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A Slice Of Heaven In Hermosa Beach

During WWII there were radar towers in the South Bay poised atop Tennyson Place in Hermosa Beach, and the reason had everything to do with the altitude. Rumored to be the highest point west of Pacific Coast Highway, this area remains an ideal spot for building one’s dream home.

There are oversized parcels of land, the draw of an exclusive beachside neighborhood and best of all, prime views—stretching across ocean and hillside. 

“It’s a very unique spot because the lots are massive”

says real estate agent Rob Freedman, who is co-listing the property, “and it’s pretty sleepy back there. It’s a hidden gem.”

On a particularly lofty Tennyson lot, a custom home (more like a mini-compound) was erected a few years ago. The approximately 7,300-square-foot home spanning three levels was designed in dreamy partnership with its plethora of outdoor places, and the resulting atmosphere is one of private, fresh-air luxury. Step inside and, though you may still technically be in the South Bay, just a one-minute drive from Pacific Coast Highway, you’re guaranteed to feel somewhere far, far away.

The architect is Louie Tomaro, whose assembly of geometric angles, plentiful glass, and overhanging eaves are cleverly softened by an inviting palette of Spanish cedar, white stucco, and textured stone. Indoors, sunlight and stirring views are everywhere.

“When you get panoramic first-floor views, and panoramic second-floor views, that’s very unusual,” points out co-listing agent Bryn Stroyke. It’s not by accident but by meticulous planning that palm trees, blue skies, and ocean vistas follow you through home and yard. “The way the home is situated on the site takes full advantage of the lot,” explains Freedman, whose real estate acumen is supplemented with a Cornell architecture degree. “It’s got about a good a view that you can get in Hermosa Beach.”

The home opens onto the formal living room, a floating space with walls of glass on three sides, revealing grand vistas. “The living room became the perfect space to utilize the cantilever which welcomes you as you enter in the front door,” says architect Tomaro.

“Entering the living room gives the sense as if you are floating over the ocean in the view beyond.” From the exterior, it’s one of the home’s most captivating features—a glassy cube seemingly held up by air. “The floating, cantilevered look softens things,” says the home’s builder, Dan Bronner of Dolphin Construction. “It really lightens up a big structure.”

The main floor of the home’s interior hosts a myriad of clean-cut and spacious gathering spaces, nearly all of them designed to grant instant access to the outdoors via endless glass walls and doors that pocket neatly into the walls.

The openness of the home lends a flow to, and between, indoor and outdoor spaces. “The style of the Tennyson project is a coastal contemporary home that was driven by the family’s active lifestyle,” explains Tomaro. “The clean lines and floor-to-ceiling glass create a modern feel that allowed us to fully capitalize on the stunning views this sight had to offer,” he adds.

The kitchen, for instance, a gleaming place of wood, steel, and stone, adjoins not only the outdoors but also a spacious family room and a sitting nook—a pure white space that connects dramatically to the back yard via glass walls.

“The sliding doors that pocket into the wall allows you to join the front and back of the house together,” notes Bronner. “It’s a wonderful place to have an entertaining evening, and have it flow seamlessly from the back yard, through the house, and into the front yard.”

Speaking of the outdoors, the size of the lot affords plenty of al fresco areas; each varies but all look and feel like the leisured grounds of a world-class resort. “There are multiple entertainment areas,” Tomaro describes, “with the pool and yard providing a focal point for the public and private spaces to wrap around, creating a constant indoor-outdoor relationship.”

Due to the amount of space, says Stroyke, “There are no hard decisions. You’re able to accommodate everything. The back yard features an elegant swimming pool and spa adjacent to a covered cabana that’s ideal for warm-weather lounging.

Steps away is a tidy sports court, and at the southwest corner of the grassy front yard, a spacious hot tub with a dramatic fire feature. “You can sit with quite a few people, have a glass of wine and overlook Catalina Island with fantastic views,” says Freedman.

Back inside, the top floor features four of the home’s five bedrooms, including a mellow master suite with a custom mahogany beam-work ceiling, inlaid fireplace and fresh-air sitting balcony that faces the ocean square on—one of the home’s many spots to ponder the brilliant colors at sunset.

An equally prime place is the master bath suite, a luxurious space decked in wood and natural stone, with plentiful ocean views, even from the soaking tub and the generous walk-in shower.

