Sand Section west of Highland Avenue, south of Manhattan Beach Boulevard, presents an incomparable lifestyle opportunity for residents where one can bask in the sun beachside, yet on enough of a hill for more privacy and stupendous views.
Stretching 90 feet north to south along Highland, this property captures heart-stopping scenes from bookend balconies. To the north, one can see to Malibu and beyond, and, from the multiple south facing decks, enchanting vistas of Catalina and Palos Verdes. Couple beach proximity with walkability to village-like downtown Manhattan Beach and all it offers, and 235 4th Street just might have it all.
This brilliant modern home emanates warmth and character from the exterior forward, with vertical wood trimming and a mix of metal and glass details that accent clean lines. Entering the home through its dramatic foyer is as welcoming an experience as if arriving at a luxury resort featuring a soft palette of natural colors and textures.
A mix of concrete, wood, and bronze run steadily through the property yet there are elements of surprise in each space: tiles imitating wood, vertical stacked stone, live edge wood details, and metal counters posing as lacquered wood. Meanwhile, glints of light patterns from custom-designed fixtures, bottom-lit cabinetry, and back-lit mirrors foster an overall relaxing ambiance.
“I wanted everything to have an organic feel that is warm and welcoming,” explains Realtor and interior designer for the property, Cindy Shearin of The Shearin Group.
Well known in the South Bay, Shearin hand-selected each component in the residence. Echoing philosophies of Frank Lloyd Wright, she was steadfast in bringing the outdoors in via Fleetwood doors and calculating locations for glass, mirrors, and windows to reflect light, all while mixing metals, wood, and glass to create something radiant and fresh. Also throughout are wide plank French Oak floors and butterfly-cut walnut cabinets and doors that pop against the monochromatic pale walls and ceilings.
Likewise, are the use of beautifully executed built-ins throughout the home. Shearin feels strongly that a home should be designed with an abundance of storage but that those storage areas must complement, not overwhelm the spaces.
At the entrance of the home, a large flex space that Shearin calls “the beach room” spills out onto the front yard via glass Fleetwood doors. Here, party guests might mingle around the striking wet bar while warming up near the contemporary cement fireplace. Hosting a Super Bowl or Fourth of July party, or simply playing pool with family and friends in this space makes for endless indoor-outdoor fun.
Just under 4,000 square feet, the home features four spacious bedroom suites, two powder rooms, and multiple flex spaces. “We decided to stay with four bedrooms to make them generous in size instead of just cramming in a fifth bedroom,” explains Shearin. The large master suite is incredibly inviting; elongated and both charming and comfortable, the space includes an architectural feature wall that cleverly disguises a built-in changing or grooming area. Masculine touches, like leather drawer-pulls on floating built-ins play well flanked against the vertically stacked rough-cut stone fireplace.
Here and throughout the entire home, floating cabinets appear almost weightless. The luxurious master bath, with stingray textured floor tiles, beckons one to rejuvenate in the soaker tub or steam shower. Layers of texture and light give dimension to the minimalistic design details in the bathrooms, like back-lit mirrors and textured tiles with angulation.
“All of the components we used are top-of-the-line—Dornbracht, Watermark, and Waterstone fixtures and Kallista vanities,” explains Shearin. Contemporary components from the bronze or cement sinks to the painted metal cabinets all yield a subtle yet artistic feel.
A work of art in itself, the home’s dramatic, centrally located stairs float beautifully between its four floors with a massive pendant light commanding the space above. This amazing source of illumination was created by Milan-based Argentinian designer Franco Gomez-Paz. The bulbous, almost theatrical, design inspired the balance of the organically designed fixtures throughout the residence.
The top floor hosts the main living areas including the delightfully modern kitchen, which features bold espresso walnut cabinets accompanied by a mix of black and stainless Miele appliances. Meanwhile, a Cambria quartz kitchen island, featuring waterfall edging, is complemented by a walnut eat-in bar… an inspired layout.
Opposite the kitchen is a large dining area that will comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests. Also on this floor is a relaxed family room, with glass doors opening up to a large north facing balcony. Here, one can dine al fresco on the outdoor dining table with a meal grilled on the built-in barbecue. The dining area flows effortlessly into an oversized living room featuring a fireplace and floating walnut cabinet.
The sophisticated living room opens onto a tremendous balcony that overlooks one of the most desirable walk streets in Manhattan Beach. From this deck, one can enjoy gazing at the Pacific Ocean and much of Palos Verdes. This space includes an abundance of neutral-toned floating cabinets and a stacked marble fireplace, as well as the final stop for the residential elevator. The rooms are surrounded by black metal-framed Fleetwood windows that allow natural light to pour into the home.
