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south bay find your place. February 4, 2011

The Kawahara Residence Classic Case Study Modernism in Rolling Hills Estates by Architect Craig Ellwood Offered by Crosby Doe & Gordon Newsom, Crosby Doe Associates, Inc.

Check the details on p23

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

Robert Freedman 310-291-7779

Impeccably Remodeled Townhome 617 Crest Manhattan Beach

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

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

Specially Priced at $2,095,122 See all the listings at

Wine cellar! Artist’s studio!

Theatre/media room! Library!

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

Hill Section Family Home 952 11th Street Manhattan Beach Gorgeous Spanish Revival style home by Sexton Homes customized by current owner during construction, sits on a 50' x 150' lot and offers a stunning one-of-a-kind floor plan with dramatic interior space. • Nearly 5,100 sq.ft. of living space, with a soaring 2-story living room • 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 3-car attached garage • Additional upstairs family room (could be 6th bedroom) • Magnificent master suite with south-facing lounging deck, and opulent master bath with steam shower • Built in 2004 but looks brand new – REALLY!

Offered at $2,488,000 See all the listings at

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

Offered at $5,495,000

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06 Publisher’s Muse

Palos Verdes Original Developer Bought the Palos Verdes Peninsula Sight Unseen:

Are you Experienced?

23 On The Cover The Kawahara Residence — Classic Case Study Modernism in Rolling Hills Estates by Architect Craig Ellwood. Offered by Crosby Doe & Gordon Newsom, Crosby Doe Associates, Inc. Photo by Paul Jonason

24 Chez Mélange A mouth-watering blend of business smarts and culinary art

32 Home of the Week Coming Soon...Spectacular Queen’s Necklace View Home – Renovated from Top to Bottom in Palos Verdes Estates…offered by Steve & Ceci Watts, RE/MAX Watts & Associates


By Maureen Megowan / RE/Max Palos Verdes Execs Early in 1913, George Bixby decided to sell approx. 16,000 acres of the Rancho de los Palos Verdes (retaining about 1,000 acres which later became Harbor City), which his father, Jotham Bixby, had acquired in1882 by a legal partition of the original land grant area of Rancho de los Palos Verdes He sold the land to Walter Fundenburg, who agreed to pay $1.8 million. Unable to raise the necessary funds, he assigned the property to the real estate firm Schader and Adams. They too were unable to raise the necessary capital, and Bixby foreclosed on the mortgage. After much litigation, Bixby agreed to allow Schader and Adams 90 days to complete the purchase. Mr. Schader then left for New York to raise the money, with about 20 days left to raise the funds, and while there was able to get Mr. Frank A. Vanderlip, then President of the City National Bank of New York, interested in the property. Although Mr. Vanderlip had never seen the property, after only a 10 minute meeting with Mr. Schaeder, he was intrigued and recognized its potential for development.

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By November 1913, Mr. Vanderlip organized a consortium of New York investors and completed the purchase of the property. Historical accounts of the final purchase price range from $1.5 million, to just over $2 million.  Initially, these investors intended to divide the land into large estates. The founding father of the Peninsula, Frank Vanderlip, was one of these investors. Vanderlip was a self-made man, an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President McKinley, and president of the National City Bank of New York. From the beginning, Vanderlip had great plans for the development of the property. As early as 1914, Vanderlip hired architects, including the landscape architectural firm of Mr. Frank A. Vanderlip Olmsted Brothers, to draw up a master plan for the development. Original plans included the construction of a magnificent golf club on the bluffs overlooking Portuguese Bend, to be known as “Los Palos Verdes Country Club”. Vanderlip planned to develop the area above Point Vicente lighthouse as an Italian hillside village, to be occupied by craftsmen who would live, work, and sell their wares. Vanderlip writes glowingly in his biography about a visit in 1916 to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the property he bought unseen three years earlier. He describes his vision for the development, likening the geographical location to Italy where he took vacations: “I found myself reminded vividly of the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Drive: Yet the most exciting part of my vision was that this gorgeous scene was not a piece of Italy at all but was here in America, an unspoiled sheet of paper to be written on with loving care.”

