Written by Wendy Bowman
Jonathan Genton of L.A.-based Genton Property Group refers to the company’s new 12-story, 59-unit Four Seasons Private Residences-Los Angeles as a stand-alone development that is destined to redefine world-class luxury living—complete with a soaring tower offering breathtaking views via massive glass walls and folding doors, paired with a stellar lineup of five-star amenities and service. Not to mention a massive top floor penthouse priced at $50 million that could become the most expensive condo ever sold in L.A.
“The guiding light here is ‘quintessential L.A.,’ with the best-of-class people and firms,” says Genton, founding partner of the privately held real estate investment company that is developing the project in conjunction with a management team from the Four Seasons Private Residences, global architecture firm Callison RTKL and Webcor Builders. “What we have achieved is a quintessential L.A. building in an irreplaceable location, with an L.A. lifestyle, in a service-rich environment with a world-class brand that is L.A.”
Situated at 9000 W. Third Street on an acre of land adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills—between Beverly Hills and the fashionable North Robertson District—the mid-century-style residences will offer convenient access to top dining, shopping, cultural and entertainment options. “If you live in L.A., there are a few nodes where you want to live,” says Genton. “This is one of those neighborhoods…in the heart of West L.A., with all of the dining and shopping, and proximity to Century City, central job corps and high-value office markets.”
Living options include 58 custom residences, ranging from 1,800 square feet to 6,000 square feet, priced from $3 million to $16 million. In addition, the crown jewel of the project is a 12,000-square-foot penthouse that occupies the entire top floor and features a private, 9,000-square-foot rooftop garden oasis and pool offering 360-degree vistas of the city, along with direct elevator access and a private six-car garage. The building is set to begin welcoming residents in mid-2019, with units outfitted by top L.A. designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard focusing on drama, glamour and timeless sophistication. Expect open-concept indoor/outdoor living spaces inspired by California modern master Richard Neutra, replete with gourmet kitchens sporting professional grade appliances and built-in cabinetry; master bedroom suites highlighted by spa-like en-suite baths featuring a deep soaking tub, separate glass-walled showers, and his-and-her marble vanities; and resplendent rooftop gardens.
Residents also will enjoy numerous hotel-inspired amenities and services, including a 3,250-square-foot fitness center designed by celebrity personal trainer Harley Pasternak and offering spin, cardio and weight equipment, personal trainers, and private yoga, sauna and steam rooms. Among the other top-notch offerings is an IMAX theater with access to PRIMA Cinema and private movie screenings, as well as an exclusive chef’s kitchen serving up a private culinary experienced curated daily by a renowned AAA, Five-Diamond chef, and a heated saltwater lap pool flanked by cabanas and fire pits.
To ensure the ultimate experience, “we want to make sure we partner with the best people, offering our residents the best of class in everything that they touch [and] that we’re affiliated with,” says Genton. “That starts and ends with the Four Seasons.” By blending the Four Seasons brand with the West L.A. location and architecture, “we’re offering an authentic product,” he adds. “It will be looked at as one of these buildings that’s very special…they only happen a few times in a lifetime.”
FOUR SEASONS PRIVATE RESIDENCES-LOS ANGELES
9000 W. THIRD STREET
LOS ANGELES, CA 90048
Written by Abigail Stone | Photography by Perfect Art Production and SAE Photography
Presented by the Malibu Life Team/ Partners Trust
List Price $8,200,000
The winding drive up to 266 Quadro Vecchio is likely familiar to hikers who’ve braved the long trail to the top of Paseo Miramar, where one marvels at the breathtaking coastline panoramas. The home juts off the main road that leads up to the trailhead and shares its visual delights. So, if a house with a view is in your sights, you’re in luck. This modern 5,950 square foot offering, designed by renowned architect Stephen Kanner and completed, after his untimely death, by project architect Damian LeMons, offers a spectacular setting alongside architecturally impeccable interiors and state-of-the art amenities.
The lower level of the house was excavated from the hillside. As a result, the entry sits below street level, enhancing its sense of privacy. A sliding gate cements this impression. When it’s closed, the chaos of Los Angeles seems to disappear along with the ability to see the house from the main road. A three-car garage ensures room for all of your vehicles and offers capacious storage.
