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Extraordinary Custom-Built   Beachfront Mediterranean   on Prime Corner Lot   in Hermosa Beach

December 17, 2010

Offered by   Raju Chabbria,   Shorewood   Realtors Check the details on p6

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

Robert Freedman 310-291-7779

Impeccably Remodeled Townhome 617 Crest Manhattan Beach

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

This showpiece Townhome has undergone a total transformation of style to a contemporary beach house, utilizing the open floor plan to create an entertainer’s ocean view paradise. • Nearly 2,300 square feet of living space, and 2-car garage • 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, including a large master suite with steam shower, spa tub, and custom walk-in closet • Brand new upper level is light, bright and airy, with a center island design that is perfect for large gatherings • Spacious ocean view deck • Ideal location just 3 blocks to the beach, downtown (South of Pier)

Specially Priced at $2,095,122

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Wine cellar! Artist’s studio!

Theatre/media room! Library!

Incredible Home-on-the-Hill Has It All! 230 Anderson, Manhattan Beach Perched upon one of the highest points of the prestigious Manhattan Beach Hill Section, this amazing home was built to the highest of standards with the finest finishes. • 4 bedrooms, 3½ baths including sound insulated master suite and separate nanny/maid quarters (Tremendous flexibility on future layout – call for details on configurations to add bedrooms & baths.) • Formal dining room and casual dining area • Panoramic ocean view decks • Private main floor theatre / media room • Library with custom crafted book shelves

Hill Section Family Home

• Full artist studio, gym, and wine cellar

952 11th Street Manhattan Beach Gorgeous Spanish Revival style home by Sexton Homes customized by 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 sq.ft. of living space, with a soaring 2-story living room • 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3-car attached garage • Additional upstairs family room (could be 6th bedroom) • Magnificent master suite with south-facing lounging deck, and opulent master bath with steam shower • Built in 2004 but looks brand new – REALLY!

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

• Mechanical work shop currently used for collectible motorcycle restoration, and separate woodworking shop • Private 2nd floor lanai with fireplace, barbecue, refrigerator, sink and dining table overlooking the beautifully landscaped backyard

Offered at $5,495,000


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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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Publisher’s Muse Explore. Dream. Discover.


Feature Profile Shade Hotel owner and restaurateur Mike Zislis


On The Cover Extraordinary beachfront Mediterranean


in Hermosa Beach. Cover photograph by Paul Jonason

Home of the Week

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Remarkable ranch style home in Palos Verdes

Just Blocks from Downtown Hermosa Beach & Pier Prime west-facing corner beachfront location with custom built Mediterranean home designed by Architect Louie Tomaro. Enjoy extraordinary panoramic, white water, ocean views. Your front yard is right on the beach on a prime corner lot. Watch the sunrise and set from your master bedroom balcony or any of the 5 balconies, roof top deck, the large wrap around patio, or from the great room and or gourmet kitchen while you prepare your meals. Cooks will love the granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. Spread out in this spacious home with a family room and game room. Additional features include 2-car garage and 2 extra guest parking spaces, fountain, laundry room and elevator. Great outdoor entertaining with a built-in BBQ and wet bar.

Spaces These are a few of my favorite things


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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 South Bay Digs magazine is published every other Friday by m3 Media, LLC. Reproduction in any form or by any means is strictly prohibited without the prior written consent from m3 Media LLC. The Publisher and advertisers are not responsible or liable for misinformation, misprints, or typographical errors. All advertised properties are subject to prior sale or withdrawal without notice. Real estate advertised in this publication is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act. M3 Media will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. Any and all submissions to this publication become the property of m3 Media, LLC and may be used in any media. To Our Readers: South Bay Digs Magazine welcomes your feedback and encourages reader response to our editorial features. Please send your letters to the Publisher at 2554 Via Tejon, Palos Verdes Estates, CA. 90274 or via email to Please include your name and contact information. Letters may be published and we reserve the right to edit. Advertising: For inquiries, please contact Publisher Warren Dow at 310-373-0142. Subscriptions: Subscriptions are $26 per year. Subscribe by email: or via phone: 310-373-0142. © 2010 m3 Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

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. A 32-Year Resident of Manhattan Beach DRE# 01440129


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Gary E. LaTourette Real Estate Consultant DRE#01424026

62 Malaga Cove Plaza Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Cell: 310.503.7408 Office: 310.378.9494 Fax: 310.373.3427 Search the MLS at

OceanfrOnt! • 83’-foot wide lot • 2.5 Lots right on the water

• Panoramic views • 10 Units

One of the largest Oceanfront lots available in Southern California. You could build six townhomes or a single, Landmark Estate!

10,454-foot Strand lot, South of the Pier Four buildings with balconies or decks Huge lot offers 12-car parking Long-term or summer/vacation rentals

302–306 S. tHe StranD, OceanSIDe PrIceD tO SeLL $3,500,000 This is a unique opportunity at an affordable price. Properties like this rarely come on the market!

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Features include: Entertainment / video / game / room (could be 4th bedroom) Large master suite Secluded upper level living space Hardwood floors Three fireplaces Private patio Floating stairwell Fabulous location: Walking distance to beach, downtown Manhattan, Northend Manhattan, parks, restaurants & shops

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Community. Strength. Independence. Shorewood Realtors is one of the top five largest real estate firms in Los Angeles County and in the top 58 nationally. We are the South Bay’s oldest and largest independently owned real estate firm, with humble beginnings in 1969 to today having seven offices and more than 350 realtors serving the beach cities. Our highly-trained real estate agents will make your home sale or purchase a seamless, trouble-free transaction— this is how we define our success.

