A coveted location, great design and timeless sensibility come together in a gorgeous, resort-style home near downtown Manhattan Beach—1215 Fisher Avenue, touting unobstructed views to rival the Strand and prime proximity. Just minutes from sand and sea, the luxurious dwelling is ideally situated; close to the many conveniences and attractions of downtown.
The home’s incredible location—a melding of ease and scenery—lends itself to the beach resort lifestyle amid a striking surround. Unimpeded ocean vistas are captured from this rare spot, which is on the hill and has 85 feet of the top floor facing west landscapes. Stealing time with the perfect sunset is the daily norm here, where it is a scenic feast for the eyes as far south as Miraleste and panning northward to the Santa Monica Mountains and beyond.
Realtors Kerry Dawson and John Chuka hand-selected everything from the neighborhood down to each luxury detail for a custom dream home. The residence is positioned in the beloved American Martyrs neighborhood, making walks to American Martyrs Church & School and Pacific Elementary School a breeze. Unique to a locale this close to downtown is its abundant peace and quiet.
Given the home’s aforementioned easy access to local hot spots, but without the noisy foot or car traffic of other downtown locations, it avails itself as a choice market opportunity, made more so by the Greenbelt; just outside this home’s door, it lends itself to leisurely walks with dogs or vigorous afternoon jogs.
A wealth of conveniences aside, it is a refreshing sensibility that best characterizes this 5,400-square-foot home. Trimmed with lush green grass and lovely landscapes, and featuring a façade that harmoniously blends contemporary stacked gray stone and nautically-inspired siding for a style all its own, the residence is a welcoming presence. Surrounded by windows and flanked by modern copper lighting, its oversize front door sets the tone for the brilliant mix of design elements inside.
With four bedrooms plus an office, the coastal-chic property merges an East Coast essence with a contemporary California twist: a delightful balance of Cape Cod shiplap siding walls displays sleek light fixtures and components from modern to mid-century in a variety of mixed metals while the curated collection of lighting ranges from modern Sputnik to Art Deco starbursts from brands like Arterior Home, Visual Comfort, and Ralph Lauren.
Muted crisp white walls, shiplap ceilings, and Neolith counters set the backdrop for a light, bright feeling throughout the home. These elements create a swoon-worthy space for any self-proclaimed chef. The tranquil master bath, meanwhile, offers its own charms. Namely Neolith counters and impressive steam shower made entirely of Neolith and highlighted by natural tones in the floating wood vanities.
Baths throughout the home feature a chic mix of tile by Ann Sacks. Another constant presence are white oak wide plank floors in a natural tone. And on every level, a multitude of windows and glass stacking doors invite heaps of natural light to pour into each space, creating a fresh atmosphere.
All is the product of a well-planned design. The reverse floor plan serves this four-story home well. With the aforementioned 85-foot stretch of dramatic ocean views, the top floor is the entertaining hub, which includes multiple living spaces indoors and out. An open living room with a modern fireplace, bar and spacious connecting balcony accessed through glass pocket doors opens up to create a huge indoor-outdoor space.
Adjacent, the relaxed dining area with a Sputnik-style chandelier floating above connects to the stunningly bright kitchen with gray glossy cabinets and Neolith counters, backsplash, and island. As the nucleus of the home where people naturally gather, the kitchen’s oversized 12-foot island bar avails ample seating to beckon guests, family, and friends to congregate. The kitchen includes a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator, custom paneled 48-inch Sub-Zero
refrigerator, two Bosch dishwashers, and a six-burner Wolf Range with griddle, steam oven and Wolf microwave. The range is topped with a pristine custom-designed stainless steel hood, and here and throughout the home are top-of-the-line plumbing fixtures from Dornbracht and Grohe.
“This home has many engaging spaces making it the perfect home for the host who likes entertaining families,” explains Chuka.
Nearby, a more intimate family room with a white brick fireplace and vaulted shiplap ceiling proves a great spot to kick one’s feet up and take in the sweeping southwest facing ocean vistas from the picture window or the attached patio—another oasis with a built-in Lynx barbecue and Infratec heat lamps that allow for outdoor enjoyment year-round.
Just below, on the third level, is the large master suite. Here are two separate oversize closets, and a sleek fireplace flanked with built-in cabinetry featuring plenty of storage. The large private balcony and aforementioned luxurious en-suite bath with steam shower culminate in nothing less than a haven for homeowners.
