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
In January 1945, Los Angeles publication Arts + Architecture announced the Case Study House program, with the goal to create and promote cutting-edge—and accessible—home design models in anticipation of returning American G.I.s, and with them, the need for good residential housing that could be produced on a mass scale.
The program summoned leading architects and designers of the day—Richard Neutra and Charles Eames among them—to let loose and experiment to their hearts’ delight. There were 36 Case Study plans published. Of them, twenty-something were built—two by California architect Pierre Koenig. Perhaps the most famous home of the program is his Case Study House No. 22, also known as Stahl House, which still stands, elegantly poised above Hollywood.
“The importance of these homes that are a part of the case study program have impacted the visual landscape of today’s aesthetic,” explains Aaron Kirman of Compass.
“They are built in thesis for Southern California architecture and firmly own their place in history.”Then there’s Case Study House No. 21. Also known as Bailey House, the careful Koenig design is a master study in steel and glass, completed in early 1959. At the time, Arts + Architecture lauded his efforts: “The design is beautifully articulated in steel and represents some of the cleanest and most immaculate thinking in the development of the small contemporary home.”
Nearly 60 years later, Koenig’s masterwork sits nestled on a quiet canyon street in the Hollywood Hills, returned to the real estate market in impeccable condition, and listed by Kirman. “Being able to represent homes like the Bailey House is the reason I originally got into real estate, and is something that I continue to cherish every day,” says Kirman.
He’s the right man for the job, having represented both buyer and seller when Case Study House No. 21 was previously sold, and in doing so, setting a Hollywood price record at $4,722 price per square foot. He has deep history with architecture, having represented such gems as Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Residence, Frank Gehry’s Schnabel House, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, among others.
“He’s been a player that has represented so much of Los Angeles’s rich architectural history,” says Andrew Butler, marketing director for Aaron Kirman Partners. “When these properties come to market, there aren’t a lot of sellers who don’t know him and his history of selling architecture.”
Koenig had originally designed the home for psychologist Walter Bailey and wife Mary, a hip, prosperous couple who commissioned the architect to design the home, made up of four rooms total: a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home features a starkly open design, made possible by steel framing.
Openness and steel were two Koenig calling cards that the architect innovated to create homes enabling their inhabitants to live in union with the hospitable Southern California climate while enjoying a thoroughly modern lifestyle—aims that are neatly satisfied in the home today, just as they were decades ago.
The roofline of Case Study House No. 21 is flat, with no overhanging eaves to shield against the sun. Instead, Koenig carefully positioned the home on a north-to-south orientation to make the most of the warm winter sun and reduce its excesses in the summertime.
Floor-to-ceiling glass cover the front and rear of the home to merge indoors and outdoors, while privacy is kept intact with white panels that shield the carport and remaining sides of the home. There are ample sliding doors in the home not just for views and quick access to the outdoors, but for comfortable cross breezes too.
Koenig’s use of water is a central element—it surrounds the home in the form of reflecting pools that enhance the peaceful atmosphere while adding a cooling element on hot days. In these pools, the home’s vivid angular lines are mirrored, casting moody reflections that change through the day. “A big element of this type of architecture is its interaction with its natural setting,” points out Butler. “It’s a marriage of the structure and your environment. That’s a whole additional element of mastery that the Bailey House achieves at almost an unparalleled level.”
Inside, an exposed ribbed-steel ceiling offers visual texture to the interior of the home, along with another Koenig signature—thick beams that create a clean contrast with the stark-white interior. The home is L-shaped, and one steps from the carport into the kitchen, which adjoins the living room.
An inner courtyard houses two bathrooms, which can be accessed from either side of the home—the bedroom side, or the kitchen/living room side. The home may span only about 1,300 square feet, but it lives much larger. “One of the striking things about this home is the sense of expansiveness,” says Butler. “It moves with you. It feels like a really spacious environment.”
After living in the home for a decade, the Baileys relocated to the East Coast. Over the next few decades, other occupants made changes to the home, marring Koenig’s original design. A fireplace was added; so were skylights. The kitchen was deleted in favor of a central island, and the white vinyl floor tiles were replaced with ceramic ones. In the late 1990s new owner Dan Cracchiolo came into the picture, a mid-century purist who engaged Pierre Koenig to bring the home back to its original state.