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132 20th Street • Manhattan Beach $3,599,000 • 1605 Pine Avenue • Manhattan Beach $855,000

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Selling the Manhattan Beach Lifestyle

Explore. Dream. Discover.


s we approach the end of 2010, it’s a great time to explore, dream, and discover new possibilities for the New Year. Economically speaking, it’s been a very challenging last couple of years, especially in the real estate sector. At the end of the 3rd quarter of this year, 32% of California mortgages are in a negative equity position, according to CoreLogic. Every since we launched South Bay Digs in October of this year, I’ve been asking local realtors and brokers the same question—“how’s business.” As you might expect, the answers are all over the board… “I’ve been doing this for 37 years…worst year ever.” “Just another day in real estate.” “Great. I’m having my best year ever.” “Lately, it seems like this is a volunteer business!” • 20th Year at Shorewood

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

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —Mark Twain

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• A total of 2 Homes (SFR) sold for $7,000,000 or higher • A total of 5 Homes (SFR) sold for $5,000,000 or higher • A total of 163 Homes (SFR) sold for $2,000,000 or higher • The highest selling price for a home (SFR) was $7,500,000 • Total of 1432 Homes (SFR) sold with a total valuation of $1,634,857,247 • The average selling price for all homes sold was $1,233,855

This issue’s cover home offered by Raju Chhabria is an amazing waterfront estate on a corner lot in Hermosa Beach. Don’t miss our feature profile on local restaurateur and Shade Hotel owner, Mike Zislis. Last, but not least, we want to sincerely thank all of our advertisers, readers and supporters for helping us get started in a tough economy—we could not have done it without you! Look for many new and innovative things from South Bay Digs in 2011! Enjoy— CFE Member


Here are some interesting 2010 real estate statistics for the South Bay Beach Cities, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula:

Warren J Dow, Publisher 310-373-0142

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, absolutely exquisite Malaga Cove estate. 2005 Paseo del sol, Palos Verdes estates 90274


hermosa Beach strand 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


Chris Plank Shorewood Realtors Cell 310-849-1530 Office 310-546-7561 x443 Email:


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the results are in…

herMoSa Beach • 90254 Median For Sale vs. Median Sold Nov-09 vs. Nov-10: The median price of for sale properties is down 2% and the median price of sold properties is up 22%

How fast did your home sell in 2010? Average Days on Market… n

Beach Cities listings sold took an average of 79 days on market.

✓ Ed’s Beach Cities listings sold

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 Nov-09 1,329,000

Nov-10 1,299,000

Change -30,000

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 % -2%

Nov-09 1,150,000

Nov-10 1,397,500

Change 247,500

% +22%

in an average of only 27 days. Ed’s listings sold 65% faster in 2010… now that’s performance!

Manhattan Beach • 90266 Median For Sale vs. Median Sold Nov-09 vs. Nov-10: The median price of for sale properties is down 8% and the median price of sold properties is down 1%

How much money did you give up selling your home in 2010? Sold price versus list price… n

Beach Cities average Sold price versus List price was 7% below original List price.

✓ Ed’s Beach Cities listings Sold price versus List price was 2% below original List price. Ed’s Beach Cities listings received 5% more on average – that’s $50,000 additional value per $1,000,000 sold!

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 Nov-09 1,784,500

Nov-10 1,650,000

Change -134,500

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 % -8%

Nov-09 1,285,000

Nov-10 1,275,000

Change -10,000

% -1%

PaLoS verdeS eStateS • 90274 Median For Sale vs. Median Sold Nov-09 vs. Nov-10: The median price of for sale properties is down 2% and the median price of sold properties is down 7%

for a Listing Performance advantage in 2011…

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Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 Nov-09 1,789,500

Nov-10 1,759,000

Change -30,500

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 % -2%

Nov-09 1,185,000

Nov-10 1,099,000

Clarus MarketMetrics—Information not guaranteed. 2009–2010 Terradatum and its suppliers and licensors (

Change -86,000

% -7%

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rancho PaLoS verdeS • 90275 Median For Sale vs. Median Sold Nov-09 vs. Nov-10: The median price of for sale properties is down 3% and the median price of sold properties is down 4%

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 Nov-09 1,295,000

Nov-10 1,258,750

Change -36,250

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 % -3%

Nov-09 850,000

Nov-10 820,000

Change -30,000

% -4%

redondo Beach • 90277 Median For Sale vs. Median Sold Nov-09 vs. Nov-10: The median price of for sale properties is up 6% and the median price of sold properties is down 4%

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 Nov-09 1,025,000

Nov-10 1,089,500

Change 64,500

Live in the heart of South redondo Beach 1 bedroom OCEAN VIEW condo now available!