The sense of shutting out the world continues as you step down towards the house. Entering through the large carved wooden front door, handmade in Thailand by a master craftsman, is to be magically transported across the globe to Asia. Inside, a Zen-like calm seems to pervade all corners of the first floor. In one corner, a sunken conversation pit in rich Afromosia wood telegraphs intimacy, setting the stage for conversations that last through the night. The gallery wall here also hides a TV. This floor boasts a fully appointed screening room with deep leather chairs and a Steinway-Lyngdorf acoustic surround sound system, a gym and an en-suite guest room that allows visitors the privacy to come and go, independent of their host’s schedule (it also works as a second home office—there is one upstairs as well). A wide expanse of wall to one side of the entry is ideal for spotlighting an important piece of art. Bathed in an ethereal light, the open staircase is as sculptural as it is functional, while open work Moooi lights dangle playfully overhead, further spotlighting the area and enticing investigation of the upstairs rooms.
In contrast to the quiet, contemplative mood the first floor sets, the upper floor almost startles. Sunlight pours through floor-to-ceiling glass windows and bounces off the smooth white ceiling and porcelain floors, underlining the feeling of openness. The sleek, open living room, dining room and kitchen floor plan positively sparkles, with immaculate finishes the definition of understated luxury. In the Bulthaup kitchen, Miele and Gaggenau appliances enhance precision cabinetry, supplying the home chef with the latest in modern innovations and conveniences. A spacious work surface, an induction cooktop embedded in the island and a bar-height counter beckon guests to gather while food is being prepared. The capacious dining space demands a long table, surrounded by friends and family. In the living room, a gas fireplace is inviting on nights when the weather turns chilly.
Surface details in these spaces and others supplement modern technology throughout. From a central vacuum, Lutron lighting and solar heating to water filtration and smart home security, the architect has enhanced the home’s functionality while attending to its aesthetic.
Yet all of the home’s thoughtful touches pale in comparison to the view beyond it. Framed by custom Western sliding glass doors, which opens this area completely and allows the seamless merging of indoors and outdoors, it is an endlessly fascinating vista of mountains, city and water. The landscape surrounding the back of the property, wild and forever undeveloped, is forged from the Getty Center’s lands and the Santa Monica Conservancy’s acreage. Coupled with the view of the ocean and the Queen’s Necklace, civilization seems very far away. A back gate lets dog owners access the hiking trail without having to traverse the main road; there’s also a dog door off of the pantry.
A 40-foot long lap pool with a hot tub, its mosaic tiles amplifying the blue of the water, runs along one side of the large terrace wrapping around the side of the house. There’s an outdoor shower here, as well, and easy access to one of the home’s seven bathrooms.
Duplicated in the master suite, with its two walls of floor-to- ceiling windows, the view turns restful nights into mini vacations. Somehow, mornings seem less stressful when nature offers up magnificent scenery to start the day, a feeling that continues into the light-filled bathroom with steam shower and large custom tub. This area also boasts a retail inspired walk-in closet with a chandelier and glass-enclosed display cases. There’s even a carved wooden hamper designed to drop clothes directly into the laundry. Two more en-suite bedrooms round out the floor.
At night, ensconced in the outdoor conversation area, warmed by the fire and with a chilled bottle of rosé, the sunset displays its light show, the cares of the day a distant memory. Cocooned in this unique sanctuary, the world feels designed just for you. Truly, a wonderful feeling.
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography by Dacy Nottingham & Bowman Group
Presented by Jane Angel, Coldwell Banker Palos Verdes/Beach Cities & Shirley Walters, Coldwell Banker Town & Country
List price $4,925,000
Much like those romantic, chateau-style retreats dotting the rural countryside throughout the Normandy region of France, this charming, two-level manor combines traditional French architectural hallmarks with a homey feel and an amazing property—from its elaborate brick, stone, stucco and ivy-lined façade to its grand rooms and setting amid the natural beauty of Lake Arrowhead.
“This home exudes a warmth that is evident as soon as you walk in the door,” say listing agents Jane Angel and Shirley Walters of Coldwell Banker. “It’s a large estate, but it manages to feel like a family home. It’s also exceedingly private, surrounded by beautiful nature. It feels like you are in a different world, with clear, crisp air, star-filled nights and deer occasionally congregating in your yard.”
Situated on almost three cedar- and pine-laced acres at 160 Cedar Ridge Drive—within Cedar Ridge Estates, a 226-acre private gated enclave of multimillion-dollar custom homes overlooking the eastern shore of Lake Arrowhead—this spectacular estate features a main residence, along with a separate two-bedroom apartment and guesthouse with its own two-car garage, all punctuated by quality finishes and touches, inside and out, that include brilliant stonework, travertine flooring and even concrete pavers culled from a Rumanian street.