He did, with the undertaking lasting nearly double the time it took to construct the home in the first place. The project culminated in a City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Award of Excellence in 2000 and a Bailey House that once again represented the creator’s original vision, down to the furnishings.
The Case Study House program produced a living laboratory of mid-century innovation—a twining of the finest fruits in engineering, materials, and design to produce a collection of homes still cherished today for their unmatched blend of pragmatism and beauty. “There’s a kind of re-understanding of luxury today,” says Butler.
“The things that have intrinsic value, historically, are things that are rare, incredibly well done, artistic and very, very difficult to copy.” In the case of Bailey House, Koenig created a masterwork that meets all such conditions and will continue to serve as ideal grounds of smart Southern California living for countless days to come
Aaron Kirman of Compass
List Price: $3,600,000
PHOTOGRAPHS By: Matthew Momberger – Courtesy of Aaron Kirman
Pacific Palisades has been described as the place where the mountains meet the sea.
It’s a fitting description for an area that seems to encompass what living in Los Angeles is all about. Quiet and family-oriented, there are parks for hiking and biking, beautiful beaches and five-star golf courses. Rick Caruso’s inspiring Palisades Village development ups the number of restaurants and boutiques and adds a multiplex. Hidden within this neighborhood, Palisades Riviera amplifies these amenities to their highest level. Embracing the area around the Riviera Country Club, this exclusive enclave conjures up the beauty of the European coastline for which it is named. Lining the wide streets are beautiful estates distinguished by their large lots and generously sized homes. Even in this elite group, 770 Amalfi Drive is a standout.
We were really thinking we could reshape people’s thinking on modernism with this house, says Michael Lee.
The home’s balanced profile, its dark roof and stone walls, seem to meld into the terrain, echoing the colors and textures of the landscape. “We were really thinking we could reshape people’s thinking on modernism with this house,” says architect Michael Lee, explaining, “I think there are a lot of design principles, a lot of them modern in conception, that work well across stylistic borders.” These include open plan public rooms, ample light-filled spaces and the seamless interweaving of interior and exterior areas. In the hands of an expert, these ideas elevate and enhance our idea of what a home should be: a space that balances public and private life, that works as well for two as it does for 200, and, that if it’s located in Southern California, seamlessly fuses indoors and out. Lee, as one quickly discovers with this house, is a master of his craft.
“You shouldn’t have to turn on a light during the day in any house,” Lee believes. That’s certainly the case here. Large expanses of glass, including floor-to-ceiling doors that open onto the serene backyard punctuated by an in-ground pool and a long fire pit that ensures year-round usability, flood the interior with sun. Light oak flooring underscores the space’s expansive feeling, while the clever use of varying ceiling heights, materials, tones and levels—the living room is subtly sunk below the level of the dining room and kitchen—keep it from feeling cavernous. The result is a space that feels structurally grand yet atmospherically intimate.
As the setting for a lavish holiday cocktail party, it can easily welcome one’s entire contact list. Yet, the arrangement of the public rooms also ensures its easy transition to the backdrop for a formal business dinner. Exquisite site lines enable a private chef, flexing their talents in the expansive kitchen tucked almost out of view of the dining room, to quickly gauge the moment to serve the next course. (There’s also a butler’s pantry in which to hide the less attractive aspects of preparation.)
“I wanted to create spaces that worked well and were beautiful, practical and logical,” says Lee, whose career took a short detour into building. That experience is certainly manifested in this home, with its beautiful materials, including limestone walls. It also manifests in the details that enrich and ease the needs of day-to-day living. Note the side door that connects the outdoor barbecue kitchen to its indoor counterpart, allowing for an effortless cooking experience.
Or how the breakfast area slides into the backyard and overlooks the pool via a glass door. Parents will appreciate the opportunity to enjoy an intimate meal while maintaining an eye on their children frolicking in the pool. A home office is thoughtfully positioned so that it surveys the street, while its separate entry welcomes clients and deliveries, and also confirms the boundaries between work and home.
Lee’s background as a surfer also comes into play in the design of this home. “One of the most important things about surfing is balance”, says Lee who grew up on the coast, hanging ten. In architectural terms, this means balancing open airy spaces with smaller and more intimate ones and creating rooms that, while they flow easily into one other, offer the slight suggestion of separation.