Also on this floor, the laundry room is as functional as it is pretty with retro Neolith quartz countertops and built-in cabinets. Completing this level are two additional bright bedroom suites with individualized design, one of which is the west facing guest bedroom that, like the master, claim fantastic deck with ocean views.
One also finds in 1215 Fisher Avenue a home that is big on flex spaces. Offers Dawson: “Families will love the added flex rooms that can be dedicated areas for teens to hang out with their friends.” The entry level of the home includes a spacious flex space with an outdoor patio and shower, making it a great game room or a home gym. A fourth bedroom and lovely bathroom with French encaustic tile, and the oversized three-car garage with an additional parking pad, share this level.
The bottom floor of the home hosts yet another area for entertaining. Along with an office (or potential bedroom) with custom built-ins there is a wine room with a glass and iron door for a chic display, and a large media room with full-size wet bar.
Conveniently, the wet-bar includes a Bosch dishwasher, Bosch Subzero combo fridge and freezer drawers with ice maker and Wolf microwave for making popcorn on movie nights.
Wide, substantial hallways and stairwells throughout the Fisher property offer an added feeling of volume, as does the state-of-the-art, four-stop elevator. The home, with Crestron, is prewired for all automated data, phone, camera, and auto shades systems. Finally, the HVAC system is three-zoned and the roof is solar-ready via an Infratec system.
Epitomizing the pinnacle of resort-style living, amenity-rich 1215 Fisher Avenue is an address to envy, a home where accessibility and indulgences converge, and the view is always amazing.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ADRIAN TIEMENS
KERRY DAWSON AND JOHN CHUKA
OF NW REAL ESTATE
In Southern California, the pool is a summertime essential to enjoy all year long—to infinity and beyond, as they say. We’ll take beyond, with the infinity pool pretty close to standard-issue in these parts.
Enter KAA Design. The L.A. firm went against the tide to create a focal point on the beach level of the contemporary home at 3rd Street & The Strand in the Manhattan Beach Sand Section—a sleek pool and spa hybrid it calls a “Spool.”
“After a big day out in the ocean, you can return to sit next to the fire and look over the still and reflective Spool for a calming effect.”
Adjacent to the terrace and living room, this astutely conceived feature is “outdoors but under cover of the second level” to allow “one to experience the California coast; the sun, the sand, the people-watching and the cool ocean breezes, without ever having to leave the comforts of home,” says landscape architect Michael McGowan, one part of the KAA Design team that also includes the firm’s founding partner and partner in charge of the project, Grant Kirkpatrick; principal in charge, Patti Baker; and project manager, Bradley Cooper. A place to chill on a hot day or, when in spa mode, warm up, the Spool grants a rare privacy on The Strand, with its louvered screens supplying discretion from the popular path.
As one focal point deserves another, KAA Design called on the mesmerizing Pacific seas so gloriously on show for inspiration. To gaze out at the cool blue expanse just past the property’s perimeter, 3rd Street & The Strand homeowners need but open up the glass walls to soak in the scene while, in the most ideal scenario, soaking in its figurative extension. In this way, the Spool embodies “fun and connection to the sand and surf,” offers Kirkpatrick. “After a big day out in the ocean, you can return to sit next to the fire and look over the still and reflective Spool for a calming effect.”
Sleek and sexy yet clean and quiet, the Mykonos-blue tiled Spool is as visually rich as it is sensitive to function. Stone flooring in the adjacent space acts as coping, and a structural board-formed concrete wall extends into the pool on one side. When the homeowners are not present, the Spool’s automatic cover ensures safety; when they are, a bench along two sides accommodates their lounging.
A wood deck promotes sitting poolside with one’s feet in the water while engaging in conversation happening in the living room, which remains free of inadvertent water run as the Spool is surrounded on three sides by a narrow slot drain. Activated by a custom cast bronze water cascade, the Spool is also equipped with spa jets for an impromptu massage. Because, sometimes, one just really needs to go with the flow. kaadesigngroup.com
Photographs courtesy of KAA Design
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.”
Lot Sq. Ft
$ / Sq. Ft.
|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|
Lot Sq. Ft
$ / Sq. Ft.
|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.)
Written by Joclene Davey | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason
Rarely is there an opportunity like this: For the first time in 70 years, the home and oversized corner lot at 2302 The Strand in Hermosa Beach is on the market. Well-known to the community, this gem has served as the beach home for the Wright family since the 1950s. “This home was our treasure, where we spent every summer from June to Labor Day with my siblings, family and friends. We lived in Los Angeles when we were younger and this was our beach house until we moved here full time” shares Roger Wright, one of the Wright’s seven children.