The bottom floor possesses a nice flex space, perfect for a workout area or office, while just above, on the entry level, is a three-car garage with a modern metal-framed glass garage door. Discreetly tucked away here is the Lifesource Water Filtration system with descaler, a Beach Cities’ necessity.
Rare it is for a Sand Section home to claim a yard but the topography of this lot allows for a flat grassy front and side yard, supplying added space for kids, or a pet, to run and play. In addition, it results in a unique ground floor main entry and a large flat patio area that is perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing and enjoying the sunset. Top it all off with just what every beach house needs—an outdoor shower to rinse off after a surf—and this home truly has it all: grace, convenience, and stunning views.
CINDY SHEARIN, THE SHEARIN GROUP
OF STRAND HILL | CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE
PHOTOGRAPHS BY LINDA COTTER
This iconic home in Studio City, a brick and glass house, once home to acclaimed graphic and industrial designer Roger Kennedy, who designed it with Mid-century modern architect Bernard Zimmerman, FAIA, was built in 1970 on nearly a half-acre lot.
The unique, 2,000-square-foot property is situated in an area “known for its prominent residents active in the film and television industry since producer Mack Sennett developed the silent-film era studio today known as the CBS Studio Center on Ventura Boulevard, just off Laurel Canyon,” says Realtor Michael D. Phillips.
Westerns of the 1940s and 1950s, as well as television productions such as Leave It To Beaver, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gilligan’s Island and Big Brother were also filmed on-site.
In collaboration with his friend and architect Zimmerman, Kennedy chose to shape in this neighborhood—which has many restaurants, shops and nightspots—a house for himself and his wife, Lois, as well as his ideal design studio, all under one roof.
“The Kennedy Residence offers an outstanding example of something exceedingly rare in Los Angeles: a pure Modernist house executed in brick and glass, rather than the lighter post-and-beam structure typical here,” explains Phillips.
Possibly inspired by modernism movements in the United Kingdom and continental Europe (in the 1960s), and a few American architects such as Ulrich Franzen and Arthur Dekker, traditional brick construction is reinvented here with a sculptural aesthetic that opens up the masonry with floor-to-ceiling windows and leaves the material exposed inside.
Solid brick implies a degree of permanence and Kennedy himself once told veteran architectural Realtor Crosby Doe that he intended “the house to last 200 years.”
“With Zimmerman, Kennedy worked out a program that anticipated the loft living being pioneered by artists in New York City and Downtown Los Angeles at just about the same time, with a dynamic open plan for what he used as the residential quarters,” Phillips explains.
Sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley, soft north light and privacy characterize this house, where Kennedy’s old studio can be used as an office or a master suite.
“Even though this modern icon was something of a sensation when first constructed, and was featured on the cover of the Home Magazine insert of the Los Angeles Times, it is so secluded, it’s invisible in plain sight, yet offers light, air and city vistas,” says Doe.
Michael D. Phillips 310.927.9189
and Crosby Doe 310.275.2222
of Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.
List Price $1.595 million
PHOTOGRAPHS: CAMERON CAROTHERS
To truly understand an exclusive South Bay estate like 941 Via Nogales is to experience it. Mere photos do not sufficiently express the sheer grandness of its rooms, nor its abundance of heavenly views. A home like this must be felt; look out over the vast Pacific, the white water vistas of the entire Queen’s Necklace and over downtown Los Angeles, and one is swept away.
“Meticulous attention to detail, scale and volume, have created this timeless masterpiece,” explains Chris Adlam of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty.
The magnificent showpiece awaits a charmed individual to match its refined elegance and stateliness. While its incredible volume may at first glance make the home appear almost museum-like, once inside, it is welcoming and summons scenes of a life shared with friends, family, and colleagues. Beyond this harmonious feeling, the home inspires with insurmountable quality from design to construction.
Notably, the estate was conceived by developer Subir Chowdhury, a consultant, and author known as the “quality expert” according to the New York Times. He has written 15 books, many of which have saved Fortune 500 companies billions of dollars with his best business practices and philosophies.
Well, warranted are his honoraries, as the quality in the home expresses a perfect state of craftsmanship, architectural design, and spatial nature. Perched atop Palos Verdes Estates, along a lushly landscaped street of properties worth millions, this modern masterpiece is discreetly tucked into the hillside.
Protected by a lovely slate roof and trimmed with copper rain gutters and mahogany eaves, the home is expansive; at just over 7,100 square feet, there is tremendous scale and openness via a flowing layout.
One easily envisions the ultimate charity event held here. From the music room, where guests can sip cocktails to the sounds of a pianist, to the formal living room, where a party can move about the graceful sitting areas of the home, through to the gorgeous dining room with built-in buffets providing ample storage, to the family room, then on to the expansive balcony overlooking the Pacific.
