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Sea to See

Perched high on the bluff in the exclusive Zuma Bay Villas gated community, this condo puts ocean views and luxury details front and center

Written by Abigail Stone | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason

Represented by Tracy Testin and Susan Cosentino, Sotheby’s International Realty

List Price $2.350,000 (includes furnishings)

At the top of Point Dume, where the Pacific Coast Highway sets its sights firmly toward northern California, a slender road sets you in the direction of Westward Beach.

After some questioning, a guard waves you through the gate—residents, of course, are waved right through. Welcome to Zuma Bay Villas, where peace—of mind, body and soul—is the objective. Pass through the gate, and a slight curve in the road, then a soft rise and there it is: the ocean in all its majesty, the deep blue water undulating toward shore. It’s astounding how it still takes your breath away. Climbing the bluff, you head toward the top of 6813 Seawatch Lane. Located in one of the most desirable areas of this neighborhood, it’s the ideal spot from which to enjoy the glorious view. The address is aptly christened: the condo you are about to step into was designed to put the endlessly mesmerizing ocean vista front and center. What is it about the sight of the sea that puts our souls at ease? Properties with water panoramas are universally desired, they touch a primitive part of us—a fact that the owners of this condo understand. They’ve renovated this property to take every advantage of the stunning landscape.

Step inside the home and the effect of its beautiful, European-influenced design washes over you. Every detail is exquisite. A fully-appointed open plan kitchen with state-of-the-art Bosch appliances offers all the muscle of a chef’s kitchen. Granite countertops that derive their inspiration from the soft-blue gray of the sea provide both beauty and functionality. Whether making a multi-step dish inspired by your favorite cooking magazine or a simple lunch for two, hidden amenities, like soft close drawers, make every movement and moment of preparation a pleasure. There’s even a built-in coffee machine with one-touch function. But this kitchen’s greatest feature may be the one barely noticed until, standing at the island cutting vegetables or preparing a snack, you happen to look up and find yourself transfixed by the unbroken view of ocean. The window frames, stained a dreamy gray blue that’s echoed throughout the home, enhances its spellbinding allure. Shifting and changeable, it’s perpetually hypnotic, weaving a captivating and tranquil spell.

Of course, as seaside properties can be chilly at night, this one offers an elegant solution. While travertine floors throughout the house are cool on bare feet during the day, individually controlled radiant heat floors provide warming comfort at night when weather is cool. If you’ve never experienced the joy of heated floors, you’re in for a treat. They offer a singular pleasure; you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. There’s also a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, one of the last built in Malibu.

What is it about simple pleasures? At night, with cocktail in hand, a fire crackling away, the tantalizing smell of wood smoke perfuming the air, while watching the sun drop into the ocean, the sunset perfectly framed as if projected solely for your enjoyment. Some people dream of experiencing one moment of picture-perfect happiness… lucky you, you’ve just insured it happens every day.

Reimagining the Corridor

A boutique collection of 56 residences coming soon to L.A.’s Wilshire Boulevard gives real-estate seekers a golden opportunity.

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of Kilograph

As one of the first high-design residential developments to debut in L.A.’s Wilshire Corridor in decades, The Liddel is set to transform the city’s premier condo neighborhood. Targeted toward young working professionals seeking luxe, amenity-rich living quarters along the sought-after thoroughfare, the new modern collection of 56 residences is expected to supplement the Golden Mile’s traditional, older buildings with a refined contemporary take on casual California living.

“We have recognized this increased demand and limited inventory, and are creating a boutique residential offering for this new generation of buyers,” says Ken Simpson, vice president of Palisades, the project’s developer. “The Liddel will play an important part in shaping the future of the Wilshire Corridor, a famed stretch of real estate with a storied past and a reputation of providing the most luxurious residential offerings in the city.”

Situated at the epicenter of a two-mile tract of luxury condo buildings that run from Westwood Village to the west side of the Los Angeles Country Club—adjacent to Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air—The Liddel will offer residents convenient access to top dining, shopping, culture and entertainment, along with Santa Monica’s beaches. Living options include one- to three-bedroom residences ranging from 1,030 square feet to 2,700 square feet, and priced from $900,000 to more than $4 million. Sales are set to begin in early 2017, with The Agency serving as the development’s exclusive broker. Expect a warm, authentic living environment featuring an artful blend of earthy, airy tones and strong, vibrant finishes, with select homes connecting to private terraces boasting panoramic city views. Designed by renowned interior architect Jamie Bush, of L.A.-based Jamie Bush + Co., the residences will focus on open-concept living. Among the notable features are European-inspired kitchens sporting Miele appliances paired with an elegant mix of charcoals, creams, whites and stainless-steel surfaces; wine storage; wide-plank white oak flooring; organic design finishes; great rooms that open to private terraces; and master bedroom suites showcasing spacious dressing rooms and spa-like baths with heated floors and fixtures by Waterworks and TOTO.

