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A Stretch of the Imagination Before the New Year, a small gathering shared aspirations
studio and letting your body move freely. Or you used
they wished to fulfill in 2020. When my friend Katie’s
to play guitar yet watched it collect dust in the corner of
turn came up, she revealed she hopes to begin painting
your living room. What are you waiting for? Engaging
again. “Again?” I queried back. “I didn’t even know you
with your creative side can be a great way to let off some
painted to begin with!” Turns out my good friend, whom
steam, build confidence and even connect with others.
I always associated with science, medicine and “left
In this issue we bring you stories of individuals who
brain” smarts, is also secretly an artist … and has been
take their artistry to the next level with professional ca-
since she was very young. Somewhere in between school,
reers. We hope their undertakings inspire you to stir your
a master’s degree and launching her consulting career,
own creative juice.
her art simply took a back seat. Despite a long absence from her life, she hoped a canvas and a paintbrush would offer much-needed calm and joy—an opportunity to check out from the grind and let her instincts flow. How many of us have a creative urge budding inside that longs to be released? Perhaps you have a pining to get behind the potter’s wheel and throw your own ceramics. Maybe your idea of bliss is getting into a dance
PHILLIP GRAYBILL | Born in Atlanta, Phillip spent the last 20 years in NYC and now splits his time here. His work has been exhibited alongside artists such as Julian Schnabel, Peter Lindbergh and Nigel Barker. He was also the primary photographer for the Nine Inch Nails and Sigur Rós limited edition box set and numerous covers. His studio produces commissioned, custom-designed fine art for residential and commercial spaces. phillipgraybill.com
ROBERT EARLE HOWELLS | Bob, as we know him here at Golden State, writes travel stories for National Geographic Traveler and Westways magazines and is the copy editor of Ventura Blvd. He was the founding editor of the Outside Buyer’s Guide and also reviews outdoor gear for The New York Times’ Wirecutter.
SARA DEBEVEC | Sara is an internationally acclaimed multimedia artist, curator and writer. She enjoys exploring the hidden gems of cities around the globe. She is also a founder and on-camera host of her immersive live talk show that streams from art galleries, festivals and art parties in Los Angeles and beyond. Follow her @eyedreamtv.
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Paint the Town WITH A MUSIC FOUNDATION, CARRIE DIETZ BROWN EXPANDS HER ARTISTRY WITH A STROKE OF THE BRUSH. Written by Tanya Monaghan | Photographed by Lauren Pressey
Carrie Dietz Brown’s beautiful, refined features perfectly match her gentle and playful nature. Upon meeting her, I got the same feeling as when I first saw her whimsical artwork at Suite 6 in Manhattan Beach a year ago. It’s easy to get transported by the beautiful, earthy tones of her watercolor paintings, but on closer look the extraordinary details also tell a story. In the cacophony of big, bold, abstract artwork out there, I found both her personality and her art refreshing and intriguing. Most South Bay residents will be familiar with Carrie’s maiden name. Her family owns and runs Dietz Brothers Music, established in 1976 in Manhattan Beach. Her father, uncle, mother and aunt operate the business, but Carrie started working there from age 10 through high school and college. Carrie still teaches ukulele, guitar, bass and banjo, as well as rock band classes for kids and adults. She even gives her students the opportunity to perform at venues such as Saint Rocke or South Bay Customs. For Carrie, it’s the best job in the world. “Dietz Brothers is a huge part of my community, and I get so much out of working there,” she says. “It definitely influences my painting too.” Growing up with such a strong musical background and community, it is no surprise that Carrie excelled in this arena. She toured with bands in high school and early college. Her first and most serious band was a folk-indie rock band named Food Foot, featuring Carrie and her sister Robin. They recorded a couple of records, and at that time Carrie met her future husband, Matt, who was a drummer. While she finds her music work fulfilling, painting is probably her greatest passion. Carrie got her college art degree in painting from Cal State Long Beach in 2013. After college she gained momentum by publishing a booklet featuring her pen-and-ink drawings, illustrating a song by her sister called “The Slow Center of the Spinning Earth.” The booklet was a hit at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, City Lights in San Francisco and a couple bookstores in New York. Later she had her first solo show in San Francisco at FORT Gallery. As a new struggling artist, she primarily worked with watercolor paints—purely for economic reasons, as they are affordable and last forever. After two years Carrie was hooked, and it became her go-to medium of expression. She continued to do some group art shows and took part in the El Segundo Art Walk
on several occasions. When Carrie became pregnant with Francis (now 2 years old), she decided to switch from her preferred small format to large-scale paintings. As a new mother, she reduced her music teaching schedule to three days a week and set up a small studio in her 100-year-old Torrance home (nicknamed “tiny monster”). The studio gave her the freedom to do her artwork at home while Francis slept. She juggles it all with the help and loving support of her family. “Much of the L.A. art scene is about bold, abstract work with the objective to convey one big idea at a time,” she says. “I admire it and think it is very impactful, but my work is trying to get a lot of information in there. At school I was often at conflict with people because of our contrasting styles. My earlier work was promoting ideas of cultivating and empowering quiet practices. There are usually subjects or people in my painting who are engrossed in something. There is a quiet productivity that is really interesting to me.” Carrie thought she would have to slow down once Francis was born, but much to her surprise she found that having a baby inspired her to paint more. Bringing Francis into the world gave her so much confidence. She describes it as an intense time; she was caring for a newborn while recovering from a hectic C-section. However, she had never been more productive. She was able to produce enough work to get into Suite 6 for a solo show, and it was extremely successful. She has done a series of watercolor workshops and subsequent shows there as well. Being an artist and a musician has always been a huge part of Carrie’s identity and is deeply woven into her family life and her community. Like the subjects in her painting, she is always fully engrossed in her work, and through that her art reflects the beauty and joy she finds in her life of creativity. ■
Hair Apparent MANHATTAN BEACH’S KATSUMI KASAI SPLICES JAPANESE TECHNIQUE AND AMERICAN INDIVIDUALITY. Written by Sara Debevec | Photographed by Monica Orozco
“You like your hair messy and low-maintenance, right?” asks Katsumi Kasai with a deep look of concentration in his eyes. His demeanor emanates the confidence of a true master. There is something very reassuring about the way he seems to understand his clients’ personalities through their hair. Kasai, raised in Japan, comes from a family of talented painters who valued working with their hands. If he hadn’t gone into the hair business, he says he probably would have taken up sculpting. He sees great similarities between the two arts. When he started cutting hair 36 years ago in Tokyo, Kasai was drawn to the idea of creating something light and beautiful, but he never anticipated that the business would require him to talk so much. “I was very shy, and I couldn’t keep talking to people all the time,” he shares. “But my boss kept telling me, ‘Hey Kasai, you need to talk.’ So with time I became better at it.” He worked tirelessly six to seven days a week, often from early morning until midnight. “The salon would close, but afterwards we practiced every night,” he remembers. “No extra pay, of course. We had to be very precise and cut hair exactly how our teacher told us—by the millimeter.” Kasai recalls the Japanese trend of everyone wearing the same kind of clothes and hair. “When you go to a salon over there, most of the clients tell stylists what to do,” he says. “They always bring a photo of what they want, regardless of whether the haircut is going to suit them or not.” While the rigorous Japanese schools taught him to cut by the book, he changed his approach when he moved to the States. He perfected his craft in New York at top salons like Momotaro, Frédéric Fekkai and Warren Tricomi. Eventually he moved west and opened his own shop in Manhattan Beach 10 years ago. “Here you have to have more creativity, look at a client’s face and hair type and design into it,” says Kasai. “The haircut is less precise and technical but there is an irregular part of the haircut that gives it a signature look. Back in Japan, I studied the precise techniques. In the U.S., I focused more on the creative methods. I combined two styles that are almost opposites and created my own way.” ■
all good things AS THE LA25 FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS COMES TO AN END, WE TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR IMPACT ON ARTS EDUCATION IN THE SOUTH BAY. Written by Amber Klinck
It started with a group of five friends: Amy Gimlen, Eric Pritz, Eric Formiller, KC Campbell and John
time,” points out Amy, who is a local orthodontist. With their sights on a common goal, TheLA25 established The LA25 Foundation for the Arts. The aim of the nonprofit, volunteer-based organization was to support
Capellaro. Sitting at Metlox, the
arts education where it was lacking. Through private
discussion focused on how they could
funding and corporate sponsorships, The LA25 Founda-
do more. All driven professionals and business owners, these South Bay residents were looking for a way to cultivate new relationships while making a constructive impact.
tion for the Arts continued to expand their reach and exceed expectations. The primary source of funding, however, came from the foundation’s annual art auction, ART310. With art donations from local artists including Bo Bridges, Tricia Strickfaden, Brian Kingston, Brent Broza, Al Satterwhite and Holly Socrates, the event was guaranteed to create a buzz—selling out every year. Included in the auction was
“The inception was for local small business owners to get together and network but more importantly to do good for our community,” explains Amy. The networking group TheLA25 was the result of those
With funds coming in, TheLA25 team was eager to put the money to work. “The first grant was awarded in 2013 to the Redondo Beach Unified School District to
Beach Cities’ most admired entrepreneurs. Altruism was
send every second and third grade student to visit LACMA
synonymous with professional achievement when consid-
for the day,” notes LA25’s director of giving, Jennifer
ering invitations for membership. Yet while the desire to
Buchsbaum. This grant alone offered an experience that
give back was the foundation of TheLA25’s story, exactly
benefited nearly 1,400 students in 2013 and 2014.
“Our first year we supported the Roundhouse Aquar-
In 2015 The LA25 Foundation for the Arts sent every fourth and fifth grader in Hermosa Beach to the Grammy
ium,” Amy notes. “We donated $1,000, and we were so
Museum. “We funded the string instrument program at
proud and excited.” Still, they wanted to expand their
El Segundo High School and supported multiple Hermosa
reach. TheLA25 was looking for a way to support kids lo-
Beach youth music programs and their Young at Art Pro-
cally, as well as in the surrounding communities.
gram,” Amy adds.
“Collectively we found a common interest in arts education,” Amy says. Research quickly revealed the lack of
In addition to supporting arts programs and experiences, The LA25 Foundation for the Arts believes there
art programs available to some of the South Bay’s youth.
is real value in spreading awareness. Room 19, a produc-
“We were shocked to find that Hermosa Beach didn’t
tion of Hollywood Shorts and TheLA25, is a documentary
have a music program. The only arts education they
showcasing the value of arts education for one third grade
received was Young at Art—once a month—and that was
class at Tulita Elementary School in Redondo Beach over
completely supported by either the Education Foundation
the span of a year.
or the local PTA.” TheLA25 members felt strongly about the value of arts education and its longstanding impact on students. “I’m a science person by nature, but I think the art part of my brain definitely comes into work in my office all the
children and one or more of the professional artists.
early conversations. The group soon attracted some of the
how and where wouldn’t immediately come into focus.
at least one collaborative piece of artwork created by the
TheLA25 was making a difference, and it inspired more people to get involved. Jennifer’s initial connection to LA25 was as a guest at one of their annual ART310 events. “I loved the event and people behind the cause, so when they asked if I was able to help in 2017 there was no
hesitation to say yes,” she says. “As the director of giv-
many of their initial goals. “I think it exceeded our
ing, I guided the organization’s reach beyond the Beach
expectations,” Amy says. “We had no idea how far our
Cities and into some surrounding neighborhoods that
reach would be. Meeting with local artists and business
have a significant need for funding arts education.”
owners, we discovered how much everyone really cared
“Once we were established in the South Bay, the more
The growth of the foundation has been fulfilling for
gan by reaching out to LAUSD’s Southern District office,
everyone involved. Current board members Amy Gimlen,
and the contact was welcomed.
Lori Ford, Jennifer Buchsbaum, Eric Pritz, Chris Yuhl and
“Many of the LAUSD’s arts and music education
time and heartfelt dedication to the cause. “Working with
and they desperately need the financial aid to keep these
the schools and nonprofits for this grant program was
educational programs alive,” Jennifer explains. “The
one of the most rewarding experiences in my life,” Jenni-
money from the 2017 ART310 event funded 25 differ-
fer says. “Each principal, program director or administra-
ent programs from Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach,
tor was overcome with gratitude for LA25’s support.”
Lawndale and Los Angeles.” The scope of what they’ve been able to achieve has been truly meaningful for the team, even surpassing
Christopher Salling have donated countless hours of their
programs have been suffering from massive budget cuts,
Torrance, Gardena, San Pedro, Wilmington, Hawthorne,
about art education for our children.”
we wanted to extend our reach,” Amy says. Jennifer be-
And while they are grateful to have been a part of this incredible journey, TheLA25 is saying farewell after giving their time and dedication over the past decade. “It’s been amazing, and we’re happy it’s ending on such a positive
note,” Amy says.
LOCAL ARTISTS AND
Foundation, but I know that our impact over the years
BUSINESS OWNERS, WE DISCOVERED HOW MUCH EVERYONE REALLY CARED ABOUT ART EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN.”
“I’m disappointed we will not be continuing The LA25 has been tremendous and will continue for years to come,” says Jennifer. The foundation as an entity may have come to an end, but the spirit of giving and the devotion to arts education has not. By connecting with the South Bay Artist Collective and sharing resources, The LA25 Foundation continues to make a lasting impact. “Overall LA25 has awarded over $155,000 to various schools and nonprofits in the South Bay to help pay for everything from classroom art supplies, a sousaphone for Banning High School’s Mighty Marching Pilots band, and field trips to LACMA and the Grammy Museum,” Jennifer says. TheLA25 sought to make a lasting impact in their community, and that’s exactly what they did. ■
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“Song Board” Songwriter and accordionist Jessica Fichot draws from her multi-ethnic upbringing, fusing music styles and languages. She takes the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, 1940s Chinese swing, international folk, and into the wilderness of her imagination.
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Two worlds collide when a nononsense private investigator is hired to find a missing person following the Enchanted Empire’s annual Masquerade Ball. With a glass slipper as his only clue, what surprises will he uncover? Artistic direction by Jonathan Bryant and Hyosun Choi.
MARCH 21 @ 8:00 p.m.
JEREMY HUNTER, Guest Speaker “How Not to Lose Your Mind: Managing Yourself Through Crazy Times”
THE WHO’S TOMMY, Musical Music & Lyrics by Pete Townshend Book by Townshend and Des McAnuff Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy tells the story of a young boy who triumphs over his adversities. After witnessing a violent murder, traumatized Tommy slips into a catatonic state, rendering him deaf, mute and blind. An uncanny knack for the game of pinball saves his life. He rises to international superstardom, and inspires people all over the world.
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INNA FALIKS, Piano “Polonaise-Fantaisie: The Story of a Pianist” This hybrid of a piano recital and an autobiographical monologue is a story of immigration, of growing up a musician, of love, told by the artist herself, between performances of a varied program, including works by Shchedrin, Bach, Freidlin, Mozart, Chopin, Paganini, and Beethoven.
MARCH 29 @ 5:00 p.m.
WILLIAM KANENGISER, Guitar “The Diaspora Project”
Do you ever feel like there’s a little too much on your plate? Do you find yourself wondering, “How am I going to do all of this?” Mr. Hunter’s presentation will focus on the essentials of managing yourself. He will explore practical steps you can take to return to grounded action in the midst of a crazy world.
Grammy-winning guitarist William Kanengiser will present a recital of recently commissioned works, focusing on issues of scattered cultures and global migration. Pieces inspired by refugee experiences will take listeners for an emotional journey, exploring themes of lost homelands and cultural assimilation. The centerpiece of the program will be The Walls by Sergio Assad, performed with the ECC Guitar Ensemble.
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APRIL 2 @ 8:00 p.m.
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“M” is for Mosa NOTABLE SOUTH BAY CULINARY VETERANS EMBARK ON A NEW RESTAURANT VENTURE IN HERMOSA BEACH HIGHLIGHTING CALIFORNIA COASTAL CUISINE WITH AN ITALIAN BENT. Written by Jennie Nunn | Photographed by Sarah King
Last May, when Nancy Vrankovic and executive chef
caprese with burrata, herbs, crostini and olive oil; and
Anne Conness—partners at Sausal in El Segundo—got
seafood items such as octopus carpaccio with arugula,
wind of the closure of Serve On 2nd in Hermosa Beach,
basil and olive oil, and calamari salad served cold with
they knew they’d found the site of their next eatery.
fresh orange, harissa and arugula. Hearty, mouthwater-
“We felt like this neighborhood needed it,” says Nancy,
ing pasta spans lamb pappardelle (the dish takes two
who along with Anne teamed up with friend and builder
days to make) with Niman Ranch braised lamb, buttered
Bob Lombardo of RSI Group, Inc. to transform the prime
noodles and pecorino, and pumpkin ravioli with brown
cornerstone space replete with a rooftop garden in just
butter, sage and pomegranate.
three months. “Bob gets all the credit,” she continues. “He has
“I love our eggplant,” says Anne of the recipe inspired by traditional eggplant Parmesan—one her favorite
helped develop some of the best restaurants in the South
dishes. “However, we’re not always in the mood for all
Bay and the Greater Los Angeles area. He never gave up
that cheese, and it can feel a little heavy. So we char our
the dream of owning his own restaurant, and then he
eggplant and then place it on top of the best Greek yogurt
found Mosa Coastal.”
for that cheesy thing, and top it with our housemade pep-
But Anne and Nancy also knew they wanted a neigh-
peronata for a little twist. Our cioppino, or Fisherman’s
borhood spot they themselves would want to frequent.
Wharf seafood stew, is awesome. It has lots of fresh sea-
“We really love the South Bay,” says Nancy, an El Porto
food [you can choose pasta or bread to pair it with], and
resident. “I’ve lived here a long time and really do con-
we drizzle spicy aioli over the top for a little kick.”
sider it home and can’t imagine living anywhere else.
The interior design is equally as thoughtful and de-
When we were considering the type of restaurant we
liberate. Appointed with a tiled bar in blue and calming
would want to open in Hermosa, I really hoped it would
coastal tones (inherited from Serve on 2nd and the im-
be the kind of place I would want to eat at every day.”
petus for the restaurant’s logo), the restaurant features
The eatery—now open for breakfast, weekend brunch,
modern abstract artwork by Bob’s friend and artist Dean
happy hour and dinner—features handmade pastas and a
Gary, and an indoor/outdoor enclosed front patio with
plethora of fresh seafood selections and even housemade
garage-style retracting doors.
limoncello. “I come from a Croatian family, so Italian
Now, just a few months since opening, the pair is
food is something I’m really familiar with,” adds Nancy.
constantly scheming and brainstorming new things
“But we wanted it to feel California coastal and not be
in the kitchen and adding new activities such as wine
pigeonholed.” Anne agrees: “Who doesn’t love pasta?”
dinners with Italian and Californian wines paired with
On the dinner menu, starters include heirloom tomato
specific dishes created for each event. “We don’t take
ourselves too seriously,” says Anne, who recounts a post-New Year’s “hangover brunch” they hosted and encouraged guests to wear pajamas. “We’re here to prepare seriously good food with seriously good service, and otherwise let’s just have a good time.” “It has been really fun watching this place develop,” adds Nancy. “I like that when I walk into Mosa, I always run into someone I know. And I think that’s true for our guests as well. It really has become a home away from home for a lot of our neighbors, and we love that.” ■ Mosa Coastal 190 Hermosa Avenue in Hermosa Beach 310-504-0381, mosacoastal.com
“WE DON’T TAKE OURSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY.”
against the current ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST, PHILOSOPHER AND MULTIMEDIA ARTIST KATJA MÃœLLER ENCOURAGES THE USE OF SUSTAINABLY SOURCED MATERIALS THROUGH HER ART. Written by Sara Debevec | Photographed by Monica Orozco
“I DON’T WANT TO BE LIMITED TO ONE TYPE OF MEDIUM. THE WAY I AM GOING TO EXPRESS MYSELF IS GOING TO CHANGE, AND THAT IS JUST A PART OF ME.” 54
Growing up in Mexico City, Katja Müller loved playing outdoors. Her parents often found her covered in mud with a bag full of frogs. Her curiosity about the world and passion for discovery only grew stronger with time as she found a way to fuel her art.
Thoughts that keep her up at night include low literacy rates of women, especially in Latin America, and our deteriorating relationship with the environment. She tries to address both issues through her art. Artistic Habitat, a Redondo Beach home goods business Katja started with her family, has given her the opportunity to use her creativity to reach out to a wider community and encourage conservation of our flora. “We wanted to offer products that are sustainable, and we are trying raise awareness about how you can have products
When I first met Katja, she was carrying a large
in your home that don’t necessarily have to be affect-
abstract painting entitled Microbiology across a parking
ing the environment. So our woods come from recovered
lot in preparation for a Manhattan Beach art show. The
trees, which means that they fell naturally—usually due
bold, four-by-eight-foot piece covered most of her body
and depicted an ecosystem of tadpole-like organisms
Just like her art, Katja’s ideas are bigger than her.
otherwise invisible to the naked human eye. “I got myself
She wants to use her art as a voice to be an example for
a microscope and started looking at samples of swampy
younger women and talk about issues of inequality. “I
water, and that is what inspired a collection of my latest
want to constantly evolve and grow and try to reach a
paintings,” she explains.
potential of who I can become. I don’t want to be limited
Katja’s passion for visual art started when she was 10 years old, with the help of her father’s old 35mm Canon camera. She learned about composition, color and light
to one type of medium. The way I am going to express myself is going to change, and that is just a part of me.” When she is not painting, she practices jiujitsu and
through photography and developed a strong interest in
tries to get her hands on anything that will answer her
questions on a specific subject—from science to space
In college Katja majored in film production and became
and cosmology. “I come from a family of engineers, ar-
particularly influenced by Invisible Children, a documentary
chitects and entrepreneurs,” she explains. “My ancestors
exploring the lives of children who were forced into being
came from Europe, Mexico and Argentina. They traveled
soldiers in Uganda in support of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s
across continents, and I think this is why my art always
Resistance Army. “It opened my eyes to the power of
goes back to exploration and traveling.” ■
storytelling because these directors really started a movement, and I had never experienced anything so authentic in filmmaking before,” she says. When Katja started painting, she was just curious to see what she could create on canvas as she did on film. “What I am genuinely trying to do with my art is to put into context something that I can’t necessarily articulate,” she shared. “I think words can only go so far, and my work is about trying to share my feelings and experiences with other people in a way that doesn’t necessarily need to be explained.”
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no fear of flying PETER JONES’ RECENT DOCUMENTARY, BLUE SKY METROPOLIS, TELLS THE STORY OF HOW AVIATION—WITH A STRONG DASH OF CINEMATIC FLAIR—HELPED SPUR THE GROWTH OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND ITS MELTING POT OF PIONEERS, CELEBRITIES, IMMIGRANTS AND DREAMERS. Written by Robert Earle Howells | Photographed by Phillip Graybill
Very early in Blue Sky Metropolis, Peter Jones’ four-part documentary on the history of aviation in Southern
and the point is driven home: Southern California is more than the historic setting for the development of aviation. It is also the present and the future of aerospace. It is the
of a propeller-driven dirigible
vantage from which we gaze into the heavens and contin-
Los Angeles International Air Meet in Dominguez Hills. It looks utterly preposterous. No one watching— then or now—could hold any hope of it getting airborne. But fly it does, as a nattily attired and apparently
ue to realize the dreams portrayed by those magnificent flying machines and their makers in 1910. But Blue Sky Metropolis has even more to say than that. As we learn in the course of four hour-long episodes, the development of aviation didn’t just coincide with the development and growth of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. It essentially dictated it. By 1929 there were 53 landing fields within 30 miles of Los Angeles City Hall. Most were developed by aircraft manufacturers. Those sites determined population pat-
untethered pilot steers from an
terns in places like Hawthorne, Burbank and Lakewood
exposed framework underneath the
(touted as “Tomorrow’s City Today”), as workers settled
behemoth airship. The image says a great deal. It speaks to the audac-
in suburban clusters surrounding these scattered aviation hubs. All the while, another force was at work, perfectly
ity of early aviation pioneers—those magnificent men
coinciding with the burgeoning growth of L.A. and
and women in their flying machines. It speaks to the
aviation: the motion picture industry. As footage from
power of dreams and to the can-do spirit of a collection
that 1910 air show testifies, cameras were present from
of dreamers. And more specifically, it establishes Los
the moment of creation onward, and celebrity culture
Angeles—and all of Southern California—as the cynosure
overlapped both arenas. It’s no coincidence that the first
of a nascent movement to reach the sky, the heavens and
Academy Award for best picture went to the film Wings
beyond. The dreams and the dreamers belonged uniquely
in 1929, and that Jones titled the first episode of his
to Southern California.
Incidentally, that 10-day air show—only the second in
An intoxicating sense of showmanship permeated the
the world—drew 254,000 spectators at a time when the
early days of aviation, whose pioneers inevitably became
population of Los Angeles was 319,000.
celebrities. We see Amelia Earhart glammed up for pub-
“The ability to fly is the most coveted of superpowers
of a dreamscape of nebula, stars and distant galaxies,
California, we see an old film clip attempting to take off during the 1910
Just about then, the visual shifts to telescope images
licity photos and endorsements. We see spectacular aerial
—more than immortality, superhuman strength, speed
footage from the 1930 film Hell’s Angels and learn that a
or intelligence,” says Jones through Blue Sky narrator
certain aircraft manufacturer and film director named
Tony Goldwyn, as we watch an aerobatic pilot loop-de-
Howard Hughes flew many of the stunt scenes himself.
looping in the sky, inscribing fantastic cursive contrails
Later we see Walt Disney devoting the resources of his
in the plane’s wake. “For more than a century, Southern
film studio to aid the war effort in the early 1940s, using
California has been a primary point of access to the heav-
cinema-style magic to disguise aircraft plants as towns
ens. First the skies, then space.”
PHOTO COURTESY PETER JONES PHOTO COURTESY NASA (SERIES SIGNATURE IMAGE)
Interviewing stunt pilot Anthony Oshinuga, who is featured in Blue Sky Metropolis
A B-52 soars above a Northrup HL-10 and pilot Bruce Peterson after a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base, circa 1966.
“I GREW UP AROUND CREATORS OF FICTION, BUT I WANTED TO TELL STORIES ABOUT REAL PEOPLE.”
BORN TO MAKE THIS MOVIE
on the phone late at night, and there were parties at the
It’s not a stretch to assert that Peter Jones was born and
house with generals, politicians and royalty. We got a
bred to make Blue Sky Metropolis, which he wrote, directed
pound of caviar every Christmas from the shah of Iran.”
and produced. Jones is a Los Angeles native and Stanford
As a young boy, he went snorkeling with rocketry wizard
grad who studied the art of biography and 20th-century
Wernher von Braun and as a teen once sat beside aviation
American history under Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
pioneer General Jimmy Doolittle at dinner.
David M. Kennedy and honed his journalistic chops as a television reporter in Virginia and Texas. When he returned to Los Angeles, it was to make
“My father was one of the first executives to have a Gulfstream—his pilot flew Air Force One for LBJ—so flying around in that was fun. But I was a kid. That was my
Hollywood celebrity documentaries that inevitably told
world. I only learned how different it was as I lived the
the story of the place as well as the people. Two of his
rest of my life.”
celebrity docs won Primetime Emmy awards: Judy Garland:
Did he ever have a desire to pilot airplanes? “Absolutely
Beyond the Rainbow (1997) and Stardust: The Bette Davis
not. I was right brain.” But like most kids of his genera-
tion, Jones followed the space program. “I loved watching
His bio-documentary Johnny Carson: King of Late Night
the launches, loved astronauts.” Hanging on a wall in
(2012) for PBS remains the highest-rated film in the
his Brentwood office are autographs of Neil Armstrong,
network’s American Masters series. Jones dived even
Wally Schirra and Alan Shepherd—obtained by dint of his
deeper into L.A. history with his two-hour documentary
Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times (2009) about
All the while, showbiz hovered in the Jones household.
the history of the Los Angeles Times and the dynasty of its
His grandfather was actor Conrad Nagel, who was among
longtime owners, the Chandler family. That film won a
the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences. His step-grandfather was Sidney Franklin, who
So when PBS SoCal’s Juan Devis reached out to Jones about making a documentary on the history of aerospace for KCET, it was with that background in mind: L.A. na-
directed the film The Good Earth and produced Mrs. Miniver and Random Harvest. “I grew up around creators of fiction, but I wanted to
tive, a crack track record of documentary filmmaking and
tell stories about real people,” Jones recalls. He cites the
a deep sense of L.A. history. He didn’t realize that Jones
freshman-year seminar he took at Stanford with David
also had aviation and showbiz running through his veins.
M. Kennedy as particularly influential. “It was called
“It was only later,” recalls Jones, “that Juan found
Biography/Autobiography/History. I learned that you
out about my father. Having a name like Jones gives you
can absorb the history of an era through the life of an
individual who experienced it. Through someone’s life,
Peter Jones’ father was Thomas V. Jones, the CEO of
you can offer a view of life and understand the human
Northrop Corporation for 30 years and the man who
condition. How did Judy Garland or Otis Chandler respond
guided the manufacture of the T-38, which became one
to life? What does that say about the human experience?”
of the world’s most successful fighter jets. He pioneered the making of drones (initially for the motion picture
AVIATION AS A HUMAN EXPERIENCE
industry) and won the coveted contract to build the B-2
It’s not surprising, then, that much of the storytelling
in Blue Sky Metropolis focuses on individuals—and many
So aviation entered Jones’ consciousness somewhat by osmosis. “I would hear him [his father talking aviation]
of them you likely have not heard of. Among his favorite on-camera interviewees, who include a slew of
academics, historians and engineers, was a former truck
currently working together on Mars 2020, a rover due to
driver from Downey: Bob Thompson, who drove for North
launch sometime this year.
American Rockwell. “Through the beginning of time, all the great leaders
Jones weaves other social-trend stories into Blue Sky Metropolis—never from a soapbox vantage but rather
of the world have seen the moon,” Thompson tells Jones.
by depicting human experiences of the time. He tells in
“Even Jesus Christ himself has seen that moon. And
Episode 1 how a shortage of white male labor in the air-
Downey was the place that built that vehicle that took
craft industry prompted the hiring of, first, light-skinned
that man to the moon for the first time, and I’m very
Hispanics, then women, then high school students—and
proud of that.”
yet North American wouldn’t hire African Americans
Jones introduces us to a Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineer named Sue Finley and returns to her several
except as janitors. Even President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order
times. Finley began working for NASA in 1958 and was
8002 in 1941, banning discriminatory employment prac-
tasked with solving complex math equations using pencils,
tices in the nation’s defense industry, is depicted largely
paper and gigantic first-generation Friden calculators.
as an act of necessity rather than justice. “Sometimes
“She was a human computer,” says Jones. “She calculated rocket launch trajectories by hand. I loved having
change occurs this way,” says Jones. “It was: ‘We need these airplanes, so you’ve got a job.’”
a real human being speaking for generations of women who were supposed to be stay-at-home moms. It was OK
to have a career and to be a professional.”
The war years visuals are as stunning as the statistics. As
We see early shots of Finley as a fresh-faced working gal, in the parlance of the time, and a shot of her
churn out 300,000 airplanes, we see blacks replacing
colleagues in a room filled with women at their desks—
Japanese Americans when the latter are sent to intern-
reminiscent of familiar images of clerical pools. But these
ment camps. We see more than 6,000 African Americans
women were not secretaries. They were rocket scientists.
a month streaming into Los Angeles for work during the
Finley still is one, though at one point she retired for
World War II years—and though their living conditions
six years to raise a family. She returned to JPL, where she
are shown as gruesomely crowded (apartments often oc-
remains an engineer for the NASA Deep Space Network
cupied in shifts), one of the workers tells a camera, “The
that she helped create. “Sue was a perfect example of
war made our lives better. It really did. Hitler got us out
telling history through an individual,” adds Jones.
of the white folks’ kitchen.”
Featured prominently in Episode 4 are two other
traditional houses” lining long, straight, right-angled
role immigrants have played in aviation—and Southern
streets—African Americans are greeted with signs read-
California—history. Diana Trujillo tells how she spoke
ing: “This tract is exclusive and restricted.” Jones’ archivist, Brian Tessier, accumulated some
drug violence in Colombia—then worked her way through
10,000 film clips for Blue Sky Metropolis, and they tell
college as a housekeeper to eventually became one of the
stories that are alternately eye-opening and delightful.
chief engineers on Curiosity, NASA’s vaunted Mars rover.
We see Formica tables, electric kitchens, duck-and-
Her colleague Vandi Verma recounts her journey
Later, as suburbs spring up after the war—“minimal
aerospace women whose stories underscore the critical
no English when she came to the U.S. at age 17—fleeing
2 million people working in Southern California plants
cover drills, evolving hairstyles and fashions, Disney’s
from India to JPL, where she specializes in the robotic
Tomorrowland and, naturally, cinematic sci-fi projections
technology that controls the Mars rover. The women are
of the future. We see crazy contraptions plummeting to
earth in the 1910 Los Angeles Air Meet. We see Voyager photos of Saturn and Jupiter, and deep-space images of galaxies almost incomprehensively far away. The documentary is an extraordinary visual treat, and
popular with gay and straight men alike. “It’s a great way to tell a bigger story—the coming of age of the gay liberation movement and men’s fashion. Marky Mark. Gender fluidity and the spectrum of sexu-
we’re left grateful that the photographic and cinematic
ality.” Teaser: Jerry Seinfeld’s poufy pirate shirt makes
arts evolved concurrently with the science of aviation.
TO THE FUTURE
phenomenon hailed from Southern California—where,
While 2020 could well be a year of award-reaping for
as the final episode of Blue Sky Metropolis tells us over
Jones—Blue Sky has already been named a 2020 Golden
a clip of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket lifting off from
Mike winner for best documentary by the Radio &
Vandenberg Air Force Base, “reality and fantasy thrive in
Television News Association of Southern California—he
equal measure.” ■
It’s fitting, of course, that such an ahead-of-its-time
is deep into his next project. It’s called All Man: The International Male Story. “It centers around the San Diego-
All four episodes of Blue Sky Metropolis will re-air on
based International Male catalog that came out in 1976,”
KCET in Southern California on March 22, 1 to 5 p.m., and the
documentary streams on the KCET website at kcet.org/shows/
Catalog founder Gene Burkard thought that strong
blue-sky-metropolis. Many of Jones’ celebrity documentaries
visuals and buff models could make men’s fashion more
are available on streaming services. For information, visit
interesting to men “than what they were seeing in Sears
or Brooks Brothers.” The catalog became phenomenally
forever home A MANHATTAN BEACH ARTIST AND HER HUSBAND ADOPT A MID-CENTURY FIXER AND MAKE IT THEIR OWN. Written by Tanya Monaghan | Photographed by Lauren Pressey
Artist Lee Tunila grew up in a house that was over 100 years old in Savannah, Georgia, steeped in
The Tunilas looked for some design help from someone whose love and expertise is mid-century modern and found that in designer Arianna Sabra of Arianna Sabra Interiors. Arianna helped Lee make the home feel authen-
history. Whether big or small, many
tic. All their furniture is retro, with some vintage pieces
of the houses in her hometown were
like the sideboard lamp and magazine stand in the living
well preserved. So for Lee, caring for
room. The French decorative light fixture hanging over the dining table is also vintage, as well as the gorgeous
your home was simply a way of life.
double-crossed chairs perfectly situated around the table.
Shortly after they got married in 2001, Lee and hus-
own origin story. A massive Myoporum tree used to um-
On that table is a beautiful wooden bowl that carries its band Randy bought an original 1,800-square-foot mid-
brella the entrance to the house, and it was Lee’s favorite
century Manhattan Beach home built in 1963. Driving
view. Two years ago it uprooted and fell onto the house.
up to the property for the first time, they could not even
She was devastated that the tree had to be extracted, but
see the house from the street because it was completely
being sentimental she had the foresight to save a limb.
covered in shrubbery.
She didn’t know what she was going to do with it until she
The young couple saw the bones of the place were good and figured they could live in it for a while and slowly
him the freedom to make whatever he wanted from what
start making changes. But neither of them saw this old
was left of her beloved tree. Out came this exquisite bowl.
house as their forever home. After getting the keys on Christmas Eve and first walk-
her family that remind her of where she comes from. “Everything I have in the home is meaningful; it’s not
made a huge mistake. It had a funky living plan with par-
just for pure aesthetics,” she says. “It’s a home, and I
quet floors, blue shag carpet and animal print wallpaper.
want it to feel that way.” Being an artist herself, Lee is
The home was last remodeled in the ’80s, and although
extremely selective about the artwork that dons her walls.
Lee appreciated its eclecticism, big changes were needed.
In one way or another, they all have great meaning. The large abstract painting that hangs above the fire-
to make it more livable for them. Over time, they slowly
place is a main focal point of the home. It represents a
renovated different areas. “Things came together when
memoir done by one of her mentors, artist Joe Blaustein.
we decided to give a nod to what it was destined to be—a
The other painting in the living room she found and fell
mid-century house,” shares Lee. “Now I love my home,
in love with at a vintage store in Savannah. After doing
but it took me a few years to get to that.”
some research, she discovered that the artist of this
Lee and Randy maintained the original skeleton of the house but opened up the congested, partitioned living area into a wide-open space consisting of the kitchen,
Lee’s house is filled with personal decor pieces from
ing into the house as owners, they both thought they had
They took out the carpet, painted and did minor things
found a woodworker named Jonathan Weaver. She gave
painting was the first African American professor at one of the colleges in Savannah. Another painting hanging above her bed was the first
dining room and living room. Originally Lee wanted to
given to her by Randy. Their bedroom is the couple’s
get rid of the fireplace but learned to love it. It’s now the
haven. The inviting king-size bed is centered between
main feature that centers the space. The long eaves of
two amazing mid-century hanging pendant lights. On the
the house are also classic mid-century, and they chose to
wall facing the bed hang two of her own personal favorite
keep it that way.
paintings that help unify the space. Lee’s guitar sits in
“THINGS CAME TOGETHER WHEN WE DECIDED TO GIVE A NOD TO WHAT IT WAS DESTINED TO BE—A MID-CENTURY HOUSE.” the corner begging to be played. They converted the fourth bedroom into a functional space for all. It operates as an office, laundry area and a place for the kids to hang out and watch TV or read a book in the nook. The floors showcase large-format tiles hand-designed by an artist who used Sharpies to draw the patterns. Light spills into the room from all directions and boasts a gorgeous view of their charming backyard. This room opens to their spectacular outdoor living space. The Tunilas chose to limit the house footprint so they could have an adequate open-air space specifically designed for entertaining. This area includes a charming courtyard with seating centered around a rustic outdoor fireplace. High hedges border the perimeters of the space, and creeping fig climb the brick walls—giving the area an old-world feel. The other side contains a built-in fire pit and seating area that can comfortably hold 16 people—perfect for entertaining both adults and children. Weather permitting, the Tunilas often dine outside at the table situated at the foot of the outdoor space and make s’mores around the communal pit. It took almost two decades, but the Tunila house has now become their forever home. Lee jokes, “We’re like toe-taggers. We are going to be buried in our front yard right next to the stump of that old tree.” ■
Best Foot Forward FOR SINGER AND DANCER JOIE SHETTLER, IT’S OFTEN BEEN, “GET ME THAT REDHEAD!” Written & photographed by Kat Monk
When Joie Shettler was an ambitious, 19-year-old brunette living in Tempe, Arizona, she won a scholarship at a dance competition to attend Joe Tremaine’s dance school in Studio City. Determined to get her start in the business, Joie packed all her belongings and purchased her first car from an auction—a sketchy, lime green Chevy Nova for $200. Sporting a bouncy Paula Abdul hairstyle and boasting strong technical dance skills, she headed straight to the studio ready to take the dance world by storm. In Los Angeles she became a body double for British singer/songwriter Cathy Dennis, requiring Joie to bob her hair and go red. With her new vibrant color, she stood out amongst her fellow dancers and carved herself a niche. By the mid-’90s, she was a Laker Girl, performing with Prince at the American Music Awards and dancing in music videos for Michael Jackson, Beck and Smash Mouth. A big shift came when she started to sing. “Although I loved dancing, when I started singing it was like a whole new world opened up,” shares Joie. Her favorite gig was when she nailed a job as a backup vocalist for The Brian Setzer Orchestra with the former front man of the Stray Cats. After starting a family with husband Dave Birznieks, she teamed up with David Stark, guitar player from the punk band FEAR, and created an ’80s and ’90s tribute band called the Radio Rebels. The band is often on the rosters at Saint Rocke, The Standing Room and The Lighthouse Café. Now that her children are teenagers, she’s on the road singing backup vocals for Kind Heaven Orchestra, the band of Perry Farrell (also lead singer of Jane’s Addiction). They toured with Lollapalooza in Europe last year and will head to South America this spring. “Beyond being a multitalented, dynamic performer, Joie is one of the hardest-working, most ethical people in the entertainment business,” David says. “People trust what she says, and they should because she speaks from the heart.” ■
let it be A SOUTH BAY MUSICIAN LANDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECORD HIS ALBUM IN NASHVILLE. JUST DONâ€™T MAKE BIG DEAL ABOUT IT, OK? Written by Jared Sayers | Photographed by Ben Meek
Someone once told me that the players who average the most home runs in a season also lead the league in strikeouts. Ponder that for a second. If you lead the league in hitting a 90+ mph fastball 325 feet, doesn’t that translate to overall good ball contact? Not necessarily. Those who swing the bat the hardest also miss the hardest. Jeff Nelson is a contractor. His presence is large—one of those if-you-know-you-know type of individuals who always makes you feel better when you’ve been around them. I envy those people. He is a family man who purchased and remodeled his grandfather’s home in San Pedro, where he currently resides with his wife and four children. He leads a humble life: coffee, family, building homes and good bourbon. That’s it. But don’t mistake simple for slow. Life is full for Jeff. His family of five ensures there are no flat-footed moments. There are diapers to change, dishes to do, laundry to fold and bedtime stories to read. There is also a business to run: homes to build, clients to please, subs to pay and invoices to process. Jeff is in the arena—fighting the good fight—and a cold, timid soul he certainly is not. Once the phone stops ringing and the family begins to drift off for the evening, Jeff quietly slips out the back door and heads to the garage. Flip on the light, and you’ll see tools neatly on display, surfboards hung in the rafters, a beer fridge in one corner and a record player in the other. With the smell of sawdust permeating the room, it is seemingly the ultimate man cave. But Jeff’s man cave is not for ordering chicken wings, drinking a twelver and watching the big game while wearing sweatpants in his favorite team’s color. It’s a
different kind of man cave. On the workbench is a notebook. With a coat of dust on it, one could easily assume it’s nothing. Next to the
the universe has a funny way of conspiring in your favor when you take the post-conventional creative process. In Nashville, Jeff was a long way from the garage back
notebook is a recording microphone. And next to the mi-
at home. Instead of contractors’ tools hung on the wall,
crophone is one of the most beautiful guitar displays you
there were cables, headphones, amps and microphones.
will ever set your eyes on. Each serves its own purpose.
Tools nonetheless, but these served a different purpose.
Some are tuned to a different key; some have six strings
The surfboards on display at home were replaced in
and some 12; some are in mint condition, and some look
Nashville by framed records. The workbench by a sound-
like Willie’s Trigger.
board. Jeff had entered the music-making mother ship
This is where Jeff goes every evening, putting his thoughts in his notebook and picking his guitars—giv-
and was once again ready to swing for the fences. The three days in Nashville consisted of early-to-rise,
ing a voice to the melodies that are already inside. A raw,
heavy studio time, track-lay after track-lay, coupled with
creative outpouring that flows through his fingers.
long, bourbon-infused evenings. Rest was not a part of
Western conventional wisdom would say, “Make something so it can be commoditized, distributed, in hopes of creating consumer demand, and thus financial
this equation, and Jeff drank deeply from what Nashville was able to provide. Only after he returned to the South Bay and I asked too
gain will be reaped.” The make-something-to-get-
many overly inquisitive questions did I hear names like
something approach. And to that approach I say, “More
Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson, who both recorded
power to you.”
in the same studio Jeff had just visited. What?! That’s
However, Jeff’s songwriting takes a more post-conventional approach: “Create something simply because
kind of a big deal, right? How did that get overlooked? Certainly this means Jeff is on the brink of some sort
something needs to be created, with the only gain being
of musical “breakthrough,” and we need to really think
the actual creative process itself.” And once complete,
about how to leverage this for … Wait. No. Just make the
it must be shared for the simple reason that it can be.
music. Nothing else matters.
Relinquishing creative control to let it become whatever it was meant to be. Now do not mistake this post-conventional approach
I so easily slip into this opportunistic mindset of breaking down ways Jeff and all of us are able to benefit from our scenarios. It’s an exciting tension for me, but
for the easier alternative to songwriting. Quite the
Jeff seems ambivalent. He’s been down this road before.
contrary. It still demands the same quality and effort of
High expectations met with the white-knuckled grip,
someone who is driving for commodification: countless
convincing himself of the scarcity of the opportunity in
hours, multiple revisions with rigorous refinement yet
front of him. Turns out, that leaves you exhausted and is
shelving any expectations.
often followed by a strikeout.
It’s an odd interplay of worlds, but I don’t know any-
But does that mean you resign from what you love? For
one better at this approach than Jeff. Jeff is swinging the
many it does. Jeff, on the other hand, is now stepping up
bat, completely impervious to a potential strikeout.
to the plate clear. Well-intentioned. In full recognition
After months of sneaking out to the garage at night,
of his ability to rip the cover off the ball but completely
Jeff was picked up by a label that wanted to fly him to
aware that homerun hitters also have strikeouts and
Nashville to record some of his most recent tracks. How
plenty of them.
a label found Jeff—when Jeff was not trying to find a label—is something I can’t quite explain. But I do know
Have we lost this mindset? The creating-somethingbecause-we-can mentality. The proverbial swinging of
“JEFF’S MAN CAVE IS NOT FOR ORDERING CHICKEN WINGS, DRINKING A TWELVER AND WATCHING THE BIG GAME WHILE WEARING SWEATPANTS IN HIS FAVORITE TEAM’S COLOR. IT’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF MAN CAVE.”
the bat. Do we find joy in that process, as opposed to the reactionary mad dash to get it up and out the door—only to expect something in return? To a degree, I think we have. Jeff’s new album Hypebeast counteracts that commoditized rush. It’s pure artistry that is not on Facebook. And if you think for a second that Jeff has an Instagram account, think again. There is no brand in place, and no immediate distribution strategies have been discussed. For someone like me, at a glance it can seem frustrating. But it is also the very thing that draws me even closer to the music. I can hear the hum of the beer fridge and the smell of the sawdust in the music. It adds a layer of depth amongst a very noisy, topical time in humanity. People don’t always want the expedited click of a button to get what they want. Sometimes we want a process of discovery and a higher level of intention. Context. Essence. Subtle bass notes. To go a few layers deeper and take more time. And that is exactly what Jeff has done with this new album. Home run. Bravo! All this has happened amidst caring for and building a family. Home run. While owning and running a business. Home run. Being a son, friend, husband, etc. Home run, home run, home run. So go find a copy of Jeff’s new album, Hypebeast, where all major record labels are not sold. Or don’t. But if you do stumble on it by chance, listen carefully for the hum of the beer fridge. ■
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outside the lines STREET ARTIST KIDWISEMAN IS TEARING DOWN WALLS BY PAINTING THEM. Written & photographed by Kat Monk
There’s a quintessential project
working in my sketchbook on my next piece. I would
almost every art student has
skip school and go paint under bridges around the city.
experienced at least once in their lifetime: “OK, class, time to paint a bowl of fruit.” Artist KidWiseman has other ideas. He’s on a mission
Soon he realized that there were legal ways to do street art too. Street art comes in many forms: spray paint murals, graffiti, wheatpasting (poster art), moss art (succulent walls), yarn bombing (a telephone poll deco-
to make street art—not just the traditional fine art that is part of art
routine in public).
The word “kid” is universal for youth. KidWiseman
Art and creativity saved Evan’s life and offered him a fulfilling college experience at Savannah College of Art and Design, where he double-majored in performing arts
represents taking the knowledge you’ve gained as an
and graphic design. While in school he decided his future
adult and applying it to what you loved to do as a child.
would include helping underprivileged youth find oppor-
Combine the kid and the creative career, and you have
tunities to use their creative side to tackle their future.
KidWiseman—also known as Evan Farrell. As a multimedia street artist, KidWiseman sees every
After college he worked as an independent creative director, contracting for mostly global brands and music
blank wall as an opportunity for creative youth to express
festivals. He created large-scale murals for companies
themselves. The city of Manhattan Beach commissioned
such as Red Bull and TOMS Shoes and taught art and pro-
him to paint the two low-standing walls in the public
duction to high school students throughout Los Angeles
parking lot at 14th Street and Highland. Sticking to his
and San Diego. After work he would go home, eat and
belief system, he enlisted some local kids to help him
go back to use their facilities (with approval) to create
with the mural project.
The abstract mural reflects a day in the life of Manhat-
“Most students in public high schools don’t even
tan Beach residents from dawn to dusk. Triangles repre-
consider anything creative as a job opportunity. It is not
sent mountains, waves represent the ocean and lightning
on their horizons.” He believes showing them that they
bolts represent energy.
can use iPhones, cameras, lighting and drones to make
Grand View Elementary also commissioned KidWiseman to help their students paint a mural on the school’s
money is a terrific start. Tyler Paget, a producer from Red Bull who worked with
upper playground. Heather de Roos, president of the
Evan to curate a KidWiseman workshop, says he is “an
Grand View Elementary PTA, notes, “It was a project ev-
innovative artist who brings a state-of-the-art produc-
eryone had a hand in making happen. My son, Tate, still
tion for students whose art funding has been cut.”
remembers the section he and his friends painted.”
Tyler adds, “The workshops allowed the students to
Evan grew up in the inner city of Indianapolis, both
get informative insights from industry professionals. The
in and out of public and private school systems. One day
way Evan uses his passion isn’t just inspiring to those in
his buddy Patrick showed him how to write graffiti and
the same industry but also to those who dream to pursue
taught him: “If you can draw it, you can paint it.”
an arts-driven career.” ■
“From that day forward, my backpack was full of sharpies and spray paint,“ shares Evan. “I was always
rated in yarn) and even a flash mob (an organized dance
Even though it was illegal, I felt that I had to do it for
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walk the line IF NATURE IS A MOTHER, PATAGONIA IS HER DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS YET WILDLY TEMPERAMENTAL PROGENY. LIKE MOTHS TO A FLAME, ADVENTURERS ARE DRAWN TO THIS MAGNETIC FORCE OF A REGION, COMPLETE WITH TURQUOISE WATERS, GLACIERS AND—FOR THE DETERMINED—PUMAS. Written by Corry Cook Photographed by Lucy Burke,
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explora Patagonia and Quasar Expeditions
“PATAGONIA BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH THE LATIN
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LEGEND REGIO GIGANTUM, OR ‘REGION OF GIANTS.’”
The bold winter in Chilean Patagonia is
intensely saturated with natural hues and jagged yet
a secret season void of crowds and rich
with extraordinary scenery, wildlife sightings and blurred edges between one’s own sense of the rational and the insane. Flashes of doubt—“What if I fall short, lose my nerve or become unglued?”—have been known to keep the inner pioneer subdued and the
Rivaling any big-cat safari around the world, Quasar Expeditions—one of South America’s most celebrated adventure specialists—now provides up-close-andpersonal encounters with the majestic puma population in Patagonia. Better yet, they offer a coveted opportunity to shadow one of their renowned puma tracking teams within Torres del Paine National Park—a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve—as well as the surrounding private reserves and wilderness. This is about more than disconnecting; Quasar offers a
journey at bay. True adventure isn’t
chance to step outside the usual and take on an entirely
always neat and tidy, so embrace the
new persona. In addition to pre-dawn alarm settings,
unpredictable, the unexpected and, hell, even the accidental. Cut to me: cold, wet and in way over my head on an ambitious advanced trek with explora Patagonia.
puma-tracking demands laser focus, physical intensity and infinite patience and requires the right gear and unconditional love for a wild animal that could very well kill you. I couldn’t wait. In the winter in Chile (May through August),
An explora guide for more than 10 years, Chino is
Patagonia’s parks and private lands are delightfully
a professional force—a native Chilean trekker with
uncrowded. In addition to tracking puma by jeep, Quasar
thousands of hours conquering the formidable terrain and
specializes in on-foot puma encounters in the massive
unpredictable weather in the region. I had come to hang
Laguna Amarga Ranch. This means the freedom for tracker
on his every word.
and client to walk off-trail and get involved in the tracking
Slow and steady, he directed our group through each step in my own personal vertical nightmare: an obscure dirt trail now peppered with slushy potholes and slippery, concealed
process on foot—something that is not permitted within the nearby park. This is what we came here for. Me: a writer. Lucy: a photographer. Not here! Under
ice. Despite it all, 11 miles in I was a on a surprising high. Out
Quasar Expeditions’ tutelage, we were a budding
of nowhere, the sound and sight of the icy terrain cracking
puma-tracking team. Due to a habitat that spans
under Chino’s feet struck me to the core. Suddenly he fell—
many different countries and cultures, the puma
hard. In a flash he was on his back and whisked away. I was
has lots of names including mountain lion, cougar
and panther. But no matter what you call it, it’s still
But first, let me rewind a bit. When the earliest European navigators charted the New World, they claimed to have
the same cat: Puma concolor. In the blackest of black of pre-dawn, Lucy and I were
witnessed a land inhabited by giants. Because of this,
whisked away in a jeep by our private tracking team with
Patagonia became associated with the Latin legend regio
specialized puma guide Cristian Asun and our expert puma
gigantum, or “region of giants.”
tracker Jorge Cardenas. Tracking teams like these have their
Today we know with certainty that Patagonia is indeed
work cut out for them. The puma has an extensive habitat,
the realm of giants—but not the human variety. Here, the
preferring dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking,
awe-inspiring Torres del Paine massif, as well as one of the
but it can also live in open plains, coniferous and tropical
world’s largest mountain lions, the Patagonian puma, stand
forests, swamps and deserts. Further, pumas are naturally
tall in the sweeping expansiveness of a landscape that’s
camouflaged against the neutral hues of their environment,
forms, including on foot, by vehicle, using radios and, in
needle in a haystack. Yet Quasar Expeditions’ guides and
certain cases, satellites. Here, sight, sound, smell, touch
puma-tracking experts are always up for the challenge.
and even taste rule.
Save the occasional crackle of the radio and hushed
been spotted—a female with her four cubs. Pumas are
carefully slowed the jeep to a stop. “Go!” he whispered
solitary animals, so it’s extraordinary to see more than one
at me with force. Jorge had disappeared like a ghost from
at a time unless it’s a mother with cubs or a pair mating.
the jeep. Keeping his body tight and low, he raced up the
As this elusive beauty stopped to sip from the river, her
steep terrain, almost catlike, dexterously blending into the
cubs bounded ahead and dragged behind like happy
jagged terrain. I blurted, “Oh, me? Right!” Barely awake,
my pack and raced up the mountain after him. There aren’t enough words in Spanish or English to
The locals’ nickname for her is Rupestre, a nod to the cave paintings in the park where she was first spotted (pinturas rupestres). A pretty name and misleadingly sweet
describe this badass. A biologist, naturalist guide and
for a powerful predator that is more than 100 pounds of
tracker since graduating university, Jorge Cardenas is a
death machine. Pumas have been recorded leaping 18 feet
Southern California native. He honed his skills in Africa
into the air and even farther horizontally.
under the tutelage of local professionals before moving on
Like its close relative the cheetah, the puma would
to pay his dues for years as a wildlife tracker specializing
rather flee than fight and rarely engages with humans.
in big cats in South America. Despite being a foreigner in
Jorge kept us close yet at just the right distance. She chose
a tight-knit community of expert native-Chilean wildlife
to tolerate him—and, by default, us. With Jorge blocking
guides and chasers, today Jorge is one of the most respected
the path between all females involved, Lucy and I took in
puma trackers in Patagonia.
this glorious specimen, this alpha female, in quiet awe.
Energized by fear and awe, I used his silhouette poised
We went on to spend two perfect days actively looking
on a high ridge in front a kaleidoscope of sunrise colors to
for pumas across a vast landscape, following and
guide me. Eventually I caught up and found Jorge skillfully
photographing them while strategizing where they would
tucked in at the top of a high ridge, protected from the
nap and feed in a vast graveyard littered with guanaco
elements, quietly puffing on his butterscotch cake-flavored
bones. These mammals, relatives of the Andean llama
vape. Not a word was spoken. His razor-sharp eyes and
and the African camel, congregate in this part of the park
powerful binoculars scanned the horizon for clues, signs of
during the winter for the protection that the hills and walls
puma in the distance.
of its valleys offer from the wind and snow at night—
The art of wildlife tracking dates back to prehistoric hunters, who used it principally to gather food. Today travel and tracking wildlife comes in many
Back on the ridge, radio chatter came alive. A puma had
radio chatter in Spanish, the ride was a quiet one. Cristian
much less in my body, I exited far less gracefully, grabbed
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so spotting one is like finding an eyelash in the eye of a
making them prime puma dinner. After each intoxicating puma encounter, Lucy and I reveled in the routine—travelers and trackers basking in
triumph together, with plenty of animated storytelling and individual vices to celebrate and keep us warm. As
Speaking of action, back to my brush with death … “Is there another way out of this?” Lucy screamed over
liquid nicotine and whiskey flowed, so too did maté—a
the sudden rabid snowstorm and frenetic wind, tossing us
delightfully caffeine-infused drink.
closer to choices between sheer drop or rock wall of ice.
Not all tales told are festive. Wildlife trackers navigate the terrain on behalf of discerning clients, but they are also on
“There must be an easier trail back down!” Our guide, Chino, yelled back in almost crazed delight,
the front lines of conservation, often putting themselves at
“This is the easy path!” I wondered if he had gone mad.
risk. This is more than a business; it is a way of life involving
“I can’t do this! I’m just a writer from California!” Chino
tremendous pride and passion for the survival of this now
was unfazed, having rebounded effortlessly—this was just
nearly endangered species.
another day in paradise, despite the fact that he was soaked,
The puma lives in 28 countries in the Americas. Despite
his eyebrows now one big icicle unibrow.
being more valuable than gold to both tourism in Chile
“NOT TODAY!” he bellowed enthusiastically. “You are
and the Patagonian ecosystem, a puma can be captured
a writer and a world-famous explorer! Add those spikes to
or killed as a preemptive or retaliatory punishment for
your shoes, grab your poles and let’s do this!”
livestock predation, legal and illegal sport hunting, and
Rather than avoiding the elements, explora guides want
bounty hunting. Walking in an expert puma tracker’s
things to happen. Come wind, rain, maybe snow or even
shoes for even a moment is an inspiring reminder of
blazing sunshine, you will be inspired and ready to venture
the fragility of these majestic creatures and the greater
out into a remarkable land, guided by specialists armed
struggle to protect big cats.
with world-class experience and training.
As it came into focus at the end of each thrill-seeking
Every evening, explora Patagonia’s guides meet with
day, the glorious sight of luxurious explora Patagonia
guests and explain all the available options for the next
Lodge made us exhale deeply. Explora architects German
day, helping them choose an exploration that matches
del Sol and José Cruz Ovalle have received the Chilean
their interests and abilities. For three more glorious days,
National Architecture Award, and the Patagonia Lodge, as
Lucy and I were pleasantly drunk on the explora Kool-
with all of their hotels, seamlessly blends into its remote
Aid as we enjoyed walks toward crystal clear lakes and
and rugged surroundings.
lenga tree forests, hikes to viewpoints and horseback
Anchored like a white ship on the shores of turquoise Lake Pehoé, explora Patagonia’s unique location sets travelers literally in the middle of Torres del Paine National
rides through the park’s pampas (grasslands) and along its rivers. And we were delightfully inspired by Chilean
Park while greeting them with award-winning architecture
chardonnay when we signed on for the advanced 13-mile
and breathtaking panoramic views of the Paine Ridge
trek with Chino on our final day. Just as I was ready to curl
and the granite towers. Conceived as an empowering and
into the fetal position and call for a helicopter evac, the
luxurious base, explora Patagonia features every amenity
adventure gods smiled on us from above. The sun emerged
needed to really relax and restore in between each epic
and with it, a magnificent male puma.
exploration. The 50-room lodge offers some of the most impressive views of any lodge in Patagonia.
Today these memories come back to me when I least expect it—when I find myself unsure ... vivid flashbacks of
Just steps away from the main building, the spa is a
my strongest self. Like a trust fall, don’t think too much;
perfect place to unwind—equipped with heated, covered
let go and have faith. Explora Patagonia’s team of expert
pool, sauna and four open-air Jacuzzis with views to the
“spotters” are certain to catch. ■
Paine River. A hot steam followed by the coldest plunges in the river is a guaranteed wake-up call and call to action.
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Golden State and Southbay magazine teamed up with Bing Surfboards to host an evening that would bring the local surf community together for a once-ina-lifetime celebration—60 years of Bing Surfboards and a reunion of childhood best friends and local heroes Bing Copeland and Greg Noll. The evening included a moderated discussion between Bing and Greg, coupled with a Golden State film release on Bing’s 60 years—with live music provided by Tom Curren, Country Breakfast and the Royal Rats. Thank you to all our sponsors who made it happen: Outerknown, South Bay Boardriders Club, Beach Cities Orthopedics, KKC Fine Homes, B2 Insurance Services, Kyle Daniels Real Estate, Michael Lee Architects, Campsurf, Chad Heitzler Fahlbusch Real Estate, Eric Pritz of SEIA
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The Art of Giving Fundraiser This fundraiser to benefit the South Bay Artist Collective at Resin in Hermosa Beach supported programs for local artists, a youth creative lab with afterschool classes and collaborations with nonprofit partners.
Kerry Stitt, Allison Corteen, Jules Nemeth, Janice Schultz
Amelia Mcrae, Emmi Ayers, Aidan Morgan, Fiona Dowdee SBAC youth artist Alemnesh
Nick Arquette, Megan Arquette, Rafael McMaster, Roger Van Remmen, Barbara Van Remmen, Jayesh Patel, Nina Patel, Lisa May
Rafael McMaster, Lisa May, Janet Solimon, Gary May, Sabrina Armitage
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Stevens Nation Fundraiser The Stevens Nation Fundraiser, dedicated to Eric Stevensâ€”a recently diagnosed LAFD firefighter with ALS,attracted upwards of 4,000 people. This event raised awareness for the ALS community and supported
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Eric in his mission to #axeALS.
The California Great Santa Stroll The first annual event brought friends and supporters of Mychal’s Learning Place together in Hermosa Beach. This international competition, now part of the South Bay, raised awareness for the work of Mychal’s, a nonprofit that supports those with developmental disabilities.
Panda Express team
K-Earth 101 and Laura Scott
South Bay Ford team
Latrice McGlothin of Kinecta
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Anna Garalde of Mychal’s with Santa
Ribbon-Cutting at Compass South Bay The office celebrated joining the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce in December. This group of real estate industry pioneers has brought programs such as Concierge Capital, Bridge Loan Services and many more to the South Bay.
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Marsha Hansen, Richard Lundquist, Scot Nicol, Kamini Lane, Mark Neuterman, Shiela Fowler, Drew Boyle, Sherry Kramer
Mark Neuterman, Drew Boyle, Kamini Lane
F45 Training Manhattan Beach Oï¬ƒcial Opening The South Bay community was invited to attend classes throughout the morning, and guests enjoyed giveaways, prizes and refreshments. F45 offers a 45-minute workout, combining elements of highintensity interval training (HIIT) and circuit training in a group environment.
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Ashley Smith and coach Jen Temperley
Brewing More Than Beer!
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Las Madrecitas Evergreen Ball Las Madrecitas, an auxiliary of the Charitable Children’s Guild of the Orthopædic Institute for Children (OIC), held its annual Evergreen Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. This event honored the Las Niñas 2020 senior class for their volunteer
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service to OIC and their community.
Evening of Hope
The Pregnancy Help Center, offering free pregnancy testing and ultrasound exams, recently held its seventh annual fundraising banquet. Keynote speaker Shawn Carney, president/CEO of 40 Days for Life, and Adrienne Gross, center executive director, inspired the audience of 430 to support the center’s mission.
Byrne, June, Lucy and Sarah Bostick
Michael Tumanjian and Carla Tumanjian
Gail Marcone and John Marcone
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Ann Nolan, Tom Nolan, Madonna Rose
Steve Krai, Caterina Krai, Dan Keenan
Carol Pfaﬀ and Donald Pfaﬀ
TMMC Holiday Festival Gala Torrance Memorial Medical Center celebrated its 36th annual Holiday Festival by raising close to $1.7 million. More than 720 guests attended the dinner gala event. All funds raised go toward the new Hunt Cancer Center, a facility that consolidates Torrance Memorialâ€™s cancer care and services into one
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location, which opened in December.
PV Juniors Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Boutique The Palos Verdes Junior Women’s Club held its annual holiday luncheon and shopping boutique at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in December. This year’s seaside-themed fundraiser contributed to the organization’s 61-year mission to support women and children in crisis in the South Bay. Proceeds will be distributed to local philanthropies at the May disbursement ceremony.
Christine Petti, Linda Navarro-Snell, Tiﬀany Clarke
Debbie Sedlachek, Jean Christen, Heather Campbell, Margui Kohn
Maura Mizuguchi, Mary Kelliny, Eunice Sheng, Nadia McMahon, Julie Douglass
Nikki Lin, Maura Mizuguchi, Tanya Blomquist, Julie Hadley, Leslie Low
Kristy Watson, Paul Lundstrom, Benjamin Lundstrom, Stephanie Lundstrom, Melissa Krise, Sarah Rener
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DINNER, DANCING, ENTERTAINMENT, SILENT AND LIVE AUCTIONS. $250.00 PER PERSON ~ $275.00 AFTER MARCH 1 ~ LIMITED TO 280 GUESTS FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT WWW.PVJUNIORS.ORG Program advertising and sponsorships also available
27th Annual Holiday Homes Tour Sandpipers, a philanthropic organization in the South Bay, invited guests to tour four unique Manhattan Beach homes, each featuring distinctive holiday decor. A holiday market and cafe featured more than 30 artisanal vendors who each generously donated a percentage of
Tree Section Oasis home
The Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour committee at the Coastal Classic home
their sales back to Sandpipers.
The Smoky Hollow Bluegrass band
Villa with a View home
Natalie Radtke, Leah Turano, Gloria Correa, Jamie Kahn
Above the Clouds: NYE Party Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach transported guests to a mountain chateau to welcome the New Year and
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celebrate the new decade.
’80s Glam NYE Party
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach rang in the New Year with a flash to the past: an ’80s glam-themed party with multiple levels of live music and entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a decadent dessert display
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with Champagne toast.
The Brews Hall Ribbon-Cutting The city of Torrance welcomed The Brews Hall in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Brews Hall is the first multiconcept brewery and food court.
George Lopez, Colin Cowherd, Michael Zislis, Mayor Patrick Furey
Brandon, Jennifer, Lara, Elliott, Tanya
George Lopez, Colin Cowherd, Michael Zislis, Dave Furano, Dave Zislis
Ride to Fly 25th Anniversary Ride to Fly, a therapeutic horsemanship program in Rancho Palos Verdes, celebrated its 25th year anniversary of serving the local special needs community at the Los Verdes Golf Course. Fundraiser guests enjoyed food, dancing, auctions and sharing wonderful memories.
Janice Hahn and Gail Grove
Tiﬀany Chiu, Melody Colbert, Gail Grove, Charlene O’Neil, Sharon Yarber
Cole Humiston, Tiﬀany Chiu, Meena Kopti
John Cruikshank and Gail Grove
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Scott Mesich, Clarissa Donnelly, Katie Warschefsky
Café Pierre Pop-Up
Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach welcomed back beloved Café Pierre for a two-night special event. Guests enjoyed a menu filled with favorites from the
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Blessing of the Garden of Healing Caregivers and community and business leaders joined Providence TrinityCare for the blessing of the Garden of Healing at the Douglas and J. Glass Family Center in Torrance. This garden, designed by
Dr. Glen Komatsu, Shayna Stiles, Scott Sharpe, Robert McNerney, Jacky Glass, Ed DeRenzis, Angela Park Sheldon, Gary Kuwahara
Dr. Glen Komatsu and Kohei Owatari
Kohei Owatari under the leadership of Dr. Glen Komatsu, was made possible by a very generous gift of philanthropy and has been designed as a special space for healing and meditation.
Shayna Stiles, Dr. Glen Komatsu, Robin Haney
“The market has started to slow, and the increase in pricing has slowed or even declined in some areas. That doesn’t mean the market is going to crash, but buyers need to exercise patience and be very picky.” — RICHARD HAYNES, OWNER/BROKER MANHATTAN PACIFIC REALTY
REAL ESTATE & MORTGAGE As we embark on spring—peak season for home sales—you may be entering the real estate market. Buying or selling a home can be one of the most impactful decisions we make in life. We count on these investments to ensure that we meet our financial goals and are provided for down the line. There is no better way to accomplish those objectives than having knowledgeable, accomplished professionals by your side. Hiring a highly skilled real estate agent who understands the market and can anticipate critical fluctuations will ensure a smooth, stress-free experience and, most importantly, excellent results. Read on to meet some of the leading Realtors® in the South Bay. They share their stories, including the skills and philosophies that have put them at the top of their field.
RICHARD HAYNES Manhattan Pacific Realty, Inc.
HARCOURTS HUNTER MASON REALTY
CINDY SHEARIN The Shearin Group
GEORGIANA ROSENKRANZ, JD The Rosenkranz | Friedman Group LLC
HOFFMAN MURPHY REAL ESTATE TEAM
THE KONDO GROUP
JENNIFER CARAS Jennifer Caras Real Estate | Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
CHHABRIA REAL ESTATE COMPANY
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Owner/Broker, Manhattan Pacific Realty, Inc.
tarting his real estate career at age 19, Richard Haynes today has a great deal of industry experience at 35. Other than his college years at USC, he has lived his entire life in Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach and every Beach City in between. Richard is the owner of the boutique firm Manhattan Pacific Realty.
HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN REAL ESTATE? “Growing up in the South Bay, it feels like I’ve always indirectly worked in real estate— learning the local geography, culture and lifestyle details that are important to homeowners. That said, 2006 was the official launch of my professional real estate career. So for nearly 16 years I have had the privilege of working in every aspect of the business. During college I worked in real estate advertising, PR and mortgage lending. After that I worked in a variety of industry niches such as full-time mortgage broker, income property investor, property manager, home flipper, real estate agent and broker, and spec home developer. My focus has always been on the South Bay including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes, but we do dip our toe into Greater Los Angeles for our investors.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU HELP CLIENTS SAVE MONEY? “There are a lot of ways we help clients save money. With my unique experience as an investor—I have facilitated the acquisition and disposition of 30 properties personally—I have experienced many of the pitfalls that can happen in a transaction. But the biggest way I save our clients’ money is by not being afraid to tell them ‘no.’ When my clients are looking at investing in a property and trusting me for my direction and opinion, I will clearly warn them when I believe a home is overpriced or could easily become a money pit. Often I feel
the need to tell my client to offer less when they want to offer more, which in the end saves them a lot of money.” DESCRIBE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE REAL ESTATE PROJECTS. “One of my favorite projects was the home we developed and sold on 9th Place in the Manhattan Beach Sand Section a few years ago. I had my hands on every aspect of the transaction: locating the land, raising capital, purchasing the property, designing and developing the home, and ultimately earning a solid return on the investment dollars. The whole process allowed me to express myself in many different varieties of the business and, more importantly, learn many aspects of real estate that I can share with my clients today.” IS THE SOUTH BAY REAL ESTATE BOOM OVER? “The answer is multifaceted, as it depends on how you define ‘boom.’ In the South Bay from 2012 to 2015, we experienced an awesome boom. But since then, yes, it has slowed, and the ‘boom’—or significant growth—has been over for about a year or two. The market has started to slow, and the increase in pricing has slowed or even declined in some areas. That doesn’t mean the market is going to crash, but buyers need to exercise patience and be very picky.” IF THE BOOM IS SLOWING, IS REAL ESTATE STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT? “Well, that is a bit of a loaded question. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t. Timing in real estate is a huge factor. Real estate has had a great run as an investment over the last five to seven years, but presently in Greater L.A. it’s getting harder to make appropriate short-term or mid-term real estate returns for the risk taken these days. The easy money has already been made. If you have the wherewithal, investing over the
very long term will still prove to be an excellent investment in my opinion. As a result, I have sold some of my investment properties and invested in the equities market, which is proving a better return in the short term.” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STEPS YOU TAKE TO EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “I take the time to underwrite property and its valuation for my clients. They are looking to me for expertise, and I am known for my pragmatic approach. My opinion is what they come to me for, and they trust that it is based on data and almost two decades of experience in many facets of real estate coupled with a lifetime of personal experience in the South Bay.” WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN IN THE SOUTH BAY MARKET? “The emergence of Manhattan Beach as a luxury market is for sure the biggest change we’ve seen. Due to access from the ‘new’ 105 freeway, it became a major commuter thoroughfare. That and the advent of social media put the city on the map for many of Los Angeles’ elite. Manhattan Beach is not the sleepy beach surf town it was just 20 years ago; it is a destination. Population growth, upscale properties and high society moving in have affected not only the real estate prices but the landscape and beautification of the city itself. It’s been amazing to be a part of the growth and change.” SHARE A BIT ABOUT YOUR JOB. WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL? “In a nutshell, we are high-level real estate advisors to our clients. Through data and unmatched quality of service, we establish ourselves as experts in market knowledge and then flawlessly execute contracts and transactions. We’re like that old friend you go to for big life decisions such as family and career (only it’s real estate)!”
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The Harcourts Hunter Mason team of accredited auction agents and Beowulf the dog
HARCOURTS HUNTER MASON REALTY
ourtney and Tony Self opened Hunter Mason Realty in 2010 and eventually joined Harcourts, one of the largest real estate companies in the world, to offer greater support and training to their agents and more choices for their clients through the Harcourts auction process. TELL US ABOUT YOUR AUCTION PROCESS. “While we sell real estate like most traditional companies, we also offer an auction process to our sellers that is unique to Harcourts. This is one of the many reasons we partnered with Harcourts and bought our franchise in 2017. We wanted the opportunity to offer more ways for our clients to buy and sell homes. Auction offers more choice and transparency to both sellers and buyers and gives our agents a huge advantage to get homes sold for the best price and terms. While auction seems like a new concept here in the U.S. market, it is practiced
throughout the world. Harcourts has been offering it since 1888, so they have refined the process. While auction may not be for everyone, there are many benefits to the process. It tends to generate the most possible activity on a property, which leads to the best price for sellers and more transparency for the buyers. Overall, it’s a cleaner, more straightforward process, and buyers and sellers really seem to like it.” WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY? “Courtney started selling real estate full-time in 1987 and left the industry briefly to work with Pan American as a flight attendant from 1988 to 1991. Tony not only sold real estate but is also very involved with technology and the real estate community. He served as the 2019 president of the Palos Verdes Association of Realtors. As a broker and licensed auctioneer, he sold more than 4,000
properties using the auction process while working with Auction.com and Hubzu. He also worked with the California Association of Realtors to help start Realtor.com.” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STEPS YOU TAKE TO EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “Absolute honesty and clear communication are essential to building trust with our clients as well as our fellow real estate professionals. Our seamless and straightforward auction process is crafted so our clients feel complete peace of mind from start to finish. This is achieved through complete transparency whether we’re representing clients in a traditional sale or through our unique auction process.” WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE? “Get a great mentor and choose a company that offers support and growth opportunities.”
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Realtor®/Owner, The Shearin Group
indy Shearin has spent 30 years as a real estate professional in the South Bay. Her company, The Shearin Group, is affiliated with Strand Hill | Christie’s International Real Estate. In addition to being a Realtor®, Cindy is also a designer and a developer.
WHAT MAKES YOU A SOUTH BAY REAL ESTATE EXPERT? “In my 30-year career, I have acquired comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the industry. I raised a family here and learned the unique characteristics of the various South Bay communities, especially the school systems. In addition, I can evaluate value on a block-by-block basis— something no algorithm can do.” WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU GAIN THE TRUST OF YOUR CLIENTS? “Our clients are our #1 priority. My success depends upon always having my client’s best interest at heart. I will definitely recommend that my client walks away from a contract or negotiation that does not adequately serve his or her needs. Over the years, I have earned the trust of many people whom I have represented throughout their lives; I become the ‘family’ Realtor. As a result, after three decades my network is immense.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU SAVE YOUR CLIENTS MONEY? “My unique combination of skills provides numerous opportunities for me to save my clients money and maximize their returns: design, real estate marketing, ground-up construction, development and financing. I have an eye for staging a home to sell or evaluating the pros and cons that are key when a client is buying a home. I have subs and contractors who are available to assist with small to large rehabs and can help a client see the potential in a contemplated purchase.”
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WHAT ELSE SETS YOU APART AS A REALTOR? “We are consistently in the Top 1% of Realtors in the nation, while I locally rank #2 in transactions through our parent firm Strand Hill | Christie’s International, giving me a global reach in 47 countries and 1,350s office worldwide. Also, The Shearin Group generates staggering numbers on social media through our exclusive platforms Haute Residence, The Fourhundred and Luxury Realtor. We boost monthly viewership and exposure to upwards of 3 million viewers/subscribers. We design the most effective marketing program for all the homes we represent, and we personally expend an unmatched effort to understand, identify and then find the types of homes our clients desire to purchase.”
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GEORGIANA ROSENKRANZ, JD Managing Partner, The Rosenkranz | Friedman Group LLC
onsistently recognized as one of the top-producing teams at Keller Williams Palos Verdes Realty, The Rosenkranz | Friedman Group is a full-service real estate team of experienced professionals with more than 40 years of industry experience. WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER WORKING IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY? “Real estate has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father is a local real estate investor, so I have always been passionate about real estate. As a broker, I have been blessed to help people turn their home ownership dreams into reality while also earning a living doing what I love!” IS REAL ESTATE STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT? “Absolutely!! Real estate is a tangible investment that historically increases in value over time and consistently outperforms other forms of investments. Our excellent schools, proximity to the beach, mountain resorts, airports, great shopping, dining, entertainment, educational institutions and museums ensures demand for housing in the South Bay will continue to outpace the housing supply for many years to come.” TELL US ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PRACTICING THE GOLDEN RULE IN BUSINESS. “Particularly in such a relationship-based profession as real estate, it is critical for clients to know they can trust our professional judgment and personal advice. We earn that trust through consistent and strict adherence to ethical standards and constantly putting ourselves in our clients’ position. By implementing the Golden Rule, we anticipate our clients’ questions, concerns, desires and needs. This translates into strong, long-lasting relationships with highly successful outcomes for everyone involved.” WHAT MAKES YOU A SOUTH BAY EXPERT? “The South Bay is and always has been my backyard. I was born, raised and educated here and have been fortunate enough to live, work and raise my own family in the South Bay. As a result, I have an in-depth knowledge of our unique community.” HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? “I am pleased to serve as a trustee for the Peninsula Education Foundation and to serve on the Palos Verdes Estates Traffic Safety Committee. I’m a member of Vistas for Children and an avid supporter of various PTAs and booster clubs. I am so proud to be able to give back to the communities that mean so much to me and my family.”
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HOFFMAN MURPHY REAL ESTATE TEAM
eginning their real estate careers in the Beach Cities more than 30 years ago, Realtors® Marie Hoffman and Sue Murphy established the Hoffman Murphy Real Estate Team in 2006. Their prior work in education, corporate finance, and small business development set the stage for them to assist buyers and sellers in a variety of residential and investment transactions. DESCRIBE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE REAL ESTATE PROJECTS. “The Hoffman Murphy team specializes in getting the most money for our sellers, and we start with a comprehensive analysis to determine if a home is a candidate for an ‘as-is’ sale, or if the bottom-line profit will increase by making small improvments or even a mini-makeover. One of our favorite projects was a Manhattan Beach home that sat on the market, unsold for weeks and weeks with another company. The sellers hired us to design and manage a makeover for
the seriously dated home. The sellers lived out of town; they gave us a key and approved the project, which came in at $75,000. The Hoffman Murphy Team sold the home after only a week on the market, and our sellers netted more than $250,000 additional on their $75,000 investment.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU HELP YOUR CLIENTS SAVE MONEY? “Our #1 money-saving tip is what not to spend money on before you put your home on the market. Our HMTransformation Team has the resources to take on any project. We do all the work, often with no upfront cost to the seller— saving our sellers both time and money.” WHAT TOUCH DOES YOUR TEAM ADD TO MAKE A HOUSE A HOME? “Every home sale is special, and our job is to create an emotional connection between the buyer and the home. It is that emotional connection—the ‘I have to have this house!’
feeling—that creates urgency in buyers and results in a faster sale at a higher price. Our team is expertly trained to create this emotion in the home-preparation process, and we walk through the process step-by-step with every seller to ensure their house feels like ‘home’ to the right buyer.” IS SOUTH BAY REAL ESTATE STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT? “Having grown up in the South Bay, we have seen exponential growth and change in the local real estate market. Although prices have gone up and down through the years, the 10-year price appreciation trajectory has always been up, and we do not see that changing in the future. Buying and holding real estate for long-term appreciation and cash flow remains a smart investment strategy, both for primary residence and investment properties.”
1500 PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, HERMOSA BEACH | 310-939-9393 | HOFFMANMURPHY.COM SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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L to R: Victoria Brown Paullin, Meg Puccinelli, Mora Sepehrnia, Chrissy Karasavas, Michelle Nishide, Tadashi Kondo, Aly Bassanelli Hill, Noelle Hofmann, Lorena Andrade, Poul Erik Norgaard, Shima Razipour
THE KONDO GROUP
he Kondo Group is a full-service real estate team with Movoto Real Estate. Led by Tadashi Kondo, the team is comprised of 11 agents and administrative staff with more than 60 years of combined experience. WHAT ARE SOME STEPS YOU TAKE TO EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “We aim to be a valuable resource for our clients as our #1 priority. So our motivation is to help clients with their real estate needs, from giving advice to helping them buy or sell property. Our greatest pleasure is not only the process behind each fundamental detail but the relationship that lasts for years to come.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU HELP YOUR CLIENTS SAVE MONEY? “Every dollar counts. Besides having a list of great lenders with amazing rates, the majority of money-saving efforts are through tough
negotiations and keeping our clients’ needs as the top priority. For sellers, we price the home correctly and then make it clear to the buyer’s agent from the get-go what can be expected. For buyers, we try to get them the best price and prepare a strong offer by leveraging terms.” DESCRIBE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE REAL ESTATE PROJECTS. “This past year we had the pleasure of working with a family to sell their childhood home. It was a special listing for our team because they were longtime neighbors of one of our agents. We worked together and made the transition as easy as possible for our clients by facilitating an estate sale, cleaning the property out and finding vendors to get it ready for the market. We sold it for more than 10% above asking price, and the sellers didn’t have to worry about maintaining their home during the process. The joy of seeing our
clients happy with their new owners made it all worthwhile!” WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE JUST STARTING A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE? “A career in real estate takes a lot of hard work and discipline! You have to treat it like a 50-hour work week and stay motivated, as you are the CEO, CFO, COO every day. Finding a mentor is key for all new agents; a guiding hand can help you significantly the first few years. Remember that great service and exceptional experiences are more valuable than compensation.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM. “We pride ourselves on being a unique, dynamic team knowledgeable about architecture, the mortgage industry and commercial real estate. We are deeply involved in our community and the real estate industry.”
445 SILVER SPUR ROAD, ROLLING HILLS ESTATES | 310-740-5742 | THEKONDOGROUP.COM
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Realtor®, Jennifer Caras Real Estate | Vista Sotheby’s International Realty
ealtor® Jennifer Caras, a Los Angeles native, has worked in real estate since 2004. She attended Marymount High School and continued her education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 17 years and they live in Manhattan Beach with their son, CJ, twin daughters, Julianne and Grace, and dog Woody. In 2019 Jen was the #2 Top Producing Agent at Vista Sotheby’s. She was the largest producer of Beach Cities sales, totaling more than $40 million of real estate sold last year. WERE YOU INTERESTED IN HOMES WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG? “Yes, my parents tell me I was always extremely detail-oriented, even as a young child. I was so intrigued with the details of homes that I initially wanted to go to architecture school. I landed in glorious Santa Barbara and went for a psychology degree instead. It was a brilliant move in the end, as my degree truly plays a critical role in every aspect of my career.” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STEPS YOU TAKE TO EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “Since I have been in the business for 15 years as a top-producing agent, I thoroughly understand our South Bay market as well as the importance of exceptional client service. I am upfront and open with my clients, and they are grateful for that candor. I pride myself on being highly collaborative and have strong bonds with other real estate industry colleagues. I am a fierce client advocate, highly accessible and a proven performer during stressful situations. As a result, the majority of my clients are repeat and referral business.” DESCRIBE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE REAL ESTATE PROJECTS. “There are so many favorites, but if I had to pick one from this past year, it was a beautiful new construction walk street home on 10th Street. I was involved in the development of the home and was the listing agent and the selling agent. It was so unique to be dynamically involved in so many aspects—from the building, construction and design details to the selling. It was extremely rewarding to be so intricately involved and truly successful, as all sides were so pleased with the outcome.” WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY? “Getting my cherished Peet’s latte with my husband, Chris, after we drop our kids off at school. Our mornings are always adventurous with three children, but having that few minutes together to take a breath, recollect and start our day together is always revitalizing. I owe so much of my success in my career to my husband’s unwavering support and love.”
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L to R: Philo Chhabria, Neil Chhabria, Raju Chhabria, Anand Chhabria
CHHABRIA REAL ESTATE COMPANY
hhabria Real Estate Company specializes in luxury residential real estate sales on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and throughout the Beach Cities. CEO/ principal broker Raju Chhabria started the company in 2016. His real estate career spans more than 30 years with experience in sales, construction and development. Prior to founding CREC, Raju was an associate broker with Shorewood Realtors for 21 years. Raju was born in Bangalore, India, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and commerce from St. Joseph’s College and a bachelor’s degree in law/legal studies from RC College. In 1984 he moved to Los Angeles and pursued his real estate license. His team includes his wife, Philo, who has more than 25 years of sales experience, as well as their two sons, Neil and Anand. Neil has 10 years of sales experience and became a broker associate in 2019. Anand has eight years of sales experience and is currently pursuing his contractors license.
DESCRIBE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE REAL ESTATE PROJECTS. “Our upcoming listing at 17 Crest Road East in Rolling Hills is one of the finest properties we’ve had the privilege to work with. It’s a brand new, 8,900-square-foot Spanish Revival style home on more than seven acres with panoramic ocean views in one of the best locations in Rolling Hills. The style, quality and grounds are like none we’ve ever worked with before.” WHAT IS THE #1 WAY YOU HELP YOUR CLIENTS SAVE MONEY? “By being in tune with the market and guiding our clients most efficiently in terms of pricing, marketing strategy and time. Also being proactive and thinking several steps ahead to remove potential obstacles before they happen.” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STEPS YOU TAKE TO EARN YOUR CLIENTS’ TRUST? “Being brutally honest and going above and beyond what other agents will do.”
IS REAL ESTATE STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT? “Absolutely, as long as you can afford it, have a long-term view and are prepared to maintain the property.” WHAT MAKES YOU A SOUTH BAY EXPERT? “Our network, reach and years of experience in sales and construction/development in the South Bay community.” SHARE A BIT ABOUT YOUR JOB. WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT ENTAIL? “Constantly viewing and seeking properties; networking with people; and lots of following up with all the different parties involved in a transaction (lots of people).” WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN IN THE SOUTH BAY MARKET OVER THE YEARS? “The increased prices.”
717 YARMOUTH ROAD, PALOS VERDES ESTATES | 310-902-7227 | CHHABRIARE.COM
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ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE SOUTH BAY Local real estate couple values friendships and community—and shares both with their clients. PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING & LAUREN PRESSEY
nce upon a time in the South
the reason why they are frequently named
Bay, Caskey met Caskey. They
Top Producers by Strand Hill | Christie’s
married, worked together,
International Real Estate.
started a company, built a fam-
ily and grew deep roots into the sandy South
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Bay soil. But let’s not get too ahead of our-
To Jen and Dave, being local isn’t something
selves. Rather, let’s go back to the beginning.
that makes them more qualified or even bet-
Because this South Bay story actually began
ter than other agents. Local is simply who they
with Jen as a young girl growing up just blocks
are, how they act and what drives them to
from where she works today.
do what they do. Local comes from a lifetime
As a child, Jen attended Robinson Elemen-
“OUR CLIENTS BECOME OUR FRIENDS, AND OUR FRIENDS BECOME OUR CLIENTS.”
of living here and raising three boys here. It’s
tary and Mira Costa High School. She also
never leaving … never wanting to leave. It’s
Beach or Palos Verdes is so much more than
attended a real-life version of real estate
welcoming newcomers to the beachcomber
just finding a “finer” home. Moving here
school taught by her mother, who sold homes
way of life with open arms, a smile and a
means falling in love with a truly one-of-a-
throughout Jen’s childhood. To say real estate
recommendation of where to grab a good
kind piece of coastline.
was in her blood would be an understate-
drink with friends. (Fishing With Dynamite in
ment. Mom encouraged daughter to get into
Manhattan Beach, by the way).
the business. Daughter took Mom’s advice
Their commitment to the community goes
To put it in perspective, try taking a walk around town with Jen or Dave. You won’t be alone for long. The South Bay just won’t let it
well beyond love, respect and an intimate
happen. It’s just that kind of place: friendly,
knowledge of every single business in town.
caring ... home. “Our clients become our
freeway away from the South Bay. Originally
In fact, Jen and Dave support more than
friends, and our friends become our clients,”
from Orange County, it was only natural
40 nonprofit organizations and events in
that Dave would fall deeply in love with the
the South Bay each year. They even have
South Bay lifestyle: the sun, the sea and, most
a baseball team … go Caskey & Caskey
Caskey & Caskey has chops. You probably
importantly, the vibe created by a mixture of
Sharks! To the Caskeys, giving back to the
won’t hear it from them, but they are the #1
salty air and salt-of-the-earth people.
community that’s given them their lives
team for sales volume—$244 million as of
simply makes sense.
2019. But what you will hear from them are
and got her first job in 1991. Jen met Dave at USC—a hop, skip and a 110
While pursuing his MBA at USC, Dave’s
In terms of selling and marketing homes,
things like: “We’re going to take care of every-
general contracting business naturally translated into a successful real estate career.
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thing.” “We’ve got your back. “We have some
And for more than 30 years, that’s been
As founders of Caskey & Caskey, Jen and
unique homes to share with you.” “Our team
his focus. Dave and Jen founded Caskey
Dave let the community speak for itself and
is here for you.” And once you’re all settled,
& Caskey in 1991 and have since built a
always make sure it has a voice. Moving to
“You’ve got to check out El Sombrero and
team of agents and support staff that are
Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo
Love & Salt. So good!”
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Dave, Jen and their three sons
business. It’s who they are, and they wouldn’t
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tion. It’s a life transaction. It takes patience,
do it any other way. But it’s also the South Bay
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trust and the ability to rely on your real estate
way. Give them a call, and you’ll see exactly
DAVE CASKEY & JENNIFER CASKEY
agents for more than just the best listings.
what we mean.
1117 5TH STREET, SUITE A
Buying a home isn’t a business transac-
Jen and Dave have made a lot of friends in
the area because their friendships drive their
310-374-1800 | CASKEYANDCASKEY.COM
1706 MANHATTAN AVENUE
1705 BAYVIEW DRIVE â€¢ HERMOSA BEACH
NEW LUXURY OCEAN VIEW TOWNHOMES Offered at $3,500,000 & $3,700,000
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MAKE TERRANEA YOUR OWN What’s better than being a guest at Terranea? Owning a piece of this luxurious paradise. PHOTOGRAPHED BY PAUL JONASEN & MIKE ROBINSON
et on a secluded promontory
gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances,
overlooking stunning vistas of the
custom cabinetry and quartz counters. The
here, owners and staff foster a strong sense
Pacific and nearby Catalina Island,
living/dining room boasts a beamed ceiling,
of community shrouded in ocean club com-
Terranea Resort offers endless
While privacy is valued and abundant
fireplace and French doors. There is plenty of
forts and ease. The Terranea lifestyle encour-
opportunities to enjoy the California lifestyle
room for friends and family: three bedrooms
ages a full life rich in celebration—one where
year-round. An all-encompassing sense of
and bathroom suites—each with access to
unforgettable moments and milestone
peace radiates throughout Terranea’s collec-
outdoor living areas—plus a powder room,
events are shared year after year alongside
tion of masterly crafted seaside homes, where
laundry room, two-car garage and owner’s
family and friends.
open interiors bathed in warm natural light
flow seamlessly to outdoor spaces enveloped by gentle ocean breezes.
Owning at Terranea is uncomplicated and
The opportunity to own a Villa at Terranea means less time traveling and more moments
deeply fulfilling. Upon arrival, all worries
spent on what matters most. Each villa pro-
melt away as your needs are met by highly
vides a luxurious refuge for the entire family.
few have the luxury of calling Terranea their
personalized concierge services. Enjoy the
It is a jumping-off point for endless adven-
second home. As an owner, you’ll want
far-reaching ocean views, dine on gourmet
tures and a place to create memories over
to escape to Terranea for years to come.
dishes prepared by world-class chefs and
over a lifetime. This is an opportunity that
Stunning seaside cliffs, whales breaching just
indulge in the award-winning spa. With
combines the truest luxuries of being with
off the coast, coves with surfers and pad-
your home expertly maintained year-round,
family, spending time outdoors and enjoying
dlers, horseback riding, and miles of hiking
all you have to do is simply show up and
one-of-a-kind wellness opportunities with an
and biking trails are all complemented by
enjoy. This is luxurious California living at its
unrivaled California setting. When you can’t
well-appointed comforts and amenities.
be on property to enjoy this seaside escape
While many guests simply visit Terranea,
Experience the soul-stirring rejuvenation that comes with time spent at Terranea, and you’ll easily understand why so many are eager to claim it as their own. Situated on 102 acres, 14 of which are a California coastal preserve, Terranea’s collection of second homes makes ownership a true honor—one that is quickly narrowing with the sales of the available Oceanfront Villas. Terranea Villa #11-301 is a fully furnished second home with a private, gated courtyard and an outdoor living room warmed by a gas fireplace plus adjacent private Jacuzzi-type spa. Perfect for entertaining, this seaside sanctuary features a stocked |
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yourself, you can invite guests or clients to use it in your absence. Terranea was developed with the highest environmental standards in cooperation with the California Coastal Commission—an organization committed to protecting everyone’s access to the coast. That is why, although the Villas are offered as whole ownership (not timeshare or fractional), there are threemonth usage guidelines for Villas owners. Under this unique condition, owners may come and go as they please up to 90 days per year, and rental of the vacation homes when owners are not in residence is required. As an owner, you can take advantage of the professional rental program and let Terranea handle the details or rent out the Villa yourself during the times you are away from your home on the Peninsula. Perched on the bluffs in Palos Verdes, Terranea Resort’s amenities keep guests coming back: four swimming pools, spa and fitness center with workout classes, eight restaurants, a nine-hole golf course, family events and a host of outdoor activities. Luxuries are not limited to the adults; kids’ activities include fireside s’mores, drive-in movies (seasonal at the resort pool) and daily nature walks exploring the native ﬂora, fauna and animals that live around this protected coastal reserve. To learn more about the current inventory of fully furnished Terranea vacation homes, please contact Marika Kalogerakis at 310-265-2888.
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms | 4,136 sq. ft. Home, 19,048 sq. ft. Lot (TAX) | $2,350,000
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Coveted street in Palos Verdes Estates with coastline views One of the earliest built on the Peninsula, this Spanish style home with original, intact details speaks of another time. Timeless stonework, wood ceilings and thick, plaster walls give a substantial feeling of quality craftsmanship. With their pick of locations, early builders had a choice in where to build, and this prime location reflects that freedom. Unsurpassed coastline views are abundant from the interior of this well-laid out home and are equally as dramatic from the patios and terraces. Only two families have owned this special piece of history. In March, we will make it available to you.
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29 Strawberry Lane, Rolling Hills Estates $5,950,000 | 5 BD + 10 BA | 8,004 SF
Welcome to the “Enchanted World” of 29 Strawberry Lane; a rare opportunity to own a one of a kind estate. The home was built high end with no expense spared. It boasts 8,004 SF, featuring 5 en-suite BDs, 10 BAs, spa w/steam + sauna, basement with polished concrete floors, a bar, state of the art private theatre w/ 2.35 projection screen & Dolby atmos, home automation system, 724 SF covered outdoor living room, along w/a 500 SF guest house w/full kitchen, all within an approx. 1.1 acre lot.
Beachfront New Construction
212 The Strand, Hermosa Beach
NEW construction in prime beachfront location. Another fabulous build by developer Demetrius Doukoullos of Acropolis/Delphi Properties, architecture by Tomaro Design Group. Stunning new contemporary tri-level home on the Hermosa Beach Strand. Gorgeous property with high-end, designer finishes with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and approx. 4,403 SF of luxury living space. Entry level features open floor plan with gourmet kitchen, dining room and great room with fireplace (marble tile hearth).
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Getting Creative RESIN’S RAFAEL MCMASTER BELIEVES ART PROVIDES KIDS WITH TOOLS EVEN GREATER THAN THE PAINTBRUSH. Illustrated by Yasmine Kahsai
“Its a good thing that you are teaching my kids how to
of bright, imaginative and wildly creative teenagers, all
do art,” the mom said while dropping off her two boys at
dressed in art-splattered lab coats. These are our teach-
Resin, adding, “because I’m not creative.” It’s that last
ers and volunteers, like Fiona Dowdee, a Mira Costa High
part—the limiting belief of “I am not creative” buried in
School graduate about to embark on an international artist
her subconscious—that makes me realize the importance
study in Florence in May. “Giving these kids the gift of
of giving our local youth creative confidence while they are
art—it’s so fulfilling, and this studio environment is just
young. And so I started Resin, a creative workshop in Her-
magical,” she says. “We’ve seen so many kids learn so
mosa Beach, where local youth ages 5 to 20 learn everything
much and just come to life. They connect to their creative
from spray painting to photography to hydro dipping. Don’t
selves. And they have fun doing it.”
know what hydro dipping is? Just ask your kids … But it’s actually not about teaching art. It’s about developing the creative self and getting connected—to yourself,
with something hard,” shares the youth program’s Aydyn
your crew and the plane of subtle energy that resides just
Morgan. “They just want to escape those feelings. Shut off.
beneath the surface of everyday life. And over the last
Numb out. Run away. Through art, they’ve been able to
three years, our Resin workshop—a gallery, creative lab,
process the pain, express it and connect to that bright light
classroom and studio space—has been a safe space for
inside. They become inspired.”
young minds to blossom. Ava Fielder (then a fourth grader)
By developing our kids’ creative selves, we are investing
wrote for a school project, “I am a rock star at art.” Boom!
in a tool kit for our youth, whose strands of culture are be-
ing woven into a tapestry of sand, sea, pigments and pixels
Come any weekday and you’ll find a gregarious crew
“I’ve seen amazing transformations firsthand where a student comes in and they’re really suffering, really dealing
in this beautiful place we call home. ■
We are excited to announce that throughout the month of March, Terranea will participate as a partner in the fifth annual Make March Matter campaign! This important annual campaign rallies the community in support of our local Childrenâ€™s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and brings focus to the healthcare needs of children. The goal is to raise $1 million in the month of March to support programs and services at CHLA that build healthier futures for children. As part of the campaign, guests and locals can help give back by participating in resort Make March Matter activities.
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