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 % +6%

Nov-09 825,000

Nov-10 791,000

Change -34,000

% -4%

redondo Beach • 90278 Median For Sale vs. Median Sold Nov-09 vs. Nov-10: The median price of for sale properties is down 1% and the median price of sold properties is down 4%

• Ocean side of Catalina Ave • Brand new flooring throughout! • Great Community Amenities

Charities and Organizations Supported in 2010 by the Ed Kaminsky Real Estate Team The Kings Care Foundation The Los Angeles Clippers Foundation The Jordan Farmar Foundation Pacific School PTA in Manhattan Beach Beryl Heights Elementary School in Redondo Beach Jefferson Elementary School in Lennox

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 Nov-09 694,000

Nov-10 687,000

Change -7,000

Nov-09 vs. Nov-10 % -1%

Nov-09 665,000

Nov-10 640,000

Change -25,000

% -4%

Only $375,000

Washington Elementary School in Compton Kim Blankinship Memorial Scholarship Manhattan Beach Youth Athletics The Sandpipers Holiday Basket Program Echoes of Hope

In addition, Ed Kaminsky personally donated Lakers, Kings and Clippers tickets to various local children, so that they could experience their first professional sporting events. Ed also coordinated with the family of a very special, visually impaired child so that he could enjoy an evening with the Lakers as a VIP guest of Jordan Farmar.

Turning Opportunities into SOLD IN 12 DAYS

…with multiple offers!


Here is a unique opportunity to own a property with two separate homes in the SAND SECTION of Manhattan Beach ◆ 2 separate homes on a huge 40’ x 90’

street to alley RM lot ◆ Beach cottage has 2 bedrooms and

2 bathrooms with 1,414 sq.ft. ◆ Back house is a 1,268 sq. ft. loft ◆ 2 car garage and 2 carports ◆ Only 4 blocks to ocean sand and surf ◆ Great starter home for a family:

located only1 block from renowned Grandview Elementary School ◆ Walk to restaurants shops and

downtown Manhattan Beach ◆ Builders and developers—

this is a dream lot: large and flat!

Rachel Ezra

Broker Associate Dream it… See it… Achieve it! Where the Beach is your home. Direct 310.400.0297 Office: 310.546.7561 x407 Fax: 310.546.6097 • 3300 Highland Ave. Manhattan Beach


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Made in the Shade: Hospitality, South Bay Style

By Pamela Corante-Hansen


t’s a backpacker’s fantasy: You’ve just landed in a foreign country and you’re at a bank exchanging money. You ask the teller where you and your two buddies could get a decent room for the night, stressing that you’re on a budget. A bank customer who happens to be a hotel owner overhears your conversation. He hands you his business card and says, “I’ve got a room for you, and I’ll even comp the valet parking.” When he tells you the cost of the room and the name of the hotel, the bank teller reacts with shock. This world-class hotel’s rooms start at more than double what you were just quoted. This is no fantasy. It’s how Shade Hotel owner Mike Zislis recently welcomed three Australian backpackers to Manhattan Beach. Zislis also welcomed South Bay Digs to Shade’s Zinc Lounge, where he shared his business philosophy, career advice and a bite of his ridiculously tender steak lunch. What are you eating? Steak frites. It’s just one of my favorite things: A bistro steak that reminds me of a nice warm day in Paris with a glass of rosé, but I have a meeting with the city after this, so I’m passing on the rosé. Tell me a little bit about the best hotel stay you’ve ever had. It was a chateau – the Perrier Jouet Chateau in France. That was the best place I ever stayed. The thing I liked the most is they had in-room espresso machines and I can’t start the day without my caffeine fix. To be able to make a big fresh espresso before I got out of the room was incredible. I think I was the first guy ever to put espresso machines in all of his rooms. What inspired you to get into the hotel business? I’m actually in the restaurant business. I started in the brewery business. I opened the Manhattan Beach Brewery about 20 years ago. Several years back, I was trying to get a license for my Mucho Mexican restaurant in the Metlox

The Ultra Hip Zinc Lounge at Shade Hotel and Shade Hotel owner Mike Zislis (right) development. The city passed on the restaurant, but I asked what was going on with the proposed hotel site and it turned out nobody wanted to do it. The lot was too small; it didn’t make financial sense. But I thouwght if it was a really hip hotel, with great food and a great event space, you could make this thing work. The first year I opened I made the Condé Nast Top 100 Hotels list. I book about 25 weddings a year here, and we average 91 percent occupancy. It works for everyone. And the nighttime scene is quite nice. I’ve been to your bar. You have a great wine list. Thank you. I’m a big wine guy. I was actually married on the Quintessa Vineyard in Napa. In terms of boutique hotels, what trends are you seeing? I’d like to say I’m seeing trends, but the reason Shade is different is I don’t look at other hotels. I stay at a lot of hotels, and I do like boutique hotels. I was in Split, Croatia and I stayed in a cool little new hotel, then in Zadar [Croatia] I stayed in this hip place. I look for 30-room-or-less hotels, but I don’t look to them for inspiration. I’m more of a hospitality guy, so my rooms have to be fun. I just had an Australian guest who couldn’t believe he could get draft beer in his room. To me it’s a cool thing to have draft beer and a blender in your room. You can change the lights in all the rooms here, so if you want your room blue, you turn a dial and make it blue. It’s like an entertainment center—martini shakers, all the mixers for mojitos and martinis in the mini bar, little bottles of olives. It’s all about fun. For a lot of people, the destination is the highlight of the trip and the hotel is incidental. How do you make your hotel memorable to travelers? continued on page 18 12.17.10  |  south bay digs 