This is confirmed on the upper level, reached by a floating staircase. Take the master suite, with its lovely ocean views and palatial vanity as one example. The layout of the shared space understands the line between privacy and togetherness: the spacious closet, with ample room for two wardrobes, includes two entrances; the opulent bathroom includes a vanity and a double sink alongside steam shower and spa bath. (A window here overlooking the front of the home enables a bird’s eye view of the home’s comings and goings, whether that’s a child heading off to catch the bus for school or the arrival of a visitor.) Equal care has gone into the design of the rest of the bedrooms on this floor.
The same consideration for life’s ebb and flow is evident on the home’s lowest level. Hosting a bar, gym/yoga studio, theater, and climate-controlled wine cellar, it can be accessed from both the inside and the outside.
“For me, this is the quintessential California house because it’s got the sun, yard, ocean view, indoor-outdoor living, all the components we’re searching for,” says Lee. “The dreams that people have about a dream house.” Offering traditional values seen through a modern lens, this home offers the best of both worlds, one that understands and responds to the intricacies of contemporary life. But then, given the high standards of the modern homeowner, one doesn’t assume anything less.
JOHN HATHORN | 310.924.4014
& CHARLES PENCE | 310.403.9238
OF PENCE HATHORN SILVER, COMPASS
LIST PRICE $13,995,000
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON
On rare occasions, a home actually has a voice, one that speaks at every turn. This voice conveys the past while welcoming the making of future memories. A quiet tree-lined street in the Valmonte section of Palos Verdes Estates sets the stage for just such a home—an exquisitely crafted, 1920’s Spanish Revival at 3649 Navajo Place that took four years to meticulously plan.
Interior designer Debra Terrell’s lifelong dream of owning a 1920’s Spanish home came true after a painstaking search. She and her husband, Don, purchased a 1949 Ranch-style house that they completely renovated with well-known architect Miles Pritzkat of Pritzkat & Johnson Architects in Redondo Beach. But desiring a 1920’s original, Terrell and Pritzkat recognized the potential to create a home that would look like an original Spanish Revival but with modern amenities, ceiling height, and volumes.
The home looks like the perfect little jewel box, meticulously kept and styled, enveloped on all sides by a fortress of lush trees and natural beauty—palms, Eucalyptus, and fruit-bearing trees as well as shrubbery. This private eden was designed by well-known landscape artist Ric Dykzeul.
Stepping into the courtyard at the home’s entrance, one encounters a soothing fountain in the center. Beautiful handmade clay roof tiles and French Cedarwood windows offer a sense of authenticity while custom-designed, circular etched windows made by a Catholic nun help the story of this dwelling unfold.
One foot inside the home and the entire space feels like it’s a giant tailored treehouse with dozens of large French windows allowing a delightful breeze to sweep through the interior. The views look onto resort-style grounds with a clear sight line from all three levels. Evident from the elevated ceilings in the entryway, Pritzkat achieved a volume that evokes a feeling as if the house itself breathes.
Everywhere the eye falls on a unique treasure. From the antique Egyptian front door, an extraordinary tone is set. This door inspired Terrell to find similar antique doors for each space of the house that are, like the former, at least 200 years old. These intricate pieces add an element of history, both charming and rich, that pops against the simple, clean white plaster walls reminiscent of a Montecito designed home by George Washington Smith.
“I wanted my home to be completely custom and original, so I designed every single tile, cabinet, among other details in a style from that era,” states Terrell.
Her hands-on approach helped capture elements of her muse—the Adamson House in Malibu, notably the floor tiles in rug form in the entry. Handmade tiles on the stair risers, meanwhile, are applied to every step inside the home and to the dramatic dual staircases leading to the incredible backyard. The oversized, vintage Moorish design floor tiles in the main family room were inspired by the priceless originals used in the adjacent powder room.
Gently curved archways and ceilings subtly transition from room to room by pitch or vault; some include hand-carved beams or a more modern design like the recessed look in the dining room. Almost theatrical lighting, all authentic antiques from Spain, Italy, and France, dangle from above throughout the home.
Also throughout is attention to detail that adds the perfect amount of customization, including handcrafted dark hardwood floors recreated in the 1920’s style. While virtually every room has oversized French windows, most also have French glass doors opening onto a gorgeous scene, a garden, courtyard, or patio. A true indoor-outdoor existence is the essence of this home.
