Strand Homes

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  |
List price: $19,300,000

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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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The Strand Life

Looking for prime oceanfront Strand properties in the South Bay?

THE STRAND + OCEAN DRIVE | Active Listings
Sq. Ft.
Lot Sq. Ft
List Price
$ / Sq. Ft.
Property Type
72 The Strand #5, Hermosa Beach 2 2 762 3594 $1,225,000 $1,607.61 144 Condo
4310 Ocean Drive, Manhattan Beach 90266 2 2 1409 1046 $1,600,000 $1,135.56 11 SFR
4117 Ocean Drive / Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 5 3 2804 3500 $6,500,000 $2,318.12 54 SFR
12 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 4 4 2693 2552 $6,680,000 $2,480.51 15 SFR
22 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 4 5 3600 2554 $7,495,000 $2,081.94 4 SFR
4122 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 5 5 4154 3503 $7,895,000 $1,900.58 54 SFR
212 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 5 6 4403 2374 $10,500,000 $2,384.74 245 SFR
58 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 4 5 3575 2402 $10,900,000 $3,048.95 89 SFR
3416 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 5 5 3934 3494 $12,395,000 $3,150.74 5 SFR
3120 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 5 4 4200 3488 $12,900,000 $3,071.43 247 SFR
1140 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 5 4 2808 3337 $14,974,000 $5,332.62 425 SFR
2722 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 8 9 6381 6927 $23,995,000 $3,760.38 158 SFR


Here’s what sold in 2017 on the Strand / Ocean Drive.

THE STRAND + OCEAN DRIVE | Closed Sales 2017
Sq. Ft.
Lot Sq. Ft
List Price
Close Price
Sales Discount
$ / Sq. Ft.
Property Type
4218 Ocean Drive, Manhattan Beach 90266 2 3 1396 5851 $1,749,000 $1,730,000 0.98914 $1,239.26 18 8/10/2017 TH
72 The Strand #6, Hermosa Beach 90254 3 2 1460 3594 $1,945,000 $2,150,000 1.1054 $1,472.60 2 7/13/2017 Condo
638 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 3 2 1500 4790 $4,490,000 $3,725,000 0.82962 $2,483.33 30 9/22/2017 Condo
2702 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 3 4 1900 n/a $4,995,000 $4,750,000 0.95095 $2,500.00 32 6/20/2017 TH
622 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 2 2 1110 2064 $6,299,000 $5,750,000 0.91284 $5,180.18 116 9/28/2017 SFR
1830 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 6 4 2850 2410 $6,900,000 $6,581,250 0.9538 $2,309.21 34 8/28/2017 SFR
1942 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 n/a n/a 100 4240 $8,900,000 $8,350,000 0.9382   155 5/12/2017 SFR
802 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 5 6 3540 2436 $9,299,000 $8,900,000 0.95709 $2,514.12 22 5/2/2017 SFR
2654 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 3 5 3180 2597 $9,200,000 $9,200,000 1 $2,893.08 0 10/17/2017 SFR
716 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 3 3 1648 3483 $11,500,000 $9,300,000 0.8087 $5,643.20 28 1/13/2017 SFR
1912 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 5 5 3482 3327 $11,500,000 $11,300,000 0.98261 $3,245.26 217 10/31/2017 SFR
2400 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 4 4 3969 3492 $12,999,000 $11,900,000 0.91546 $2,998.24 197 8/14/2017 SFR
2302 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 5 4 2817 5349 $14,850,000 $13,000,000 0.87542 $4,614.84 28 12/18/2017 SFR
1540 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254 5 7 4643 4180 $14,000,000 $14,150,000 1.01071 $3,047.60 0 5/23/2017 SFR
3420 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 5 6 5500 3517 $16,500,000 $15,400,000 0.93333 $2,800.00 66 9/7/2017 SFR
104 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 5 8 6123 3330 $18,900,000 $18,400,000 0.97354 $3,005.06 455 3/24/2017 SFR
1000 The Strand, Manhattan Beach 90266 9 8 5967 4979 $23,900,000 $21,000,000 0.87866 $3,519.36 151 5/31/2017 SFR


(All property data taken from MRMLS residential homes for lease for areas: Manhattan Beach, Sand Section, Hermosa Beach, Sand Section – as of 4.17.18. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.)

A Traditional Touch

A classically crafted Strand home is offered along a leisurely corner walk street in Manhattan Beach

Written by Constance Dunn | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason

Presented by Bob Content of B Content & Co.