Throughout the home are soaring, architecturally detailed ceilings dotted with skylights, with the centrally located, light-filled atrium creating a dramatic ambiance. The walls are swathed in black iron windows and glass doors while the entire back of the home on both levels are trimmed in massive Fleetwood glass doors that open up its entirety to gorgeous vistas.
Both feature tremendous balconies with awe-inspiring views of the ocean, neighboring trees and pretty landscapes. Upper and lower balconies alike have room for outdoor dining and living areas, and also include built-in barbecues, refrigerators and a cooking prep area.
On the lower balcony is the pristine infinity pool that appears to spill off into the sea. “The striking views across the infinity pool span up the coastline, and include city lights, as well as from Malibu and beyond,” says Adlam. A few steps down from the lower balcony one can cozy by the firepit on cool nights while children run and play on the grassy lawn further below.
On the top floor, the state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen is well planned and includes every convenience, from an oversized Thermador range with grill and griddle to refrigerated Sub-Zero drawers and multiple dishwashers. Uniquely, and conveniently for the tidy entertainer feeding hungry guests at the eat-in bar, the kitchen has an additional cleaning area and dishwasher at the adjacent marble-topped wet bar. Here, effortlessly beautiful statuary marble countertops are complemented by warm wood-grained cabinets throughout.
One descends the modern stairwell and arrives at an impressive foyer; this center space connects the downstairs bedrooms and common areas. Just across is the 500-plus bottle wine cellar that looks like a work of art (or a display in a Michael Mina restaurant), which is conveniently located near the eight-person home theater. There are four bedrooms on this level as well as the master suite.
The en-suite bedrooms all have clean lines, high ceilings, and iron casement windows. Each bath is individually designed with fresh tile patterns blending glass tiles, marble, concrete, and unique light fixtures. The serene master suite, meanwhile, includes one of the five sleek modern fireplaces in the home, with the one here designed in rough-cut limestone.
The space is comprised of a large comfortable living space with two sets of Fleetwood glass doors that open to the balcony, which is just steps to the hot tub and infinity pool. The master bath is rich in design with floor-to-ceiling, marble-framed vanities and floors, self-cleaning his-and-hers toilets, and a luxurious steam shower and jetted tub. Completing the master suite is a large closet with a plethora of built-ins for two.
Loaded with every au courant amenity one could possibly wish for, this smart home is controlled by a savant system by Crestron and includes a residential elevator as well as a three-car garage. Meticulously detailed, the surrounding landscapes, stone retainer walls and modern gates provide privacy while beautifully blending with flora and fauna.
“This exceptional home raises the bar on luxury,” concludes Adlam. “Words and photos do not do it justice… there’s simply nothing else like it.”
Chris Adlam of Vista Sotheby’s
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON
While the beachside homes of Malibu receive most of the attention, the oceanfront community offers a number of secret neighborhoods. Located on the north side of Pacific Coast Highway, these properties stun with breathtaking views, generous acreage, and unparalleled privacy.
While set sway from the prying eyes of paparazzi and casual day-trippers, discerning homeowners are quick to appreciate the balance of amenities here: accessibility to the area’s natural and man-made charms—boutiques and specialty shops, restaurants, beaches, hiking paths and winding horse trails, with a bonus of generous acreage and seclusion.
Malibu Park, bordered on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area and on the south by Zuma Beach, is one of those areas. Quiet roads swing by well-hidden homes. Here, the lively and sophisticated center of Malibu, let alone the chaos of Los Angeles, seems like a distant memory.
Turning onto Merritt Drive from Busch Drive, the verdant basin of land that underlines the mesmerizing vista of mountains and sky enhances this impression. Perhaps it’s the solid wall, tinted the faint yellow tone of a European summer, that runs along two sides of the property, but Southern California seems to vanish, replaced by the quiet countryside of Italy.
The gate opens, confirming this feeling. The one-story ocean-view home, washed in the same glow, is at once grand and welcoming, its almost 12,000-square-foot size only dwarfed by the splendor of the incomparable setting.
Composed of three generous parcels, the property totals close to seven acres. Veiled by distance and foliage, neighbors seem nonexistent. Impeccably landscaped, the grounds conjure up memories of Europe’s legendary formal gardens—The Villa Borghese, The Tuileries—with flower-lined pathways meandering throughout, past lemon and orange trees (one, conveniently situated just outside the home’s kitchen).
There are pomegranate bushes, laden with ruby red fruit, here too. Benches beneath decades-old shade trees are picturesque spots for reading or meditation. As the weather warms, the flower garden, planted with roses and agapanthus, vibrates with color, while a vegetable garden with raised wooden beds serves up an abundant array of vegetables and herbs.
