Louie Tomaro

A Fresh Louie Tomaro Beach-Chic Design

A Fresh Louie Tomaro Beach-Chic Design in Hermosa Beach

An invigorating approach brings a beautifully realized and high-functioning beach-chic abode to the market by Duke Capital Properties

A contemporary stunner, the hilltop beach home at 719 24th Place in Hermosa Beach exhibits an elegant sophistication resulting from meticulous design and a light touch. The product of  an approach that colored outside the lines, the 4,585-square-foot home which commands panoramic ocean views, is a welcome delight.

“As 20-year South Bay residents, our objective was to build a picturesque family home that we would love to live in with our family,” shares developers Brian and Leah Duke of Duke Capital Properties.

On perfect days, I was able to see Anacapa and Santa Barbara Islands, which just blew my mind. I could just imagine the stargazing with my kids on a warm summer night, or on winter nights with the option of having four different fireplaces

Leah led the collaboration of the interior design, which focused on gold and polished nickel finishes throughout to add warmth and glamour for an updated beach-chic. The inspired design captivates even at the doorstep—the home’s modern entry is dramatic.

Draped in a lush landscaped trim of tiered lavender and succulents, the inviting pathway leads one inside to gaze upon a gorgeous oyster cut limestone feature wall with skylights that send down a cascade of light, illuminating contemporary lines and Mid-century modern touches reminiscent of Hawaii vacation-style homes.

“We wanted to focus on clean lines and abundance of natural of light,” shares Duke. “Light walls, warm 9-inch oak wood floors and dark walnut doors and facings add to the tropical feel we were trying to achieve.”

The home was designed by Louie Tomaro of Tomaro Design Group and built by Dave Powers of Dave Powers Construction. One can easily see Tomaro Design Group’s mark on the project, yet at the same time feel as if one has found something completely unique—the value of having many outdoor breezy spaces opposed to simply more indoor square footage, in particular.

“The panoramic view needed to be considered, so it was important to not only open up the views in the westerly direction but to also make it possible to view through the house in the north-south direction. This would enhance the panoramic view that is granted to the lot,” explains Tomaro. “Likewise, rooms are divided by ceiling treatment delineation, rather than walls, to allow for this open view.”

Speaking of, the home offers ocean views on all three levels. “Not too many homeowners can boast of the ocean view from their freestanding tub, or while lying down to go to bed,” shares Powers. Even the kids’ den on the entry level offers this outlook. This relaxing space is meant to be the nucleus of the bedroom floor, where the family can come together and discuss their day while reclining before the fireplace, or on the adjacent outdoor patio flanked by two large Fleetwood sliding doors and gracefully trimmed by living walls of vertical planters for a fresh way to enjoy plant life. Connecting the den and the outdoor patio is a dual-sided solid slab marble with see through fireplace.

Of the home’s five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, four of the rooms, all with en-suite baths, are on the entry level. The bedrooms have high ceilings, ample closet space and beautifully tiled showers and floors. Floating vanities in each bath add to the modern feel while mother of pearl tile work in some of the bathrooms add a feminine tone. The mix of gold, Lucite, polished nickel and wood touches in the home are primarily custom Brizzo fixtures.

The master bedroom is a gorgeous, light-filled space with a huge private balcony offering incredible ocean views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. More windows with views as far as the eye can see flank the impressive limestone statement wall and fireplace. The master bath includes a soaker tub, steam shower and his and her marble-topped vanities with custom wood trimmed mirrors and gold lighting.

Across, the generous his-and-hers closet has flush mount chandeliers and Lucite and gold fixtures for an upscale boutique vibe. Completing the entry level is the ocean view laundry room and small backyard with turf and a small sandbox located just off the back bedroom, making this a great multi-purpose bedroom, play or study area.

