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Find your place. November 19, 2010

Custom Masterpiece on the Esplanade Waterfront in Redondo Beach Offered by Jack Gillespie & Ted Craddock, South Bay Brokers Check the details on p6

No other RE/MAX agent has sold more real estate in the three Beach Cities combined!

Robert Freedman

In Escrow!


Nearly Completed New Construction 121 9th Street, Manhattan Beach

#1 at RE/MAX Manhattan Beach for over 25 years running

Offered at $6,700,000 Call for Information

Contemporary oceanview masterpiece, one house from the Strand on one of the most desirable south-of-the-pier walkstreets. Designed by Michael Lee and Associates and developed by Villa d’Arte Development, features include 4 bedrooms, 4½ baths, huge indoor-outdoor deck and unblockable panaoramic, sand and whitewater views.

Gorgeous, Remodeled Townhome 617 Crest, Manhattan Beach This impeccably appointed detached Townhome is ideally located just 3 blocks to the beach and downtown, south of the Pier. The owner has just completed a total transformation of style to a contemporary beach house, utilizing the open floor plan to create an entertainer’s oceanview showplace. • Built in 1999 and completely remodeled as new with a beachy yet elegant quality throughout. • 3 Bedrooms, including large master suite with steam shower, spa tub, and custom walk-in closet • 3½ Baths—Each bedroom has its own brand new zen modern bath • Nearly 2,300 square feet of living space. • The brand new upper level is light, bright and airy, with a center island design that is perfect for large gatherings • Spacious ocean view deck • A 200-year-old beam forms the mantel for the stacked stone fireplace • Spacious 2-car garage.

Specially Priced at $2,095,122

Hill Section Family Home 952 11th Street, Manhattan Beach This gorgeous home built in the Spanish Revival style by Sexton Homes and customized by the current owner during construction sits on a 50 X 150 lot and offers a stunning one-of-a-kind floor plan with dramatic interior space. • Nearly 5,100 square feet of living space • 5 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths • Soaring 2-story living room • Additional upstairs Family Room (could be 6th bedroom) • Magnificent master suite with South facing lounging deck overlooking the yard • Opulent master bath with steam shower and custom deco tiles • Built in 2004 but looks brand new – REALLY! • 3-car attached garage

Offered at $2,495,122 See all the listings at


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1537 Via Zurita Palos Verdes Estates

• Monte Malaga beauty • Ocean view • Spectacular architecture • Palos Verdes Art Center Design Tour Home • 6 bedrooms and 5.5 baths • 5,451 square foot home • Beautifully updated, meticulously maintained • Travertine floors, custom drapes, gourmet kitchen, atrium entry, spiral staircase and coffered ceilings • Pool, jacuzzi, sauna and BBQ • Ocean view terrace • Master bedroom suite with ocean view balcony and sitting area/office

Offered at $3,295,000

Maureen Megowan 310.541.6416

Take a seat. I’ll do the rest.

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807 EsplanadE Redondo Beach

Infinite Views

what’s inside… On The Cover


Custom masterpiece on the Esplanade with infinite views in Redondo Beach, offered by Jack Gillespie & Ted Craddock, South Bay Brokers

Inspired by the Inn at Santa Marina in Mykonos, Greece, this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath custom-built masterpiece on the esplanade features 3500+ sq.ft. graciously spread over three levels. Take pleasure in the awe-inspiring panoramic views of the surf, sand, and sea spanning the entire Santa Monica Bay from Palos Verdes to Malibu from every room.

Home of the Week


Explore this week’s Remarkable Peninsula Estate on the Palos Verdes Peninsula offered at $2,395,000 by Steve & Ceci Watts.

Publisher’s Muse Values


Feature Profile PricE uPon rEquEst


Meet Manhattan Beach business owners Lisa Gallien and Lee Hoven-Bakos of Growing Wild in “A floral fable of success.”



Warm your soul with a “The Fireplace Makeover.”

Jack Gillespie

Ted craddock



Broker DRE#00426498


Launch Party Re-cap!


The Lawrence Harris Residence played host to the South Bay Digs launch party where over 100 people grooved to the sounds of Justin Hopkins Bank of America Victor Samaan. . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Realtor DRE#01753302

Numbers Trends in the local real estate market.

Beach City Brokers Gary Elminoufi . . . . . . . . . . 27 Coldwell Banker Jane Angel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Keller Williams Keller Williams | PV. . . . . . . 23 Jeannie Penner-More. . . . . 32 Malaga Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Mattucci Real Estate Aurelio Mattucci. . . . . . . . 30 TJ Parker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Peninsula Sotheby’s Kerry Dawson . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Gerard Bisignano. . . . . . 34-35

Customized mortgage solutions… one Customer at a time.

RE/MAX EXECS Robert Freedman . . . . . . . 2-3 Maureen Megowan. . . . . . . . 5

Gary LaTourette. . . . . . . . . . 9 Mike Baker. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Carol Adams. . . . . . . . . . . 26 Steve & Ceci Watts. . . . 28-29 Neda. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Real Estate West Jonathan Coleman . . . . . . . 7 REP Interactive. . . . . . . . 33 Shorewood Realtors Shorewood Realtors . . . . . . . 9 Chris Plank. . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Steve Santos. . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Kevin Pratt . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Ed Kaminsky. . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Rachel Ezra. . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Ken Adam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Tim Corbett. . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 South Bay Brokers Jack Gillespie. . . . . . 6, 18-19 Ted Craddock . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Nina Michaels. . . . . . . . . . . 31

Publisher Warren J Dow Creative Director LeeAnn Nelson Contributing Photographer Paul Jonason Contributing Writers

Pamela Corante-Hansen, Amanda Coscina, South Bay Digs, 2554 Via Tejon, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274 Office: 310-373-0142 • Fax: 310-373-3493 • • Twitter: @SouthBayDigs

Victor Samaan

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ocean & city views!