“This is a remarkable generational home,” notes Realtor Nick Schneider. “When a family keeps a home for so many years, it is clear just how special that place is.” One that offers tremendous potential for the ideal buyer. “Whether restoring this home to its original splendor and adding modern touches or designing a completely new build, this type of home is where family traditions are started and kept for generations,” adds Schneider.
This Spanish Mission style home with traditional influences is laid out for an almost hotel-like feel, with a courtyard for private entertaining. Singular to most properties on The Strand is the home’s massive outdoor space that has been used for outdoor living as well as for parking up to 10 cars. “The home also has such a unique footprint,” explains Schneider. “Unlike the set back on The Strand for new builds, this home comes right up to the edge so north facing views are unobstructed from both floors inside.”
Situated on the north corner, the home’s residents enjoy white water views to Palos Verdes, Catalina and all the way up the coast to Malibu. Extraordinary landscapes and picturesque scenes of the famous Hermosa Pier and Manhattan Beach Pier mesmerize the viewer. Meanwhile, explains Schneider, “from 22nd Street to 24th Street in Hermosa, you have an almost private inlet; it’s the shortest walk street from Beach Drive to Hermosa Avenue, plus with the one-way alley, there is rarely any drive through traffic.”
The iconic five-bedroom and three and a half bath home offers 2,900 square feet of living space. Exterior touches—a terra cotta roof, wooden trestles and exterior staircase—capture a traditional feel, while white stucco, an arched chimney and rounded architectural features bring in the Mission influence. Terra cotta tiles pave the way to the historic, carved wood front door rich in design and steeped in tradition.
Due to the home’s L-shaped floor-plan, every bedroom and all common areas offer ocean and beach views. While sipping a cold beverage in the private courtyard, indulging the gorgeous vistas of sand and sea is commonplace, but always revered. “One of the most desired locations at the beach is on the north side and south west facing because you get the sunrise and sunset views, both of which this home has!” states Schneider.
The home’s lower level welcomes one into a large great room crowned by rich beamed ceilings, statement-making etched wood trestles, and classic white mission walls. Also included on this floor are the dining room, den, guest bedroom with en-suite bath and kitchen—the latter conveniently located, adjacent to the courtyard and perfect for entertaining.
“Whether restoring this home to its original splendor and adding modern touches or designing a completely new build, this type of home is where family traditions are started and kept for generations.”
Well-planned are dual entries from the beach: one on the north side of the home, accessed by gate from The Strand, and the second through the garage entrance in the courtyard. By way of the two-car garage, the owners added an indoor cabana or shower/changing room. Bright yellow bead-board cabanas will get the attention of sandy kids and guests entering from the beach. These two cabanas each house a changing room and shower.
The upper level of the home is accessible via interior or exterior staircases. On this floor are four bedrooms; all of good size. Two different Jack-n-Jill baths connect each room. These rooms also have an exterior door that provides access to the balcony and outside staircase; a unique feature, excellent for visiting family and friends. Inside, the long hallway is dotted with multiple windows offering ample light and ocean views.
Conveniently nearby the house is The Green Store, The Bottle Inn and Martha’s, all just one block away. Volleyball courts and swing sets are steps away on the sand. Plus, the home’s central location makes for an easy walk south to Hermosa Beach’s Pier Avenue or north to Manhattan Beach’s adorable downtown. Both areas are lively hot spots filled with restaurants, bars and boutique shopping. Kids who grow up in Hermosa attend one of two great public schools for elementary and middle school, and choose between Mira Costa in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Union for High School. Hermosa Beach is also home to fun family and adult activities like Fiesta Hermosa, the concert series on the beach and the AVP Hermosa Beach Open.
Given that all of these attributes are in this home’s backyard, where, as Schneider puts it, “family traditions are started and kept for generations,” 2302 The Strand is truly a one-of-a-kind home, property and location in one of the most beautiful cities and beach communities in the country.
NICK SCHNEIDER OF PALM REALTY BOUTIQUE
310.809.4875 | LIST PRICE $14,850,000 MILLION
Warren Dow and Bob Sievers former Wall Street hedge fund manager discuss the state of the Manhattan Beach Strand real estate market, now and into the future. Plus we ask Bob Sievers for some tips for Buyers and Sellers from the real estate agent’s perspective, and how they can improve their representation within the market place.
