Written by Wendy Bowman
The longtime Hollywood Hills West home of comedian, actor and author Richard Lewis is on the market for $1.559 million, listed by Peter Maurice and Tregg Rustad of Rodeo Realty. Built in 1926—the same year that the nearby Sunset Tower and Chateau Marmont hotels opened their doors—the Mediterranean-style villa also served as the residence of late actor Eddie Albert at one time. Situated in a bedrock hill in Laurel Canyon, at the end of a cul-de-sac at 8001 Hemet Place, the home features 2,508 square feet of living space highlighted by an open-air living room with a full wet bar; updated kitchen with Gaggenau, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances; a media room/lounge; and two bedrooms (including a penthouse-level master retreat with an office/sitting room that opens to a terrace with city views, along with a private, first-floor guest suite with attached bath).
Photos courtesy of David Tamburo
The last remaining penthouse in The Carlyle at 10776 Wilshire Boulevard has been sold by Tinder Co-Founder and CEO Sean Rad for $7.75 million. The swank penthouse features more than 5,000 square feet of living space on the 23rd floor, complete with soaring environs; floor-to-ceiling windows; and numerous balconies and terraces from which to view the panoramic mountain and city scenery. Among the highlights: three bedrooms (including a luxe oversized master suite with dual baths); formal living and dining rooms; a study; and chef’s kitchen finished with custom-designed teak Poggenpohl cabinetry. The new owner also has access to the building’s amenities package, which includes 24-hour, white-glove concierge service; a fully equipped fitness center designed by Sports Club/LA; and a climate-controlled wine cellar with private lockers. “The Carlyle penthouse truly is a one-of-a-kind luxury,” says The Agency’s Brendan Fitzpatrick, who served as the listing agent, with James Rucker of Sotheby’s International Realty representing the buyer. “The penthouse is, without a doubt, one of my most iconic sales to date.”
Photos courtesy of Jim Bartsch Photography/The Agency
The mid-century modern home that served as the fictional residence of Jack Bauer on the FOX television series is now on the market for $3.999 million. Designed in 1939 by noted architect J.R. Davidson, the mid-century modern home is otherwise known as the Berkson Residence and can be found at 4620 Rubio Drive in Encino. The single-story, five-bedroom property features almost 6,000 square feet of updated living space that blends modern elements with the architect’s original signature warmth and livability, including seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces that flow from open interiors to multiple outdoor entertaining areas and lush private grounds featuring hand-selected trees, plants and fountains. “It is such a unique, special and truly one-of-a-kind architectural style that you just can’t find on the market,” says listing agent Alan Taylor of John Aaroe Group. “It was designed by an architect who participated in Arts & Architecture’s Case Study House Program. It has fabulous entertaining spaces, both inside and out, and has truly remarkable indoor-outdoor flow.”
Photos courtesy of James Moss
While one pro athlete recently purchased a new residence in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section, yet another has placed his on the market in the much sought-after neighborhood. Former New York Knicks basketballer Lou Amundson is selling his mid-century modern home at 2417 Oak Avenue for $2.155 million, with Jenny Morant of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage serving as the listing agent. Situated on a rare corner lot, the three-bedroom, two-story home was built in 1981 and features 2,536 square feet of Zen-like living space. Among the highlights: a wooden Balinese-style bridge walkaway, towering wood-beam ceilings and rows of sliding glass doors leading to several outdoor spaces.
Photos courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has purchased a ranch-style home on a sizeable lot in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section. Originally priced at $2.95 million, the property was co-listed by Vicki Goorchenko and Jim Van Zanten, both of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. Found at 2311 Laurel Avenue, in the exclusive Martyrs neighborhood, the home was built in 1947 and offers 1,621 square feet of one-level living space including four bedrooms and two baths. Perhaps the biggest draw of the home, however, is its massive irregular-shaped lot (including 79 feet of street frontage on one side and 120 feet on the other), which allows the new owner to come in and build a grand custom home. “The lot has unique dimensions, which affords an architect the ability to be creative with his design,” says Goorchenko. “It is one of the larger lots in the Martyrs section and very private, with neighbors just on one side and in the back. It also is on a small rise, which could give some ocean views from a second story.”
Photos courtesy of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
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.”
A landmark home rises along a central Hermosa walk street, loaded with grand, sunny spaces—and an unerring attention to detail
Written by Constance Dunn
Photography by Paul Jonason
Offered by Dan Jensen of Keller Williams Beach Cities
List price $5,750,000
Buzz has been building around the “lighthouse home” that’s been under construction in Hermosa Beach for the last year. If you’ve cruised by the structure at 801 Hermosa Avenue, a few blocks south of the pier, it’s likely that you’ve slowed down to get another look. You’re not alone. There’s been so much curiosity surrounding the home that builders have taken time to affix a sign to the property’s big front door, politely reminding onlookers that it’s closed, lest one feels the urge to open the entry and take a look around.