Sitting on an oversized 14,000-square-foot lot, the home is also generous, with 3,800-square-feet of living space that includes four bedrooms, four baths, plus an office and a powder room. The master suite on the top floor is surrounded by windows and an entire wall of French doors that open onto a large patio overlooking the sparkling pool in the original 1920’s Spanish style.
“This is my favorite room in the house. I do everything up here—I work, relax and sleep. I really do feel like I am in a treehouse yet with ultimate privacy,” Terrell shares excitedly. The master suite includes separate his-and-hers closets and a master bath filled character and natural light, a huge soaker tub and a sexy arched shower fashioned of luxurious Crema marble. At night, one can enjoy the sparkling city lights from the bath or the bed in the adjacent room.
Terrell built the kitchen around her life. “Being Italian, I am always cooking and entertaining,” she explains. The large, well-planned space supports the passionate cook. Take for instance, the L-shaped island, equal parts baker’s island and eat-in bar and prep space. Even the Sub-Zero refrigerator is discreetly hidden behind an intricately carved antique panel surrounded by built-in, furniture-style cabinets. More modern amenities in the cozy kitchen include two dishwashers, refrigerated drawers, a Wolf Range and Miele stacked ovens. Adjacent is an intimate breakfast space with a fireplace.
The original kitchen on the entry level was converted into a high-end butler’s pantry. The space also serves as both mudroom and laundry room. Here Terrell kept the original envelope windows, kitchen sink and heaps of cabinet space where she displays her seasonal dishes.
Outside the Terrells recently added a spacious patio with an oversized barbecue grill and lots of area for entertaining. Guests can snuggle up to the fireplace in the outdoor living area or dine alfresco on the outdoor dining table. Happy hour is served from the adorable bar window that connects to the neatly tucked away wet-bar just inside that Don designed.
One descends the home’s dual villa-style staircases and arrives at the gorgeous backyard and aforementioned pool area. It’s a space to enjoy the fire pit on cool nights or, just across, get a healthy glow sunbathing on the west-facing patio.
“This property is ideal for families wanting to move from the Beach Cities for more space, privacy and a true estate feel,” says Teri Hawkins of RE/MAX Estate Properties, who is listing the property for $4,125,000. “Many people are relocating from Manhattan and Hermosa Beach because they want all of these at an affordable price compared to the Beach Cities.” Gaining not only more space and a large yard with a pool, one can also live amongst the trees, slow down, and enjoy life in the Mediterranean way… la dolce vita.
PRESENTED BY TERI HAWKINS
OF RE/MAX ESTATE PROPERTIES
LIST PRICE $4,125,000
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PETER McMENAMIN
Bravo TV star Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out fame spent the past three years meticulously transforming this 1920’s Spanish home in the Hollywood Hills into an elegant, modern masterpiece. Think HD-resolution security cameras, a Sonos audio system, directional art-grade lighting, floor-to-ceiling glass panels and more. Featured as the designer’s personal residence on the show for several seasons, the property is now on the market for $7.95 million.
“Jeff set the reclaimed oak floors in a custom herringbone pattern, which brings a warmth and earthiness to this sophisticated, modern home,” says Carrie Berkman Lewis of Pacific Union International, who is co-listing the house with Boni Bryant of Compass. “The kitchen is one of my favorite rooms; dual islands of honed Nero Marquina marble flanked by iron sliding doors that disappear into the walls, showcasing exceptional city and canyon views.”
Situated atop the Sunset Strip at 8590 Hollywood Blvd., the three-bedroom, three-level abode is highlighted by steel-reinforced construction on an almost entirely new pile foundation, with a courtyard entry and limestone facade. Inside, 4,000-plus square feet of sleek, industrial-like living space is showcased by a professional chef’s kitchen featuring the aforementioned dual islands and black marble countertops, along with new custom cabinetry, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and an adjacent 400-square-foot patio with a fire pit and expansive city views.
The elegant master suite, meanwhile, boasts a 180-square-foot patio, custom walk-in closet with island and spa-like bath. Two additional bedroom suites and a great room with an entertainer’s bar all open to a backyard sporting a raised infinity-edge pool with glass tile and black pebble finish.
“This residence marks the culmination of Jeff’s years of design,” says Bryant. “Only the finest materials and finishes were used to create what is truly a one-of-a-kind custom home.”