Photo Courtesy of Silicon Bay Development
A spectacular contemporary single-family home can be found at 212 16th Street. Set on adjacent walk streets, with sweeping ocean views from Malibu to Palos Verdes. The home features exterior brick imported from Denmark, Kolbe Vista Luxe doors and windows, Lutron Light system, complete Home Automation, Automatic Drapery and Shades, Miele Appliances, and imported stone throughout. It is only steps from The Strand and Downtown Manhattan Beach. It is one of the many captivating projects out of Silicon Bay Development. 212 16th Street is planned for an expected completion of Summer 2018.
Silicon Bay Development | 1300 Highland Ave #102, Manhattan Beach, Ca 90266 | (310) 546-1010
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.”
STRAND BREWING CO
2201 DOMINGUEZ STREET, TORRANCE, CA 90501
With summertime here, it’s easy to imagine yourself fully embracing the ideal California lifestyle. Envision spectacular oceanfront vistas spanning from Palos Verdes to Catalina to Malibu (not to mention the breathtaking sunsets), recreational and leisure activities galore, and more—all mere steps from the door of your luxurious beachside abode.
This is an everyday occurrence for the charmed residents of The Strand—an alluring parcel of coastal land stretching from the beach cities of Hermosa to Manhattan showcasing spectacular beachfront homes ranging from contemporary mansions to historic bungalows, priced from $6 million to $25 million (depending on location and condition). Here, you’ll find affluent homeowners basking in the best of what Southern California has to offer—from the natural beauty of the ocean to frequenting trendy shops, restaurants and nightlife locales, to enjoying outdoor activities such as biking and surfing.
“This is a dream location for anyone who likes the beach,” says Lauren Forbes of Forbes Corrales Coastal Properties, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “You get to see, hear and smell the ocean at all times. You can be active by default (run on the strand, play volleyball out front on the sand, swim in the ocean, surf, paddle or boogie board in the waves). The year-round sunsets are amazing, and just watching the water calms the soul. You can also walk to both the Manhattan and Hermosa beach towns to go to shops and restaurants.”
In case you might be thinking of making a move to this slice of paradise, we asked some of the area’s realtors what stands out about The Strand, as well as for a sampling of some of the most sought-after properties now available. We can all agree on one thing: The Strand is beachfront living at its finest—in one of the most desirable beach cities in the country.
“I am digging the newer wave of restaurants that have graced the Hermosa Beach area, especially closer to Pier Avenue: Abigaile, Steak & Whiskey, and The Standing Room are a few of the newer dining spots that have mirrored the upper-scale and modern direction that Hermosa has been headed.”
That’s the price for the most expensive home currently available in the area. Located at 2806 The Strand in North Hermosa Beach, this custom-built Italian-style villa designed by South Bay architect Edward Beall features 7,900 square feet of living space, along with multiple decks for outdoor living.
No expense was spared. “For starters, most homes on The Strand sit on lots ranging from 2,000-3,500 square feet; 2806 The Strand sits on a massive 5,324 square foot lot,” says Rupesh Singh, who is co-listing the property with Raju Chhabria, both of Shorewood Realtors. “Beyond that, the living space of this house is very well thought out, so it feels like an estate. The custom Italian-inspired architecture and style is also a unique aspect.” Some standout features: eight-foot custom copper entry doors that vacuum seal electronically when entered; a great room area with original sports pieces (such as stock certificates from the Boston Red Sox dating back to the early 1900s); and a movie theater with curtains made of jerseys worn in the 2004 World Series, just to name a few.
“My favorite part of the house is the automatically controlled rotating skylight with a diameter of 16 feet, which opens up to the huge rooftop deck,” Singh says. “It was built with the intent of putting in a pool, but for now it serves as a great dance floor and entertaining area, complete with a Viking barbecue, appliances and a powder room.” photos courtesy of Geoff Captain
“The hustle and bustle of LA is within reach, yet Hermosa offers a getaway tucked between Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach that parallels a vacation destination,” says Singh. “The demographics of this area are highly educated, high-income folks, but the vibe is very relaxed, laid-back and humble. The Strand is considered one of the most prestigious—if not the most prestigious—of streets in all of South Bay. Several famous athletes, actors, coaches, authors and powerful business people have called it home at one point or another. The Strand embodies Southern California living at its finest: You have sunshine year-round and every recreational opportunity you could desire. During summertime, especially on the Fourth of July, people from all over the country gather to celebrate, walk The Strand, participate in Hermosa Beach’s own Ironman and watch the fireworks.”