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Shade continued from page 15 We live in a beautiful place, and for first-time visitors, there’s so much here. First of all, I have a great staff. Manhattan Beach is a dream city. For $50 more than [what you would pay] across Sepulveda, here you can get on a bike, ride down to the beach and live the Manhattan Beach experience. So on [visitors’] off time, they can be residents of Manhattan Beach, and that’s the best residency in the world. I have a motto I use with my staff: If people want sleeves with their vest, we’ll give it to them. I had a celebrity stay here the other day and they wanted Pink Floyd tickets. So I called someone I know and got them tickets, backstage passes, a gift basket with t-shirts and dinner at Rock’N Fish at LA Live. People say, why did you do that? Well, I bumped into you, you had a need and I filled it. That’s the stuff we do that’s different. How do you find time for your family and for yourself? I have a really good staff who make me look really good. I try not to leave the house before 9 a.m. I’ll have breakfast with my kids and drop them off at school. I tend to come home every day after school and stay until about 6:30, which is bath time. At bath time, I leave. I’m home by about 9:30. It’s really a good life. I used to be so involved in restaurants that I’d work all weekend long, but because I have kids now, I take Saturdays and Sundays off. So how do you spend a typical weekend? It depends on the time of year, but typical would be USC football on Saturdays. I try to go to every game. Not that I want to brag about that this year. I have a really nice garden at home and I grow a lot of vegetables. My wife’s big into the environmental task force in Manhattan Beach, so everything we do is organic. I like to go to the great restaurants on Sunday nights. I try not to go on Saturdays because it’s too busy. For me personally, I work in a busy restaurant, so I don’t want to go to a busy restaurant.

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Get in the spirit at ROCK’N FISH Restaurant in Manhattan Beach What can you tell us about the hotel you’re planning in Redondo Beach? It’s going to be called Shade Redondo Beach. It’ll be somewhere around 4550 rooms, a bit bigger than this Shade. It’s all ocean views. I’ll correct a few of the mistakes that were made here at Shade. When I built [the Manhattan Beach] Shade, the floor plan had been designed 10 years earlier. I was able to embellish with patios, glass and waterfalls, but I wasn’t able to change the structure or how it was loaded. In Redondo, I’m starting on a clean slate of property—the old Red Onion site. I’ve been able to take the rooms and pool and offices and keep them in one building. Zinc Lounge, the Skydeck and the events facility are in a separate building, so the noise doesn’t transfer like it does here. We’re trying for LEED platinum certification. On Earth Day of next year we start our deconstruction and in June we start building. We have a target opening date of November 18. I open everything on November 18. Why is that? It’s the day I met my wife. It’s the day I got married. It’s really my day. Rock’N Fish opened on the 18th. Shade opened on the 18th. Mucho opened on the 18th. I do everything on November 18. There was some pushback in Redondo Beach about the hotel and I had to get involved in a proposition, which delayed me about a year. I’m still going to try to open in 2013. But it might be November 2014. Workshop or wine room? Garden. Home gym or home theater? Office. Smart phone or ipad? ipad, iphone, icomputer. All of the above.

Fit for a celebrity…comes nicely furnished or can be unfurnished. The contemporary finishes will dazzle & delight you as will the staggering ocean views. For those who required exclusivity, this home is matchless and is a bargain compared to local high end hotels. 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3000 (+/-) sqft, magnificent eat-in kitchen, formal dining, stunning architecture fronting a “walk street.” Relax on the top floor deck with panoramic views or enjoy the entertainment room just inside. Enjoy garage parking for up to 3 cars, with the beach a mere block away, and walking distance to downtown restaurants and shops.

Offered at $15,000/month

Matthew Adamo 310-318-8931 • Cell 310-880-8628 Over 20 years experience serving the Beach Cities


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Cat or dog? Cat. She’s an Abyssinian. Her name is Roux, like in cooking, because she’s that color of a roux. I don’t run into many cat people these days. I like dogs, but dogs are a lot of work. They’re as much work as children. You tend to see people that have children migrate into dogs when their kids are getting older—it’s not so intense. We have a three-year-old and a one-yearold, so we’re not ready for a high-maintenance dog right now. Any last thoughts before you head out to your meeting? I love what I do. I love going to work every day. I can’t wait to start my day every morning. I can’t wait to read the numbers from all the businesses, I can’t wait to come in and talk to guests. I speak a lot at colleges. I’ll tell the students, find a job you love and you’ll never feel like it’s work. I tell my two college-age kids from a previous marriage that I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was 18. Get the degree so you have it, and figure it all out later. You’ll find it, and when you find it, embrace it.

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A classic one level Spanish Hacienda home created by a talented team of builder’s and artisan’s for proud owners. It captivates indoor & outdoor living at its best. Located on the bluffs off Paseo Del Mar across from parkland, unobstructable ocean views, 19,780 sq. ft of flat usable land, living sq. ft of 3,672, a total of 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3 car garage. Beautifully landscaped with large trellis-covered patio, a grassy backyard that features a spa, fire pit, BBQ, water fountain plus sports court, 4th Bedroom/Guest House with private bath and partial ocean view. Completely rebuilt in 2004, Architecture by Don W. Thursby, Landscaping by Jacqueline Ignon and Interior Design by Wendy Duston. 2104 Paseo Del Mar  paloS vERDES EStatES  $3,500,000

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The Best on The Strand is Here! This luxurious custom built contemporary beach front home unlike no other home on The Strand is designed by Louie Tomaro. Features a Vantage lighting system and is wired for Creston automation system for fully integrated intelligent control over lighting, comfort, entertainment and security. A chef’s dream kitchen with a Thermador range with double oven, microwave and warming drawer, Fisher & Paykel double tall dishwasher, Subzero built in refrigerator with freezer drawers. Light, bright and airy with floor to ceiling windows that illuminate the entire home with natural light. Perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining with formal living room, family room, formal dining, theatre room, game room, wine cellar and large rooftop deck. One-of-a-kind finishes and custom appointments throughout! Stunning panoramic sand, white water and Pacific Ocean Views. Lease for $20,000/month with option to buy. 2634 the stRanD  heRmosa Beach


Rare Opportunity to Build a Dream Home! One acre lot with spectacular unobstructed panoramic ocean views, located on the border of Palos Verdes Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. Conceptual plans available to build a magnificent 11,000 sq. ft. one-of-a-kind Italian Villa overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.