The beloved vacation home of software company owners, the home was built in 1996 and recently remodeled. It offers more than 16,000 square feet of living space, including nine bedroom suites; 11 baths; a spacious chef’s kitchen with banquette, professional-grade stainless-steel appliances and a butler’s pantry; a gym with hot tub and sauna; nine fireplaces; and an elevator. Outdoors is a covered kitchen area with seating, children’s playground and ample sitting areas for relaxing and enjoying the views, with lake and beach privileges included.
Among the show-stopping features is a magnificent great room boasting 25-foot ceilings, a similarly majestic fireplace and a gorgeous hand-painted mural; a beautifully detailed wine cellar; a magical, dorm-like children’s bedroom that sleeps 12 with built-in bunk beds; and a Ralph Lauren-esque “Gentleman’s Den,” complete with bar and spiral staircase leading to a second-floor library.
But that’s not all. Lake Arrowhead Village provides city-worthy amenities aplenty, including more than 50 waterfront shops and restaurants, as well as the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, offering fine dining at the highly acclaimed BIN 189 restaurant, and, of course, the lake itself, where the private Beach Club is a great place to spend the day on the sand with kids or take out the boat. Also close are the towns of Cedar Glen, with the popular Timberline in the Glen antique store and Malt Shop, and Blue Jay, offering a cinema and numerous shops and restaurants.
It’s one’s personal castle in the forest—safe and sound from the outside world, yet convenient to the best of Lake Arrowhead living.
Written by Abigail Stone | Photography by Paul Jonason
Presented by Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates
Offered at $11,899,000
The first glimpse of 1495 Capri offers a striking impression of easy beachside elegance. Stretched across the westside of a roundabout, about a quarter mile north of Sunset, the residence presides over other homes in the area, drawing attention with its double columned entryway, graceful white gate that opens to a spacious driveway, three-car garage, and wide, welcoming porch. Designed and built in Cape Cod-influenced style by celebrity homebuilder Ray Nosrati of Huntington Estate Homes, the home brings to mind the graceful, storied mansions of East Coast beach communities.
Wide stone steps lead up to the front door, which opens to a dramatic, two-story entryway, anchored by a curved stairway that leads to the second floor. Catching the sun, an opulent crystal chandelier emits dazzling rainbow reflections, offering a light show that competes for attention with the view to the home’s lushly landscaped backyard.
With high ceilings and generous proportions, the spacious open-plan first floor is made for entertaining. Old World details like crown molding, picture rails, coffered ceilings and carved baseboards add to the feeling of grandeur. A formal sitting room with a fireplace and a large dining room run along one side of the house. While still accessible to the kitchen, yet tucked into the far corner of the house, the dining room can be closed off for catered dinners, keeping a hired chef’s nimble acrobatics out of sight.
Nearby, carved out beneath a staircase, a temperature-controlled wine cellar with room for a thousand bottles ensures that formal entertaining is punctuated by the perfect vintage.
The capacious kitchen, with two islands covered in waterfalls of polished Carrara marble, forms the centerpiece of the back of the house. Pulling the great room—which opens to the backyard’s pool and hot tub— into its embrace, this is where everyone gathers; whether raiding the refrigerator for after-school snacks, piling onto the couch for an evening of binge-watching TV shows, or catching up over a glass of wine. Given Southern California’s idyllic weather, it’s not often that the doors opening the space to the outside are closed. However, should the weather turn chilly, there’s a cozy fireplace by which to warm. There are also breathtaking views to the coast. On a clear day, it’s not unusual to stop in the midst of preparing dinner and look up to catch the setting sun, gasping out its last rays of vivid color over the water.
Whether working full-time from home or just needing to catch up with matters of life and family on the weekend, an office suite located on the opposite side of the main floor guarantees plenty of privacy. Strategically placed behind a bookcase, it’s situated near the back staircase and the elevator, which services all three of the floors of the home. It’s the perfect vantage spot from which to watch for the postman or special deliveries from the studio, as it overlooks the front of the house. There’s also a guest suite here, offering visitors their own retreat away from the family, and the anonymity to come and go without disturbing the rest of the household.
A gym located down a short flight of stairs to the lower level of the home makes workouts convenient. There’s also a wet bar and a cozy den with space for a pool or ping pong table down here, the ideal setting for weekly poker games or as a place for the kids to gather away from the grown ups upstairs. Cleverly concealed behind a bookcase in the den, a second secret room opens to reveal a state-of-the-art Old Hollywood style screening room. Nearby, a second guest suite welcomes live-in help.