217 N. Dianthus, Manhattan Beach • $1,599,000 Located in the prestigious “Hill Section” of Manhattan Beach this spectacular ocean view home offers the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living. This nearly 3,000 sq.ft. home has four bedrooms, two full baths, two half baths and a 500 Sqft. ocean view deck—perfect for entertaining and dining alfresco! Top floor is a great room with beautiful hardwood floors, living room and dining area, and gourmet kitchen with counter breakfast bar with seating for eight. Spacious master suite has balcony with views and includes master bath with dual sinks, separate Jacuzzi tub and shower. Main floor has three bedrooms; lower floor has a bedroom and private yard.

This home is in move-in condition and a fantastic value!

Just a short walk downtown and to the pier. Coming in early 2011

Manhattan Village, upgraded Plan 2, court home with views of trees from all windows.

Kerry Dawson Selling the South Bay since 1991!


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arren Buffet once said “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” In this economic environment the question of price versus value is more relevant than ever. At South Bay Digs, our ability to deliver on our value proposition to our customers is our ultimate quest—it’s our passion. That’s why we continue to explore new ways to innovate and integrate the most relevant communication channels available to connect the home consumer to the local real estate professional. We recently launched our free Open House Directory on—where realtors can upload their upcoming open houses and home consumers can stay abreast of open houses of interest. We’ve also built a robust market research platform on our website, where consumers and realtors alike can deep dive local market trends and sign up for free real-time market reports in the neighborhoods of interest. Our new QR Code technology allows you “When work, to use your phone to view property tours instantacommitment, neously and get detailed information on a specific and pleasure property or other advertised offering. We’re creating all become one the South Bay’s only online real estate directory at that has detailed information and you reach on every active real estate professional in the area that deep well with contact information, bios and more. where passion Thanks to everyone who attended our launch lives, nothing is party at the fabulous Lawrence Harris Residence in impossible.” Hermosa Beach—a great time was had by all. Be sure —Unknown to read our feature profile on Growing Wild, a local floral business in Manhattan Beach who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. And don’t miss “The Fireplace Makeover” on page 20 for a chance to sit by the fire and warm your soul. Enjoy –

Warren J Dow, Publisher 310-373-0142

It’s About You.

As a former teacher, I understand the importance of being a trusted advisor and knowledgeable resource for the community. My consultative approach to real estate is results-oriented with a laser focus on realizing your objectives. I’m committed to earning your business.


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spectacular queens necklace & Ocean Views 4 BeD | 5 Bath | 5100 sqft | 14,150 sqft lOt

Breathtaking Louie Tomaro designed estate with spectacular ocean, whitewater, coastline, city, and mountain views—an entertainer’s dream! Attention to detail at every turn, absolutly exquisite Malaga Cove estate. 2005 Paseo Del sol, Palos Verdes estates 90274


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Unsurpassed Panoramic Ocean Views forever 4 BeD | 3.5 Bath | 3300 sqft. | Great rOOm | BOnUs rOOm

Unblockable panoramic ocean & sunset views from Palos Verdes to Malibu year-round from this exquisitely remodeled 3300+ square foot home located in the prestigious “Hill Section” of Manhattan Beach. A great VALUE at $591 Sqft versus 90266 average of $698 Sqft! 219 n Dianthus st., manhattan Beach 90266


Diamond in the sand! 4 BeD | 3 Baths | 2664 sqft | OCean frOnt | 4 Car GaraGe

Options abound in this ocean front property with the ultimate flexibility. Keep as legal duplex, home + income, vacation home + income or build your ultimate oceanfront dream home on the Strand. 1534 the strand, hermosa Beach 90254

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473 29th street, MAnhAttAn beAch

Absolute best VAlue in the sAnd section! A compelling VALUE with recent $200,000 price improvement at $600/Sqft. vs. $849.38*/Sqft.

Situated on one of the best and widest streets on the Plateau, just 4 blocks from the beach, this Spacious Custom Family Home sits in a wide open setting with Sweeping Vistas. Enjoy the Luxury of Space and Privacy in the Sand. Featuring 4,165 sf, with 5 Bedrooms and 5 Baths PLUS a Large Office, PLUS a Media Screening Room, this Newer, Elegant home offers plenty of room for your entire family. Extensive upgrades include American Cherry HW Floors, Gourmet Kitchen, Custom Window Covers, Custom Faux Paint and Fireplaces, 2 Wet Bars, Butler’s Pantry, Dumbwaiter, Central Vacuum, plus Surround Sound and Flat Screens Wired throughout the home. 3 Car Garage, and Lots of Extra Parking, all in a Great Location close to Grand View School.

(avg. for Sand Section MB homes sold Jan-Aug 2010)

Location, Value, Space…. This is a must see!!! *Avg. price per square foot is based on closed sale data taken from MRMLS data for closed sale (SFR) homes sold in ‘Area 142’ Manhattan Beach Sand Section from January 1–August 31, 2010. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

Priced to sell At $2,499,000

Steve Santos 310.488.4924 A 32-Year Resident of Manhattan Beach

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ive the ultimate Manhattan Beach lifestyle in this wonderful 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home that boasts 4003 Sqft. of open living space with amazing ocean and whitewater views. Features include open, third-floor living space with large gourmet kitchen, family room plus breakfast area—all overlooking the expansive back deck with amazing indoor/outdoor living space and dramatic ocean views. Top level also includes a formal dining room and sizable living room with fireplace, and French doors leading out to the front deck with even more

sand and white water views. Great family floor plan with 4 bedrooms in the middle level including a fabulous master suite with ocean view deck and beautiful bright bathroom with Jacuzzi tub. Enjoy the wideopen office space area and separate laundry room on the second level. Ground floor includes a large front playroom off the walkstreet, guest bedroom with bath, two interior storage rooms and unbelievable onsite parking featuring 2-car garage with brand new epoxy flooring plus 4-5 carport spots for all your friends and family!