CARRIE BERKMAN LEWIS
OF PACIFIC UNION INTERNATIONAL
& BONI BRYANT OF COMPASS
LIST PRICE $7.95 MILLION
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF ALEX ZAROUR, VIRTUALLY HERE STUDIOS
Few properties offer such a high level of design and quality features, in addition to a location that provides both tranquility and access to the city, making this six-bedroom, eight-bathroom house a rarity. Situated at 321 S. Chadbourne Ave., south of Sunset near the Brentwood Country Mart, and spread over almost half an acre, this gated Spanish-style estate offers the best of prestigious neighborhood Brentwood Park. Just a few steps from coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques, however, it remains a peaceful haven thanks to minimal traffic.
Born from the imagination of the current owners—a couple with three daughters—the house was custom built in 2010 in a European Villa architectural style, differentiating itself from the East Coast/Cape Cod properties characteristic of the area.
Originally painted in a more traditional Mediterranean color, the home now features white walls on all its facades and interior spaces. The fresh, clean walls help to subtly convert its Mediterranean aesthetic into a more contemporary Spanish look. The decision to leave the precast in its original tone was to give the home depth.
Immediately upon entering the front gate, one walks under a canopy of greenery, transporting them to a kind of European villa. The owners invested a lot of attention in the landscaping, creating inviting outdoor areas that are very private and ideal for entertaining at the same time. Offering plenty of options to enjoy the sunny and warm weather all year long, the backyard comprises a covered loggia with a fireplace and hanging lights, a built-in barbecue with an outdoor counter and seats, a fire pit, a large pool, and an alfresco dining area right off the inside family room.
“There are really multiple areas to hang out outside,” says Griffin Riddle, who is co-listing the home with Santiago Arana, managing partner at The Agency, for $13,950,000.
“That was the goal the owners wanted to achieve: an outdoor area perfect for entertaining whether one is eating, cooking, sitting by one of the two fires, or swimming in the pool.”
The interior of the home, meanwhile, features an open layout, expansive rooms, and soaring ceilings that offer a sense of airiness and grandeur. “A custom home always has a different feel when compared to a spec home that is built with the intention of selling,” notes Santiago Arana. “The homeowners handpicked all the finishes and imagined the house for themselves, so there is always more personality put into it.”
The reason why this particular property is currently on the market is simple: “The owners have loved every second of living there,” says Arana. “Their kids are now grown and out of the house so they do not need this much space anymore. They are ready for the next chapter in their lives and now present the opportunity for another growing family to take over and create their own memories in this stunning home.”
Walking down the entry, a grand, wraparound staircase with floor-to-ceiling windows offers calm views of the vegetation while bringing color and life into the house. This sculptural element is clearly the centerpiece of the foyer. Sophistication and attention to detail and finishes characterize every square foot of the two-story home, which also has an elevator. The blend of wood and stone adds warmth to the elegant atmosphere.
“You can tell that there was a lot of thought and passion when designing this home,” notes Riddle. The ground floor is also home to a chef’s kitchen with a wine cellar. In the massive scale formal dining, with French doors that bring the outside in, a 10-chair table leaves plenty of additional space for bigger events or parties. The spacious living and family rooms both lead to the outside area, highlighting the seamless connection between indoors and out.
With its double-height ceilings, woodwork, and moldings throughout, a fireplace and doors that open to a private patio with a water fountain, the home office is spectacular. “It is one of the most impressive home offices we’ve ever seen,” Riddle and Arana confess. “With its tremendous volume, it is much more than just a room with a desk.”
The upper floor is dedicated to the private spaces where wellness and quietude prevail in a serene ambiance. Each of the five complete bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and closet of its own. The master suite has both duel bathrooms and dual closets, complete with an upstairs balcony revealing views of the backyard.
With a driveway that fits up to five vehicles and a two-car garage, a total of five fireplaces, a full range of appliances—including a freezer, washer, and dryer, among other conveniences—this family house epitomizes the best of Southern California living with a charming European feel.
SANTIAGO ARANA & GRIFFIN RIDDLE OF THE AGENCY
LIST PRICE $13,950,000
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARC ANGELES
One of the most beautiful streets in Lunada Bay, Paseo Del Mar curves along the bluffs of the Pacific dotted with lovely estates wrapped in gorgeous manicured lawns. The crowing beauty of them all, however, is the estate at 2812, a meticulous custom-built Mediterranean home brimming with elegance and charm while indulging blissful ocean views. “Unique to the upscale neighborhood is the proximity to the Palos Verdes hiking trails that run along the oceanside which is a rarity,” shares Raju Chhabria of Chhabria Real Estate Company.