Down the gallery style hallway, the floating oak stairs bring one to the awe inspiring space on the upper level. “On perfect days, I was able to see Anacapa and Santa Barbara Islands, which just blew my mind,” shares Powers of the view from here. “I could just imagine the stargazing with my kids on a warm summer night, or on winter nights with the option of having four different fireplaces, including one on the front deck.”

The upstairs is simply impressive. Just atop the stairs, one is surrounded by ocean views soaring above neighboring properties. Fleetwood doors scattered all throughout the upstairs area allow for incredible breezes for a true indoor-outdoor living and dining experience. 

In the center of the home, the chic kitchen sparkles as its heart. Duke covered the oversized Thermador refrigerator and freezer with custom chevron inlaid wood panels and built everything else around it. The elegance throughout the home comes to life here, with a quartz and gold patterned backsplash, quartz charcoal counters and bright white cabinetry. Hammered gold and silver pendant lamps dangle above the kitchen island that is bathed in natural light from six skylights just overhead.

One can expect to indulge ocean views while cooking and, just across, at the breakfast nook with a brilliant bench-style seat with storage. Across is the formal west-facing dining room; elegant and stately, its Fleetwood doors lead out to the partially expansive covered patio with mahogany trimmed ceiling and outdoor barbecue. Here, steps go to the rooftop deck, which is a unique feature to homes in Hermosa. The generous deck is the perfect spot for catching firework shows from surrounding cities. 

On the main floor, the large family room is pristine. Built with every convenience, the space is wired for surround sound and lighting, all controlled by the home’s savant system—Control4 Smart Home Automation. Vaulted ceilings with warm wood beams create a cozy ambiance and the limestone fireplace surrounds keep design elements seamless and complementary. 

Just outside is a large outdoor patio accessed through glass doors. The patio is a great  space for hosting parties and spending time with friends. Enjoy the fireplace on cool nights or step into the flex space on the adjacent side; currently shown as an office, it could be the perfect wet bar area, a kids’ playroom, or a homework area. “We have debated a few options for this space,” states Powers “… but I always imagined the best LEGO room in the world with multi-slide doors that open to an expansive balcony.”

On the bottom floor, the massive media room is wired for home theater surround sound or dramatic lighting over a pool table, should the space be a game room. Sharing this floor is a powder room and storage as well as the entrance to the residential-size elevator. Here, the two-car garage plus golf cart space is conveniently situated. “We tried to create as many parking spaces as we could for the home,” shares Duke. With two additional parking spaces outside the garage and along the front of the home, the potential for six cars makes this really convenient for having guests or a big family.”

At the bottom of the hill is the running path along Valley/Ardmore, or just a few blocks further, the Strand. Just seven blocks from the beach, walkability is quite good here. The home is also centrally located between Manhattan and Hermosa for restaurants and nightlife, and Valley Park is just steps away, as well as other conveniences just east along Sepulveda. For growing families, award-winning Hermosa schools and Mira Costa High School are also mere minutes from the home.

What’s more, says Tomaro, “I believe this is an area of Hermosa Beach that will see substantial growth and redevelopment now that it is clear that you can get some amazing views from these types of properties.” Convenience, elegance and sophistication are all here on 24th Place—a home inspiring family unity and friendly community amid brilliant surrounds.

Photography by Paul Jonason

Presented by 

Duke Capital Properties

310.429.0831 | 719-24thplace.com
List Price: $5,649,000 | View the Full MLS Listing

Idyll on the Strand at 3400 The Strand

3400 The Strand a luxe Louie Tomaro oceanfront residence creates an island-like getaway on the Manhattan Beach Strand

Bedrooms  |  Total Baths   |  Full Baths   |  1 Partial Baths   |  SqFt 5,468  |  $19,300,000

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It’s here that a modern-day haven is found—approximately 5,500 square feet of it, with five bedrooms plus an office, five-and-a-half bathrooms and lots of outdoor living space—on a corner walk street where 34th Street meets the ocean: at 3400 The Strand. The home is the product of architect Louie Tomaro, well known for designing elegant California coastal homes. In this case, Tomaro, wholly accustomed to making the most of ocean views and beachfront living, created an inviting au courant residence with an island focus, courtesy of the homeowners who were inspired by the tropical luxe of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii’s charmed Kona Coast.