Why leave the tranquil comforts of a lazy Sunday morning at home for the drive to the Malibu Country Mart and weekly farmers’ market when the produce here rivals anything you might find there?
The world, in fact, is happy to come to this doorstep—where it can be easily accommodated. The driveway holds up to a dozen cars; a subterranean garage has parking for a half-dozen more (with its double-gated entryway, it’s the perfect place to stash a burgeoning collection of vintage vehicles). Those arriving to play in a casual tennis tournament will find a full-size tennis court with a backboard for solo practice.
A covered pergola with stadium seating overlooking the playing field is the perfect place for guests to enjoy strawberries and cream, a nod to Wimbledon’s storied tradition. Of course, snacks here mark a serious upgrade: fruit harvested from the garden. Later, friends enjoy a dip in the pool and relaxing in the spa before dinner is served; others can express their energy on the bocce ball court.
Nano doors that fully open the dining room to the pool eventually beckon the party inside. A glass ceiling filters the light to cast a glow over the room, while flames in the fireplace ease the transition from day to night. With the dining room situated towards the park-like grounds, dinner here is buoyed by the incomparable serenity and peace of the surroundings. Later, there will be drinks in the grand setting of the formal living room, coddled by the warmth of good conversation and, as the evening’s ideal top-off, a movie in the home’s media room with its oversized motorized screen and plush furniture.
Entertaining, however gracious, is only one aspect of what a home must accomplish. It must also demonstrate an ability to support a family’s daily activities. To this end are generous bedrooms with walk-in closets that allow everyone a space of their own, guest rooms to host friends and family, an inspiring place in which to work and, in a house of this size, comfortable quarters for live-in assistance.
Exceeding expectations, this home also is poised to take advantage of Southern California’s pleasant weather: each bedroom opens to the outdoors, framing magnificent views. En-suite bedrooms feature generous soaking tubs, steam showers, and bidets.
Yet, unlike many homes of this size, which attempt to overcome their shortcomings with showy features, this residence has an air of informality that is ideally suited to a community where jeans and a t-shirt is the appropriate uniform for every occasion. Similarly, here luxury is in the details—fine materials and flawless craftsmanship.
Consider the marble in luscious, rare colors (rose, racing green) that elevate the home’s 10 bathrooms; the mother of pearl tile in a powder room; the custom Provencal-inspired kitchen; the library, with its hand-carved built-in bookshelves; and, the expansive master suite, where two bathrooms, two dressing rooms with cedar-lined closets and a gym create a private sanctuary.
Features, from the custom screen doors to the home security system, which commands everything from the light patterns to the music—is of the highest quality. There are even outdoor dog houses and a dog washing station for family pets. Truly, this home has it all—and then some. Let others come here. With all of this at one’s fingertips, why ever leave?
OF COLDWELL BANKER, MALIBU
LIST PRICE $18,000,000
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF SIMON BERLYN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON
If the apex of grandeur and Palos Verdes Peninsula ocean living were to be summed up by a single property, this could easily be the one. Set along the largest lot in the ritzy Oceanfront Estates community—a high-elevation, private swath of Rancho Palos Verdes where opulent homes are drenched in endless Pacific Ocean views—the estate is distinguished by lushly landscaped grounds and nearly 8,000 square feet of living space spread among two separate structures.
“This is a special community that is beautiful and conforming, as it was all built around the same time,” says real estate agent Ed Kaminsky of the location. “When this home was built it was the model home for the project, and many great details were added.”
The home’s introduction is a dramatic one: a sculpted walkway leading through a first structure, housing a three-car garage and elegant guest quarters (“Ideal for live-ins or longer term guests,” points out Kaminsky). From there, one reaches a sprawling Mediterranean courtyard of oversized tile and greenery, 5,000 square feet in all, that leads to the home’s grand entrance, flanked with hefty columns.
The home’s sunny interior is outfitted with the careful touches one would expect in such a classical structure. Floors in the main house are of glistening Brazilian walnut wood that has been hand-laid in an intricate herringbone pattern. The rare wood’s warm, chocolate tones provide a fresh, elegant contrast to the walls—white or pale in color and abundantly trimmed with wall and crown moulding—and ceilings, usually recessed and coffered, or studded with inlaid lighting.
The floor plan is a classic, rectangular one consisting of a central living area on each of the two floors, with a distinct wing at each end to neatly separate living areas. The west side of the main floor is home to an inviting white kitchen equipped with a gleaming eight-burner stove, three ovens, and a walk-in pantry. Walk across the cavernous central living space, filled with splendid ocean views and home to a bevy of polished gathering areas not unlike a luxury hotel lobby, and there’s an east wing that houses the master bedroom suite.