So is this home, its almost 21,000-square-foot lot and charmingly tailored landscaping lined with trees, massive date palms, olive trees and regal boxwood that captivates curbside and showcase the home’s dramatic entrance. From the grand foyer with dual travertine staircases, a comfortable refinement radiates.
Elegant travertine floors and touches of custom wrought iron throughout display a Mediterranean feel. Meanwhile, Venetian plaster walls highlight the classic monochromatic color palette while architectural ceilings of curved arches or coffers add visual interest.
The home’s floorplan has an organic flow ideal for growing families. Designed by architect Tony Ashai of Ashai Design, the home features almost 7,200-square-feet of living space. On the main level is a stately home office with coffered ceilings and access to a private patio through arched French doors.
Across is a formal dining room and formal living room, also with coffered ceilings, that includes an impressive hand-carved stone fireplace and custom built-in cabinetry.
On the occasion of a dinner party, guests can mingle in the adjacent courtyard while caterers command the formal butler’s pantry. Meanwhile, the kitchen and breakfast area make for a more intimate family space. The upscale kitchen has a charming and comfortable feel with a massive marble-topped island and, dangling above, striking pendant lamps.
The intricate, hand-carved wood that trims the ceiling, range hood and paneled oversized Sub-Zero refrigerator add warmth to the space. Top appliances include a Viking range, microwave, and oven; a Miele espresso machine and dual dishwashers. The successful pairing of opulence and simplicity, with the detail in the wood, combined with the simple tile design, bright white island and coffered ceilings, achieves a lovely, relaxed style. Along with the kitchen, the adjacent family room has multiple French doors that open to incredible outside spaces.
The estate also includes six bedrooms, two of which are on the main floor, along with seven baths and two powder rooms. Upstairs in the north wing are three children’s bedrooms, all with en-suite baths; two with ocean-view verandas. Conveniently, a kid’s den with an entrance to the backyard is a great space for families with teenagers to use as a homework space or game room, or for small children in need of a playroom. A quaint foyer connects the children’s wing with the master wing on the south side of the property.
The master bedroom suite is a delightful retreat, with an arched entry that leads to the bedroom with a large sitting area, fireplace and beautiful patio with a muraled ceiling. The oversized master bath has a steam shower and its own private sauna, two separate water closets, and a luxurious spa bathtub centering the room, while the master closet includes furniture-style cabinetry.
Throughout all of these grand bedrooms, hardwood floors offer a cozy, warm touch. Below, on the subterranean level, a spacious home theater with 11 luxurious theater seats, and classic theater-style walls that make movie-watching a delight in this home. Attached is a great flex space originally intended as a wine cellar but currently a home gym.
Back on the main level of the home, the courtyard floor plan opens onto resort-like outdoor spaces. One steps out onto a colonnade breezeway with classic Italian hand-painted and cloistered ceilings. Lovely stone pavers cover the courtyard leading to a private oasis. Says Chhabria: “The outdoor spaces in this home offer complete privacy with the exterior walls of green trees surrounding this amazing property; it’s like your on vacation in your own home.”
The gorgeous European-inspired swimming pool and spa are wrapped in ample deck space for outdoor dining and sunbathing, while a stunning covered family room with a fireplace and almost theatrical Moroccan chandeliers provide the perfect place to relax and enjoy conversation with loved ones. Vines climb the columns while lemon trees, palms, and olive bushes all surround the pool areas and outdoor spaces. The outdoor kitchen with oversize Viking grill, multiple refrigerators, warming drawers and eat-in bar can support a sizable pool party.
With walking distance to some of the best schools in California, this serene estate is truly a lifestyle home for families of all ages. Whether one has small children, teens or college-age kids, this bluffside beauty with views to match enhances the blissful life that one desires.