The blend of the two styles, contemporary and island, makes for a seaside residence that is distinctive, yet timeless in the vein of Southern California architecture: connecting organically to the bounty of Pacific Ocean, sand and fresh air while being eternally practical for both high-toned entertaining and comfortable family life.

According to the real estate firm Gillespie-Host Group, of  Sotheby’s International Realty: “There are other houses with similar characteristics, but none are executed quite as well as this one.”

Boasting an exceedingly well-crafted level of detail and materials, the home stands out even among the Strand’s ultra-grade residences. Even the overhanging eaves are decked with mahogany, and its copper gutters are cast a soft aqua patina. Inside, floors and floating stairs are crafted from a striking Brazilian hardwood—Chichipate.

With its subtle striping and inviting chestnut hue, the wood contrasts with the home’s creamy walls to amplify its uplifting ocean-and-sunshine atmosphere. The custom mahogany cabinetry and columns throughout combined with grass-clothed and mahogany ceilings create an island feel.

The property’s beauty is fresh, as the property has been impeccably maintained since being completed at the end of 2006. “The homeowners used the best materials, and it shows,” notes Gillespie-Host Group. “The homeowners are extremely meticulous in the upkeep—the home is pristine.”

The good-time hub is found on the ground level—a leisure floor that merges its many elegant spaces, including a sprawling lounge to a cozy club room, with the beach via a strategic network of nana doors, oversized windows and outdoor lounges. Particularly special touches on this floor include an oceanfront spa tub for 10, a glass-front wine cellar and a bar. Crafted from Hawaiian Koa wood and topped with African jade granite, bar seating is oriented towards the ocean—a detail prescribed by the owner, who noticed while traveling in hotels around the world that it was the bartender, not the customers, who seemed to have the prime views.

The middle floor of the residence is home to everyday living spaces, including a sunny great room, a kitchen and dining areas, all anchored by a wrap-around deck. The result is a grand space that feels like one is on a perpetual vacation, even while sipping morning coffee in the breakfast room. A private getaway, too, since the home is designed so that views into upper floors are obscured.

“You get the luxury of being on The Strand,” notes Gillespie-Host Group. “You look straight out at the gorgeous views, but no one sees you. You enjoy that lifestyle without sacrificing your privacy.”

Head to the uppermost floor and one finds a master wing with commanding views of the Pacific, along with dual balconies, a fireplace and a geometric mahogany ceiling with cove lighting, and exposed beams that enhance the handcrafted, island feel of the place, particularly during sunset hours. At the other end of the floor is a guest wing—complete with kitchenette, ocean view balcony and separate entrance—that functions as a handy suite for guests or in-laws.

Views are energizing and dreamy, stretching from Malibu to Palos Verdes, with a fresh panorama of blue sky and ocean revealed at every turn. Because of the home’s strategic position, on a south-facing corner lot along a spacious walk street, there are generous views along the sides of the home, and sunlight streams throughout.

Another plus is this section of The Strand: crowds are rare and the surf break is enviable. When one feels like stepping out, a quick stroll brings a sunny stretch of sidewalk cafes and yoga studios. Less than a mile away is the Manhattan Beach Pier and a bevy of elegant dining and shopping spots. (Note to frequent fliers—LAX is less than five miles away.)

“It’s a beautiful home with all of this thoughtful detail,” says Gillespie-Host Group. “There’s this seamless transition from being a stunning entertaining home to being a comfortable, warm environment where you can live with your children and have your privacy too.”