The 2,000-square-feet retreat also includes a fireplaced sitting lounge and opens onto a sun-soaked balcony—an epic spot to take in ocean views by the day, and ponder the stars at night. A gleaming master bathroom is a stately place with a generous soaking tub and glass-encased walk-in shower poised in its center.
An elevator cruise to the home’s lower level introduces a grand recreation area complete with a walk-in wine storage and a full bar carved in cherry wood—an ideal pick as its patina only gets more beautiful with time. It’s on this ground floor where nearly all of the home’s six bedrooms are housed, with most featuring floor-to-ceiling doors that connect the indoors to the home’s landscaped outdoor oasis.
A sweet touch on this floor is the children’s wing, a world unto its own with two bedrooms, plenty of access to grassy outdoor play areas and a central family room with built-in study areas. “The main living space of the home, including the master, enjoy ocean views,” points out Kaminsky. “Yet when you want to privately entertain friends and family you can escape to the yard and pool area—which is completely private and enjoys south and west-facing sun exposure.”
Throughout the home, the open and airy scale of the rooms aid in emphasizing its wholly classic atmosphere. It’s a luxurious place, yes, but there’s an effortless flow when it comes to everyday living due to the design; the home successfully melds with the outdoors via a network of oversized windows, balconies and floor-to-ceiling doors. At nearly every turn one is immersed in a collage of fair skies and sunshine set against ocean, pool and lush green landscaping.
“The lot is exceptionally wide for the area and allows the home to majestically sit across the lot,” notes Kaminsky. “It’s a corner lot which also provides much privacy.” Tall hedgerows at the borders of the estate further enhance its secluded, private feel. One imagines the endless fun-filled days and nights at such a place, where the grounds have been designed to be as thoroughly enjoyed as the home’s interior spaces.
Outdoor areas are also where the classical feel of the estate is particularly strong: There is a fresh-air grilling station and a fire-pit lounge area, along with a beautiful, palm-fringed pool—nicely sized at 65 feet—that’s linked to a big, bubbling spa.
“The benefits of the location are that it’s a 24-hour guarded community on the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes,” points out Kaminsky. When one wishes to step beyond the estate, he adds, there are beautiful vistas, walking trails and golf galore at the nearby Los Verdes Golf Course and Trump International Golf Club, both 10 minutes away. The nearest freeway, the 110, can be reached in about 20 minutes by car.
But it’s hard to imagine wanting to leave this place—a private, luxurious haven surrounded by so much unbridled California nature. It was the French architect Le Corbusier who thought of a house as “a machine for living.” Standing on the grassy lawn, looking over the estate’s endless balconies, blue skies, and classic architecture—one is struck by the grand feel of the place, and the superb machine it must be for those lucky enough to do their living in it. “When I stand in this home,” says Kaminsky, “I only think of two things: success and happiness.”
Ed Kaminsky of Kaminsky Real Estate Group
Photographs courtesy of Kaminsky Real Estate Group
Located on a bluff that puts the entirety of the coastline within view, from the Queen’s Necklace to Malibu to Catalina, Pacific Palisades deftly offers the best of Los Angeles living, with access to both outdoor pursuits and sophisticated culture. It takes only a few moments of navigating through the area’s bustling downtown to understand why it’s referred to as “The Village”—the small town feel here is palpable, a place where neighbors stop to say hello.
The addition of Rick Caruso’s latest mall experiment only polishes the sheen; fully integrated into the street life, it adds upscale shopping, eateries and a local multiplex to the scene. Three state parks with plenty of trails for hiking and riding weave through gently curving streets lined with large, impeccably manicured and maintained homes. On one of these, a short quiet cul-de-sac within the verdant shadow of Temescal Canyon, is the home at 1062 Maroney Lane.
Even before one steps inside this two-story, farmhouse-inspired home, its exterior exudes hospitality with 125-feet of frontage extending a visual welcome to friends and family alike, a boon in a house designed for entertaining. Underscoring the urbane aura is the home’s custom-created gates, which hint at the care and attention to detail that’s gone into constructing it—an impression the home’s interior instantly confirms.
Natural oak plank floors in a chevron motif tie together the design on the first floor, which centers on an astounding great room. Truly deserving of that moniker, the space stretches from one end of the long home nearly to the other side, running parallel to the landscaped backyard, glimpsed through large windows that flood the space with light. Beginning with a sunny breakfast room, the space extends through an elegant kitchen and a generous family room, each component a study in well-thought out design.