Clustered together on the top floor, each of the bedroom suites offer private retreats worthy of a five-star hotel, with lush tiled bathrooms and opulent walk-in closets. The master enclave is a study in luxury, from its fully appointed closets, which include floor length hanging behind closed doors to protect couture clothing; to the bathroom, enfolding dual toilet rooms and vanities, as well as a sumptuous soaking tub set into an alcove that overlooks the backyard. A favorite part of the house is the terrace off of the master bedroom. Standing here, watching the sun rise over the ocean, you breathe a silent prayer of gratitude. Truly, it’s a charmed life.
In this episode of DIGStv we talk with fashion icon and NBA super-fan, James Goldstein, often known for his eclectic fashion sense and his persistent court-side attendance to Lakers and Clippers games in Los Angeles. James Goldstein’s home is perhaps what he’s most well known for, coined the Sheats Goldstein Residence, which is a property with a star studded history.
Appearing in The Big Lebowski, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, fashion magazines the world over, and numerous music videos including Snoop Dogg and Pharrell William’s 2004 hit “Let’s Get Blown,” Nelly and Jeremiah’s 2015 hit “The Fix” and many others, its most easily recognized by its triangular architecture.
This home has hosted a huge number of Hollywood elites, private parties and the private club included on the property can be rented out at your leisure for $25,000 a night! We talk with James about the story of this incredible home and the decision to donate the home to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Written by Jenn Thornton | Photos Courtesy of Molly Wood Garden Design
Among the spoils of SoCal homeownership is living alfresco amid] lusted-after landscapes and reliable climes. So enticing is the prospect of outdoor living with indoor amenities (sumptuous décor, state-of-the-art tech), homebuyers are exploring all open-air possibilities, from large-scale outdoor living rooms fit for an entire family to flagstoned grass patios for one.
Traditionally, a home’s exterior paled in significance to its interior, despite the fact that environment has always influenced significant architecture. Today they argue for equal footing, with the line between indoors and out being all but imperceptible thanks to common architectural installments like sliding floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Increasingly, homeowners are transforming unused, or underutilized, exterior spaces to accommodate the hallmarks of modern dwelling, while rooftop, courtyard and quad buyers are in the market for space to entertain.
A nicely appointed portico, a sun-sheltering pergola or a pool with a shady resting space makes outdoor living easy, and landscape design is crucial to the equation. Aesthetically, curb appeal counts, but not at the expense of practicality. “With real estate the price it is, why not use every square inch?” asks landscape designer Molly Wood, of Costa Mesa-based Molly Wood Garden Design. “When you improve your outdoor space, oftentimes you can double the areas of use on your property.” Maximizing space means maximizing the home’s impact, especially on buyers prepared to pay top dollar for a home featuring premium outdoor space.
Whether an outdoor space calls for a sky’s-the-limit scheme with misters, draperies and radiant lighting complementing cutting-edge kitchens and Renaissance-esque water features, or a simple yet beautiful design with pots, planters and a bar cart, one can always find room for function. A rotunda sounds grand, but is it practical? Is a cook’s station necessary when a standard grill will suffice? Perhaps, but it’s best to consider all options. Then by all means, take it outside!
Written by Joclene Davey | Photography by Paul Jonason
Presented by Rob Freedman and Greg Geilman, RE/MAX Estate Properties
List price $6,459,000
The desire to find a forever-home lives in all of us; luckily, the home at 714 Marlita is precisely this type of place. The exquisitely detailed home has it all—sweeping, panoramic ocean views, elegant design, luxurious amenities and sculptural architecture. Top all this with fantastic indoor-outdoor living areas complemented by a beautiful marble spa overlooking the ocean and a cozy location on a quiet cul-de-sac. Gracing almost 8,400 square feet of living space with six bedrooms and five baths, this Hermosa Hill residence wraps around one of the most private streets in the Beach Cities.
The realization that one has arrived somewhere special is immediate upon approaching the home, complete with massive smoked windows, a curiositypiquing catwalk, stacked granite stone and sky-high bamboo trees trimming the more than 9,100 square foot lot. When entering it, one is further intrigued by an oversized pivoting door trimmed in black iron that opens to a museum-like foyer. Large skylights and spectacular chandeliers, meanwhile, loom weightlessly overhead as one takes in the sheer grandeur of the dwelling. The entire home glimmers, with Venetian-plastered walls in pearly white echoing light from place to place, delighting the eyes.