Enjoy the best lifestyle that Manhattan Beach has to offer —steps to beach & downtown. Offered at $3,599,000 •

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Growing Wild A floral fable of success By Pamela Corante-Hansen


SOUTH BAY DIGS: Your shop is gorgeous. Tell me how you decided to become florists. LISA: We’ve loved doing arts and crafts since we were little. My dad would take us to the flower mart in downtown L.A. and we would buy crafts supplies and make all the Christmas gifts. LEE: It was an easy transition to do something creative. We were business majors, and my mom, who had been living in Europe, said, ‘Girls, just do something that makes you happy.’ This was the one thing we wanted to do. LISA: Our parents were supportive of the endeavor and helped us make it happen. LEE: We started small, doing parties and weddings out of our house. And soon we were able to open up a retail operation.

nce upon a time, two flaxen-haired twin sisters with Pepperdine degrees and a knack for beach volleyball presented their enterprising parents with a tiny seed of an idea. This was no ordinary seed, for it contained the potential to bring love, beauty and Lisa Gallien and Lee Hoven-Bakos peace to everyone who was touched by the fruits of its harvest. The parents gave their blessing, and the girls planted the seed in Some florists focus exclusively on a particular niche, such as weddings. a soil rich with creativity and business smarts. They sprinkled it with posiWhat’s your specialty? tive thoughts and hard work, and the seed grew into a beguiling floral shop LISA: We have a lot of corporate clients, but we do flowers for the home, as well. housed in a seaside cottage. The sisters called it Growing Wild. Everything we do is hand crafted. You can’t buy it anywhere else; it has Twenty years later, this Manhattan Beach institution is celebrating two a special touch to it. We do a lot with candle arrangements, garlands and decades of gracing homes, weddings, parties and special events with wildly wreaths. We follow the seasons. In the summer we had wreaths with seaoriginal, European-inspired floral creations and silk botanicals. South Bay shells, aqua blue accents and sea glass. We’ll go into people’s homes and Digs spent a sunny Southern California morning with Lisa Gallien and Lee help them decorate. For fall and Christmas, we’ll do mantles… Hoven-Bakos, the founders and joint creative force behind the fairy-tale LEE: And topiaries. We do a little bit of everything. flower shop where happily ever after happens every day. LISA: The variety has kept our business going. We can do everything from

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• Gorgeous Craftsman style home built in 2001 by Shaar Homes • 4500 square foot home on a beautifully landscaped 6000 sq.ft. lot • 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths with entertainment areas for every occasion • Impressive chef’s kitchen with breakfast bar, butler’s pantry and additional walk in pantry • Serene master suite with adjoining sitting room/office and stone fireplace • Bright family room with breakfast area and direct access to a large, private yard with a gas fire-pt and custom BBQ area • Dramatic high ceilings, custom moldings, spiral staircase, built in shelving and skylights • 3 car garage with extra storage space

Prestigious Hill Section

If you are a home owner and you want your home SOLD, you need to know Ed’s Buyers! No other team in the South Bay goes this far to bring sellers and buyers together who otherwise would never find each other! “Foralmosttwoyearswehadbeensearchingonourownto findourfirsthome.Wehadseeneverythingonthemarket inourpricerange.Weweresurewewouldhaveto‘settle’ forsomethingthatwasalmostperfect.ThenwemetEd’s Team.Afterathoroughinterview,theywenttoworkandin lessthan30daystheyfoundanUNLISTEDhomethatmet EVERYitemonourmust-havelistANDtheywereableto negotiateanincrediblepurchasepriceforussothatwecould haveeverythingwewanted,atthepriceweneeded!” —Janice and Keith W., Redondo Beach, July 2010

$3,000,000–$6,000,000 Area: Manhattan or Hermosa Beach/ The Strand Buyer Profile: Couple seeking 2nd home Beds: Any Baths: Any Sq.ft.: Any Lot size: Any Needs: Ocean front home in any condition. Duplex is OK. Must have killer sand/water views. This buyer is flexible with timing. WILL CONSIDER HERMOSA OR MANHATTAN STRAND LOCATIONS.

$1,000,000–$2,000,000 Area: Hermosa Beach/North Sand Section Buyer Profile: Married couple w/school aged kids Beds: ANY Baths: ANY Sq.ft.: ANY Lot size: ANY Needs: Professional couple seeks buildable lot on a walk-street in NORTH Hermosa Beach. Wants to be 1-2 blocks from the water. Flexible with timeframe.




$2,699,000 1310 11th Street, Manhattan Beach East Manhattan Beach • Gorgeous 5000 square foot home on a spacious 7250 square foot lot • 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths PLUS den PLUS and office loft • Extra spacious kitchen with breakfast area PLUS a bonus eat-in counter • Bright, open family room leads to the huge yard with a built-in BBQ center, water feature and a built-in fire pit • A winding staircase opens to the lovely master suite with balcony, vaulted ceilings, fireplace and gorgeous master bath with a claw-foot tub and his/hers custom vanity areas

Room for a pool!


310 N Pacific Coast Hwy, redondo Beach Office or Home….YOUR Choice PreCertified

Area: South Redondo Beach Buyer Profile: Married couple with 3 children Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Sq.ft.: Any Lot size: Large Needs: South Redondo house with an ocean view and a pool or room to add a pool.

• Perfect high traffic South Redondo location for your home, office or business • Classic turn-of-the-century Craftsman beach cottage is ZONED COMMERCIAL • HUGE, bonus studio/workroom off the garage and a private backyard • Approximately 1000 square foot home on a 2858 square foot lot • Gleaming hardwood floors, fireplace and antique hardware and glass throughout • OWNER MAY CARRY FINANCING!