There’s the spacious kitchen with its generous 14-foot island, lit by three oversized pendants. Elegant workhorse appliances, including a 60-inch Wolf range, 36-inch refrigerator, 36-inch freezer and two dishwashers, facilitate every type of hosting, whether it be a hurried breakfast, leisurely weekend brunch, or elegant multi-course dinner. Tucked just out of the line of sight, the formal dining room includes temperature-controlled wine storage for an entertainer’s supply of 250 bottles.
Fleetwood doors slide with two-finger ease and fully open the family room to the outdoors, allowing for a natural flow from inside to out. Here’s the backdrop for an event that accommodates one’s entire contact list. Yet with its elegant black marble fireplace, it’s also a cozy spot for family movie night.
In fact, this balance—between public and private, formal and informal, intimate and grand—is at the heart of this home’s appeal. Its architect and interior designer tailored their respective work to the varied needs of the modern family for which it was conceived.
Take, for example, the upstairs landing that serves as the as they grow, a spot to do their homework; the backyard, which, along with being an astonishingly large expanse of flat land, surrounded by tall hedges and dotted with mature trees, coordinates a sleek in-ground pool and Jacuzzi with a tented and striped cabana, fire pit and full outdoor kitchen; and spacious en-suite bedrooms with walk-in closets (four upstairs and one on each of the other floors).
These spaces confirm the fact that no expense was spared in creating the ideal environment for conducting the dance of daily life in the 21st century.
Just beyond the family room, the formal living room, which also overlooks the backyard, might well be redesigned as a luxurious home office, its built-ins a natural place to display treasured belongings. Another room on this floor with an en-suite bathroom is one more home office option.
Overlooking the street, the space includes a private garden, which would make a gracious place from which to host a video conference or early-morning meeting. Used as a guest room, it also extends autonomy to overnight company, a perk that can often engender the successful outcome of a long-term visit.
The home’s form—from the ceilings (coffered in the downstairs rooms, shiplap in the bedrooms) to the custom-milled wainscoting, custom-created vents, marble room thresholds, to the bespoke brass stair railings and deep treads—is one side of the overall appeal.
Note, too, this rare but welcome advantage: a master bedroom suite that includes not only two closets, but also two full bathrooms. Form’s equal is function, which includes a mobile phone-enabled RTI home automation system that controls music (there are 50 speakers throughout), lights, temperature and alarm. The downstairs screening room, meanwhile, is appointed with a 140-inch 4K projector and surround sound system—as powerful as it is beautiful.
Then there is the range of thoughtful details: in the bedroom an under-counter refrigerator and a balcony that elevates the master bedroom to the rival of any five-star hotel; the fully-equipped outdoor kitchen; sprawling lower level, which teams a game room with a bedroom suite and home theater; and, the master bathroom’s curvaceous soaking tub, positioned within earshot of the pool and the backyard.
Sometimes, while lying back in a warm bath plush with bubbles on a quiet afternoon and only the deep green of the treetops visible through the windows, one forgets about life spent in the midst of one of the largest cities in the world. Certainly in a home that feels like a vacation where livability and luxury go hand in hand. It’s called, rather appropriately, living the dream.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON
Anthony Marguleas Amalfi Estates
A coveted location, great design and timeless sensibility come together in a gorgeous, resort-style home near downtown Manhattan Beach—1215 Fisher Avenue, touting unobstructed views to rival the Strand and prime proximity. Just minutes from sand and sea, the luxurious dwelling is ideally situated; close to the many conveniences and attractions of downtown.
The home’s incredible location—a melding of ease and scenery—lends itself to the beach resort lifestyle amid a striking surround. Unimpeded ocean vistas are captured from this rare spot, which is on the hill and has 85 feet of the top floor facing west landscapes. Stealing time with the perfect sunset is the daily norm here, where it is a scenic feast for the eyes as far south as Miraleste and panning northward to the Santa Monica Mountains and beyond.
Realtors Kerry Dawson and John Chuka hand-selected everything from the neighborhood down to each luxury detail for a custom dream home. The residence is positioned in the beloved American Martyrs neighborhood, making walks to American Martyrs Church & School and Pacific Elementary School a breeze. Unique to a locale this close to downtown is its abundant peace and quiet.
Given the home’s aforementioned easy access to local hot spots, but without the noisy foot or car traffic of other downtown locations, it avails itself as a choice market opportunity, made more so by the Greenbelt; just outside this home’s door, it lends itself to leisurely walks with dogs or vigorous afternoon jogs.
A wealth of conveniences aside, it is a refreshing sensibility that best characterizes this 5,400-square-foot home. Trimmed with lush green grass and lovely landscapes, and featuring a façade that harmoniously blends contemporary stacked gray stone and nautically-inspired siding for a style all its own, the residence is a welcoming presence. Surrounded by windows and flanked by modern copper lighting, its oversize front door sets the tone for the brilliant mix of design elements inside.