Visible from the front door, direct views of Hermosa Pier and Palos Verdes draw one outside. But inside, and throughout the home, sleek marble floors, rift oak wood cabinets, floating vanities and glass panel railings culminate to create a sculptural feel. “What I love about the home is the juxtaposition of the beach contemporary flair with hard surfaces that tend to be very modern, but [are] warmed up with textures like natural oak floors and darker wood cabinetry,” states the home’s realtor Rob Freedman. Unique to the property is the use of backlit reversed coffered barrel ceilings lording over its common areas. Equally dramatic is lighting used throughout. Fixtures, like the aforementioned chandeliers, make for lovely surprises when traversing rooms. Another interior touch, Calacatta marble, in unique patterns from herringbone to a captivating checkerboard design, finds its way into the bathrooms and kitchen.
Although it contains a formal, intimate living room for conversation, the true heart of the home is built around the family room. Here, tremendous glass pocket doors on two sides create a seamless space between indoors and out, where outstanding ocean views are enjoyed. Additionally, curvilinear builtin cabinetry complements the beautiful barreled ceilings. “The contemporary barrel vaults were used a lot in the ’80s and ’90s, but not in this way,” says Freedman. “[These] particular ceilings were made in a very special way, so that they veritably float inside of the space.”
The kitchen invites both intimate and large gatherings with seating at the gorgeous zebra wood bar topped with Calcutta marble just off of the kitchen, and an additional eat-in breakfast bar at the kitchen island. The island itself is a masterpiece, with a marble waterfall counter and, just above, for dramatic effect, is a backlit smoked glass panel coffer. “The whole concept of light and dark working together [is] a theme throughout the home: pearlescent walls to the shiny white marble floors, dark cabinetry, and smoked glass. The dramatic high contrast materials come together in such a way you can use your furnishings to achieve a number of different looks when styling this house,” explains Freedman.
The beautiful marble façade doorway connecting the kitchen and dining room is a striking feature also used in the grand entrance to the master suite, as one passes through double smoked glass doors. The bedroom, while tremendous in size, is warmed by neutral oak floors, mirrors on one wall reflecting light around the room, and huge glass pocket doors opening to a large outdoor patio, luring one out to its Catalina Island views. The master bath is accessed through meticulously designed smoked glass barn doors, and includes an opulent soaker tub overlooking the ocean. Rough-cut stonework adds a masculine touch that complements dual vanities and a marble steam shower. The walk-in closets, fit for royalty, are grand in size with bright skylights allowing light into a dressing room. Also included is a seating ottoman for dressing, built-in dressers with mirrors and smoked glass covered cabinets for protecting hanging clothes.
Additional bedrooms offer two sets of generous spaces, each with their own cedar lined walk-in closet and connected by Jack-and-Jill baths. Passing through the catwalk introduces an additional guest suite, large enough to fit two double beds comfortably, with a spacious seating area and private bath. All of the bedrooms and the stairs feature wide plank oak floors, with most bedrooms offering blue-water views. The home also contains two garages: an attached two-car garage and a detached two-car garage across the small courtyard featuring a gigantic window for displaying a car collection. A bonus to this house is its subterranean multipurpose space, ideal as a home gym, viewing or game room. The home is also set up for a full-size elevator and is wired for an intercom and alarm system.
Located on a flat street on a quiet cul-de-sac with sweeping ocean views, 714 Marlita is the quintessential location everyone desires—a dreamy address that one could call home forever.
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography by Paul Jonason
Presented by RE/MAX Estate Properties
List Price $11,900,000
For more information, visit 609paseodelmar.com
Upon entering through the gates of this exquisite estate, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a private villa nestled along the shores of beautiful, pristine Lake Como. Complete with unparalleled vistas of the South Bay coastline and a luxurious lawn, this three-level masterpiece was built in an architectural style reminiscent of the opulent Villa d’Este hotel that rests on the shores of Italy’s most aristocratic retreat.
“This stunning Italian villa is located on over one-half acre on the ocean bluffs in Lower Malaga Cove, with magnificent views of the Santa Monica Bay—from the beach cities all the way to Malibu,” says listing agent James Sanders of RE/MAX Estate Properties. “The owners hand selected this site to build an Italian-style villa overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, with direct influences from classic villas in Italy like the famous Villa d’Este overlooking Lake Como. In collaboration with George Sweeney, a well known local architect, it took them nearly four years to complete construction.”
