Frame of Nature: 968 Paseo La Cresta in Palos Verdes Estates

Against this atmosphere of unruffled calm and cinema-worthy coastal scenes, 968 Paseo La Cresta a fine new contemporary Palos Verdes Estates home was revealed in 2016, created as a worthy peer to its exceptional surroundings.



968 Paseo La Cresta—A Spacious Palos Verdes Estates Residence by KAA Design—Connects a Fine Contemporary Home to Its Majestic Bluff Top Setting

The sun-dappled streets of Paseo La Cresta are among the most peaceful and idyllic in what is already a paradise-like location—Palos Verdes Estates. Making the area even more lovely are its wide, quiet streets and high elevation, so the neighborhood’s stately hillside homes peer out over rolling green hills, a nature-filled shoreline preserve and the white-tipped blue waters of nearby Bluff Cove.

“The house enjoys the rare combination of architecture, being designed by a renowned firm, as well as location, situated on the bluff of New York Hill, and quality—it’s exquisitely finished,” points out real estate agent Chris Adlam of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty.

The spacious residence at 968 Paseo La Cresta—with 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms (2 of them half-baths), and approximately 6,831 square feet of living space—was created by the award-winning design firm KAA Design, helmed by founding partner Grant C. Kirkpatrick and the producer of a large share of the standout architectural homes in the Beach Cities. Rounding out the stellar team was Baldwin Construction and interior designer Tim Clarke, along with KGM Architectural Lighting and Alan B. McGregor, landscape architect. 

The radiant bluff top coastal scenes are a constant of the home. While the designers may have kept the courtyard configuration—a leftover from the property’s original 1980s-era dwelling—they re-vamped it and sheathed it in glass.

So when you sit in the peaceful great room, located at the center of the home, with its raised ceilings and row of orange flames glowing in the fireplace; or relax with friends in the elegant dining room, you are privy to unobstructed views of ocean and coastline.

“The view is arguably the most coveted view on the Peninsula,” describes Adlam. “It extends from Malibu to DTLA and beyond.”

To get an even closer view, head out to the spacious covered deck. Poised, too, above the land is an elevated, open-air seating area with a fire pit where you feel suspended over the bluff, and have top-of-the-world views stretching north, with Santa Monica and Malibu and the mix.

Likewise for other key parts of the home, including a cozy study where you can gaze over the soft glow of the Queen’s Necklace that traces the shore of the South Bay after dark. And in the sunny primary suite, where you rise each day to ocean views in a crisp white bedroom with vaulted ceilings.

Steps away in the glossy tiled bathroom—luxuriously, there are two bathrooms in the primary suite, along with two separate walk-in closets—a large picture window streams in a soothing kaleidoscope of sky and sea while you soak in the tub or de-stress in the spacious walk-shower. 

A central hall acts as the main artery leading from the secluded primary suite to the main gathering areas. You walk along the breezy walkway, set apart with light-grey tile floors and rich-hued Mahogany ceilings, and past the showcase wine room with 12-foot glass walls. Housing the homeowners’ extensive wine collection, the wine room features custom walnut display cases and a rolling ladder to fetch bottles, which are stored up to the ceiling.

Then there’s the kitchen, housed in a wing of its own: This is a cleanly minimalist, almost sculptural space with tucked-away appliances and streamlined cabinetry, made of grey, wire-brushed oak veneer. 

You can imagine spending much time gathered in the kitchen around the long central island topped with a gleaming Carrera slab, or socializing at the nearby bar. Floor-to-ceiling glass runs along the entire area and pockets neatly to merge the interior with the courtyard and pool deck.

While the ocean may be the centerpiece of the home, the courtyard is a close runner-up: A meditative space that KAA and company re-configured anew, complete with an elevated teak walkway that travels over a reflective koi pond.

“KAA homes are works of art,” observes Chris Adlam, “destined to become legacy estates.”

A slender metal trellis with a canopy provides shade and cuts an elegant silhouette against the ocean scenes that are still in view while wafting green grasses and plants offer a pleasing color contrast to the blues of the ocean and sky. Lounging in the pool at night is a singular experience.

You can look up at the night sky filled with stars, or straight out ahead, at an ocean glowing with coastal lights. By day the courtyard transforms into an uplifting gathering area where sunlight highlights the tasteful mix of Mahogany siding, suede-like charcoal plaster, and smooth stone tiles in the oceanview space.   

Comforting, too, is the fact that the home and all its outdoor living areas are ultra-private. The home is secured at the street behind the main entrance with high walls, decorated with colorful landscaping. The gate opens and you enter a roomy motor court with a three-car garage. Yet another door opens onto the courtyard, allowing entry into the home via the teak walkway.

It’s an inviting, and thoughtful, entry sequence that allows for a slow, sensory immersion into a home where a masterful design and build team accomplished much, and notably created a home that meets—and matches—the rare and vivid natural beauty of its setting.

Chris Adlam | 310.493.7216 | DRE#00967574
Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
List Price: $15,000,000

Photography Courtesy of Chris Adlam


Experience the Ultimate in Relaxation at 1856 Dawn Meadow

The 11,000 square foot property at 1856 Dawn Meadow in Westlake Village, California, is a contemporary Zen refuge made for relaxation. Built on a 2.3-acre lot, the one-floor property features 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a 90-foot wraparound Baja shelf pool and a wellness centre with a rooftop deck for $16.5m.
  • March 22, 2023
  • Karine Monié

The Abilene Paradox: Why People Choose to Conform Rather than Speak Up

The Abilene Paradox is a phenomenon in which a group of people makes a unanimous decision that goes against their individual wishes and interests. It is a failure to manage agreement and is often a result of the pressure to conform in group decision-making. Today, this paradox is all around us, especially on social media platforms where members seek conformity at all costs, choosing to join the herd and acting against their own interests.

Inside David Chipperfield’s Careful Restoration of Berlin’s Iconic Neue Nationalgalerie

David Chipperfield Architects has completed the six-year refurbishment of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, a temple of modernity and one of the last works by German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Completed in 1968, the building had been unattended for 50 years and required a present-day architect to restore it with great skill.
  • March 22, 2023
  • Jenn Thornton

CLB Architects Creates Timeless Design for Spectacular Utah Ski House

CLB Architects has designed a luxurious ski-in/ski-out house in Park City, Utah, where bespoke and luxury meet. The 18,000-square-foot home in The Colony at White Pine Canyon offers direct access to the slopes via ski, snowmobile or mountain bike. The design of the house knits the architecture into the site in a layered and timeless way that slowly reveals the elevated design.
  • March 22, 2023
  • Karine Monié

The Intersection of Modernism & Wabi-Sabi: John Lum’s Unique Redesign

John Lum Architecture faced a significant challenge when tasked with the complete redesign of a midcentury modern-style home in San Francisco's Golden Gate Heights. The team completely reimagined the space, incorporating Japanese aesthetics and midcentury architecture to create a cohesive design that reflected the owner's eclectic taste.
  • March 8, 2023
  • Karine Monié

Award-Winning Home in the Scottish Highlands by Brown & Brown Architects

Brown & Brown Architects have successfully merged traditional Scottish architecture with modern design, resulting in a spectacular family home in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. The prize-winning Lower Tullochgrue project features a large modern extension built alongside a refurbished historic dwelling.
  • March 8, 2023
  • Jenn Thornton
Sign Up for DIGS Newsletters