The reason for the interest might be the impressive scale of the place, a prim and oversized Nantucket-style residence sheathed in moss-green shingles and cut stone, but more likely it’s the lighthouse built along its edge.
A walk through the just-finished property reveals that all that glitters on the outside is equally matched indoors, with its blizzard of handcrafted living spaces and finely-tuned, artisan details. It starts with the first step inside the foyer—an imposing space that accurately prefaces the home. There’s a dynamic, clean contrast of gleaming white walls and trim against rich wood. Above is a graceful landing with Colonial-style balusters, anchored with an elegantly molded newel post.
The home, spanning just over 4,000 square feet, encompasses rooms at six different elevations. There are four bedroom suites, and many more places to tuck away and study, entertain or lounge, whether the mood calls for indoors or out; overlooking ocean, sand and sky; or clocking the action in the center of one of the nation’s most famous beach cities.
It’s a project into which developer and builder Ted Van Huisen has pumped his heart and soul. “It’s kind of a labor of love,” he says as we begin walking through the home.
Labor began with Van Huisen’s idea of erecting the type of large family home that might be found in modern-day Nantucket. He shared his vision with architect David Watson, who “made it work” on a spacious corner lot situated along a tree-lined neighborhood walk street.
Van Huisen, who first moved to Hermosa Beach back in 1975, favored the home’s location for its old-school South Bay character (“It’s what the beach is all about,” he explains) and sees life on Hermosa’s walk streets as a sweet union of all that’s appealing about the town. “You’ve got a little bit of everything,” he points out. Look in one direction and there are palm trees, blue water and sand; another perspective avails the bustle of Hermosa Avenue; its boutiques, coffee shops and increasingly cosmopolitan lineup of eateries. And, in less than 5 minutes on foot, there’s famed Pier Avenue.
Ask the home’s realtor, Dan Jensen, what stands out and he gives more than a few notables. Ample views of the beach and city; rooftop decks and balconies galore. There’s the lighthouse itself and, of course, the central Hermosa Beach location. In combination with all of these charms, is an abundance of outstanding handiwork throughout the home. “When you get down to details, I don’t think you can find a more well-crafted home,” states Jensen.
“Everything here is Old World hand-craftsmanship,” Van Huisen offers. “We didn’t skimp on anything.”
At every turn, there’s painstaking crown molding, refined beadboard wainscoting, hyper-custom cabinetry and elaborate base molding—some of it pure marble—that’s sculpted between regal plinth blocks. Ceilings are elevated and doors are solid core, 9 feet tall. Each patio and window, down to the smallest porthole, is trimmed and detailed. Even exterior finishes are dressed in copper, a high-tone feature that’s also smart and weather proof, given the beachfront conditions. “It actually looks better with age,” explains Charlene Lee, realtor with the Jensen Group.
“Everything in the home is custom and every bedroom is an individual suite,” says Van Huisen, who oversaw the 14 months of construction it took for general contractor Scott Beckett to complete the home. “And every bathroom is completely different.” Credit the charmed feature to interior designer Alison Shoemaker, who outfitted one bath with a shellacked black sink cabinet and elegant mosaic tiles; and another in a graceful swirl of grey marble and glossy white, finished off with vintage silver sink handles and mirrors. The master bath is the most striking in all, filled with contrasting Art Deco tile and a freestanding bathtub set atop dainty silver pedestals.
Despite their distinctions, a well-sculpted hand, one that sought to weave an enduring, hand-wrought elegance—much of it early 20th-century American in flavor—throughout, ties all bathrooms and bedrooms together.
“We made the master suite a true suite,” remarks Van Huisen, pointing out the sunny retreat’s generous balcony that overlooks the walk street below, and the circular lounge tucked into the lighthouse. It’s a nice spot to hide away or read, aided by refreshment from the wet bar. If one looks up, their view is of the sky, which is framed by the round glass at the crown of the lighthouse, which can be programmed to beam out a menu of custom light effects. “It’s important to have a living area where you can enjoy the walk street and California beach living at its best,” he adds. It’s an idea Van Huisen has taken to heart on this project.
The corner lot features an ample patio along the walk street that’s neatly fenced in by a low wall of cut stone. A wall of floor-to-ceiling doors purposefully extends the home’s open-floor living room and kitchen—a whitewashed sprawl of coffered ceilings and mellow wood floors. There are three dining spaces; one a breakfast nook nestled into the lighthouse, plus a big fireplace and an island kitchen with professional grade appliances. “The main living area and the kitchen are on the bottom floor,” notes Lee. “So you’re not running up and down the stairs all day. You’re able to spend the majority of your time on this floor.”