Not to miss on this floor is a grand deck, over 1,000 feet in size, adjoining a spacious gym and dance rehearsal studio. Cleverly shaded to blunt the sun’s strongest rays, and capture a full panorama of ocean views, from north to south, this private space beckons as a lounge for everyday use, or as an ideal site for full-blown soirées.

Rounding out the home’s star-studded amenities is a lower level with a plush theater, chic wine cellar and kid-friendly recreation room. A seven-car garage, in addition to an exterior parking area, is a convenient touch for a home that’s bound to have guests.

“It’s a big, pavilion home that at once is perfect for a family, yet has this architectural verve about it that’s livable, yet uplifting,” says Freedman. Indeed, this sculpted and elegant place, soaked in light and ocean vistas, and stocked with abundant outdoor spaces satisfies the most-sought-after trifecta in South Bay luxe house hunting.

There’s no need to make those not-uncommon compromises, such as swapping views for size, and foregoing pool dreams in order to save precious lawn space. As Stroyke simply sums it up: “With this property, you can have your cake and eat it too.”


Rob Freedman | 310.291.7779
of The Domo Group – RE/MAX Estate Properties

Bryn Stroyke | 310.880.3436
of Stroyke Properties

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Luca Manderino Delights South Bay With Sosta

“The core of Venetian cuisine is very similar to Japanese—concentrated on the product, not on the sauce that surrounds the product,” says Luca Manderino, South Bay restaurateur, explaining the difference between dishes in Venice, where he was born and raised, and those from other corners of Italy.

It’s a difference he’s showcasing at his brand-new Hermosa Beach spot Sosta. The restaurant, which officially opened last month, is a continuation of Manderino’s local culinary imprint that includes his longtime former haunt, La Sosta Enoteca, located at the “five corner” intersection where Manhattan Avenue segues into Hermosa Avenue, and briefly, at another location along Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

“It’s a new start for me,” says Manderino. “I’m starting again from the roots. Literally.” He is doubling down on his Venetian origins at the intimate, candle-lit spot among Pier Avenue where simple wood tables and French doors create an informal charm—a look he favors. “I always like clean and rustic,” says Manderino.

His fans will recognize the romantic atmosphere and the welcoming chef-owner offering artfully presented plates of authentic Italian fare and meticulously chosen Italian wine. “My parents had two restaurants,” he says of his training. “I was raised in the kitchen.” It was in these Venice kitchens where he gathered the skills to create menu staples such as homemade gnocci, and specialties like Ribeye Tartare, Spaghetti with Salted Anchovies and Whole Branzino. Not to miss is a selection from Sosta’s wine list. All Italian, with about 45 labels and growing, the list features a variety of choices from north to south, and ranging in price from $30-plus to $2000 per bottle.

“Venetian inspired” is how Manderino classifies the cuisine at Sosta, and it’s his authentic twists that make the place a creative, already popular standout in South Bay’s restaurant scene. (The restaurant is open for dinner, and Manderino recommends reservations if you’re planning to visit Thursday through Saturday.) There’s a raw seafood appetizer, with a creative rotation of fresh ingredients, and Manderino’s ever-present yen for delighting diners with dishes they might not readily order, but learn to love.

“I always add something that is considered unusual by American standards,” he says. “For example, I do tongue; I do lamb heart; I do the tendon of the cow’s leg—I don’t put them on the menu though.” Instead, he may send a taste to the table for customers to try. “Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time people say, ‘I would never order it, but it’s so delicious.’ For me that’s the way to get the customer engaged on what Italian cuisine is.”

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South Bay Real Estate Stats for Single Family Residences (YTD)

As we close out the summer and approach the final quarter of 2018, let’s take a look at some South Bay real estate stats from the period January 1 – September 3, 2018, Single Family Residences.

Areas: El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills.

“Numbers are the highest degree of knowledge. It is knowledge itself.” ~Plato

Total # of closed home sales transactions……………………………….  1023
Total # of closed sales under $1 million……………………………………….  99
Total # of closed sales over $5 million…………………………………………   40
Manhattan Beach Sand Section sales over $5 million………………… 12
Total # of closed sales over $10 million………………………………………..   3
Highest closed sale / price per square foot (MB)……………  $3,180.29
Average days on market to sell…………………………………………………….  40
Average year built / closed sales………………………………………………  1969
Average close sales price……………………………………………….   $2,023,563
Average sales discount off list……………………………………  -1.75% off list     


$1,9666,550,269 Worth of Closed Sales Year-to-Date in the South Bay

$1,9666,550,269 Worth of Closed Sales Year-to-Date in the South Bay

As of August 21, 2018, a total of 971 single family homes have sold in the Beach Cities and Palos Verdes Peninsula with an aggregate value of $1.966 billion.  Currently, the average sale price for the entire South Bay/PV is $2,025,283, while the highest priced sales this year is $22,650,000.  Buyers through August 21 are getting an average discount of 1.72% off the list price, which is approximately $35,428 per sale.