Standing on an immaculate lot at 609 Paseo Del Mar— in the prestigious and secluded village of Lower Malaga Cove, in the Palos Verdes Peninsula community of Palos Verdes Estates (an area known for its show-stopping residences sporting alluring red tile roofs and Spanish/Italian Mediterranean influences)—this rare retreat is among only a handful of bluff-top homes currently available in coveted Lower Malaga, which offers convenient access to the area’s adjacent peninsula communities, as well as world-famous surf breaks, swimming, fishing, hiking trails, running routes, the prestigious Palos Verdes Beach & Athletic Club and intimate Neighborhood Church. Just a short stroll up the hill is Malaga Cove Plaza, with its collection of shops, cafés, market and historic Neptune Fountain (a replica of a 16th-century water feature in Bologna, Italy) gifted to the city of Palos Verdes in 1930.
Built in 1994 by Tom Montague, this three-level stucco and stone-clad home offers 7,590-plus square feet of grand living space highlighted from top to bottom by lavish design touches such as custom moldings and trim, limestone flooring, soaring wood-beam ceilings, designer fireplaces, decorative wrought-iron stair railings and European handcrafted exotic cherry, pecan, walnut and white oak finishes.
Among the many stand-out features of this seaside gem are five bedrooms—including a stunning master suite complete with a sitting area and cozy fireplace, and a magnificent master bath boasting a marble-encased soaking tub and ocean view terrace—and a gourmet kitchen with professional-grade appliances, breakfast nook and huge center island with seating. There’s also a spacious circular wine room with a tasting table and rustic Italian wall mural, a great room with an inviting bar area, a large private Jacuzzi with fountain, an elevator servicing all three levels, a massive six-car showpiece garage (with plenty of room for surfboards), and additional covered parking.
Outdoors, on a lush half-acre of land, the resort-inspired yard with award-winning plantings, lighted pathway, lovely stone fountains and dual stone rotundas is the perfect spot for both relaxing and entertaining.
“The home, with all of its interesting facets, reflects a warm and serene feeling, yet it is a wonderful venue for parties and celebrations; the owners have had many of them over the years,” says Sanders. “Living in this beautiful home has been a source of both joy and contentment for the owners.”
No doubt, its future inhabitants will find much pleasure and happiness there, as well as some of the most exquisite Italian design and architecture on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Written by Alexandria Abraham | Photography by Paul Jonason
Presented by John Hathorn, Pence Hathorn Silver, Partners Trust and Ren Smith, Partners Trust
List Price: $4,725,000
Walking through this beach-front residence, which boasts soaring 15-foot ceilings, French limed oak floors and jaw-dropping Pacific Ocean views, you’d be hard-pressed to realize that, just over a decade ago, the home was being hauled down nearby Pacific Coast Highway— broken into three, easy-to-reassemble, parts. Hence the term “triple wide.”
Welcome to the world’s most luxurious trailer park, Paradise Cove in Malibu. Here, amid 85 acres of perfectly positioned, ocean-front real estate, the mobile homes have morphed into some of Southern California’s most prized properties. Iconic directors, A-list actors and entertainment executives integrate seamlessly with surfers, lifeguards and teachers in this tight-knit gated community of 265 trailers. Call it the ultimate in high-low living: Most mobile homes in Paradise Cove clock in at about 1,000 square feet, yet many are adorned with marble counter tops and state-of-the-art appliances. A playground, tennis courts and a community clubhouse add to the old-school appeal of the area, originally founded for fishermen in the 1950s. These days, however, prices are pushing towards the truly astronomical: Just this year, the mobile home purchased by Stevie Nicks in 2014 for $4 million sold to an undisclosed buyer for a record-setting $5.3 million.
Although this four bedroom beachfront home looks perfectly turned out, it didn’t start that way when the owner first purchased it in 2001. “When the home first came to this site, it was unfinished. It had a great layout, but it was essentially a blank canvas,” says the owner, a television producer who set about transforming the home into a family beach retreat for himself and his children. He installed bamboo floors, painted the walls vibrant colors and added a wrap-around deck. “Now when you look at it, you’d never know it was a manufactured home,” he says. “It’s really interesting to see what people have created from manufactured homes here. They’ve done them in ways so you’d never know.”
More recently, however, the owner decided to update the interiors, giving the home a more “Hamptons-style, California beach look.” He tapped interior designer Maggie Pierson, a former Paradise Cove resident, to oversee the transition from a “whimsical beach house for kids” to a quieter, more soothingly designed retreat. Pierson set about installing wide-plank oak floors and refinishing all of the kitchen cabinetry with a sleek coat of white lacquer. When it came to furnishing the home, Pierson focused on natural tones throughout. In the living room, custom furniture and upholstered seating designed by Los Angeles-based Alwy Visschedyk keeps it visually quiet, with the other rooms following suit, modulating between creams, beiges and grays. “I wanted to change the whole look, and this renovation achieved that,” he says.
