The myth of Southern California thrives on dreams filled with water and warmed by the sun, drenched in luxury, and characterized by ease. In these fantasies, each new day begins with a vision of the sun-sparkled sea, a scenic beach vista is the backdrop to a drive into town, and shaking off the cares of the day is as simple as grabbing a surfboard and heading out to catch a few waves before dinner.
The scene is particularly vivid at 317 Rocky Point where privacy reigns and a fresh, graceful home—approximately 3,800 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 3 and 1/2 bathrooms—has been designed to keep you immersed in its vision from morning until after dark.
Dr. Godfrey Pernell, who would serve multiple terms as mayor of Rolling Hills, and his wife Beverly purchased Flying Mane Road, the approximately 1.16-acre property in 1950 after being driven to the remote site, where they paced off the lot lines of their forever home.
All the charms of small-town living coupled with access to some of the most legendary waves in the country. If this is your dream, welcome. You’ve arrived at 27234 Pacific Coast Highway.
When walking into 2804 The Strand, be sure to look at the ground. Etched in the earthy travertine stone are the Japanese symbols for Peaceful. The message, written in pale white on tan, is subtle, like the property itself—a well-crafted, sunlit world of placid living in the midst of top-of-the-world ocean views.
These days, with our entire lives on display, privacy has become the new luxury. Within this increasingly intrusive and inquisitive world, home has become our safe haven and, as we learned over the last year and a half, our whole world. But where, we wonder, will we ever find a home that feels like a true sanctuary?
A drive along Marguerite Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes is like watching a postcard from the coast come to life. There are grand estates bathed in golden light, and the backdrop is pure California
Less than a 5-minute drive from the manicured shops and eateries of Palisades Village is a little-known road named Marinette. Here, the wide and peaceful streets are adorned with old-growth California greenery and large, pretty homes.
Head up the hillside in Rolling Hills along Lower Blackwater Canyon Road, conveniently just a half-mile from one of three entrance gates, all manned 24 hours a day. Along the crest of a hill is 5 Lower Blackwater, Rolling Hills a ranch spanning more than five acres, that deftly presents an atmosphere that’s both manicured and charmingly rustic.
It’s a rare home that can truly shape-shift, presenting itself as two different atmospheres depending on the mood and crowd. In this sizable Spanish coastal residence, spanning approximately 7,606 square feet, this scarce design feat has been accomplished.