During the same period last year, a total of 1,019 single family homes sold with an aggregate value of $2,025,048,674 at an average sale price of $1,987,290 and sales discount of 1.42%.

Here’s a look at the total number of homes listed for sale in the month of August over the past five years.


Current Market Snapshot | ACTIVE LISTINGS
Single Family Residence | AUGUST – 5 Year   *As of 8.21.18


El Segundo

14 16 19 15 18

Manhattan Beach

58 77 112 108 71

Hermosa Beach

21 33 37 34 32

North Redondo Beach

26 34 33 26 11

South Redondo Beach

32 29 22 33 18

Hollywood Riviera

20 30 22 15 15

Palos Verdes Estates

72 61 72 71 58

Rancho Palos Verdes

147 139 139 112 108
Rolling Hills Estates
25 25 30 28 22

Rolling Hills

21 24 30 25 28


“You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for!” — Craig Bruce

MRMLS single family residence average sales in Rolling Hills. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

Heal the Bay Keeps South Bay Shores Sparkling

Beach Clean

Heal the Bay Keeps South Bay Shores Sparkling

In 1985, Dorothy Green, Howard Bennett and a group of L.A. residents banded together to stem the pollution in the Santa Monica Bay. Just a year later, the group, named Heal the Bay, secured a win when Hyperion Treatment Plant stopped dumping partially treated sewage into the bay due to their efforts.

“It’s rare for a South Bay site to be on our Beach Bummer List, which ranks the 10 most polluted beaches in the state each year”

The group lives on today and the Santa Monica Bay, stretching from Malibu’s Point Dume to Palos Verdes, remains their prime focus—meaning that South Bay residents owe much to their work, which range from beach clean-ups and marine education to ocean advocacy and the completion of their highly useful Beach Report Card, which grades local beaches weekly from A to F.

“Heal the Bay has a large group of volunteers and board members that live from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach,” says Heal the Bay board member and Beach Cities resident Paul Stimpfl. “While our aquarium is in Santa Monica, the collecting of food for the animals that we study comes right off the Palos Verdes coast.”

Ask someone why they live in the South Bay, and chances are it has something to do with the beach: surfing, walking the water’s edge, catching the sunset—priceless activities that have the power to shift one’s mood in a moment.

Good news: “The South Bay historically has some of the best water quality in Los Angeles County,” reports Heal the Bay’s Communications Director Matthew King. “It’s rare for a South Bay site to be on our Beach Bummer List, which ranks the 10 most polluted beaches in the state each year.”

Even better, four South Bay beaches made the organization’s most recent Honor Roll, meaning they scored perfect A+ grades throughout the year: Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, Portuguese Bend Cove, Bluff Cove and El Segundo Beach.

Perhaps you’ve seen, or been among the folks who walk the sand, buckets in hand, cleaning trash and debris from the beach. If you have a notion to join them—last year volunteers collectively pulled 800,00 pounds of trash from California’s coast and waterways in just three hours—consider signing up for Coastal Cleaning Day 2018. Happening Sept. 15, it is the world’s largest volunteer day on behalf of the environment, and a powerful way to invest in our most treasured local resource.

Photograph courtesy of Heal the Bay

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Unapologetically Bold North Hermosa Beach Home Changes Meaning of “To Spare No Expense”

North Hermosa Beach Home107 24th Street is the result of collaborative efforts between multiple talented designers around the world!

Situated between the fun bustle of Hermosa Beach Pier and downtown Manhattan Beach, it’s a mellow residential area where pedestrians and bicyclists travel along wide streets. There’s a corner store or bistro here and there, and a sunny stretch of Pacific Ocean, with a local favorite beachfront being Seaside Lagoon, is never far away. 

On the corner of 24th Street and Hermosa Avenue, a new home has been built, its bold design breaking stylistic tradition with the charming residences in its midst. Created by DK Development, its build-design team included Noelle Parks of Noelle Interiors and Mike Davis of Mike Davis Custom Home Building, who produced the four-level Modernist’s dream erected in glass and steel, with textured contrasts of stucco, wood and stone adorning the exterior— warming the home’s look to match its mellow beachside locale.