Head to the third floor to find a spacious gathering center lined with windows, and outfitted with a kitchenette and powder room. Its high vantage and adjoining balcony and rooftop deck have been configured to take advantage of the panoramic view that stretches to the bay and mountains of Santa Monica. “Having a family room and a rooftop deck combined makes a huge difference,” says Jensen. “When you’re entertaining, you have a kitchen and a bathroom right there, so you’ll actually use your rooftop deck.”
So, who might own such a home—with its grand, livable spaces and visual landmark status, so striking that just The Lighthouse on 8th might suffice as its address? “It’s a great family home because of all of the bedrooms and bathrooms,” remarks Jensen. “Plus the study and play areas for children.” But its vast gathering spaces and self-contained suites also cast it as an entertainer’s ideal, and the hardcore craftsmanship could just as easily lure an artisan-minded collector of homes.
“No matter who they are, it will be someone who wants the best,” states Lee. “Someone who is known for their individuality, which this home has. No other home in the area contains an actual lighthouse.”
Adds Jensen, “There’s not a property like this. And I doubt there’ll ever be another.”
Overseeing up to 30 potential properties in various states of completion each week, Jeff Marshall— owner and principal of one of California’s leading home staging operations, Marshall Design Group— is on the speed dial of real-estate agents statewide. Here, a conversation with the industry hot property.
Written by Jenn Thornton
Was design always your passion?
Jeff Marshall: Remodeling and bettering properties is just in my blood. Ever since I was a kid, my parents have been buying and selling real estate. I guess I’ve got drywall dust in my lungs, and I’ve always loved being a part of transforming homes into showcases.
What influences you creatively?
JM: Music has always played a huge role in my life and is definitely [an] early catalyst… I started playing the drums when I was about 7 years old. I’ve always found my center and true joy behind the kit. … Music inspires me, and I’ll often lock on to a new creative idea while in its grasp. I was heavily into theater throughout high school, performing as an actor, which even led to some professional roles later on. Over the years, I’ve been involved in the production side of media projects, helping to produce creative ventures for talented up-and-comers. These projects keep me surrounded by amazing performers who continually inspire me, and those creative juices flow over into the design work I do.
It’s about meeting new people, learning and listening. As a home stager, I’m trying to tell a story with my furnishings, like building a composition, creating a vision of the kind of life that could be lived in that space.
Every vision needs a visionary.
JM: I often say it would be great to have a crystal ball to know who the buyer of a particular house was going to be—that way I could dress it to meet their tastes. But being crystal ball-less means I need to make decisions that will hopefully prove inviting to the majority.
Beyond intuition, what’s your approach?
JM: I like to get to know the clients as well as possible; learn about their lives, where they’ve traveled and what they’ve brought back, what their long-term goals are for the property, etc. I also like to know about where they’ve lived before and what they liked or didn’t like about that home. Are they mercurial, always changing styles of furniture and decor, or are they grounded in traditions of style that need to have an important lasting presence? The detective in me wants all the facts before deciding how to proceed.
JM: I’ll make suggestions on improvements, carpet, paint, fixtures, etc., and then I’ll race to the next project… all spread out, from Laguna Beach down south, all the way up to Santa Barbara. We not only offer staging services for properties being marketed, but also a comprehensive interior design service. We’ll make recommendations on everything from landscaping to bathroom fixtures. We’ve even started to manufacture our own line of custom furnishings.
As a family business, what does Marshall Design Group offer clients that is unique?
JM: We pride ourselves in offering a truly personal experience. Like a doctor on call, I’m always reachable, and if there’s something we can do to help our clients feel good about our service, we go after it. There’s nothing better than hearing that a property we staged is in escrow and that everyone was happy with our work. I look at each project as an opportunity to build a relationship that can last longer than the current project I’m furnishing.
In what way is Southern California a factor in your work—do you pull inspiration from a sense of place?
JM: I just love Southern California… there’s truly no place like home. The easygoing lifestyle here has infiltrated my bones and definitely finds it’s way in to my design direction.
JM: We recently staged a landmark property in Bel Air that will be sold for about $40 million. It was a tremendous affair, with every member of my family pitching in—even Mom and Dad helped shop for lamps! We continue to gain a positive presence in Orange County and Palm Springs, and it’s exciting to see the company grow.
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Manhattan Beach realtor Matt Pernice represents buyers and sellers of South Bay homes and apartment buildings. South Bay DIGS chats with this water-loving family man about the local market, its rising residential real estate prices and his favorite outdoor activities.
AS TOLD TO CONSTANCE DUNN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL JONASON
South Bay DIGS: What inspired you to get into real estate?