Residents also can avail themselves of numerous ground-floor communal spaces, including a club lounge with a fireplace, bar and full sliding glass door that opens to a garden space; a stunning wine room comprised of ebonized oak walls, brass accents and aubergine tiles for intimate tastings and events; a private dining room and catering kitchen; and a fully equipped fitness studio. Atop The Liddel, a rooftop terrace unfolds to a gathering space with a fireplace, lounge areas, barbecues and views of the city. “Every common area space has been carefully curated by Jamie Bush to give the building its own distinct personality,” says Simpson. “To create an inviting, surprising aesthetic, Jamie has used his fresh, discriminating eye to blend exotic elements with custom-made details, and incorporated engineered onyx and marble. Some of the most surprising accents are the eclectic vintage furnishings placed alongside contemporary pieces.” Taking it a step further, The Liddel will provide a bike to each resident for partaking in nearby trail riding, along with 24-hour valet and concierge service. Think an effortless, cosmopolitan lifestyle experience in the heart of the Golden Mile.

Rich Residence

Written by Wendy Bowman

Interior designer and former fashion magazine editor Angela Rich is selling her longtime second-floor corner residence in Hancock Park’s French Normandy-style Faubourg St. Denis building for $1.87 million. Expect a medley of 15th-century to 17th-century French and Italian design, including ornate details such as triple-crown moldings, 10-foot beamed ceilings and French art deco-style doors featuring large center knobs. Among the other wow-factor features of the 2,154-square-foot abode are three bedrooms (including a generous master suite with a private foyer, walk-in closet, and marbled and mirrored dual-vanity bath); a gourmet chef’s kitchen; large living room; and formal dining room. But that’s not all. Residents of the château-style, pre-war landmark building—designed by James M. Conway in 1927—also are privy to treetop side-street views reminiscent of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, as well as access to amenities including a pool, spa and terrace, and gated underground parking. The property is listed by Shaun Alan-Lee, Rick Ojeda and Nick Segal of Segal & Ojeda team at Partners Trust.

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Photography Courtesy of: The Agency

 

 

DTLA’s hot new boutique condo property TEN50 is designed with Angelenos top of mind

From its stylish living spaces to its over-the-top amenities

As the first condo tower to hit DTLA in almost a decade, the shiny-new, glass-cubed TEN50 is attracting the lion’s share of attention, with more than 50-percent of the boutique high-rise’s 151 residences snapped up since sales began last April. But there’s still a chance to secure a spot in the HansonLA-designed, 25-story showpiece in the heart of the South Park neighborhood, with the results of its second phase now available for purchase.

“TEN50 will provide a confluence of structure and imagination,” says Arden Hearing, managing director of Trumark Urban, the project’s developer. “The building’s stunning architecture meets the street with action and life, softens toward the top, and includes a bold and contemporary design along the corner of Grand Avenue and 11th Street.”

 

Living options include stylish one- and two-bedroom residences ranging from 679 to 1,380 square feet, along with one- and two-story penthouses from 1,117 to 3,575 square feet. Prices are from the low $600,000s to $7 million, with construction set for completion by late 2016.

Designed by Handel Architects, TEN50’s classic and contemporary interiors boast a rich color palette and high-quality materials. Expect kitchens with Domus cabinetry, quartz countertops and backsplashes, and appliances by Bertazzoni, Liebherr and Bosch, along with bathrooms sporting porcelain tile, quartz vanities, Italian cabinetry, Hansgrohe fixtures and inviting walk-in showers.

Exemplary amenities complete the allure here. Homeowners are privy to the epicenter of the city, with The Broad museum, Staples Center, L.A. Live, Whole Foods Market, and numerous world-class restaurants and boutiques just steps away. An Apple flagship store also is expected to open soon. 

Then there are all of the comfort creatures at home base. TEN50 features the country’s first drone-delivery-ready landing pad, along with “The Fifty”— an approximately 13,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor lounge complete with a pool, yoga garden, and dining areas with grills and fireplaces. Other offerings include a private screening room, conference center, fitness studio and spa.

“TEN50 will stand in a class of its own with a curated collection of amenities that promote overall wellness and a variety of communal spaces that bring neighbors together,” says Hearing. Definitely a ten-fold increase when it comes to luxurious urban retreats, wouldn’t you say?

TEN50

1057 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 | 213.861.1050 | ten50.la

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Recently sold in Redondo Beach 

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photo Courtesy of California Image Maker

Six-time NBA All-Star Pao Gasol has sold the Redondo Beach home he lived in during his tenure with the L.A. Lakers for $3.35 million. Colisted by Randy Forbes Jr. and Diane Forbes Halliburton of Gibson International, the contemporary ocean-view home is situated at 734 Esplanade, adjacent to the charming shopping and dining destination of Riviera Village and popular Redondo Breakwater surf spot. Built in 1989, it’s actually two condos that were combined to create a 4,000-plus-square-foot, multistory residence—complete with four bedrooms and six baths, not to mention designer lighting and finishes.



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According to the Los Angeles Times, the Spaniard purchased the two units in separate transactions in 2008 and 2011 for a total of $2.98 million. Bright and open, the residence is rife with breathtaking ocean, coastline and city views, all which can be captured from numerous balconies and massive floor-toceiling windows. Among the home’s wow-factor features: a custom temperature-controlled wine cellar, an elevator, a media room with a bar, a private courtyard with a hot tub and dual two-car garages.

The pièce de résistance? A glass-lined rooftop deck with a sizeable lounge area, ideal for sunbathing and entertaining. Gasol has had a storied career in the NBA, starting off with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001 (where he won NBA Rookie Player of the Year in 2002) and then playing for the Lakers starting in 2008 (where he helped capture two NBA Championships) before leaving for the Chicago Bulls in 2014.