Sophisticated Technical Features

Inside, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home sports sleek design throughout—sophisticated and loaded with technical features that control everything from music, temperature, and lighting to the shades that glide over the home’s vast window system. The main entrance, a dramatic, geometric space that welcomes one into the home, is highlighted by a starkly elegant Bocci light feature flowing from floors above.

“The architectural elements drove the design selections and lighting concepts,” says Parks about the aesthetic approach to the home. “I made sure all those elements related; that they all talked to each other.”

One can be forgiven for heading straight to the rooftop, for it’s there where the home earns its knockout status with over 1,000 square feet of sculpted outdoor living space. Amid golden panoramas stretching from Catalina to Malibu, with mountains and palm trees and the Pacific Ocean waves in the mix, one becomes the sole guest at the luxurious, resort-style sky lounge.

There’s an eye-catching waterfall spa and crackling fireplace, plus an outdoor shower and barbecue center. Separate areas are carved out for lounging, dining and sunbathing. Speaking of: “We wanted there to be a glass railing so when you’re lying there, you are eye level with the ocean,” says Parks, who points out the glass also neatly regulates the ocean winds. Such high levels of user-friendly details are found in every corner of the home.

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Proximity to Sand & Sea

Desert landscaping completes the scene, and one can scarcely imagine a more charming location to enjoy the hours, particularly with its unblocked views and one-block-way proximity to the sand and sea. “It made me love Hermosa more,” Parks says with a laugh. When one wishes to step away from the sun for a moment, there’s an adjoining bar—a gleaming indoor space uniquely touched with strategic rose gold finishes.

“I fell in love with a Hansgrohe rose-gold gooseneck faucet,” says Parks, “and we wanted that to be the flair in the sky deck bar.” Ideal as a sunlit gathering space by day, after dark, the lounge becomes dramatic by way of inlaid lights along the walls and back bar to create a moody glow throughout the room—coupling with the starry night sky and ocean air to create an enchanted atmosphere.

A floor below is where one finds the home’s main living areas, gathered in showcase style along an open floor plan made grander by the luminesce of light soffits and a series of never-ending windows and sliding glass walls.

Views and sunlight are abundant by virtue of the home occupying its own corner, a south-facing lot. In keeping with the high style of the home, in the center of the floor plan, there is a glass-encased wall—wine storage unit for 140-plus bottles.

It’s a smart intermediary point that separates spaces: On one side there’s a cheerful dining area and brilliant white kitchen, it’s strong lines softened by hearty wood plank floors and a soft-gray, veiny backsplash of Neolith. (The high-performance material, formed from natural elements including granite minerals, is used in different areas of the home with great effect, from the sky deck spa to bathroom counters.)

On the other side of the floor is a spacious living area with stone-encased fireplace and a Fleetwood glass wall that expands the room with a fresh-air deck, one of many in the home. “The nice open flow of the house came together really nicely,” remarks Parks.

A Custom First Floor

The first floor is home to three bedrooms—two with their own patio—and a comfy media lounge that’s been detailed with a custom viewing and sound system, plus a handy kitchenette for fixing drinks and snacks. Above is a floor fairly dedicated to the master suite—a getaway unto itself with a bedroom that includes a mellow corner lounge and a private balcony that opens the room nicely to the oceanside air and atmosphere.


Hyper-elegant Details

One feels a sense of the home’s hyper-elegance when stepping into the walk-in closet, decked with custom cabinetry and stage-worthy lighting, or entering the glass-filled bathroom with its oversized, oblong soaking tub and decorous walls of veined stone. As in many areas of the home, lighting has been used as a designer’s paintbrush of sorts to highlight particular details, in this case, the soft curves of the tub. For real estate agent Christopher Plank, the home’s top virtues are clear: “Rooftop deck with sky bar. Ocean views. Exquisite Finishes,” he says. It’s true. The showcase home has been deftly packaged, along with its exquisite seaside surroundings, into a cradle of modern sophistication—a place sculpted by nature and technology and creative minds.