Presented by 

Gillespie-Host Group, Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
310.796.1617  |  3400thestrand.com
List price: $19,300,000

612 John Street a Magnificent Montage

A sophisticated yet subtle resort-style home inspires a premium lifestyle for all ages

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Tastefully blanketing a massive 10,000-square-foot lot on John Street in Manhattan Beach, a swoon-worthy home showcases magnificent Pacific Ocean vistas from Palos Verdes to Malibu. Located in the highly-desired Hill Section, this exquisite estate commands the top of the hill in a resort-like setting.

“The opportunity to purchase a lot of this size in the Hill Section with views on John Street is very difficult when you realize how few of these opportunities are left,” states Realtor Lauren Forbes of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


The west-facing home at 612 John Street is thoughtful in design, a 7,400-square-foot compound for all ages. Whether one has a growing family or a brood of teenagers, this lifestyle resort home sets the scene for a lifetime of memories. From the airy billiards room and gorgeous pool and spa, to the state-of-the-art wine cellar and home theater, the home offers an opportunity to entertain and enjoy a simply exceptional home life.

“The home’s original architectural design was created by Louie Tomaro and built by his brother Rick Tomaro,” continues Forbes. “Although most of the interior was remodeled when the current owners purchased the home.”

With a beautifully appointed exterior and landscaping design in the Provencal genre, a bright, beach-chic style that is sophisticated yet subtle characterizes the stunning interiors, reflecting the home’s name: “Montage.”

Included in the home are five bedrooms and five baths, with a gorgeous master suite, in particular, an incredible retreat with sensational ocean vistas seen through glass French doors. An adjoined sitting room, boutique-style walk-in closet and impeccable master bath complete these private quarters. Meanwhile, the master bath has every luxury: a soaker tub, steam shower with dual heads and a rain shower, Lutron electric window treatments, and Nuheat heated floors.


The home’s recently remodeled kitchen is crisp white, its vaulted ceilings finished with white tongue and groove wood. The dramatic black hood over the Wolf Range is complemented by the black leather-granite island amid its white surrounds. All conveniences are included: a steam oven, warming drawers, ample storage, wine refrigerator, soft closing drawers and a cozy bench-style breakfast nook just off the eat-in kitchen. Adjacent is a beautiful beach-formal dining room overlooking the impeccably maintained backyard.

Other modern conveniences in the main house are two separate living and family rooms, a kids’ playroom and dedicated homework area, and a fabulous home office with fireplace and ocean views. The home gym with mirrored walls can be repurposed as a sixth bedroom.

On the subterranean level is the remodeled home theater. With soundproof walls and ample seating, the space features a new HD projector, theater surround sound system and Savant home automation system. Just outside of the theater is the custom-built wine cellar, which is glassed-in, dramatically lit and accessed by digital keycode entry. 


Throughout the home are high ceilings and voluminous spaces. Most rooms, except for the kids’ bedrooms, have private outdoor patios and balconies trimmed in custom black wrought iron and are accessible via glass French doors. The home’s interiors, extensively remodeled in 2014 and 2015, were designed by Erinn Valencich, known for her appearance on Nate Berkus’ American Dream Builders.

Valencich used pure white throughout the home as a canvas to texture each individual space with pops of unique color. Also throughout are sophisticated touches including stunning chandeliers and light fixtures dangling from individually designed ceilings, bleached hardwood floors, custom paneling, pale gray doors and hints of luxurious wallpaper.

The custom-designed bathrooms in the home are cohesive through the use of Ann Sacks and Walker Zanger tiles, marble counters, floors, and showers. Similarly, each closet is walk-in and also custom-designed, making for frustration-free organizing.

Outside, grassy turf promises endless opportunities for fun. One might take a swim in the gorgeous sparkling pool and spa, or sip a refreshing beverage from the dramatic wet bar with outdoor kitchen while watching sailboats drift across the sea. Adjacent are two separate pergolas: one for outdoor dining, the other with an outdoor living area featuring chic, flowing drapery and a fireplace for enjoying the outdoors on cool nights. 