3334 PaLos VeRDes DR. West  Rancho PaLos VeRDes  $2,999,000

Panoramic Ocean and Catalina Views Elegant and sophisticated home located in Oceanfront Estates boasting over $1M in upgrades! Featuring an open entry leading to the living room; gourmet kitchen with spacious dining area and butler’s pantry; an art studio and a master suite complete with balconies and luxurious master bath. Double spiral staircases lead downstairs to a large family room with wet bar and 4 bedroom suites, each with French doors leading to the manicured grounds outside, salt water pool and spa, outdoor BBQ and expansive lawn with numerous fruit trees.

53 Paseo De La Luz  Rancho PaLos VeRDes  $4,490,000

Ocean Views from Every Room This original “model” estate, with over $2.3M in upgrades, offers 6 bedrooms and 6½ bathrooms in 8,337 sq.ft. of luxurious living space with the most breath-taking panoramic ocean views. Featuring a grand entry with a double staircase and Onyx inlay floors; gourmet kitchen with mosaic countertops, top-of-the-line Viking appliances and center island opening out to the family room with a fireplace, built-in entertainment center and full bar. The elegant formal dining room seats 14, and along with the living room, opens out to the spacious backyard and infinity pool, spa, fountain, flat grass areas, including a putting green. The master retreat hosts a fireplace, huge walk-in closets and a large balcony. In addition, there is a library, office/ study, elevator and home theater and all major rooms boast panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean! With exquisite finishings throughout including custom crown moulding, designer window coverings and custom cabinetry—all on a 32,770 sq. ft., professionally landscaped lot with a 4-car garage. 11 Via DeL cieLo  Rancho PaLos VeRDes  $7,900,000

Find your Zen in this Secluded Haven This magnificent 6,450sq.ft. Mediterranean home located in Oceanfront Estates, boasts the most breathtaking panoramic ocean views enjoyed from almost every room. With 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms—including a separate casita—this home exemplifies tranquility at its best, surrounded by private patios, outside fireplaces, numerous fountains, gardens, infinity pool and spa with solar heat system, outside bar and fireplace, manicured grounds and lawns. Patio entrance, formal living and dining rooms, office and kitchen with a center island, granite countertops, Viking appliances and French doors leading out to 420sq.ft. loggia. A second family room downstairs hosts a full bar and direct access to the spectacular backyard. Luxurious details throughout including 6 fireplaces, walnut floors, custom cabinetry, coiffure ceilings and solid wood crown mouldings. The home has a private driveway, 4-car garage and approved plans to add a 420sq.ft. media room—all on a 27,081sq.ft. lot. 33 Via DeL cieLo  Rancho PaLos VeRDes  $4,999,000

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Entertainer’s Dream Home High in the Sky Situated on the very top of Crownview Drive this home offers panoramic, unobstructed ocean and city light views from Malibu all the way to the Harbor. Boasting 7,587 sq.ft on a 34,950 sq ft. lot with 7 bedrooms and 7.5 baths. Entry hall with marble floors, high ceilings with a large dome shaped skylight. Gourmet kitchen with a center island, granite counter tops and double ovens. Formal living, family and dining rooms on main level have hardwood floors. Master bedroom upstairs features two walk-in closets and a large master bath with a spa tub. Views of ocean and harbor from almost every room. Other features include a gym room; library with built-in shelves; a second family room upstairs; stone fireplace in living room; a 3-car garage; and extensive use of windows and skylights throughout. Private backyard has a pool and spa that overlooks the expansive views. This is a great home for entertaining and on 4th of July enjoy fireworks from the front porch and upstairs balconies. 3323 Crownview Drive  ranCho Palos verDes  $2,699,000

Light, Bright and Airy Beautifully renovated contemporary home with great attention to detail. Many of the rooms have floor to ceiling windows that give you a bright airy feeling. Sitting on almost half an acre, this home has a wonderful floor plan which boasts four bedrooms and three baths. The kitchen has granite countertops and a commercial Thermador stove. Family room and Dining room open up to the park like backyard. It is flat, all usable, with a sparkling swimming pool.