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Growing Wild continued from page 14 custom arrangements to fresh flowers and silk botanicals. We’ll also do weddings and parties. And we have a fantastic staff that can support all of that. That makes a huge difference. LEE: We have amazing employees who have kept the continuity going in the store. Some of them have been here 10, 15 years. They know our customers and what they want. We get to work with really great people every day—they’re like family. th

As you mark your 20 year in business, how do you plan on staying innovative? LISA: Something we’re really excited about is our new ‘Mindful Intention’ arrangements. Every flower has a meaning, and we’ve been doing a lot of research on which combinations of flowers have a particular significance. We’ve designed arrangements to attract certain attributes. LEE: One of them is an arrangement for wealth, so we include flowers that represent wealth, and attach a stone to enhance the energy. LISA: Flowers are from Mother Earth, after all. LEE: And they do vibrate energy. I’m fascinated by the whole idea of flowers having meaning. I once read about a Chinese emperor who sent thousands of peonies to a woman he loved. LISA: They represent love, and we have a love arrangement with peonies in it. LEE: I got married in the month of May because it’s when peonies are in bloom. What would you tell someone who is thinking about using floral arrangements to enhance their home décor? LEE: Do something organic-looking and natural. Use it to diffuse color, to brighten up a home office or bedroom. Having fresh flowers or plants is a life force. You see a fresh flower and you get positive vibrations. It’s a beautiful thing to have anywhere in the home. LISA: Put flowers in rooms where you always spend time—the kitchen, the dining room, somewhere you can always enjoy them. Use flowers that will last a while, like orchids, and put them in spaces you’re always looking at. How has floral design evolved in the past 20 years, and what kinds of trends are you seeing now? LISA: It’s evolved from loose flowers to tailored, modern arrangements with monochromatic looks. LEE: You’ll see tones on tones. LISA: Silk botanicals are huge. They look so real now. Twenty years ago they didn’t. We’ve been able to create a lot of designs with silk; that’s been fun for us. LEE: Succulent gardens are a big trend right now. LISA: Now we’ve moved into fall with-LEE: Vibrant, rich oranges. LISA: We change seasons in the store. In a


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couple weeks we’re going to start seeing a lot of Christmas décor and colors. LEE: You’ll see a crisp, clean, white look with rich burgundy red-on-red tones. LISA: White’s going to be really big this year. Switching gears a bit, what’s the most unusual order you’ve had? LISA: We’ve had to send flowers to people’s birthdays and make them look withered and black, like they were dead. Black roses. Pretty funny! It sounds so Goth. LISA: Yeah, kind of Goth and macabre. On that note, where do you get inspiration for your designs? LISA: It’s evolving. You might get it from nature. You might see something and kind of tweak it and make it your own. LEE: Also from traveling. We travel a lot and see things abroad and get inspired. LISA: The European shops are so beautiful. We were in Denmark and everything was avant-garde and modern. You have to tailor what you see so that it works well for your client. LEE: And our surroundings inspire us. We love coming to work and being able to see the ocean from here. What’s it like being sisters and working together every day? LEE: We bounce ideas off each other. We tell it to each other like it is without having to sugarcoat everything. We each have our own strengths and one of us may know how to deal with a certain customer better. I’m not saying it isn’t trying at times, particularly in these next two months when we’ll be really busy, but for the most part we’re really lucky. What advice would you give to someone starting up a business now? LISA: Look at your market and see what you’re good at. Look at your costs and expenses and crunch the numbers. We’ve seen a lot of businesses come and go over the years and it’s disheartening because they’re wonderful businesses. They’ve been hit by the economy, but it’s all about going back to basics and doing what you do really well. If you had to describe your life philosophy in three words, what would they be? LISA: Lucky, lucky, lucky! We feel lucky and blessed. LEE: For sure. LISA: Blessed, lucky and grateful. It seems there’s a lot more emphasis on gratitude these days. LEE: We opened up during a recession and people probably thought we were a little crazy, but you have to believe that you can do it. LISA: We were big into sports, and our coach at Mira Costa High School, Daelea Aldrich, was a huge influence. She instilled a belief in all these girls coming out of school that you could do anything. So we took that philosophy into our business. LEE: We never questioned whether we’d be successful. It’s all about a positive attitude.

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Walk-Street Beach Cottage (approx. 8 houses from the Strand!). Highly Desirable Walk-Street Location on the North side of the street. Built in 1948, this 2 bedroom and 1.5 bath split-level home offers 1,096 sq. ft floor-plan that features a living room, dining area, and separate den. The property also includes a detached Sun-Room and WalkStreet brick patio boasting Ocean Views. This is a great opportunity to build your dream home!

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(1) 319 23rd Place MANHATTAN BEACH


• 1 bed & 1 bath /600 sq. ft. of living space • Lot Size: 2,700 sq. ft. • Lot Dimensions: 30 x 90 • Zoning: MNRM • Adjacent to Corner Location • Offered at $1,479,000

• 3 bedroom & 2 bath home/2,022 sq. ft. of living space • Lot Size: 5,400 sq. ft. • Lot Dimensions: 90 x 60 • Zoning: MNRM • Double Lot • Corner Location • Offered at $2,895,000

Potential for wonderful home site, lots are currently in a R-2 (2 unit multi family) zone.



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LUXURY CAPE COD BEDROOMS: 5 BATHS: 5.5 SQ. FT: 3,973 PRICE: $2,449,000

742 33RD STREET, MANHATTAN BEACH Located in the highly sought-after Manhattan Beach Tree Section, this quality Cape-Cod inspired home is truly one of a kind. Enjoy 3,973 sq. ft. of living space in this tri-level home featuring a Gourmet Kitchen equipped with GE Professional & Viking appliances, a Formal Dining Room with a two-tiered coffered ceiling & wainscoting, Formal Living Room and Family Room plus a multifunctional Great Room with plenty of storage for media equipment or the like. The property features a spacious and playable landscaped enclosed front yard, as well as a rear stone patio perfect for entertaining. There is also a 3-car garage, elegant White Oak floors, Granite and Marble throughout, crown molding, designer touches and so much more.