A grand perk of this property is its separate guest quarters. Built like a boutique hotel, it comes complete with a polished kitchenette as well as a dual-sided fireplace between the living room and bedroom. Guests are certain to enjoy coffee al fresco from their private balcony with incredible ocean views. The space, design, and privacy would make the perfect spot for a live-in nanny, an aging parent, or one’s rowdy college student. 

But “Many key features about the home are unseen,” states Forbes, such as its high-end Savant System, operable at one’s command. With a click of a button, one can instantly entertain or set the mood via different Lutron lighting settings and Sonos music programmed by room. T

he high-tech security system by Hikvision Video Security supplied cameras, inside and out, adaptable to one’s phone. The home is also powered by XeroSolar panels that are virtually unseen, as well as a emergency backup power via the Tesla power wall.   

With so many “at your service” features and cosmopolitan touches, this home welcomes one to the very thing that defines: the good life. 

Presented by 

Lauren Forbes & John Corrales

Coldwell banker residential brokerage
310.901.8512  |  612johnstreet.com  |  list price $13,700,000
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Written by Joclene Davey
Photographs by Paul Jonason


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Seaside Elegance

A stately French manor just steps from the beach is a dream residence for the entertainer and art collector

Written by Joclene Davey | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason

Presented By George Apostol of The Watermark Group, LLC

List Price $4,495,000

Live an elegant beach life in a bright, meticulously crafted French-Normandy château in the Manhattan Beach sand section. This lighthearted European home is well suited for the upscale dweller who loves the coastal lifestyle yet seeks a higher standard of luxury. Just four short blocks to the beach, this home is brilliantly located within walking distance of Blue Ribbon institution, Robinson Elementary School, downtown, and Sepulveda.

The home’s gorgeous facade sweeps one away to the French countryside via a striking front door and classic limestone surrounds. The authentic slate roof and quintessential spire atop the entry rotunda create an almost fairytale-like scene.

The graceful villa, which spans almost 4,700 square feet with five bedrooms and four and a half baths, was designed by well-known architect Louie Tomaro and built by highly accomplished developer and real estate executive George Apostol. Together, the duo achieved a seamless balance of stately manor and lighthearted beach home. “This house represents a simple elegance that is not stuffy or overbearing,” shares Apostol.

The two-story formal rotunda entry with 19-foot-high ceilings and cascading light sets the stage for quite a show. Dangling above, a custom designed chandelier flickers light onto hand-laid mosaic tiles designed by the same artists whose work is featured at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

Just inside is a welcoming formal living room, its hand-carved limestone fireplace anchoring the space, with walnut wood floors and tremendous windows paned in cherry wood adding warmth.

Throughout the balance of the entry level are polished natural stone floors and crisp white walls, with luxurious touches like archways and cathedral-like ceilings creating a voluminous atmosphere. “We didn’t just go for square footage when building the home; we went for volume so you don’t feel confined in any space,” states Apostol. 

Also located on the entry level of the home is the formal dining room— spacious and bright, with a show-stopping oversized pendant lamp that lends the space a contemporary touch and flexible style. “The home, being in the European style, was still built with [the] intention to be a seaside home via stone floors, [a] bright and airy floor plan and white walls,” explains Apostol. Moving to the gourmet kitchen, one finds that custom furniture-style cabinetry and Viking and Bosch appliances create the perfect formula for entertaining guests in a distinguished yet comfortable atmosphere. Made with natural stone, the large kitchen island takes center stage.

The breakfast nook and built-in desk completes the space. True artisans developed the hearty cabinets and doors throughout the home. Solid wood doors, for example, are 1 3/4 inches thick with real raised molding.

Step down to the relaxing family room where friends and loved ones can enjoy time together amid a large informal space with wood floors and recessed ceilings. Here, another hand-carved limestone fireplace of superior craftsmanship impresses.

Pass back through the kitchen and one may descend solid wood stairs to the heart of this home, a spectacular bonus room, now functioning as an added living space and formal library. 