14 Crestwind  ranCHo Palos Verdes  $1,500,000

Newly Re-Built Custom Spanish Hacienda Style Home with Partial Coastline Views Boasting just over 5,000 sq.ft. with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms including a separate casita; formal living room with ocean view and fireplace. Dining room with fireplace and butler’s pantry. Family room is an entertainer’s dream with built-in full bar and wine storage; extensive use of walnut hardwood and limestone flooring throughout; office/media and a full laundry room with new appliances. An amazing custom kitchen combines luxury and functionality beyond description! Flowing into an incredible family room equipped with a dozen skylights, vaulted ceilings and builtin entertainment area. 3,000 sq.ft. is new construction and the remaining has been completely rebuilt. All plumbing electrical and heating/airconditioning are new. Other features include plushly landscaped backyard with pool and spa, outdoor half bath and fireplace; 3-car garage; 4 zone central heating and AC system and security system. All of these on a 13,880 sq.ft. lot! 900 Via del Monte  Palos Verdes estates  $2,799,000


Fantastic Opportunity to Purchase this Newly Built Multi-Level Spanish Style Home Enjoy the spectacular city lights and coastline view. This home features 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, formal living room with fireplace, library with built in shelves and fireplace, family room has a fireplace as well. Gourmet kitchen with large center island, stainless steel appliances and walk in pantry. The dining area has French doors that open to a balcony with a view. The master retreat features a sitting area with fireplace and walk in closet. The lower level has a media room and second family room with French doors that open to a patio. One of the bedrooms would make a perfect maids quarters or guestroom. There is a three car garage that has a direct entry to the home with an elevator for easy access to all levels. The beautifully landscaped backyard includes three levels of gardens. The lower level has a built in barbeque and pond. You must see to appreciate all of the details of this home. 2233 Via Cerritos  Palos Verdes estates  $3,290,000  sHort sale

Custom Mediterranean “Monte Malaga Gated Estates” Home in Palos Verdes Estates Located on a very quiet cul-de-sac street with some city light views. Large grand open entry hall, formal living room, dining and family room. 7 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms; private backyard with pool and spa, BBQ, fire pit. Custom features include marble fireplaces; french doors; audio/video surround sound system; large kitchen with double ovens, granite counter-tops and breakfast nook. Home is bright and airy with two living rooms, skylights, 3-car garage. Large flat backyard and space for kids to play. Priced to sell!

924 Via Mirada  Palos Verdes estates  $3,599,000

Your Own Mediterranean Villa with a Casita for Your Guests New! Fabulous Doug Leach designed Mediterranean villa features 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms with a separate “Casita” and 3-car garage. 5,490 sq.ft. of living space on 16,152sq.ft. lot with a long driveway, electric gate and panoramic ocean, Catalina and city light views. EXQUISITE custom details inside and out. Foyer has marble flooring, fabulous staircase, custom chandeliers, vaulted ceiling and French doors. Formal dining and living room with wet bar and fireplace, den and wine cellar. Master suite has its own fireplace, his-and-hers walk-in closets, master bath with steam unit in shower, jacuzzi tub and fireplace. Gourmet kitchen includes center island with granite countertops, Viking appliances—two refrigerators, warming oven, espresso machine and two stoves! Custom cabinetry and rich walnut flooring lead to an inviting family room with built-in entertainment center. Security system and pre-wired for speakers. Backyard is an entertainer’s dream, with outdoor kitchen, fireplace, spa and pool with swim-up bar and ‘baja’ areas. 1424 Via Castilla  Palos Verdes estates  $3,995,000

Location! Location! Location! Situated on the bluff of Paseo Del Mar with unobstructed panoramic ocean and Queen’s necklace views. Boasting 3,364 SF on a 11,880 SF lot this home features 4 BD & 3.5 BA; formal living & dining rooms both with views of the ocean; a tastefully remodeled kitchen featuring Thermador appliances, maple cabinets with double pull-out pantries and granite counter tops. There is also a separate family room off the kitchen that leads into the backyard. Backyard features pool & spa, grassy area and a patio with a fire-pit. Master bedroom features walk-in closet, newly remodeled bathroom with built-in maple cabinets & a steam shower and a balcony that overlooks the ocean. All bathrooms have been remodeled with extensive use of travertine, slate and glass tiles. Other features include a front circular driveway, fireplace in living room and a 3-car garage. This is truly a must-see! Priced to sell. 1640 Paseo del Mar  Palos Verdes estates  $2,499,000

A Simply Elegant Home Brand new custom built home set up high on a hill crest with panooramic ocean, coastline and city light views with 180 degree view from Malibu to downtown L.A. Architecture by Roger North with an emphasis on indoor and outdoor living—it invites you with a long 20-foot wide driveway which ends at a large motor court. Home features 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, 4,320sq.ft. of living space on a 2.74 acre lot (per seller). Large entry with 17 ft. ceilings throughout, large kitchen opens up to great room. Gourmet kitchen with all Thermador stainless steel appliances and large walk-in pantry; Santos Mahogany hardwood and travertine floors throughout; cherry cabinets with tons of storage space; large 3-car garage with high ceilings, dual zone heating and AC. Owners have approved plans for 80x30 barn and infinity pool—lots of grass area and upper pad is ideal for guest house or barn. Owners went through great expense to have sewer connection. Easy to show, priced to sell, home will not last! 0 cheStnut  ROLLing hiLLS  $3,999,000

Pristine Ranch Style Home With Panoramic City Lights, Canyon and Mountain Views! Conveniently located near the main gate, this designer-perfect home boasts 5 bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms with an 800 sq.ft. guest house complete with kitchen, bedroom, living room, fireplace and views. Completely rebuilt in 2002 with exceptional attention to detail and amenities including vaulted and beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, custom crown moulding, skylights, extensive use of natural stone and central vacuum system. Entry opens to great room with formal living room with fireplace, French doors and formal dining area. The gourmet kitchen features granite counter-tops, custom cabinetry, subzero refrigerator, six burner Thermador range and oven, center island, large walk-in pantry and opens out to a family eating area and family room with fireplace and bar. Views enjoyed from almost every room! The master retreat has a fireplace and walk-in closets. The 1.7 acre beautifully landscaped grounds include a pool, 100 rose bushes, 40+ fruit trees, flat grass areas and room for horses. 6 MeaDOwLaRk  ROLLing hiLLS  $2,999,000   ShORt SaLe

Perfect for a Growing Family Charming one-level home with great curb appeal located on a cul-de-sac street. Featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with 2,567 sq.ft. on a large 18,300 sq.ft. lot; bright spacious living room; dining area in living room; family room has a fireplace; and master bedroom with sliding doors that lead out to patio area. Large private backyard with pool, spa and a fire pit. Partial canyon and city light views can be enjoyed from the living room. Other features include inside laundry area; 2-car garage; a long driveway with ample parking space; and a beautifully landscaped front yard. Elementary school is located approximately a block away.

30 MOccaSin Lane  ROLLing hiLLS eStateS  $1,299,900

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Just Two Blocks from the Beach These contemporary townhomes designed by architect, Pat Killen feature 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and approximately 2,912–2,976 square feet of living space. Features include a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and bamboo granite, great room with fireplace, separate family room, master suite with fireplace and master bath with jetted tub and stand-alone shower with waterfall feature. Spacious rooftop deck with beautiful views. Bamboo floors throughout and carpet in the bedrooms. Prime location just 2-blocks from the beach. 2-car garage with direct access.

717 BROaDway  ReDOnDO Beach  $1,349,000 - $1,399,000

Prime Strand Location! This ideally located duplex features one unit with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms; and a second unit with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Duplex is in move-in condition with income at $120K per year. Great opportunity to own on The Strand with potential to build brand new single family home with approved plans


the StRanD  heRMOSa Beach  $3,999,000

Great Location with Income Potential Charming 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with rental unit located in the sand section, just 2-blocks from the beach! Upper unit features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and unobstructed panoramic ocean and white water views. Lower unit features panoramic ocean views from living room, kitchen, dining area and mother-in-law quarters with separate entrance. 2-car garage is currently shared between the units. Shared laundry in garage. Prime location. Close proximity to the beach, dining and shopping!

3019 Bayview  Manhattan Beach  $1,799,000

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A Newly-Completed Masterpiece Developed by Don Doukoullos. Beautiful Craftsman/Contemporary Architecture by Louie Tomaro. The best in indoor/ outdoor living on The Strand. Home offers 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, formal living, dining, great room with NaNa doors that open to a large balcony, home theatre, workout room, rooftop deck with swimming pool and putting green, 3-level water feature and state-of-the-art audio/video Creston Electronic Systems. 8,000 square feet of luxury living space on a 4,640 SF ocean front lot with panoramic sand, ocean, and white water views to Malibu, Catalina and Palos Verdes. Located in N. Hermosa Beach. Minutes to downtown and the pier. Seller may carry with 50% down for 5 years at 4% interest, please call Raju for details. 2826 The STrand  hermoSa Beach  $14,500,000

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1171 Shelley St., Manhattan Beach • 4 bedrooms, 3 baths • 3,219sf built in 2002 • 56’ of lot frontage • Poet’s section • Ocean peek view • Stunning traditional floorplan Rarely does a home come available in this quiet Mira Costa adjacent Poet’s Section of Manhattan Beach! Perched above a limited access exclusive street, is this 2002 home carefully planned/built for its current owners. Featuring a perfect floor plan, including an extremely spacious entertaining area with guest room on the main level and three well appointed bedrooms/office on the second level. Cleverly separated by a gas 180-degree fireplace, is the oversized entertainers kitchen adorned with stainless appliances, chef’s desk, large pantry, and even more natural lighting from the numerous artists’ windows overlooking the countertop. Upstairs continues with the natural lighting from a South facing exterior deck and wide hardwood hallways where you’ll find an oversized master retreat with a huge master closet, bright classical themed master bath, and a private oversized rear deck complete with a secluded hot tub! Other features of this home include large grass yard with exterior BBQ/fireplace, matching craftsman dog house/kennel, a rock climbing wall in one of the kids rooms, a wine cellar closet, whole house audio system, 2 car garage, a large utility/laundry room with laundry chute, abundant storage areas, and everything your family could possibly desire!

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he spectacular oceanfront Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes played host for the 2010 Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of REALTORS Installation Luncheon on December 8. The event was well attended by Palos Verdes REALTORS and their guests, celebrating the Association’s 2010 President, Patricia Hedstrom’s successful year and honoring incoming 2011 President, Sandra Sanders, owner of RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty/Execs. The event, featuring a Silent Auction whose proceeds will benefit the Peninsula Education Foundation, was a great success bringing in over $2,600! All the items were the generous contributions of local Brokers, Affiliates and community members who donated the varied auction items. The item which brought in the highest bid received the Association’s Sandra Sanders, Owner, RE/MAX “Shining Star Award”. This year, PeninPalos Verdes sula Sotheby’s International Realty was Realty/Execs the winner with a “Jay Leno” basket! Rick Edler, Chair of Special Awards Committee, announced the recipients of the special awards for 2010. Among others, congratulations went to the following: Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Bill Ruth, Suzy Pelshaw, Edward Barrios & Cristina Go. A Special Achievement Award was given to Jackie Crowley; Affiliate of the Year was Andy Santonella and REALTOR of the Year was awarded to Patricia Hedstrom.

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California Dream Home Presenting a spectacular home on ONE LEVEL situated on ONE FULL ACRE with panoramic ocean & city light views to enjoy from all major rooms and fabulous outdoor entertainment areas with pool & sports court. This home is located at the end of a premier cul de sac street and features 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, office, library, family room in approximatly 6500 square feet. A rare opportunity to own a one level home on a full acre with this spectacular 180° view in Palos Verdes Estates. Offered at $5, 195,000

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233 7th Street, Manhattan Beach This incredible home is the ultimate in living the Beach Lifestyle—an absolutely gorgeous South Manhattan Walkstreet West of Highland 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. Priced to sell quickly at $2,850,000


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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 four +car garage.

JUST REDUCED! $3,495,000

21506 Vicky Ave • Torrance If you haven’t driven through this neighborhood yet – you are in for a true delight! Located in the great Southwood area in Torrance, this neighborhood is known for its wide tree-lined streets & award winning Anza Elementary School & Paradise Park. This Beautifully remodeled home was completed in 2005, adding an additional 900 sq ft (buyer to verify) to this already spacious & open floor plan, giving it a total of approx 2,100 sq ft. 3 large bedroom & 2 full bathrooms-which have also been recently upgraded. The kitchen has custom-built cherry cabinets-most of which pull out for easy access! Gorgeous granite countertops, center island and lots of counter space. The spacious master bedroom w/ full bathroom, a large walk-in closet & slider doors that lead to the rear yard. Other amenities include a large pantry, gas fireplace, water softener, forced air heating & a utility room for washer/dryer w/ folding table & extra storage. For pet lovers, there’s even a dedicated “dog room” that connects the living room to the outside patio! If not used for pets, this space can easily be converted to a small office. Home also has a detached 2-car garage & a long driveway for boat or RV parking. Centrally located to restaurants, malls, schools, parks & freeways

OffERED AT $779,000

200 South Pacific Coast Highway Redondo Beach

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AMBIENT   LIGHTING Turn down your overhead lights and use several small lights around the room instead. Use candles, small lamps or throw a string of lights into a colored glass vase. Low levels of lights tend to create an atmosphere of relaxation and restfulness. Don’t wait to have guests over to enjoy this feeling. NATURAL LIGHT BULBS When changing your light bulbs, replace them with Natural Light Bulbs. They are blue tinted glass and come in every shape and watt you need. They allow you to see yourself and your household in its true color. MIXING IT TOGETHER One of the greatest tricks in the book of design is to mix bargain finds with expensive purchases.

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Most people think a high-end look is only accomplished with designer products bought at wallet draining prices. This is not so. Build with quality materials. Buy well-made furniture basics i.e. sofas, dinning table and chairs. Then complete it with your inexpensive discoveries. JO MALONE   FRAGRANCES   AND CANDLES If you’ve never had the pleasure of smelling her products, put it on your bucket list. This may sound shallow, but if you’re as sensitive to smell as I am, you will not want anything else after trying her unique line. Lime Basil and Mandarin, Wild Fig and Cassis, and Blue Agava and Cacao are just a few up lifting combinations offered. It is from London and made for men and woman alike.

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JACK GILLESPIE Experience is Everything 2920 Laurel Avenue, MB

NEW LISTING! Tree Section Location!! 3 bedrooms and 2 baths Large Landscaped backyard!! 1,872 sq. ft. MODEL HOME PERFECT!! Manhattan Beach Schools Offered at $ 1,249,000 CALL (310) 200-4169



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222 17 Street Manhattan Beach Brilliant architecture and warm contemporary design. Spectacular views of the ocean from Malibu to Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach Pier and romantic sunsets! Only steps to beach and downtown. Walk street with gas-lamp lighting. Built in 2008-2009, 4300 Sqft. 4-car garage, elevator, exquisite finishing and fixtures set this home above it all…

Offered at $5,250,000

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Suite B, Lomita, CA 90717


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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.

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

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

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

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

1300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277

Just a short walk downtown and to the pier.

326 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277

615 N Lucia Ave. Unit B Redondo Beach 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bath 2,480 Sq.ft. Ocean Views Upgraded “better than new” detached 3-story rear townhouse includes ocean views and many custom features including plantations shutters, 10 ft. ceilings, crown & base molding, security system, intercom, granite & marble counters, hand-scraped wood floors, CAT-5 wiring throughout, oversized garage and small backyard – perfect for pets. Large Master Bedroom with sitting area, walk-in-closet, spa tub, shower & double vanities. Short walk to stores, top rated schools, Pier & Beach.

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Serving sellers & buyers in the South Bay for 22 years…

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

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• 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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ASK YOUR BROKER IF KELLER WILLIAMS IS RIGHT FOR YOU. Chances are they’ll say no. And when they do, ask them about ongoing training and education. Ask them about opportunities for profit-sharing. And ask them about their plan to build your long-term wealth. As it turns out, you may not have needed to ask in the first place. If you would like a no-obligation business consultation or are ready now to discuss a change in your surroundings, call John Davidson at 310-544-7571.



500 Silver Spur Road, #303 / Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 / Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated / DRE #01385864 / Equal Opportunity Employer



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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. $694,500

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

3104 Ocean Drive, Manhattan Beach

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.

Charming and fully upgraded, this income property was built in 1940 and features three legal non-conforming units with ocean views and two garages. Two 1-bedroom units and a 2-bedroom owner’s unit. Owner’s unit features a fireplace. Outstanding views across from the quietest stretch of the beach. Units always rented. Larger than can currently be built. Two bedroom owner’s unit currently available at $4,500 per month on a one year lease.

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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