RAJU CHHABRIA, CHHABRIA REAL ESTATE COMPANY
310.379.2167 | LIST PRICE $5,999,999
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN MOERY
Pair soaring unobstructed ocean views from a walk street corner lot in Manhattan Beach with a stunning modern Michael Lee-designed home and the result is simply amazing. With unfussy, straightforward design the foundation for what this townhome is all about—the views, the light, and savoring life—25th Street and Highland Avenue is mere steps to the sand and the adjacent grassy lawn at Bruce’s Park. Walkability to both north and south Manhattan Beach is fantastic from here. Commuters, meanwhile, have an efficient route to Rosecrans and Vista Del Mar.
This gorgeous, three-year project began as a labor of love for homeowners Jon and Kim Friedman. “We have always loved architect Michael Lee’s modern style, contemporary lines and dramatic combination of wood stone and glass,” shares Kim. Planning for more than a year, the Friedmans set out to make the very best use of every square inch of the 2,300-square-foot abode.
Lee’s distinctive stamp on the project: the wood and steel roof built with cantilever engineering; clean, modern lines and transitional indoor-outdoor spaces accessed through Fleetwood pocket doors.
“Our goal was to develop townhomes that were visually stunning and with blurred transition from outside to inside,” explains Kim.
They successfully maximized the living space on the top level where the wood floor seamlessly transitions to almost identical porcelain tile floors on the enormous outside deck.
Built on the reverse floorplan, the townhome’s bottom floor includes two bedrooms, one that might also function as an office with ocean views. Both rooms have private baths with floating vanities. Sharing the same floor is the two-car garage plus two parking pads, and an outdoor shower. Unique to this area is a property with on-site parking for six cars. “The corner lot allows for larger outdoor spaces for landscaping and parking; for example, the parking pads are roomy enough for an SUV,” says listing agent John Altamura of Altamura Real Estate Group.
Occupying the townhome’s second level are two remaining en-suite bedrooms, one of which is the master suite. This contemporary space features frameless corner windows that maximize views of Palos Verdes to the south and Malibu to the north, and also includes a massive private balcony with a clear line of sight down the walk street.
The focal point, however, is the striking floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Add the convenience of recessed, remote-controlled window coverings and one can cozy in at night with ease. The lovely master bath, meanwhile, includes an ocean view peekaboo window built into the shower, and a freestanding, tulip-style soaker bathtub. In the master bath and throughout the home are floating vanities that nod to the modern characteristics of the home. A large walk-in closet completes the master suite.
“A Michael Lee design always incorporates lots of natural light,” states Altamura while ascending the stairs. Meticulously designed and built, the floating staircase is a gorgeous mixture of glass and substantial wood built onto an almost sculptural iron support beam. The backdrop—a stunning limestone feature wall—feels like a work of art. Once atop the stairs, a mesmerizing picture window blasts views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu and ocean vistas as far as the eye can see.
The mixing of opposing elements—rough and sleek, clean and textured, matte and polished—is evident in the upstairs space that includes a powder room, the kitchen, dining room and indoor-outdoor living areas. “Knowing that the Friedmans wanted a monochromatic design, I knew to create drama and interest,” states Deborah Gear of Deborah Gear Interior Design, who did so by starting “with a mixture of finishes and textures.”
Examples of this approach include the highly textured cream limestone for the exterior stone, entry and strategic areas in the living room, along with gorgeous and sleekly veneered cabinets in soft gray amid porcelain counters and warm wood cabinets.
The lustrous floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace anchors the adjacent living room with massive Fleetwood pocket doors opening out to awe-inspiring vistas on the balcony. Here, there is room for outdoor dining and living areas to relax while one prepares a feast on the built-in barbecue. Throughout the home is a similar use of materials: wood, exotic stone, unique porcelain tiles, high-gloss cabinets and leathered slabs.
Wide plank oak flooring, pure white walls and superior craftsmanship raise the bar for townhome living, as does automated shades throughout that maintain the clean, modern look. There is also pre-wiring for home automation by Crestron and vantage lighting control.
“This three-year project has been a labor of love—it feels like creating a 3D art project!” says Kim. After working closely with contractor Tyler Krikorian, as well as Gear and Lee, the couple’s modern-chic beach house was complete. A dream born in Manhattan Beach.
ALTAMURA REAL ESTATE GROUP
LIST PRICE $4,999,000
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL JONASON
In the early 20th century, film director Thomas Ince founded Inceville, a studio ranch spanning over 19,000 acres alongside the Pacific Ocean that, by the mid-1920s, would be transformed into the small residential haven of Pacific Palisades, then populated by only about 100 homes.