Doing so feels like entering the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel, with the built-in shelving amid wood paneling. Open shelves beautifully display books for an air of academia, while the focal point, a cozy fireplace of white wood, creates an inviting spot for one to enjoy a drink from the adjacent wet bar. This place is an entertainer’s dream, big enough for a pool table or game room.

Just off the library is a small room; with a hand-pounded copper bar sink, it is tailor-made for a discreet wet bar or to use as a space for wine tasting. Just beyond the bonus room, a dramatic hallway with triple groin vault ceilings leads to the quintessential home theater. The large, Hollywood-style space features retro wallpaper, hidden surround sound speakers, big reclining theater chairs and velvet drapes. This bonus area and its previously referenced sibling are ideal residential amenities for families or the bachelor or bachelorette. Completing this level is a guest room (or office) and full bath with inlaid mosaic tile details.

To reach the upstairs, one ascends a dramatic spiral staircase made of hand-carved wood and thick, beautifully crafted custom wrought iron. Etched glass windows allow light to pour in and fill the entire home while maintaining privacy from one’s neighbors. At the top of the stairs, an unusually wide gallery hallway features bright white walls and tons of skylights perfect for displaying pieces of a coveted art collection.

The upper level hosts four bedrooms, all of which have vaulted ceilings and large, roomy closets with built-in cabinets. The front bedroom has a Juliet balcony with glass French doors and an en-suite bath. Down the long dramatic hallway is the jewel of this home, the grand master suite. Tucked behind a private foyer, one can truly escape from it all here. The suite includes a large his-and-her walk-in closet with brilliantly designed cabinetry. Across, the master bath is filled with fine details: dual head shower, furniture cabinetry with ornamental details, and a designated make-up counter. The tranquil bedroom is massive and features sky-high ceilings and ample windows.

All details, from the door handles to the casement windows with plantation shutters, are custom-made and –designed, proving that no expense was spared in creating this grand yet unpretentious home. “The home has a small sense of formality and elegance coupled with a modern flair due to the layout,” concludes Apostol. “It’s warm; a home for real living.” It only feels like a fantasy.

Casa de Suenos

This striking Rancho Palos Verdes estate is a house of dreams on a street of dreams

Written by Wendy Bowman

This majestic Rancho Palos Verdes estate is the result of an inspired reverie. Original plans were drafted by the current owners—keeping in mind a lifestyle where family, friends, joy, and beauty are paramount—and then handed to SoCal architect Louie Tomaro to work his magic.

The result? A grand Mediterranean-style residence offering a wealth of artisan details complemented by enchanting panoramic vistas spanning from Catalina to Santa Monica Bay. In other words, 365 gorgeous sunsets a year captured via an amphitheater where the star is the Pacific Ocean. “The attention to detail and unsurpassed quality of construction make this home very special,” says listing agent Jason Buck of Re/Max Estate Properties. “Then the views are mesmerizing. Living there is like taking a vacation from home.”

Found at 30637 Calle de Suenos—on a private street boasting only 11 homes—the gated property features an octagonal floor plan punctuated throughout by high-end finishes and touches. Think soaring domed and vaulted ceilings; a spectacular curved double staircase; numerous octagonal rooms; gracefully arched doorways; nine custom fireplaces; curvilinear ironwork railings and sconces; and Venetian plaster walls in a subtle variety of earthy hues.

Built by Peninsula contractors Jim Madden and Bill Howe during a 20-month period, the five bedroom home was completed in 2006. The resulting bright, open and warm abode offers more than 7,000 square feet of living space on two levels, most notably a grand entrance highlighted by a double staircase topped with a cathedral dome with chandelier. In addition to a spacious master suite offering his-and-her designer showroom closets with built-ins, and an en-suite bath showcased by a soaking tub and steam shower, other attributes include 10 baths encased in floor-to-ceiling tile and custom rock; a formal living room; and billiard room. A family room features built-in glass shelving and LED lighting, while a formal dining room is radiant with tongue-and-groove flooring and beautiful coffered ceiling with chandelier.