List Price $17,995,000


Commenting on a great Strand home seems redundant. It’s not unlike saying, “Lovely day, isn’t it?” on a sunny afternoon at the beach. Yet a gracious, sprawling home on a walk street in Manhattan Beach, along one of the most prime corners of the Strand, is a good study in going beyond what’s expected—even when expectations are sky high.

The five-bedroom, approximately 5,500-square-foot home was envisioned as an elegant beachfront haven for holidays and family gatherings by the northern California couple who commissioned it in the 2000s. Its location in North Manhattan Beach—a couple minutes walk from El Porto and laid-back sidewalk eateries, plus an easy hop away from LAX—was a further draw. The design is timeless: an American, shingle-style home in the vein of traditional Northeast coastal homes—but with strong California lifestyle elements. And it’s the home’s exceedingly well-executed classicism, from shingle cladding and a lighthouse feature to leagues of finely handcrafted details throughout, that makes it stand out among a sea of beautiful homes.


Erik Evens of Evens Architects was lead architect on the home. Evans Architects, which focuses on classic design styles, is the partner firm to KAA Design, an L.A. firm founded by architect Grant Kirkpatrick with a well-defined contemporary and  Modernist focus. (Classic or contemporary, as a collective, KAA Design Group’s work is plentiful in the South Bay.) Veteran South Bay builder David Garinger was responsible for the construction, and Chris Barrett did the interiors. “When the clients came to us, they were unsure about what the aesthetic of the house should be,” recounts Evens. “After a period of exploration, we came to realize that this kind of East Coast shingle architecture feels right by the ocean. It has this connection to the sea and spray and smell of the ocean. It just feels right here.”

An inviting palette of gray shingles, crisp white woodwork and stone masonry on the exterior signify a bona fide traditional coastal home. So does the harmonious configuration of the home—its wings, curves and sections are resolved in a pleasing and cohesive unity. Even the roofline, a complex mingling of gabled, flat, hipped and even octagonal, is sculpted. “We were really careful with the proportions, the details of the vernacular and the details of the architecture in a way to make it feel authentically that kind of style,” says Evans. “The biggest challenge was adapting in an authentic way that East Coast, shingle-style vocabulary and making it work here in Southern California. It’s so easy to go astray.”


Because California coastal architecture is premised on making the most of a friendly year-round climate, unlike East Coast or New England architecture, this home has been smartly tailored to make the most of its Strand address. “It still uses the language of the shingle-style architecture,” says Evans, “but it addresses a more California lifestyle.” A temple to the outdoors is found in a covered terrace on the main, middle floor. The terrace connects to the living room via pocketed, sliding French doors. The result is a grand space, kitchen included, that opens up to sea and sky, without personally having to star in the show. The design assures that views into the home are obscured from beachgoers and passersby on the Strand. “It was designed so you’re here, but you’re not in a fishbowl,” explains Broker Bob Content. “You’re removed from everything, but your view is still maximized.”

It’s a consistent theme of the house. Whether reading on a covered patio off a bedroom or enjoying drinks at Strand level, one can partake in the jewels of beachfront living while simultaneously maintaining a discreet distance from the beach itself. (While the luxury of having such privacy in a well-populated area is a rare feature, Content also mentions the home’s three-car garage with carport combine as a particularly winning feature for a Strand property.)

Views from the home stretch from Palos Verdes to Malibu’s Point Dume, and you’re front row to the great waves and surfing along the 34th Street break. Because of the home’s ideal position, on a corner lot along a generous walk street (versus being situated between two homes), there are beach and ocean views along the entire side of the home in addition to the beach-facing frontage.


Enough can’t be said for the fine details and craftsmanship throughout the home. No corner, no surface, it seems, has been left untouched by high-toned design; prudent and tasteful. The home’s beauty is notably fresh, too, since the property has scarcely been used, and has been impeccably maintained since being completed over a dozen years ago. “The home is brand new for all practical purposes,” notes Evens. “It looks very crisp and perfect.” “The finish work is second to none,” says Content. “It’s subtle and sublime.” At every turn, there’s crown molding, refined wainscoting or elaborate base molding. Cabinetry is custom walnut. Each window, down to the smallest porthole, is trimmed and detailed. Floors are quarter-sawn oak. “It’s cut in a certain way to give you a tiger-eye pattern,” adds Content.

The oversized marble slab island in the main kitchen is from France, and is velvety matte to the touch. “It’s no longer available,” says Content, describing how the quarry’s reserve of the material, more desirable than Calacatta marble for its warm, gold and bronze tones, has been exhausted. The winding staircase that’s housed in the “lighthouse”—an octagonal wing with clerestory windows—is a triumph of fine carpentry, winding in a distinctive narrow curve from the ground floor to the top of the house.