With the toned down interior, the home’s A-list ocean views become even more dramatic. A proliferation of windows spanning all sides of the home look onto what may be one of Paradise Cove’s best views of the Pacific, which can be admired from a majority of the rooms in the house, including the master bedroom with French doors that open to a deck looking straight onto the ocean. With its generous proportions and separate seating areas, the deck offers yet more living space and opportunity to take in the views.
According to the owner, the kitchen may offer some of the home’s best panoramas of the Pacific. “This is one of the best kitchens to cook in while entertaining guests, and it’s also one of the best sites on the coast to see whales,” he says of the curved counter, where a series of windows offer 180-degree sea vistas. The home itself is located on one of the very best sites within Paradise Cove, closest to the ocean with unobstructed views. Add to that the fact that, at 2,300 square feet, it’s significantly larger than many of the other homes and even comes with its own modest-size back garden.
“This is a unique place in the world. It’s a trailer park and it’s also one of the greatest places to raise kids,” he says.
Local real estate agent Ren Smith agrees: “Paradise Cove is this magical place where kids can still run free, and where neighbors care and watch out for each other. It’s a true community in a city where massive, isolated homes are the norm. Where else can you live this close to LA, where you get these kind of amazing views, direct access to your own beach, miles of beautiful coastline, and still have a neighborhood feel? There is nowhere else. That’s why the cove is so special.”
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography by Barcelo Photography
Presented by Erin O’Connor & Leah Kouba, The Agency
Imagine living alongside some of the nation’s leading luminaries on one of Malibu’s most exclusive coastlines— where stunning views of the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean, and an exclusive host of renowned shopping and dining choices, greets you at every turn. That’s the epitome of the carefree California lifestyle, best enjoyed at The Residences at Carbon Beach.
“The Residences at Carbon Beach is the only new residential condo project Malibu has had in over a decade,” says Managing Director of The Agency, New Development group, Hana Cha, exclusive marketing and sales broker for the project. “Many of the homes found in Malibu are older, so a ‘lock-and-go’ condominium is a unique and rare commodity. The contemporary architecture attracts sophisticated buyers (both local and international); you also get the amazing ocean views without having to deal with the ‘maintenance’ of owning a beachside home.”
Thoughtfully crafted by Southern California Holdings, the newly constructed private enclave of eight modern and luxurious estate-sized residences is situated at 22065 Pacific Coast Highway—nestled between the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean, just steps from the sand, in the heart of Malibu’s desirable and elite “Billionaire’s Beach.” Here, residents have access to the best the area has to offer—including acclaimed restaurants like Nobu, Mr. Chow, Mastro’s Ocean Club (and coming soon, SoHo House), as well as upscale shopping at Malibu Country Mart, and unparalleled recreational pursuits in the form of hiking, biking, equestrian trails and stellar surf breaks from Little Dume to Zuma.
Each of the community’s three-story, three bedroom, three and a half bath residences offers 3,200-plus square feet of grand living space highlighted by sweeping ocean views; sophisticated contemporary architecture (including soaring 11- foot ceilings); chef-caliber kitchens; and private in-home elevators. An added bonus, the residences all feature magnificent, 500 square foot rooftop terraces sporting Brazilian wood parquet decking, an eight-person Jacuzzi, gas fireplace, outdoor cooking area and views from Palos Verdes to the Santa Monica Mountains—ideal for relaxing and entertaining.
Along with providing an unprecedented opportunity to own a second or third home in such a prestigious location, and to fully engage in all Malibu has to offer, the community also offers additional lock-and-leave amenities rarely found in the area. Among them, top-of- the-line security features, including gated pedestrian entrances and exterior cameras, as well as professional maintenance services for the property’s common areas. Also a rarity in Malibu, a coveted dual two-car garage rounds out each residence’s overall appeal. A truly unique opportunity in a beach town like no other!
Written by Joclene Davey | Photography by Paul Jonason
Presented by Christine Solomon of NW Real Estate Brokers
List Price $4,599,000
Live the resort lifestyle cliffside in beautiful Rancho Palos Verdes. Life is simply better here, with outstanding, unobstructed southwestern facing views of the Pacific, further protected by the Wilderness Conservatory. Built for the entertainer that also craves privacy, and tucked away on a lovely cul-de-sac above the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the residence at 2970 Twin Harbors View Drive offers an intimate escape from city life.