A spacious chef’s kitchen stuns with maple cabinetry; a duo of granite-and-quartz-topped islands; four ovens; an eight-burner stove topped with skylights; a copper sink; multiple refrigerators; and high concert ceilings allowing for ample natural light. Yet other show-stopping features include a climate-controlled wine cellar with room for 1,300 bottles; 550-gallon, in-floor saltwater aquarium; crystalline lounge area with full walk-in bar; and four-car garage sporting stamped concrete flooring. Outdoors, one will find a 600-square-foot loggia overlooking a 20-foot-by-40-foot infinity-edge pool with waterfall and spa, along with a fire pit; six-hole putting green; life-sized chessboard; regulation-sized shuffleboard court; full-sized half-pipe for skateboarders; and an “oasis” sandbox play area for kids. Meanwhile, a new vineyard area holds the promise of future pinot noir and merlot wines, while a bountiful orchard offers a variety of fruits encompassing plums, peaches, pink lemons and oranges.

By every stretch of the imagination, this home is literally a dream come true.



LIST PRICE $7,898,000

Tuscan Treasure

A prestine Italian Villa, just steps from the beach, enjoys incredible views and an old world sensibility 

Written by Joclene Davey | Photography by Paul Jonason | Presented by Lauren Forbes and John Corrales, Forbes-Corrales | Offered at $5,199,000

Live la dolce vita in a Tuscan villa with tranquil ocean views. Designed and fashioned by the famed Louie Tomaro, and tenderly finessed by the original owner to evoke the beautiful Tuscan countryside, this 5,050-square-foot home drapes immaculately across prime Manhattan Beach real estate. Classic, cupola-style interior and exterior entries greet visitors, with both spaces boasting towering hand-painted ceilings; elaborate, one-of-a-kind wrought iron chandeliers and sconces; and crown molding trimming with travertine tile floors.

The centerpiece of the exterior entry is a mosaic medallion—warmly welcoming one to experience this special place. Built on three levels, the home features a reverse floor plan with five bedrooms, four baths, and two half-baths. The downstairs area, mostly subterranean, features a media room with built-in surround sound and primed for a movie projector. Custom alder-wood cabinetry, specially ventilated for audio and visual equipment, adds to the room’s cozy charm.

The entire space, in fact, is fit for entertaining, with an adjacent temperature controlled wine cellar built with custom walls and a door specially insulated to maintain a perfect temperature. Also on this level is a guest room with a large light-well and a separate bath featuring the same Walker Zanger tiles used throughout the home, along with a pristine copper sink. Completing this level is a carpeted four-car garage with built-in storage, alarm system controls and a full-size residential elevator.


Mid-level, the home’s cathedral-like groin ceilings create a dramatic hallway connecting the upstairs spaces. Custom wrought iron railings and sconces, hardwood walnut floors and travertine floors offer a rustic Italian feel, an authenticity furthered by a terra cotta tile roof with wooden trestles on the exterior. “I’ve always loved the Mediterranean-style home, and after our travels to Italy, we were inspired to add more of the Tuscan touches,” says owner Jeannie Kaseff, on her inspiration for the home. Passing back through the aforementioned interior copula, one will find a spacious laundry room with custom Italian tile-work and Roman shades. Neighboring the laundry room is a second guest quarters that recalls a luxury hotel suite with its comfortable sitting area and two arched double doors that allow natural light to flow through and open to a beautiful veranda.

Highlighting the lovely ensuite bath, meanwhile, are harlequin tiles and custom shades. Through the colonnade-style hallway are two spacious bedrooms with built-in desks, large closets and a connecting bath with dual vanities. At the far end of the hallway is a huge music room large enough for a grand piano and spacious seating area. Also included is a wet bar, bar-sink, mini fridge and half-bath, perfect for entertaining indoors or outside on the lawn. Bordering multiple arched double doors open to the home’s grassy and well-manicured backyard, which offers fantastic ocean views. A well-lit outdoor staircase leads to the upper balcony, convenient for catering parties and entertaining.