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The fireplace makeover


t’s the beginning of the football and holiday season. Everywhere houses are adorned with decorations and stores are full of seasonal “must buys.” But what makes this time of the year special is food, family, friends, and a glowing fire in the fireplace. Fireplaces are a focal point. They invite conversation and give the most timid guest a place to sit without standing out. The smell of burning wood releases the tension between your shoulders and loosens the tightest jaw. Most people assume when they buy a house the look of the fireplace is permanent and they design their room around it. This is not true! Upgrading your fireplace is easy and can add value to your home. There are several different parts that make up a fireplace, but four areas that can change the overall look without major construction. They are the mantel, firebox, screen, and how you burn your fire. The mantel is not only the shelf area above the hearth; it is also the decorative sides of it. There are several types of mantels made from


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stone, wood, brick, cement, and metal. Even though they look permanent, most mantels are attached to the outer part of the wall. It is not hard to remove and replace it. Most handy homeowners can take out a mantel themselves. Depending on what you are planning to replace it with, installation can usually be done by you or the company you purchased your new mantel from. Play with different ideas when choosing. There are more than the traditional wood frames these days. A popular look is stone veneer. It can be placed around the hearth and up the wall, making your fireplace look larger and more dramatic. Marble or composite stone can be used in the same fashion for minimal modern sophistication. There are also stunning tiles made with texture that create eye-catching patterns, they can be attached to a raised boxed surface around the hearth or on the wall. Leave the tiles as they are or attach a thick wood or polished cement ledge across the fireplace opening for a more dramatic appearance. Look through magazines, books and on-line for ideas. The firebox is the inside of the fireplace where the fire burns. Many are made of brick. After time, especially with wood burning fires, the brick turns black, making it appear old and dirty. To remedy this, buy a pint of black high temperature paint from a fireplace or home improvement store. This special paint is made for the inside of your fireplace and can go on gas lines and fire grates. After brushing clean the brick, brush on the paint. It absorbs into the bricks leaving a smooth clean surface without showing brush strokes. The inside of your fireplace looks new and brings your attention to your glowing fire and not what’s around it. Screens can add or take away from your fireplace design. Try changing it to create a new look. Darker colors make a screen disappear and keep your eye on the fire. Whereas a gold or silver toned screen will stand out and add to the design of your mantel. Glass screens provide a stylish appearance just beware of it becoming hot when burning a fire. Fireplaces burn with wood or gas; wood log fires smell great and give you the true feeling of man versus nature. Various types of wood smell differently, so you are not only seeing and hearing the crackling fire, but your sense of smell is engaged. But it can be time consuming and not always easy to get a warm fire going. Some people opt for a gas-burning fireplace instead of wood. You instantly have a roaring smokeless fire producing heat. The most commonly burned gas fires are with man-made logs. They are l made of ceramic and painted to look like branches from various trees. Try using a species that looks similar to trees surrounding your house. Decorative pans with glass or stone are a popular trend. The trays connect to your gas pipe the same way your fire logs do. When lit, the flame spreads along the top. It releases as much heat as the ceramic logs do and can add a modern or artsy look to your room. Upgrading the look of your old fireplace can add value and design intention to your home. It is a simple, yet overlooked improvement most times ignored. Whether you are using your fireplace for warmth or ambience, consider these few tricks. Make your fireplace as good looking as the rest of your house. —Amanda Coscina,

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Justin Hopkins keeps the party grooving

uests arriving at the South Bay Digs launch party on Friday, Nov. 12 were greeted by a slice of quintessential South Bay beach life—an elegant, post-modern residence, a sunset worth Tweeting about and a food truck serving up made-to-order fish tacos and quesadillas. More than 100 real estate VIPs and local movers and shakers were on hand to kick off the magazine in style with live music, Argentine Malbec (among other libations) and self-guided tours of the Lawrence Harris Residence in Hermosa Beach, an Architectural Digest Editor’s Selection in October 2010, boasting a modern aesthetic with enviable ocean views. Partygoers enjoyed Justin Hopkins’ indie-folk rhythms while wandering through the home’s spacious, linear interiors and multiple outdoor spaces. Props to our event sponsors; Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, REP Interactive, Brouwerij West, Eli Fairfield with Bank of America Home Loans and Gerard Bisignano of Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty.

Pamela Corante-Hansen (r), South Bay Digs contributing writer, with husband Jim

Maureen Megowan, RE/MAX PV Execs & Warren Dow

Ed Kaminsky, Shorewood Realtors & Warren Dow

Hosts Gerard Bisignano (l) & Warren Dow

Wing Lam, Wahoo’s Fish Taco & Warren Dow

Dow (l) & Steve Santos, Shorewood Realtors

At left: Chris Plank (l), Shorewood Realtors & Warren Dow To right: Brian & Nick from Brouwerij West


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Mike Baker Office Cell

310-372-1234 310-817-2345

Ultimate Manhattan Beach Lifestyle 233 7th Street, Manhattan Beach This incredible home is the ultimate in living the Beach Lifestyle—an absolutely gorgeous South Manhattan Walkstreet Home with amenities galore!! Starting with the most incredible ocean views from a roof top entertainment deck featuring a built-in spa tub built for 6, BBQ, sink and refrigerator. Three level home showcases Master Suite complete with fireplace, its own balcony, private sun room and entrance to the rooftop deck. With 3 spacious levels, 3884 sq feet of beach living, a 4-car garage and a 3-stop elevator, this home must been seen to be believed.

Offered at $2,995,000

Unbelievable Ocean Views on Half Acre!

Live in Front Unit & Rent Back Two Units

5052 Range Horse Lane, Rolling Hills Estates

1817 W. 257th Street, Lomita

Bring your fussy buyers and they will be amazed! This turnkey 4 bedroom/2 bath home with guest house sits at the end of a cul-de-sac on a half-acre. Unbelievable views—Ocean, Queen’s Necklace and mountains!! This property has a park-like setting—perfect for families or entertaining. Property also features a 2-car attached garage as well as a detached 15'x30' RV or boat garage with a work area. Home features hardwood floors, crown moulding, recessed lighting, tankless water heater, air conditioning, remodeled baths, and more.