This stunning Moroccan chic home immediately engages you curbside with its beautiful stone columns and rosette carved arches, further complemented by a Spanish-tiled roof and meticulously manicured lawn. Being one of only five estate properties built by Trump Golf & Estates, the home is fastidiously designed and detailed.
“This Trump Estate property resides in one of the most beautiful locations in the world,” says Christine Solomon, realtor at NW Real Estate and the listing agent for the property. “Walking inside, it becomes clearly evident that the home was built using only the finest of materials with a very high level of attention to detail throughout. Combined with unobstructed, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean as well as Catalina Island, I am excited to see who is fortunate enough to call this their new home.”
In true Trump style, the home has larger than life touches with interior columns, elaborate wrought iron sconces and lighting, barreled ceilings in some spaces, and gleaming travertine floors. The residence feels almost new, having been used solely as a vacation home for the current owners. With five bedrooms, eight baths and a custom designed library, the house spans more than 6200 square feet, affording plenty space for a growing family.
The entry welcomes one into a light-filled atrium with a flowing fountain, limestone floors and detailed stonework throughout. From the front door, one can see gorgeous views just past the open-air living room through arched French doors that lead to the resort-style backyard. The home maintains an open feel throughout with the atrium’s French doors opening to the dining room on the left and a hallway to the right leading to the bedrooms and library. Due to its clever floor plan, the space is ideal for entertaining, with a great flow for hosting parties and charity events.
Entertain in the formal dining room with coffered ceilings, or enjoy dinner out while overlooking the pool and Pacific Ocean with a meal prepared from the outdoor kitchen, complete with the same professional size and grade Viking appliances found indoors, including double ovens and chrome pot-filler water facet. Meticulously tiled with complementary granite countertops, the galley style kitchen with massive island is a true chef’s dream.
One can relax in the sparkling pool or hot tub before retiring to the luxurious master suite. A true retreat, the master includes two sets of French doors leading outside to ocean views, a tremendous bathroom with dual vanities and walk-in closet with custom cabinetry, plus a hand-carved stone fireplace and vaulted ceiling. In addition to the master suite, the home also features four bedrooms: two of which are on the main level, and two others located downstairs. The downstairs bedrooms have windows with light streaming through and large walk-n closets, coupled with designer details like arched lighting alcoves finished with wrought iron sconces.
Enjoy a fun night with friends at the wet bar downstairs with ample built-in cabinetry, or select a bottle of wine from the wine cellar and relax in the sitting area. Just off the bar is an enormous space perfect for creating a home theatre, game room or gym complete with surround sound and intercom system.
Consistent throughout the home are marble and travertine floors, wrought iron stair rails, carved columns and four carved stone fireplaces, including an outdoor fireplace in the back atrium. Soaring ceilings create light and bright rooms built around gorgeous views and exterior spaces. There is also a large laundry room, a three-car garage, CAT 5 wiring, central air and a high-end security system.
This estate home is located within walking distance to the world renowned 18-hole Trump National Golf Course as well as the fabulous Trump restaurants. In addition, it is also a quick drive to Terranea Resort, where golfing, a spa and other dining options are at your fingertips, making this Moroccan Trump Estate beauty feel as if you are on permanent vacation.
Written by Constance Dunn | Photos Courtesy of Chris Cortazzo
Drive around Malibu and you’ll see signs boasting its “27 miles of scenic beauty,” but there are few spots that capitalize on the area’s rugged coastline and pearly blue Pacific waters more skillfully than this contemporary beach home with separate guest house.
Originally built in 1955, and completely overhauled by prolific Malibu architect Doug Burdge, the mini-compound—spanning 5,033 square feet, with 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms—is situated along a secluded stretch of beach and features resort-style grounds bordered by poetic, old-growth trees.
Wood and glass are used amply, sculpting the structures into the surrounding landscape— vanishing pocket doors and floor-to-ceiling windows provide a gallery like experience to the blue sky panorama. An uncluttered living room, flush with views, is found on the ground floor of the main house, along with a fireplaced dining area and chef’s kitchen. Step outdoors, and there’s an oceanfront lounging deck and slender pool and spa. Head upstairs, and you’ll find much of the floor given over to a sprawling master suite surrounded by a wraparound deck.
Steps away, the guest house is stocked with ocean-view bedrooms, a sleek kitchenette and a media room—a standalone annex that puts forth all the extra room one might need without sacrificing the peaceful, self-contained luxury of life along the sunny California coast,
Presented by CHRIS CORTAZZO
List Price $22,000,000 or $60,000 PER MONTH for residential lease
33608 Pacic Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265