Rooftop deck with sky bar. Ocean views. Exquisite Finishes”

Presented by: Chris Plank & Lynn Range
Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
310.849.1530 | 310.308.1221

View the Full MLS Listing  |
List Price: $7,500,000

Written by: Constance Dunn
Photography by: Paul Jonason


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A Look Behind the Residences of Rolling Hills Country Club

Take a look at the Grand Opening of a new luxury development by the Chadmar Group as they fuse nature and design at the residences of Rolling Hills Country Club. Properties range from $2-5 million.

Cliff May was a well-known builder and proponent of the California ranch home, designed as the “dream home” for the many Americans who settled into the newly formed suburbs of Southern California during the post-war period. Joining elements of Spanish Revival architecture with Modernism, the appealing homes were low-slung structures with a horizontal orientation and a design that focused on easy living and welcoming in the outdoors—and they sold like hotcakes during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Ranch House Revival

Head to Rolling Hills Estates on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and you’ll find a new take on this California classic: ranch house revival. It’s The Residences of Rolling Hills Country Club, architect Robert Hidey’s modern reissue of the style consisting of many elements of the original, such as lots of glass and open sunlit rooms. But there’s a bigger dimension to his version, notably more than one floor, and rustic notes—such as exteriors of stone and textured wood, and posts that extend past the roof overhangs—that nod to the unbridled green landscape of the locale. “He grew up on the Hill and knows it well. He knows how it lives,” says developer Chuck Lande of Hidey, a prolific designer of homes and residential developments with an award-winning firm in Irvine.

Like May’s ranch homes, which each bore an appealing uniformity that helped solidify the feel of community amongst neighbors, Hidey’s ranch house revival homes populate The Residences, a new, private 228-acre residential development at Rolling Hills Country Club. Created by Chuck and Chad Lande of The Chadmar Group, the development sits on the last remaining tract of expansive land to be developed in the area. The community spans 83 Chadmar residences, the bulk of them ranging from 3,700 to 5,600 square feet in size and spanning four to six bedrooms. In addition, there’s a family-focused clubhouse with a gym and pool complex, plus a new golf course at Rolling Hills Country Club.

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Uncanny Mix of Canyons, Valleys & Vistas

“I grew up on the Hill, so it was great to ‘go home’ and do this,” says Lande. “With this great opportunity, it was key to do it properly, so it feels like it has been there forever.” Doing it properly meant taking advantage of the land’s natural beauty and bountiful views. From the location there’s an uncanny mix of canyons and rolling valleys, plus vistas of golden sunrise over the San Gabriel Mountains, glittering lights of the L.A. Basin and a city line silhouette of downtown Los Angeles. “The design of the site took advantage of the view corridors. It’s very special,” notes Lande. Conscious of the quality of life that makes the area a magnet for so many, and families in particular, Lande set out to create a charmed community of leisured, well-heeled domesticity in the South Bay.

His first step was to assemble the right team to produce the vision alongside he and son Chad Lande, chief operating officer at The Chadmar Group. “This particular development really caters to the family as a whole,” says Lande. “One, you have a great home. Two, you’ve got the amenities of the club right there. It’s not just golf. It’s swimming, tennis, fitness, spa, food and beverage—the whole gamut. Families realistically can live here and not leave. Everything they want to do is right here.”

Award-winning Designer of Rolling Hills Country Club 

Scottish-born golf course designer David McLay Kidd designed Rolling Hills Country Club’s 18-hole course. Designer of award-winning courses from Hawaii to Scotland and Idaho, Kidd was chosen for his aesthetics and ability to design a course that works across skill levels. “David’s style of design is one that is friendly to the high-handicap golfer and challenging to the low-handicap golfer,” says Lande. The look of the course is an open, expansive one with homegrown natural elements integrated along the way, notably native grasses and trees. “He is part of the team that saw the vision that we were after, that wanted to make it look like it was carved into the natural landscape,” says Lande.


David Howerton of firm Hart Howerton was brought in on landscaping. Using the unique topography of the area, including a Mediterranean palette of plant materials, he and his team created a sculpted natural atmosphere that’s also drought tolerant. “There’s a characteristic look of this community that comes about from the eucalyptus, the Italian stone pines and the California peppers in combination that really creates a wonderful hierarchy and a contrast of color and texture,” says Howerton about the project in the video series “A Look Behind the Vision.”

Becoming Part of the Community

Whether one is on the golf course or tooling around the many open spaces in the development, the focus is on curating the raw and diverse beauty of the land in harmony with the community. “Isn’t it smarter, doesn’t it create a better quality of life and more real value,” asks Lande, “to do something that fits in its surroundings and becomes part of the community?”