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1537 Via Zurita Palos Verdes Estates • Monte Malaga beauty • Ocean view • Spectacular architecture • Palos Verdes Art Center Design Tour Home • 6 bedrooms and 5.5 baths • 5,451 square foot home • Beautifully updated, meticulously maintained • Travertine floors, custom drapes, gourmet kitchen, atrium entry, spiral staircase and coffered ceilings • Pool, jacuzzi, sauna and BBQ • Ocean view terrace • Master bedroom suite with ocean view balcony and sitting area/office

Offered at $3,295,000

Maureen Megowan 310.541.6416

Take a seat. I’ll do the rest.

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Poolside in Manhattan Beach

are you experienced? Jimi Hendrix, one of my favorite guitarists, and arguably the best of all time, asked the question in his song “Are you Experienced” in 1967 from the album of the same name. In the song, Hendrix invites the listener to go beyond “your measly little world” and go on a journey of self-discovery.

“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” —Aldous Huxley

Our feature story on Chez Mélange owner’s Chef Robert Bell and Michael Franks is a shining example of what self-discovery and experience can teach us. They opened their first restaurant in the South Bay in 1976 and have been able to create an incredible regional restaurant brand in Chez Mélange — one that continues to attract foodies far and wide. This issue’s cover home is a classic case study in Modernism by Architect Craig Ellwood — check the details on page 23 and look for the Broker’s Open House in the coming week. Here’s a re-cap of closed sales in January for Single Family Residences in the beach cities of the South Bay*: Manhattan Beach - 90266: Total Sales - 18, Avg. Selling Price - $1,982,333, Avg. Days on Market – 80

1450 5th Street, Manhattan Beach

Hermosa Beach - 90254: Simply the best Manhattan Beach location a buyer can find for a 5 Bedroom + Office,

Total Sales - 9, Avg. Selling Price - $1,142,444, Avg. Days on Market – 100

5.5 Bathroom, 4417 square foot custom built home with a South facing (optimum

Redondo Beach – 90278:

sun exposure) backyard on a large 7500 square foot lot complete with professionally landscaped pool and Jacuzzi. This Mediterranean Oasis built I 2002 offers 2 garages,

Total Sales - 11, Avg. Selling Price - $659,036, Avg. Days on Market – 84

1- 2-car garage and 1-1 car garage with separate driveways! Features include: Large

Redondo Beach – 90277:

travertine tile formal entry with 25 foot ceiling leading into formal living room with

Total Sales – 5, Avg. Selling Price - $1,021,480, Avg. Days on Market – 78

fireplace. Large formal dining room with coved ceilings and recessed lighting. Gour-

Hollywood Riviera – 90277/90505:

met center island kitchen that is perfect for entertaining and offers separate dining

Total Sales – 4, Avg. Selling Price - $913,125, Avg. Days on Market – 168

area. Complete with Granite counters, large walk-in pantry, all stainless steel appliances and oversized built in stainless steel refrigerator. Kitchen opens to comfort-

Rancho Palos Verdes – 90275:

able family room and has lovely views of the pool area. Large master suite complete

Total Sales – 20, Avg. Selling Price - $879,700, Avg. Days on Market – 88

with separate reading area, large bathroom with dual sink vanity, separate steam

Palos Verdes Estates – 90274:

shower and Jacuzzi tub. Each Bedroom (4) upstairs each have full bathrooms, and

Total Sales – 13, Avg. Selling Price - $1,735,702, Avg. Days on Market – 103

walk in closets as does downstairs room. Do not miss game room or optional study/ reading room leading to lovely French door patio. All doors throughout are 8ft solid core. Complete with 6-inch baseboards and crown molding throughout, plus central

Rolling Hills – 90274: Total Sales – 1, Avg. Selling Price - $3,050,000, Avg. Days on Market – 318

vacuum, CAT 5 wiring. All this in the Award winning Manhattan Beach School District,

Rolling Hills Estates – 90274:

just a 10 minute drive from the sand of one of the best beaches in America!