Matt Pernice: While going to college to get my biology degree, I owned a personal training company to pay my way. One of my best clients was a tenant representative for a national commercial brokerage firm. He convinced me to get my license to augment my income in order to pay for college.
SBD: How do you utilize your finance background in your real estate career?
MP: I’ve always excelled in mathematics. I guess it’s just in my blood; my family is filled with mathematicians. I tend to use these skills on the fly to help educate clients in the moment. A large portion of my business is commercial apartment sales. The ability to combine my people skills—selling luxury residential homes at the beach—and my business skills—selling commercial apartment sales—makes for a very balanced work environment that is challenging, but very rewarding.
SBD: What other aspects of your background give you an edge in real estate?
MP: I’ve always been a people pleaser. I’ll do everything and anything to make sure the client is happy. Going the extra mile for my client before, during and after the transactions is what separates me from other agents. I’m not the type of agent with two or three assistants. I want to interact with my clients every step of the way to ensure they are pleased with the outcome. I enjoy the day-to-day ups and downs of a transaction.
SBD: What factors are currently influencing local residential real estate?
MP: The finance answer: the contraction of interest rates and inventory, as well as rising prices, are the key factors influencing our local marketplace. The personal-interest answer: we live in a prime vacation environment. There is a lifestyle in the South Bay that cannot be surpassed anywhere in the country. Local actions, such as keeping businesses local, supporting longtime South Bay business owners, beautification actions and public safety, are key factors in residential real estate.
SBD: You’ve been in real estate for over a decade. Any local trends during that time that have surprised you?
MP: The appreciation over the last two years has been unbelievable. I’m more of a conservative, but it’s hard to argue the price trend. Just when you think you’ve seen the highest sale, the next will surpass it.
SBD: Clients mention your negotiating skills. Can you talk more about that?
MP: I don’t think of myself as a negotiator, I think of myself as a mediator in a process where the goal is to get the most appropriate, fair deal for both parties. When we are in the middle of negotiations, I barely rest until I know my clients have the deal they deserve.
SBD: You’re part of NW Real Estate Brokers in Manhattan Beach. What makes this firm different than others in the area?
MP: Joining NW Real Estate Brokers in 2010 was a no-brainer. This group of agents has an unbelievable amount of knowledge about the local market, and there’s always someone around to collaborate with. While the business environment is very relaxed, our business tactics are fearless and aggressive. Our broker, John Chuka, is always there, anytime we need something.
SBD: What do you like to do when you’re not doing real estate? What are some of your favorite places to hang out locally?
MP: My son, Ocean Eddie, and family are my number one priority. You’ll find us almost every weekend playing on the local beach, in the water SUP [standup paddleboarding] surfing, or scootering around on the strand. If you see two man-buns flying by on scooters along The Strand, it’s probably us. I’m a bit of a homebody so I enjoy a good movie at home any day over going out.
I try to get two forms of activity in per day. Whether it’s swimming in the currents, SUP surfing the break, running on the Strand, yoga at one of our local studios or going to the gym. If it gets the heart pumping, the sweat pouring and offers a mental break—I’m in! The South Bay is the perfect environment for my family to work and play. We feel blessed every day that we get to live in such a beautiful area of SoCal, and couldn’t be any happier than we are today.
From small shelter to loft living, add these innovation-inspired titles to your library.
WRITTEN BY JENN THORNTON
SMALL ARCHITECTURE NOW!
by Philip Jodidio
This collection of smaller-dimensioned dwellings from architects worldwide represents a new wave in architectural thinking—dream big, build small. Examining the trend toward creating structures with a minimal footprint for seemingly every occasion—along with a playhouse and pavilion, there’s a tipi-type fireplace for kids—the innovations in this multilingual volume are prototypes of a growing movement from those at the forefront of their field. $59, Taschen.com.
by Mimi Zeiger
Occupants of the homes in this book have mastered the art of doing more with less, much less — in this case, under 1,000 square feet. All 30 of the book’s modular and prefab homes probe the possibilities of sustainable living by documenting not only how these ingenious builds are lessening their carbon footprint, but the enthusiasms of their micro homeowners too. Also featuring high-concept building plans and bold photos for a style-meets-utility mix. $29.95, RizzoliUSA.com
THE URBAN HOUSE: TOWNHOUSES, APARTMENTS, LOFTS, AND OTHER SPACES FOR CITY LIVING
by Ron Broadhurst
Signifying a new frontier in residential design, the 25 spaces in this book, featuring a written contribution from Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Richard Meier (whose work — an apartment on Fifth Avenue — is also represented), surveys international city living. And, as a case study in reuse, materials and sustainability, the volume shows how these spaces challenge, and change, this very idea. The addition of blueprints alongside illustrations adds interest and dimension. $45, RizzoliUSA.com