Given the importance of first impressions in architecture, the entranceway is appropriately substantive in size and detail. “We devoted a fair amount of real estate in the house to the entry and the stair hall to make it feel more grand and special, and not just a cubby hole that you come into,” says Evens. “It’s very unusual for a walk-street house of a Strand house in Manhattan Beach. It feels more East Coast.”

In the end, the effort is more than just having details for details sake—it’s about establishing a genuine atmosphere of substance and distinction throughout. There are no afterthoughts in this home. Even the elevator, a hotel model with walls of raised wood panels and a soft glow from tucked-away lighting, is a place of quiet elegance.


California touches abound on the ground level of the home, what Evens aptly calls “a good time space.” It’s a recreational floor that opens the home to the beach and the Strand. Thanks to strategic landscaping and a stonework patio, there’s a respectable distance from the public bustle. Spaces include a sunny game room with fireplace, a living room and a quaint clubroom. A nice touch is the full-sized kitchen, plus the built-in marble bar along the elegant walnut-floor hallway. If one has guests, even long-term ones, this level works as a standalone apartment.

Head to the home’s uppermost floor—there are three total—and one finds a family sanctuary. Four of the five bedrooms are on this level, including a master bedroom wing that commands the beach-facing, gabled end of the home, directly in view of the Pacific. Of note is the cathedral ceiling in the master bedroom. Created by the intersection of two dormers and gable on the roof, it creates a cozy geometry in the room. This, and a “spiderweb” transom window (a popular design motif from the Arts and Crafts movement) situated above the generous doors of the balcony, adds graceful, traditional notes to the room, and also help divvy up light beautifully, particularly during sunsets.


Strand Brewing Co Keeps Craft Beer Moving Forward in the South Bay

Written by Constance Dunn | Photography by Paul Jonason

In 2009, when Rich Marcello and Joel Elliott set up Strand Brewing Co in a 1,000-square-foot space in Torrance, they were the only manufacturing craft brewery in the area. “Prior to 2009, the South Bay wasn’t on anyone’s radar for beer,” explains Marcello. Nowadays, they are joined by a slew of other local colleagues, including Monkish, Absolution and Smog City – some of the nearly 10 craft breweries in Torrance alone.

If you swing by the Strand Brewing Co taproom one evening— they’ve moved to significantly bigger, 36,000-square-foot digs, and are open to the public from Tuesday (starting in March) through Sunday—you’ll find a place that aptly reflects the family-friendly, good-time spirit of the South Bay. There’s plenty of beer (including offerings only available in the taproom, such as their pleasingly crisp Blond Ale) and, depending on the night, street-style tacos, smokey barbecue or other complementary delights from visiting food trucks.

The sprawling, minimalist space has communal tables and lots of animated conversations going on amongst folks who were recently strangers. It’s a coup for Marcello, and one of the big rewards of he and Elliot building the business from scratch. “We don’t have TVs, so people actually talk and look at each other and have conversations.” He recounts a recent evening: “The youngest person in the room that day was about two months. Then there’s a guy named Roger celebrating his 80th birthday. I walked around and I thought, ‘that’s what this is all about.’”

Credit the success of Strand to producing great craft beer that was ardently hand-sold into local accounts by Marcello. (Think of partner Joel Elliott as the beer master, and Marcello at the helm of marketing and business.)

“For the first six months my only accounts were here in the South Bay,” Marcello says. Nowadays, Strand beers can be found throughout the entire state of California, though their focus is still on L.A. and Orange County. Recently, they’ve begun distributing their beer in cans, marking a new growth stage for the brewery.

“If we didn’t succeed early out of the gate,” says Marcello, “if we had fallen off a cliff, I don’t know how many people would have thought, ‘that’s a great idea, let’s follow them.’” Throughout their growth, Strand has stuck to its welcoming, unassuming origins. When I show up, there’s no sign on the place. The Doors is cranking and a beer maker wearing rubber waders and tending the tanks greets me with a smile.

Despite running a growing company, Marcello still takes time to leisurely walk through the current taproom lineup. There’s Strand’s flagship offering—24th Street Pale Ale, an even-keeled beer that offers up floral and fruit notes along with some hop—and many more on the docket. There’s something for everyone. (Note to wine drinkers fond of effervescent, fruit-crisp varietals: Strand’s Raspberry Blond is a welcoming entrée into the beer world.)

After a while, Marcello points out: “When you call yourself Strand Brewing, you have an obligation to do it right.” He points to a familiar image on the front of a bottle. It’s a Strand lifeguard tower, their logo.

“What’s that one thing that geographically and socially connects all of the South Bay? It’s that concrete slab called the Strand, and it has so many positive images and memories.”