To steep the environment and history of a place into a design that caters to current times has been a pursuit of Lande’s since he began developing in the 1970s, and has been brought to The Residences of Rolling Hills Country Club in full force. “It’s really the last bit of large, undeveloped land on the Hill,” he points out. “It’s a unique opportunity, and an important one, not only for the club but for the Hill as a whole.”

I grew up on the Hill, so it was great to ‘go home’ and do this.

Presented By: The Residences of Rolling Hills Country Club
Developed by The Chadmar Group

For information, visit:

The Chadmar Group Residences Sales Gallery
15 Chandler Ranch Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
310.325.0786 |
From the high $2 millions to $5 million

Written by: Constance Dunn
Photography by: The Residences of Rolling Hills Country Club


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South Bay Marketplace RE – May 21, 2018

South Bay DIGS Marketplace RE delivers comprehensive local real estate market news, data, and analysis of the affluent South Bay neighborhoods.

Every Monday, we curate a FREE just listed guide highlighting homes we think are Rockstar-worthy, market snapshots for hot zip codes, 10-year trend line charts, and much more.

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Check out these just listed homes that hit the market in the last 4 days >>>



915 Via Panorama, Palos Verdes 90274

An unparalleled location with Queen’s necklace views from every room – a villa with 31,000 square feet, fit for a rockstar with discerning taste.

4 Bed | 4 Bath | 5,064 Sq Ft | 3 DOM
Current List Price: $7,300,000
Listing Agent: Anna Randall, Re/MAX Estate Properties

81 Morningside Dr., Manhattan Beach 90266

Abundant South Sand Section home – panoramic valley and ocean views 

5 Bed | 5 Bath | 4,261 Sq Ft | 4 DOM
Current List Price: $5,732,339
Listing Agent: Roy Bolling, 3 Leaf Realty, Inc


3324 Crownview Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Live on top of the world – in an unbelievable custom designer Mediterranean palace with spectacular panoramic views 

7 Bed | 7 Bath | 6,000 Sq Ft | $673.33/Sq Ft | 45 DOM
Original List Price: $4,040,000
Listing Agent: Jerry Yutronich, Re/MAX Estate Properties

6925 Clovercliff Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

First-time ever listing Quiet neighborhood, within a couple minute walk to the award-winning Vista Grande school.

5 Bed | 3 Bath | 2,242 Sq Ft | $624/Sq Ft
Current List Price: $1,399,000
Listing Agent: Dennis Schoonover, Re/MAX Estate Properties

JUST SOLD – 1376 Via Romero, Palos Verdes Estates 90274

Former linebacker Antonio Pierce sells his massive Lunada Bay hillside home  – See full story at LA Times

6 Bed | 8 Bath | 10,297 Sq Ft 
Original List Price: $6,995,000
Closed Price: $6,500,000
Listing Agent: Josh Altman, Douglas Elliman 

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Manhattan Beach 90266 | Single Family Residence


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High-tech Island Retreat—Hermosa Strand Style

An inviting, high-tech island retreat commands a peaceful stretch of the Hermosa Strand.

The graceful home rising above the most peaceful stretch of beachfront in Hermosa Beach is a natural beauty that reflects its surroundings along the Hermosa Strand. While aesthetically pure, the high-tech home is loaded with state-of-the-art components that “one could buy on Wednesday and have a party on Saturday,” jokes builder Dennis Moloney of Moloney Development. Specializing in the Strand and Sand Section properties, Moloney’s Island Contemporary stunner at 1932 The Strand offers every convenience and amenity the Strand buyer could want, with priceless views to boot.

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“Conventional wisdom is that a lot of the more costly or complicated systems, finishes and features aren’t typically incorporated in ‘spec’ homes. While that’s often true, that’s not the case here,” explains Moloney. “This house already has pretty much everything you’d really consider putting in if you built from scratch.” The home is brimming with a number of top-end amenities, including complete audio/video systems; climate control with whole-house radiant heating and a three-zone air conditioning system; security and surveillance systems; and full-house Lutron lighting and automated window shades. All of these comforts are easily piloted via a user-friendly Savant system, which allows total control from an iPad or phone. “After building over a 100 luxury homes, you know what people are looking for,” says Moloney.

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With the home a good distance from both piers, the spot along the gorgeous wide beach is typically tranquil, offering more privacy. “This is a very calm part of the beach that offers more peace and quiet than most Strand properties,” describes Moloney, “but is still within an easy stroll to a few of the quintessential Hermosa icons like Martha’s Café and the Green Store.”