Turn key triplex with lots of great features: front house has both front and back yards (back yard can be utilized for RV or boat parking, also), large living room with fireplace, large master bedroom with its own 3/4 bath and approx 1422 sq ft of living space. Duplex in rear with both units approx 900 sq ft each and 2 bd,1 bath. All units have interior laundry, new dual pane windows, new electrical, seller states copper plumbing.

Offered at $1,395,000


Offered at $749,000

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movers & shakers

533 24th Street Manhattan Beach $1,095,000 2640 Hermosa Avenue #5 Hermosa Beach $650,000

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ily Liang, a top agent with Coldwell Banker for over 28 years, and one of the top agents in Palos Verdes has joined Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty. “Lily’s professionalism, sincerity, honesty, pleasant presentation and hard work have earned her an outstanding reputation throughout the industry,” says Rick Edler, owner of Peninsula Sotheby’s. Lily was attracted to Sotheby’s boutique office environment, “Sotheby’s offers extraordinary marketing exposure and cache that no other company can match.” Lily is a certified corporate Relocation Specialist, a Certified Investment Specialist and an Interior Design Consultant. In addition, she has been a member of the “Society of Excellence,” the highest honor bestowed in her previous brokerage. Lily has also been a featured Agent or Super Agent listed in Forbes, Time and Los Angeles Magazine. Lily is also on the foundation board for LABioMed, raising funds for different projects and was nominated as Business Woman of the Year by the South Bay Chinese Women’s Association in 2009. Lily sponsors the Peninsula library and many other local organizations and is very active in the community. Lily has been involved with building and remodeling homes through the years. She has worked very closely with developers and architects and has had formal training in interior design and thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise in these areas. Lily is fluent in Chinese and has lived in countries in Asia and Europe and believes that her positions as an Investment Consultant and Vice President in the banking industry aid her in the success of marketing homes on the Peninsula. Lily and husband Michael Patton, an internationally renowned corporate tax attorney, reside in Palos Verdes Estates. “To me, Palos Verdes is a great place to live not only for the present but also for the future.” Daughter Jennifer has a Masters degree from Harvard University, while son Michael is attending Long Beach State University for his master degree. Lily currently has a fully furnished estate listed for sale with over 16,000 sq. ft., pool, tennis court, 6-car garage and lovely views for $10,999,000. She also has seven other listings in all different price categories. Lily can be reached at her Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty office located at 608 Silver Spur Rd. Rolling Hills Estates, at (310) 373-3333 or through her website at

Executive Style Home



square feet! (buyer to verify)

5391 Valley View Road • Rancho Palos Verdes ideally situated in the “countryside”—an enclave of only 30 homes in the highly desired Rancho Palos Verdes, this expansive home offers the utmost of everyday living and entertaining. large marble foyer leads into an inviting living room with high ceilings, new picture window, hardwood floors and fireplace. Main level includes a large family room with fireplace, delightful eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, stainless appliances plus an oversized dining room with hardwood floors and enough space to accommodate a table for 12. Upstairs, the 3 bedrooms each has its own bath, while the luxurious master suite features a sitting area, his-and-hers walk-in closets, and bath with dual sinks. lower level includes 4th bedroom with ¾ bath, walk-in closet and extra storage. Resort-style backyard boasts both gazebo and hot tub.

Offered at $1,525,000

Jane Angel Office cell

310.791.6022 310.292.2290

Earning my wings… every day!

68 Malaga cove Plaza, Palos Verdes estates International Sterling Society

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1215Granvia Altamira,, Palos Verdes Ests. 17,250 Sq. Ft. Lot~Totally Useable

4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths ~ 2900 Sq. Ft. Granite Kitchen/Baths ~Air Conditioning Hardwood Floors ~ Crown Moldings! Circular Drive ~ Dining Deck across Back Overlooking Gated, Fenced & Private Yard, POOL & Play Areas!

Priced to Sell at….


Carol Adams

RE/MAX Hall of Fame


WWW.CAROLADAMS.COM For Virtual Tour! DRE# 00806559


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Stunning Italian Ocean Front

736 Esplanade • Redondo Beach

This gorgeous home was custom built by the renowned Mark LaCharite and located on a large South-facing corner lot with stunning 180° views from Queens Necklace to Malibu and only steps to one of the most beautiful beaches and surf in the South Bay!

Designer touches include:

• Appx. 4800 sq. ft., 5 large bedrooms, 6 bathrooms & 2 large offices, a 100 gallon-2 person Jacuzzi tub and an extra large Mr. Steam shower. • 1,000 Bottle temperature controlled wine cellar, NanaWall doors, 7” Plank Pecan Hand Distress Wood Floors, custom wrought iron and Jerusalem Limestone throughout the entire home. • Full size, commercial Schindler elevator, large professional gym and a 4+ car garage.

JUST REDUCED! $3,495,000

200 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach

Gary Elminoufi

Email: • • Direct: 310-292-0332 • Office: 310-543-3536 x300 Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. DRE: 01139207


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home of the week

I have a qualified, all-cash buyer who wants a home in or near Malaga Cove with a Queen’s Necklace ocean view.

Remarkable Tuscan Estate

If you are thinking of selling, either now or in the near future, please contact me.

Custom built in 2004, this fabulous property boasts magnificent design appointments beginning with 25 ft. ceilings in the grand foyer, wrought iron staircase, luxurious chandelier and Walnut hardwood floors. This Entertainer’s delight features an impressive Gourmet Kitchen including twin Sub-zero refrigerators, Viking 6-burner cook top with hood, 2 Bosch dishwashers, granite counters, custom cabinetry, walk-in pantry, breakfast nook eating area, formal living, dining and family rooms complete with wood-burning fireplaces. Master bedroom boasts city-light views, private balcony, walk-in closet, a large master bath with travertine floors, dual sinks, hand crafted cabinets, marble Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. French doors from downstairs lead to travertine tiled entertainment patio with stairs leading to the resort-like backyard featuring sparkling pool and spa, built-in BBQ with granite counters, outdoor fireplace and lush landscaped yard perfect for recreation and relaxation.