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Through the colonnade-style hallway are two spacious bedrooms with built-in desks, large closets and a connecting bath with dual vanities. At the far end of the hallway is a huge music room large enough for a grand piano and spacious seating area. Also included is a wet bar, bar-sink, mini fridge and half-bath, perfect for entertaining indoors or outside on the lawn. Bordering multiple arched double doors open to the home’s grassy and well-manicured backyard, which offers fantastic ocean views. A well-lit outdoor staircase leads to the upper balcony, convenient for catering parties and entertaining.

Nearby is the large master suite with custom-tiled fireplace, high ceilings and access to the backyard through arched double doors. Just a few steps up are separate his-and-her walk-in closets and the en-suite master bath. “There are various step-ups throughout the home, because we wanted to give it a dramatic feel instead of just flat floors,” shares Kaseff. A perfect example of this is the master bath. This space is immaculate and includes Newport Brass faucets, a large steam shower, dual vanities with curved wood cabinetry, plus a separate water closet. Included in the bath, and throughout the home, are hand-painted murals of Tuscan villages and the Southern coast of Italy.

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On the upper level, at the top of the stairs, is a gorgeous and inviting sitting room, which the Kaseff’s refer to as the library. Coved beamed ceilings add to the drama of this space, which is simultaneously cozy and comfortable. It is a space to stay warm by the fireplace with unique basket weave tile work while admiring the home’s authentic touches. Just across is a grand dining room featuring a special ceiling design with walnut casing and a convenient butler pantry with granite counters and a separate walk-in pantry.

Meanwhile, at the northernmost side of the home, one steps up to a brilliant office space. This stuns with its incredible ocean views and high-end casement windows, allowing the flow of a nice breeze. A built-in alder wood desk and storage cabinets complete this unique, almost octagon-shaped, room.

Meandering toward the south end of the upper level, one passes under skylights that fill the middle of the home with natural light. Here, a wet bar with granite counter tops is perfectly located to serve guests. Across is a half-bath with a raised basin-style sink and ample storage, also convenient for entertaining. Making way to the great room, a large stone wood-burning fireplace gives the home a very warm feel. Sprawling ocean views through French doors span the entire back end of the house, accommodating loads of light and fresh air for an indoor/outdoor experience when desired. Wide plank hardwood floors cover the entire upstairs area and connect the spaces between the great room and kitchen.

Opposite the great room is the opulent kitchen, with an expansive island that provides prep space, as well as an eat-in bar. Evoking a true chef’s sensibility is an oversized Viking range, warming drawers, dual dishwashers, wine fridge and vegetable sink. For ample lighting, there is a skylight just above the kitchen. Uniquely, a hidden Sub Zero refrigerator is wrapped in matching cabinetry to discreetly disguise its tremendous size. Also included are the kitchen’s built-in writing desk and dangling Italian pendant lamps.

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Stepping just outside to the outdoor dining area, one stays warm from built-in Infratec gas heaters attached to the ceiling or by cozying up to the gas fireplace while a barbecue feast is prepared. After dinner, the outdoor living area on the other side of the deck invites reclining and a perch from which to enjoy gorgeous, unobstructed views. In walking distance to American Martyrs School, 608 15th Street emphasizes unique details and is meticulously cared for, making it a true stunner. “This home has it all—the view, the proximity to the beach, restaurants and shops and schools, the yard and the perfect floor plan—not to mention an A [plus plus] Manhattan Beach location,” explains realtor Lauren Forbes. Between the massive travertine deck with tremendous views, multiple wet bars and wine cellars for entertaining, and a gourmet kitchen, this authentic Tuscan home is—in all ways—an entertainer’s dream.