Comfortable Contemporary Home

Stepping into the comfortable contemporary home gives one a welcoming feeling. Beautiful clean lines shape the voluminous rooms and floating staircase, with the color palette true to the surrounding elements of sand, sea, and sky. The play on texture also reflects flora and fauna with touches of grasscloth wallpaper, limestone floors and tiles, and warm mahogany trims and cabinets throughout. Together, the elements cultivate the environment of a seaside luxury hotel. Quantum glass sliding and retractable doors on each level allow views as far as the eye can see, further connecting the homeowner with the beach and nature just outside, and creating seamless spaces.

With breathtaking views from all three levels, the 4,000-square-foot home includes four bedrooms and four and a half baths. Three of the bedrooms are on the top level; the main living areas and kitchen are located on the middle floor; with lively entertaining areas and guest quarters on the bottom level.

Endless Ocean Vistas on Hermosa Strand

Upstairs, gorgeous views and light fill the master suite, which features unique details like refrigerated hidden drawers and an indoor/outdoor Mr. Steam Aroma Shower in the master bath. Noteworthy is the sensor lighting in the boutique-style, his-and-her master closet. Throughout the upstairs are bleached walnut hardwood floors, as well as warm mahogany trims and hearty plantation-style doors. Two additional en-suite bedrooms complete this level.


The home’s middle level makes room for endless ocean vistas enjoyed from the large open deck off of the main living area. Here is a gorgeous, wood-burning fireplace clad in book-matched marble slabs that anchors the space and a mahogany tongue-and-groove ceiling that creates warmth. On the opposite wall, Moloney has employed a little trompe l’oeil with a large wall mirror cased in the same mahogany trim as its flanking windows to reflect the ocean, effectively doubling the blue ocean views. Across, the open kitchen is minimal in style and features vertical grain rift-cut walnut cabinets by Chubin Fine Cabinetry topped with beautiful “leathered” quartzite counters. Motorized cabinets and luxury Miele and Sub-Zero appliances make cooking easy. The adjacent dining area features a coffee bar as beautiful inside as it is out, with a marble-topped coffee prep space and a built-in Miele coffee maker. At the far end of the middle level is the media room. Wrapped in grasscloth for a cozier appeal, this room features an 85-inch monitor and theater-quality components such as a 5.1 Dolby Digital. A wet bar and refrigerated drawers add a nice touch.

The Real Entertainment Hub—The Bottom Floor

The bottom floor, however, is the real entertainment hub. This large open area is the place to congregate for parties or watch sports. The game/entertaining room opens up via glass pocket doors to the outdoor patio for an indoor-outdoor living experience where one can cozy up to the fireplace or firepit in the exterior living area. The crown jewel for the avid entertainer is the full-size wet bar with its long Neolith top and every amenity one needs ice-maker, refrigerator, dishwasher drawers, and back bar storage. Can’t decide between watching the USC or UCLA game? Show both, courtesy of two stacked TVs built into the back bar. Across from the wet bar, the custom-built wine refrigeration system by Cellar Masters stores 120 bottles in a distinctive, LED-lit stainless steel cable racking sculpture and makes for a perfect feature wall. Completing this level is a guest room with a beautiful guest bath sporting a marble slab shower, and a two-car garage with a slat Garage Tek system for storing beach paraphernalia.

With a passion for architecture and construction, Moloney exceeded expectations with this gorgeous, easy living, an island-style home that basically runs itself. A true place to kick back and savor life on the Hermosa Strand.

Presented By: Dennis Moloney, Moloney Development
Strand Hill | Christie’s International Real Estate, 310.480.8854
List Price: $13,200,000


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Recently acquired by Amazon for $1B, Ring will join SpaceX in Hawthorne

Looking to reduce rents by 75%, Ring—the HD video doorbell tech company—which was recently purchased by Amazon for $1B, is moving to the Hawthorne!

Ring will relocate from Santa Monica to Hawthorne and join tech giants SpaceX, Tesla, and Amazon.

The new facility will be located at 12515 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250.

With rising rents all around Los Angeles, Ring, a smart video doorbell manufacturer is leaving Santa Monica in search of lower rents.

The move to Hawthorne could reduce Ring’s rent up to 75 percent a year, according to Owen Fileti of LA Realty.