Gerard Bisignano | Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, Coastal Luxury Living
This contemporary property designed by notable local architect Dean Nota recently underwent a complete remodel. Situated just south of the pier and downtown area, the $7.75 million concrete, glass and steel home offers panoramic views from all three of its levels.
“The designer of the home has been mentored by some of the most famous architects in the world and is extremely talented,” says Bisignano. “The home exhibits a pure contemporary ambiance, much different than what people would call beach contemporary.” The 3,081 square foot residence offers three bedrooms (including a top-floor master retreat with fireplace, walk-in closet, balcony, and Zen-like master bath with double showers, steam room and sunroof); gourmet kitchen (with granite countertops, center island and stainless appliances); media room; large beachfront patio with barbecue; and access to an outdoor lifestyle. “For this particular home,” says Bisignano, “you can watch the AVP players practice on a weekday morning and watch the sun set from any level of the house.” photos courtesy of Adrian Tiemens
“1600 The Strand, Manhattan Beach, which was designed by Ray Kappe, founder of SCI-Arc, one of the most famous architectural schools in the country,” recounts Bisignano. “I also sold a house in Hermosa Beach on the corner of 22nd and The Strand that used to be owned by Ozzie and Harriet.”
Lauren Forbes | Forbes Corrales Coastal Properties, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Coming in at just under $8 million, this 2,850 square foot Spanish-style home is classic in every sense of the word. Built in 1927, the six-bedroom property is highlighted by magnificent views through the enormous front windows and a quintessential top-floor, ocean-view balcony, along with proximity to Manhattan Beach Pier, shops and restaurants.
“This home is historical, without being zoned historical,” says Forbes. “It was built incredibly well at the time of construction, so the style is such that someone could come in and remodel and make it their own (saving the iconic living room with forever views) or use the lot as their canvas and build whatever their dream’s desire.”
“This particular property is special because of its North Hermosa location that is south enough to allow for a home to be built 30 feet high and with an income component (it is legally zoned R2),” she adds. photos courtesy of Adrian Tiemens
“A double lot at 2408 The Strand in Hermosa Beach. The owners considered keeping the original structure and remodeling, but then decided to build new. Now it is one of the most beautiful homes on the Strand, considering both Manhattan and Hermosa.”
Jack Gillespie | Gillespie-Host Group, Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
“Listings on The Strand are few and far between, because there are only approximately 250 properties… and that number will never grow,” says Gillespie. “There’s only a lucky few that have the opportunity to enjoy their life in oceanfront properties on The Strand. Unlike most of the homes that are already built, this home can be created from the ground up to cater to the buyer’s needs.”
“Every day, enjoy the beach lifestyle,” he adds. “Just step outside to smell the salty air, feel the soothing ocean breeze and enjoy breathtaking sunsets. Summertime sunsets are exquisite and often look as though someone has painted the sky.” photos courtesy of Walkthrough Productions
Jack Gillespie, Gillespie -Host Group,Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
$5.5 million Mediterranean-style town home with ocean, pier and Catalina views photos courtesy of Walkthrough Productions
Co-listed by Jack Gillespie, Gillespie -Host Group, Vista Sotheby’s International Realty and Donna SpaffordVista Sotheby’s International Realty $21 million, custom-built home with
3,994 square feet of elegant living space, along with water-conserving solar panels and eco-rain system.
Jonathan Coleman | Real Estate West
As a lifetime resident of Hermosa Beach—who has had 50-plus oceanfront listings and sales transactions during his 30 years in real estate—Jonathan Coleman knows a good deal when he sees it. In fact, he’s well known as “The Strand Specialist,” and his latest listing reveals why. Priced at $8.895 million, this vintage oceanfront duplex in North Hermosa not only offers a desirable Strand location, but it’s also an ideal lot for the development of a custom legacy home.
“First, it’s a full street alley lot, and second, it’s located just far enough from downtown to be away from the traffic yet walking distance to everything,” Coleman says. “You can park your car for the weekend and walk everywhere.” His client even has conceptual plans for contemporary new construction. “You can build over 4,000 square feet there, particularly going subterranean,” he says, “which is what a lot of people do to get a lower level.”