The largest residential lot in Manhattan Beach
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photos courtesy of Geoff Captain
This one-of-a-kind property also has the cache of having combined two separate parcels into one private and expansive compound—the largest residential lot in Manhattan Beach, at 39,113 square feet. “What distinguishes this property from any other property in Manhattan Beach is its scale and privacy,” says listing agent John Capellaro of The Capellaro Group, Coldwell Banker Previews International.
“No other property in Manhattan Beach offers this degree of privacy and size.” Found at 1155 Ronda Drive, the gated French Country-style estate is listed for $14.9 million and includes a 7,000-plus-square-foot, two-story main house with five bedrooms. Uniting Old World elegance with formal and informal elements, it features a billiard room and a Paris-inspired gourmet kitchen with open wood beam ceilings, stenciled fireplace and white marble countertops crafted from the Italian quarries of Antolini Luigi. There’s also a pool house, along with a delightful guest cottage (referred to by the current owners as their “holiday retreat”) with a stone clad, copper roofed gazebo with fireplace for year-round outdoor entertaining.
Outdoors you’ll find perimeter gardens interwoven with water-conscious plants; an intimate garden with oodles of space for a game of croquet or relaxing alongside the heated pool; and a sprawling “secret garden” perfect for entertaining. “Some of the unusual features of the property are there are nine fireplaces on the grounds and eight garage spaces on the campus, in addition to plenty of other driveway parking,” says Capellaro. “For the car enthusiast, this property would be a wonderful place to keep a collection of automobiles.”