The warehouse on Cerise boasts a massive 62,000-square-foot area that will allow Ring to increase their logistics and distribution teams and give them some room to breathe all while saving a nice chunk of change in the process.

Not a bad deal, especially since Amazon reportedly just paid $1 billion for the promising tech company, which offers security systems and cameras to its 2 million users.

The Cerise warehouse will be developed by Vella Group, a real estate firm with properties all around the country—New York and Los Angeles to name a couple.

Vella reportedly paid $13 million for the property back in March 2018, according to Real Capital Analytics.

M-Rad, an LA-based architecture, and design studio will design the new office space to fit the growing tech startup. It will be complete with distinct co-working spaces, a state-of-the-art engineering department, a grand atrium filled with 30-foot tall trees, and all of the goodies that come in tech startups. 

Ring signed a 10-year lease, with an option to renew. This will allow the company to grow, which will inevitably stir up local business in the South Bay city of Hawthorne.

Hawthorne is known as the “city of neighbors” and is a place that many companies discover in their search for sustainable office spaces. Hawthorne’s economy is booming with new construction.

Getting to know the real estate in Hawthorne

Hawthorne’s housing market could be a South Bay city that you call home, as it’s currently a seller’s market. According to Trulia, Hawthorne shows an 11% year-over-year increase in median sales price, and a -2% drop in rents.

Median sales price is $651,000 and you can get a home for roughly $491 per square foot. No wonder Ring and other tech giants are packing up and calling Hawthorne home.

Renters will pay roughly $3,125 median rents per month.

If you’re curious about who lives in 90250, take a peek.  You’ll encounter 32-year old, single-homeowners that are college educated and make roughly $47K a year that work in Sales, management and service industries.

  • 25% of residents are homeowners
  • 30% are single
  • Median household income is roughly $47,000
  • 32 years old
  • 25% is college educated

Ninety-three percent of residents will commute by car, and very few will commute by public transportation.

As Hawthorne continues to add these companies to their city, housing is expected to rise over the next year, so there’s no better time than today to consider it your home. 


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The Welcoming Home

South Bay Door & Window helps enhance a home’s most pivotal features

Doors and windows are an architectural focal point of any home, and among its most expressive characteristics. Welcoming in people, piping in light, directing sound and air—the vital duties of these features are sometimes bumped to an afterthought when it comes to other aspects of design. A place where they are given much emphasis, however, is at a wedge-shaped brick building at the corner of Catalina and Elena Avenues in Redondo Beach.

“Doors and windows are important. They also build a lot more equity in your home when you change them out,” says owner Steve Hegedusch, a friendly local who opened the business in this historic building nearly 20 years ago. The homey shop, complete with surfboards, vintage machinery and a slew of model doors, windows and hardware, is akin to a local boutique for two of the most pivotal aspects of your home.

“We work with both homeowners and builders,” says Hegedusch. In doing so, he and his staff are consultative and adept at understanding what styles and models work best on area homes—from identifying current trends to knowing what will be ideal for a lifestyle, or even the climate. “We observe, and we know what’s out there,” he says. Current Beach Cities’ favorites include multi-sliding glass doors that open indoor spaces to the outdoors. That, and the Dutch door, consisting of two halves—an upper and a lower portion—which can be left open or closed independent of one another. “You can keep the dog in, keep the kids in, but open the top,” says Hegedusch of the style, also favored for its ability to allow in beachside breezes.

The store focuses on middle to high-end manufacturers, and supply windows and doors for new construction in the area, as well as for revamping existing homes to achieve a more modern look and returning historic properties back to their original glory. “Your front door is a statement,” notes South Bay Door & Window’s Marci Bencomo. “It can really update your home or take away from it.

When you think about it, this is how you welcome people into your house. This is how you walk into your house. You want to feel good about it, and you want it to look really good.”

If stopping by the store to see how a window or door nip-tuck might enhance a current property, bring in photos of it (or Hegedusch and his staff can Google it) to guide towards a look that will be best for the home. Doors and windows are made to order, and the store’s in-house crew will install them, along with hardware, moulding and even skylights. In the end, there’s a unique benefit to having someone locally who can pinpoint, among a sea of manufacturers and product lines, the right direction for such an important yet oft-overlooked choice—and do it in a personable, unhurried way. “This store has a family feel,” says Bencomo. “It has a nice atmosphere. We bring our dog. People can sit and take their time. They care about their home and we care about their home too.”

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