With four bedrooms plus an office, the coastal-chic property merges an East Coast essence with a contemporary California twist: a delightful balance of Cape Cod shiplap siding walls displays sleek light fixtures and components from modern to mid-century in a variety of mixed metals while the curated collection of lighting ranges from modern Sputnik to Art Deco starbursts from brands like Arterior Home, Visual Comfort, and Ralph Lauren.
Muted crisp white walls, shiplap ceilings, and Neolith counters set the backdrop for a light, bright feeling throughout the home. These elements create a swoon-worthy space for any self-proclaimed chef. The tranquil master bath, meanwhile, offers its own charms. Namely Neolith counters and impressive steam shower made entirely of Neolith and highlighted by natural tones in the floating wood vanities.
Baths throughout the home feature a chic mix of tile by Ann Sacks. Another constant presence are white oak wide plank floors in a natural tone. And on every level, a multitude of windows and glass stacking doors invite heaps of natural light to pour into each space, creating a fresh atmosphere.
All is the product of a well-planned design. The reverse floor plan serves this four-story home well. With the aforementioned 85-foot stretch of dramatic ocean views, the top floor is the entertaining hub, which includes multiple living spaces indoors and out. An open living room with a modern fireplace, bar and spacious connecting balcony accessed through glass pocket doors opens up to create a huge indoor-outdoor space.
Adjacent, the relaxed dining area with a Sputnik-style chandelier floating above connects to the stunningly bright kitchen with gray glossy cabinets and Neolith counters, backsplash, and island. As the nucleus of the home where people naturally gather, the kitchen’s oversized 12-foot island bar avails ample seating to beckon guests, family, and friends to congregate. The kitchen includes a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator, custom paneled 48-inch Sub-Zero
refrigerator, two Bosch dishwashers, and a six-burner Wolf Range with griddle, steam oven and Wolf microwave. The range is topped with a pristine custom-designed stainless steel hood, and here and throughout the home are top-of-the-line plumbing fixtures from Dornbracht and Grohe.
“This home has many engaging spaces making it the perfect home for the host who likes entertaining families,” explains Chuka.
Nearby, a more intimate family room with a white brick fireplace and vaulted shiplap ceiling proves a great spot to kick one’s feet up and take in the sweeping southwest facing ocean vistas from the picture window or the attached patio—another oasis with a built-in Lynx barbecue and Infratec heat lamps that allow for outdoor enjoyment year-round.
Just below, on the third level, is the large master suite. Here are two separate oversize closets, and a sleek fireplace flanked with built-in cabinetry featuring plenty of storage. The large private balcony and aforementioned luxurious en-suite bath with steam shower culminate in nothing less than a haven for homeowners.
Also on this floor, the laundry room is as functional as it is pretty with retro Neolith quartz countertops and built-in cabinets. Completing this level are two additional bright bedroom suites with individualized design, one of which is the west facing guest bedroom that, like the master, claim fantastic deck with ocean views.
One also finds in 1215 Fisher Avenue a home that is big on flex spaces. Offers Dawson: “Families will love the added flex rooms that can be dedicated areas for teens to hang out with their friends.” The entry level of the home includes a spacious flex space with an outdoor patio and shower, making it a great game room or a home gym. A fourth bedroom and lovely bathroom with French encaustic tile, and the oversized three-car garage with an additional parking pad, share this level.
The bottom floor of the home hosts yet another area for entertaining. Along with an office (or potential bedroom) with custom built-ins there is a wine room with a glass and iron door for a chic display, and a large media room with full-size wet bar.
Conveniently, the wet-bar includes a Bosch dishwasher, Bosch Subzero combo fridge and freezer drawers with ice maker and Wolf microwave for making popcorn on movie nights.
Wide, substantial hallways and stairwells throughout the Fisher property offer an added feeling of volume, as does the state-of-the-art, four-stop elevator. The home, with Crestron, is prewired for all automated data, phone, camera, and auto shades systems. Finally, the HVAC system is three-zoned and the roof is solar-ready via an Infratec system.
Epitomizing the pinnacle of resort-style living, amenity-rich 1215 Fisher Avenue is an address to envy, a home where accessibility and indulgences converge, and the view is always amazing.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ADRIAN TIEMENS
KERRY DAWSON AND JOHN CHUKA
OF NW REAL ESTATE
The walk streets of Manhattan Beach are an idyllic wonder. Set along the Pacific Ocean, the area offers the Southern California ideal, between spending leisured days at the beach or exploring its charmed downtown, both within brief walking distance.