Back then, like now, the cool, sunny climate and vast views stretching over mountains and ocean were a major attraction for prospective residents. Add to that a family-friendly local culture, superb schools and a leisured downtown and it’s clear how Pacific Palisades remains a sought-after star of affluent Los Angeles living.
In the Upper Riviera, a particularly desirable Pacific Palisades neighborhood known for its expansive lots, sweeping views and serene brand of privacy, is a new luxe hideaway: a five-bedroom designer home set on nearly one acre of land. The home’s sharply contemporary silhouette is ideal for its surroundings, and exceptional for the area, which is largely populated with traditional shingle and Mediterranean styles.
Cradled by mountain and ocean views and flush with big sky panoramas everywhere you look, the property’s clean cut, white-wall architecture is a dramatic showcase for its natural, larger-than-life environs.
“It’s got the most amazing views of the ocean and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and the quality of construction is just over the top,” says Santiago Arana, real estate agent and managing partner at The Agency. “It has so much sunshine and high ceilings, it’s almost like an art gallery.”
There are marble features throughout the home and the kitchen is stocked with cutting-edge appliances. Handcrafted details, such as the exposed bar-joist ceiling with metal decking in the main living space, gild the home with a dramatic, industrial feel. Floors are an inviting mix of French oak and concrete. With a soft gray patina, etched with a map of swirls and veins, the concrete floors add warmth and visual depth to the home’s minimalist design.
The home’s central living space is on the main level, a place of soaring ceilings that includes a spacious living room, dining room and chef’s kitchen that meld with the outdoors via a pocket door stretching from floor to ceiling. Outside, there’s a landscaped collection of spaces, from a quiet seating area ideal for breakfast or stargazing, to a lounge that’s adjacent to the living room and perfect for al fresco gatherings.
Speaking of parties, there’s a gleaming barbecue station, bar and changing quarters that prime the outdoors for year-round use. That, and a glamorous infinity pool and spa that rest at the lip of the property—its elevated, mountain-side position offering a dreamlike experience where one can soak while surveying an epic span of land, sky, mountains and ocean. In the midst of this outdoor playground is a green lawn with neatly landscaped bushes and an old-growth tree standing poetically to one side.
The floor directly above this central level is where one finds the exceptional master suite, set apart from common areas by a long hallway. Meant as a private wing unto itself, the bedroom faces the outdoors via a wall of windows. One can intake in the fresh mountain air while lying in bed and ponder the home’s carousel of natural sights, from the hazy light of morning to the vivid rush of colors at sunset and the twinkle of night stars. Other niceties include a fireplace, cozy sitting room and bright yoga studio with a balcony. Not to miss is the sunlit bathroom, pure white and with a soaking tub placed strategically along the windows.
Meander to the floor above to find three more glamorous sleeping quarters. Ideal for housing guests or designating as the children’s wing, this level includes a pair of bedroom suites, both with walk-in closets. There’s also a spacious junior suite with a terrace to wake up to uplifting ocean views.
While the home is amply sized (along with its five bedrooms are seven bathrooms), local zoning allows one to add an extra 2,000 square feet of living space. Also, for all its substantial durability (the home is constructed from steel and concrete), one can customize the layout. “It’s built like a fortress,” Arana explains,
“yet it allows you the flexibility to move the walls and create your own floorplan.” That’s because, consistent with the home’s contemporary style, the interior walls are not structural, they are partitions, so one can reconfigure with ease.
The home’s Upper Riviera location is another plus. Located on the east end of the Palisades, the home is less than three miles from downtown, and close to Brentwood—about 10 minutes by car from Brentwood Country Mart, for instance. The ocean is about five miles from the property, and canyon hikes are steps away, leading to local treats such as Rustic Creek and Hidden Waterfall.
One enters the home from its top floor, where the sleek entry hall has been designed with a commercial-grade elevator poised to whisk one to one of the three floors beneath. Also on this level is the garage and manicured motor court, an inviting spot that fits up to nine cars, complete with ocean views.
It’s the home’s strategic location, married with its impeccable modern style that offers the rare promise of a year-round, fresh-air lifestyle—along with heaps of luxury and privacy. On a fine day or starlit night, there’s nothing finer.
SANTIAGO ARANA OF THE AGENCY
310.926.9808 | LIST PRICE $12,750,000
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF THE AGENCY