Neda   310.463.6889 For more info, visit #00925205

63 Malaga Cove Plaza Palos Verdes Estates

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Aurelio Mattucci 310-920-9233

524 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277

For Lease—Ready for Beauty Salon and Spa



Single-family homes

Weekly Commercial Real Estate Classes!

2041 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Suite B, Lomita, CA 90717

Featured Property! New! Executive Office Suites

TJ Parker 310-678-0929

326 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277 Retail/Office, 200 –1,000 Sq.ft.

“Sea Breeze Plaza” 1926 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277

1300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277

Only three spaces available

Office and Retail

116 S. Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach 90277 Executive office suites


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Median List Price $1,299,000 Asking Price per Square Foot $622 Average Days on Market 149 Percent of Properties with Price Decrease 59% Percent Relisted (reset DOM) 16% Percent Flip (price increase) 0% Median House Size (sq ft) 2,472 Median Lot Size (sq ft) Less than 4,500 Median Number of Bedrooms 3.9 Median Number of Bathrooms 2.6 Median List Price $1,587,000 Asking Price per Square Foot $671 Average Days on Market 126 Percent of Properties with Price Decrease 38% Percent Relisted (reset DOM) 9% Percent Flip (price increase) 4% Median House Size (sq ft) 2,952 Median Lot Size (sq ft) Less than 4,500 Median Number of Bedrooms 4.0 Median Number of Bathrooms 2.8 Median List Price Asking Price per Square Foot Average Days on Market Percent of Properties with Price Decrease Percent Relisted (reset DOM) Percent Flip (price increase) Median House Size (sq ft) Median Lot Size Median Number of Bedrooms Median Number of Bathrooms Median List Price Asking Price per Square Foot Average Days on Market Percent of Properties with Price Decrease Percent Relisted (reset DOM) Percent Flip (price increase) Median House Size (sq ft) Median Lot Size Median Number of Bedrooms Median Number of Bathrooms


$1,799,000 $569 91 43% 11% 8% 3,557 0.25-0.50 acre 4.0 3.0 $1,239,000 $462 129 45% 9% 3% 2,572 0.25-0.50 acre 4.0 2.5

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Median List Price Asking Price per Square Foot Average Days on Market Percent of Properties with Price Decrease Percent Relisted (reset DOM) Percent Flip (price increase) Median House Size (sq ft) Median Lot Size (sq ft) Median Number of Bedrooms Median Number of Bathrooms

$1,080,000 $501 160 49% 18% 3% 2,176 4,501-6,500 4.0 2.0

Your opportunity to live in the South Bay’s most prestigious, private, gated community…

Manhattan Village The Place to Live

• Minutes to the beach • Community pools & spas • Bike & jogging paths • Walking distance from mall with restaurants, shops, movies & more

• Lushly landscaped open areas • Golf course adjacent • Private tennis club adjacent • Private entrance to quality shopping

Conveniently located! Minutes to the 405, Century Freeway, LAX & the Green Line and biking distance to the beach! 4 STRATFORD

• Totally remodeled, prime golf course location with lake views!

• Popular floor plan, 3 bdrms +office—close to 3,000 sqft.

• Golf course location— on the fourth green

• Private location/large patio

• Largest townhome, 3 bd +bonus rm & den, over 2,300 sqft

• Fabulous Beverly Hills designer

• 3 bdrms, over 2,000 sqft

• Fabulous kitchen & baths

• Kitchen and breakfast nook

• Recent kitchen remodel w/ granite counters, stainless appliances & hardwood floors!

• Master bdrm on main level!


Open Sat & Sun 1-4





• Fabulous open floor plan with large family room & breakfast nook


• 2 Bd +den, over 1,500 sqft


NiNa Michaels 310.318.0413

Manhattan Village Resident 20 years • CRS–Broker • DRE #00727210


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Jeannie Penner-More Realtor / Loan Consultant

310.259.6570 • DRE: 01076415

Ocean View Mediterranean Style Masterpiece!

Great Home in Beautiful Hermosa Hills!

Ultimate Beach Lifestyle – One Block to Beach!

515 Sapphire • Redondo Beach

1126 1st Place • Hermosa Beach

616 S Broadway #A • Redondo Beach

5 bdrm | 4 bth | ~3868sqft.(buyer to verify) | Large Roof Deck

4 bdrm | 2.5 bth | ~2104 Sqft. (buyer to verify)

3 bdrm | 2.5 bth + Library | ~2407 Sqft. (buyer to verify)

With utmost attention to detail and elegance rarely seen in the South Bay, this amazing home utilizes only the finest materials – blending both grace and charm with a modern sensibility. Ocean & PV views surround the superior designs that accencuate the passage of light to interiors, providing a feeling of serenity and openness while maintaing the privacy of each room. Features include elegant entry with vaulted ceiling, architectural arches, spiral staircase, beautiful hardwood / travertine floors and huge gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. A first impression you will never forget!

This sought after area of Hermosa Beach is in a great neighborhood located in the distinguished Hermosa Beach School District. Remodeled 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bath home with approx. 2,104 sq.ft (buyer to verify.) The open floor plan features designer touches including recessed lighting, cathedral ceilings, newer fixtures, skylights, and hardwood floors. Brand new kitchen with granite counter tops and extra storage cabinets. Extra large master suite with ocean and city views. Located near the beautiful beaches, entertainment, restaurants and shopping.

Breathtaking sunset views are yours in this bright and airy home with designer touches throughout. Spiral staircase leads up to the elegant living area with gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, hickory cabinets, hardwood floors and a formal dining area with French doors leading to private deck. The over sized master suite features a fireplace, walk-in-close, his or her bathroom complete with Jacuzzi tub and walk in shower. Located on the best 2-block stretch of South Broadway with extra wide streets and a short block to the beach.

Offered at $829,000

Offered at $1,175,000

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7 Sea Cove Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes

24 8th Street, Hermosa Beach

3410 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach

Great opportunity to purchase a rare coastal lot with plans for a 4000 square foot Marmol Radziner contemporary design home with 100 feet of frontage. Lot is across the street from the coastline. Lot is over 10,000 square feet and offers awesome ocean and coastline views. Sea Cove is a highly desirable street filled with some of Palos Verdes most desirable homes and has a private path to the beach and coastal tide pools. Close proximity to Terranea Resort, Abalone Cove, Portuguese Bend Club and Shoreline Park. Build home as a primary residence or a second home. Home across the street is said to be Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential project. Land directly across the street is not buildable allowing for unblockable views. Buyer and buyer’s agent to verify all information. Seller is open to a joint venture for spec project. $775,000

Fantastic new contemporary home in the heart of downtown Hermosa just two doors from the strand and sand, Gourmet kitchen with walk-pantry comes complete with commercial Viking appliances, granite counter tops, custom cabinets and hard wood floors. This home is equipped with elevator, beautiful decks including one on the roof which is engineered and ready for a spa and BBQ to enjoy the city and whitewater views. Spacious open floor plan, living room with fireplace, master has a walkin closet, large his/her bath, jacuzzi tub. House is wired for stereo, alarm as well as high speed internet (CATS). Hermosa Beach living at it’s best!

Architectural Digest’s Editors’ Selection October 2010. A masterpiece in art & living. These worlds meld in this testament to post modern design. An early work by the internationally acclaimed Morphosis design team, Thom Mayne & Michael Rotondi, this blending of stainless steel, concrete & natural elements combine to create a stunning home of epic architectural significance. Featured in the New York Times, this 4000+ square foot home has 4 levels with living room, dining room & kitchen all situated on the top floor to take full advantage of the spectacular ocean/coastline views. The entrance opens to a 3-story, semi-circular atrium. 2 sets of stairs trace a path through the structure that has an elevator, 3 bedrooms, a wine cellar, 2 fireplaces & a family room. Unobstructed ocean views from PV to Malibu, home has been called “the tallest home in Hermosa Beach.”



Artfully Representing “NavigatingtheRealEstatemarketcanbe challengingduringtheseuncertaintimes. AsapartnerwithPeninsulaSotheby’s InternationalRealtyIcanofferyou unsurpassedexposureandexperience inthemarketingofyourhomeorwhen representingyouinthepurchaseofa home.Pleasecallmeonmycellphone at(310)990-4727.”—GerardBisignano

Gerard Bisignano is a life-long resident of the South Bay. He has been selling luxury real estate in our coastal community for over 19 years. He has been a consistent top producer and in 2009 became a partner/owner with Peninsula Sotheby’s. He received his MBA from Loyola Marymount University and served eight years on the Redondo Beach City Council. His marketing efforts have produced two homes named L.A. Times “Home of the Week” and he has been featured several times on NBC’s “Open House Los Angeles.” He has marketed one of the highest priced homes ever listed on the Manhattan Beach Strand and is known for being a top agent for luxury real estate from Manhattan Beach to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

1600 The Strand, Manhattan Beach

3137 Barkentine Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes

1956 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach

Grandieur Embodied. First time to market. Ray Kappe Design-”His designs evince a mastery of warm, modern spaces, clearly expressed construction systems, and environmental sensitivity.”Situated on a prime Strand north corner and a 1 minute walk to downtown. Built prior to current codes, allowing for a rare rooftop pool, expansive top decks and over 5200 sq feet. Floor to ceiling windows allow panoramic whitewater views from PV to Malibu. Concrete, steel and stone, this contemporary masterpiece is accessed through a pivoting sculpted stainless steel door. Downstairs is a Strand level media room and 2 glass enclosed bedrooms. Entry level has the kitchen, dining area, huge granite bar and a wine room. Top living level has the master bedroom and spa quality bath. Stairways lead to the rooftop pool and expansive entertainment outdoor area. Rounded and angeled, this home embraces the coastline. This home has 3 large open fireplaces-a Kappe signature- 3 car garage and an elevator to the roof.

Architecturally significant home by noted Mid Century Modern architect Foster Rhodes Jackson. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac and next to the nature preserve, this home offers amazing privacy and views. Large glass walls expose expansive views of the ocean, Catalina, bluffs, white water, canyon and nature preserve from all rooms(no power lines or poles). There is a state of the art tracking solar system that can cover most power needs, a large garage, parking pad and extra parking on the street. Viking kitchen, automatic awnings, new baths, A/C. Awesome location, out of the slide zone and situated in an area considered to have the best weather in Palos Verdes. Walk to the beach or hike the many nature preserve trails. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace, modern interior and view decks. Den/office could be 4th bedroom and has a closet. Jackson was a fellow under Frank Lloyd Wright and reveals this inspiration through the richness of his organic and awe inspiring design.

Your classic Beach Home with unobstructable PV to Malibu ocean and whitewater views, a stones throw to the sand and walking distance to both downtown Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Big views, decks, lots of light and a back yard. Upgraded, clean, bright and charming with good sized kitchen, dining area and living room with expansive views. Classic Spanish tile in the bathrooms and backyard jacuzzi, fireplaces in the master bedroom and living room, backyard area with landscape and tiled jacuzzi, balcony off the kitchen and marvelous ocean view entertainment deck. Home has been lovingly maintained, has hardwood floors throughout and a large 2 car garage currently used as an office. The home is situated directly across the 20th street walkstreet so you look straight down to the sand.




Estates of Epic Architectural Significance Gerard Bisignano Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty Cell: 310-990-4727 Office: 310-376-6004 | DRE: 01116110

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