Also in this part of town is a colorful combination of luxe home styles—from Mediterranean and beach-bungalow traditional to sharply modern.
A new residence has just joined the mix. Set along the spacious 16th Street walk street, the three-story home by Silicon Bay Development is a glossy new neighbor, designed to make the most of the surrounding bounty of ocean, sunshine and good living.
Just over 4,000 square feet, the four-bedroom home has a plum location—about 500 feet from the sand and a five-minute walk to downtown—and abundant views. “The orientation of the lot allows for a really unique, southwest whitewater view of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa, including the pier,” says Silicon Bay founder Christian Salceda.
The home’s exterior is a sophisticated fusion of glass and Petersen brick—a distinctive material with a pale, horizontal orientation that adds earthy texture to the home’s clean-cut profile. “There’s not a single house in Manhattan Beach, and maybe one house in L.A., that’s ever used Petersen brick,” says Silicon Bay President Ryan Schlee.
Imported from Denmark, the coal-fired bricks are hearty in the face of intense weather conditions, making them a practical pick as well. Stucco and aluminum cladding complete the exterior, which was carefully designed for low-maintenance longevity. “Being by the beach, we opted for durable materials,” points out Salceda. “The house will look pristine in 10 years from now, even though it’s ocean adjacent.”
Consistent with Silicon Bay’s portfolio of sleek Westside and South Bay homes, this one has been decked with an elevator and full automation, from lighting and window shades to sound and security. All included to make the home a turnkey proposition, says Schlee: “You don’t have to buy all this extra stuff once you move into the house.”
The home’s striking exterior is equally matched by a standout interior—an elegant place studded with creative, high-tone details, where a vibrant backdrop of sea and sky is rarely out of sight. “As we started framing the house,” says Schlee, “we realized that not only does the house have a north view, but the view to the south, to Palos Verdes, was phenomenal.”
Plans were reworked to make the entire top floor—the centerpiece of the house—truly open; a space that spans an airy dining room, island kitchen, and fireplaced living room. A mammoth viewing window was built along the side of the home and a covered patio, with barbecue and bar area, was added to the southern end of the home to make the most of its unexpectedly excellent views.
“At any point on the third floor you can look south and see the view down the beach, all the way from Hermosa and Redondo Beach to Palos Verdes,” notes Schlee. “It’s a pretty unique view.” To further optimize views, the home is outfitted with oversized windows and full-height door sliders, along with fresh-air balconies and decks—adding about 650 square feet of additional living space to the home.
In the kitchen, the floor’s most central space, a palette of creamy, gold-vein natural stone mingles with white oak cabinetry and a gleaming Miele range. Overhead, a sculpted stretch of Western red cedar runs along the ceiling, all the way on through to the dining room, amplifying the home’s elegant warmth, particularly during sunset hours, and providing an appealing soft contrast to the French white oak flooring throughout this level, and on the level below.
“We always design our homes to be warm and inviting, and to blend in with the coastal feeling there is in Manhattan Beach,” says Schlee, whose background includes nearly a decade working with big-home builder Peter McCoy on mega-luxe residences in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air.
The middle level is home to three of the home’s four bedrooms, including a thoughtful master wing. An airy hallway and foyer separate the space, a dramatic sunlit bedroom with a brick-framed fireplace and a step-out balcony that overlooks the palm-tree walk street below.
The master bathroom is a richly lavish space, a retreat of glowing lights where the floor, counters and walls, decked in a softly veined natural stone, appear merged thanks to meticulous finish carpentry.
Beneath this floor, linked by a free-floating staircase with glass rails that helps shuttle natural sunlight throughout the home, is the ground level, home to a three-car garage, an additional bedroom and bathroom.
Also on this floor is an ideal entertaining spot: a spacious recreation room with a built-in Sub-Zero wine fridge and bar area that becomes grander by its seamless connection to the outdoors via a floor-to-ceiling glass slider. Opened to the outdoor lounge, the neatly landscaped space, with quick access to the rest of the home, is filled with possibilities for parties under the stars or daytime beach fiestas.
In creating such a sleekly high-level residence, the devil is in the details. With the home’s acres of smooth surfaces and open spaces, says Schlee, there’s no room for errors in craftsmanship. “You can’t hide imperfections in a modern home,” he notes.
When design is executed without error, like in this project—the house flows as it should. Indeed, from its front entrance to its majestic top floor, with its clean lines and attentive materials, the home succeeds in offering one a closer embrace with the glorious ocean views and sunlight that surround it, and does so from such a singularly luxurious perch.
LEE LEGRANDE, NW REAL ESTATE BROKERS
LIST PRICE $8,795,000
Silicon Bay Development
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON