This North Hermosa Beach Home Offers Up Sustainable Living With the Ultimate “Cool” Factor, in an A+ Setting
Their requirements: It had to be in a specific four-block area, with no power lines and on the east side of the street for maximum clearance views.
They wound up finding the ideal setting on a site that held a 1921 beach bungalow and then proceeded to deconstruct it (donating the materials to an affordable-housing nonprofit in Mexico) and create a truly one-of-a-kind, sleek and sexy dwelling just four houses away from the beach, complete with rare unobstructed ocean views free of any telephone poles or lines, as well as a wealth of beautiful and eco-friendly products that earned it a well-deserved LEED Silver certification from the Green Building Council.
As for their vision when designing the home, the couple strived for the antithesis of many local home designs. “So often, they are done with five bedroom en-suites, many of which sit unused, simply to maximize a builder’s profit, and the same watery beach decor theme,” says Bonnie MacLeod, who crafted the residence from the ground up in 2014 in collaboration with architect Jeff Dahl, and her husband and designer, David Brunner.
“We wanted our design to incorporate a mix of things we like, things that are unexpected, and space for our art (we have an extensive collection of works by John Lennon), and wanted its quiet and understated presence to unfold as you move throughout the home.
“We focused on polished surfaces to reflect the view and bright sky, and to allow for transparency throughout the home,” Bonnie MacLeod adds.
“My husband is from the Midwest, and he requested that I build him a quintessential modern glass beach house; he is in love with the result.”
Found in the highly sought-after North Hermosa’s Sand Section—just steps from the beach, the Strand, and the popular 22nd street corridor—the four-bedroom, four-bath home, now on the market for $6.289 million, offers 4,100-plus square feet of open, light-filled living space on three levels.
Among the highlights: Remarkable indoor/outdoor environs hallmarked by an abundance of floor-to-ceiling walls of glass and a disappearing sliding glass door that opens to reveal multiple outdoor spaces, capped with an amazing rooftop deck that serves as the perfect place to relax and enjoy eye-catching whitewater and coastline views from Palos Verdes to Malibu, along with striking sunsets. Couple these attributes with stunning high-end touches throughout, from a duo of floating glass staircases to designer lighting from Italy, a glass catwalk and a playful plank swing suspended from the ceiling.
Entering the property, a grassy front yard landscaped with mature lemon and lime trees leads to glass front door that swings opens to reveal a living room sporting a fireplace with a dramatic liquid metal surround, while the lower level boasts a library with attractive built-ins, a large bonus room, and gym equipped with a plethora of fitness machines and free weights.
Glass floating staircases transcend to a second level containing the master suite and a guest bedroom, and then to a third floor featuring a custom gourmet Arclinea Italian kitchen outfitted with a wall of Miele appliances (including five ovens, two convection ovens, a built-in coffee station, warming drawer, induction cooktop and 96-bottle, dual-temperature wine cellar, separate oversized refrigerator and freezer, pull-out custom cabinetry and appliance garage). An adjoining main living area, meanwhile, opens via Nanawall bi-fold sliding doors to an expansive entertaining view deck.
“What separates this home is its uniqueness,” says listing agent Nick Schneider.
“The attention to detail is abundantly clear, and the style and lines and seamless flow make it such a special home. Close to the sand and the Strand, and a short walk to the special 22nd Street Corridor of Martha’s, The Bottle Inn and famed Green Store, this is a location and area of North Hermosa Beach that those who live there or grew up there truly understand. I grew up across the street with my entire family, and I can tell you this is a location that is beyond special.”
Nick Schneider | 310.809.4875 | DRE 01867363
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