Total Sales – 2, Avg. Selling Price - $931,750, Avg. Days on Market – 152

Offered at $2,099,000

*Closed sale data taken from MRMLS data for closed sale (SFR) homes during the period January 1 – January 31, 2011. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

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Warren J Dow

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

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


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


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


Best Location on the Hermosa Strand – Close to downtown yet far from the crowds!

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ED’S COASTAL REPORT Trending this week in Manhattan Beach, 90266… Median List Price


Median House Size (sq ft)


Asking Price per Square Foot


Median Lot Size (sq ft) Less than


Average Days on Market


Median Number of Bedrooms


Percent of Properties with Price Decrease


Median Number of Bathrooms


Percent Relisted (reset DOM)


Market Action Index

19.6 (Strong Buyer’s)

Total Homes for Sale


*The Market Action Index answers the question “How’s the Market?” by measuring the current rate of sale versus the amount of the inventory. Index above 30 implies Seller’s Market conditions. Below 30, conditions favor the Buyer.

2010 RESULTS are IN! How fast did your home sell in 2010? Average Days on Market…

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

Beach Cities listings sold took an

Beach Cities average Sold price versus List

average of 79 days on market.

price was 7% below original list price.

Ed’s Beach Cities listings sold in

Ed’s Beach Cities listings Sold price versus

an average of only 27 days.

List price was 2% below original list price.

Ed’s listings sold 65% faster in 2010… now that’s performance!

Ed’s Beach Cities listings received 5% more on average – that’s $50,000 additional value per $1,000,000 sold!


MarketMetrics—Information not guaranteed. 2009–2010 Terradatum and its suppliers For a Listing Performance Advantage in 2011…ListClarus with Ed. and licensors ( Call Ed Kaminsky direct at 310-427-2414 for an appointment.


MANHATTAN BEACH SAND SECTION Inventory is down 35% from its 12 month peak and was sitting with 7 months of inventory as of 12/30/2010. As of 1/27/2011, inventory sits at 47 units.

MANHATTAN BEACH TREE SECTION Inventory was down 46% from the 12 month peak at the end of the year, however, as of January 27, 2011, the inventory has risen to 23 properties which equals about a 2-3 month supply.

MANHATTAN BEACH HILL SECTION The Hill section has been the most dramatic change in inventory, which is down 53% from the 12 month peak. Currently, there is less than a 3 month supply of homes compared to February of 2010 which had an incredible 20 month supply.

EAST MANHATTAN BEACH SECTION East Manhattan has also seen a significant drop in inventory, which is currently set at 29 units as of 1/27/2011. In December it was down 47% from its 12 month peak. In February of last year, there was a 23 month supply of homes, compared to today’s 3 month supply.






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MORPHOSIS ARCHITECTURE 75 Steps to the Strand Sand — Hermosa Beach The Lawrence/Harris Residence, 1983 — 2004. Three story Internationally recognized steel and glass residence directly across from the Strand. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, den/library & wine cellar. Panoramic ocean views.

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FOSTER RHODES JACKSON, ARCHITECT Parker Residence, 1964 — Rancho Palos Verdes Modernist beach house overlooking abalone cove & across to Catalina Island. 3BRs, 2BAs, oversized media room & detached 2-car garage. See additional information and images at:

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CRAIG ELLWOOD, ARCHITECT The Kawahara Residence — Rolling Hills Estates First time on the market. Classic modernist residence born of the Case Study program, rendered in steel and glass. Four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, pool, spa, pool cabana, and detached 2 car garage.

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RAY KAPPE, F.A.I.A. The Scheimer Residence — Manhattan Beach Wrap around panoramic beach views from arguably one of the best sites on the Strand. Powerful architectural statement. High curving steel and glass windows with the swimming pool on top deck.

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chez mélange A mouth-watering blend of business smarts and culinary art by Pamela Corante-Hansen Fans of food television, we’re about to burst your bubble: A celebrity chef doth not an excellent restaurant make. Take it from Michael Franks, owner of Redondo Beach foodie haven Chez Mélange, and Robert Bell, chef and owner at the renowned institution. South Bay Digs spent a lively afternoon with the refreshingly candid and deliciously innovative pioneers of local haute cuisine. Our takeaway: Never lie to a chef, and always choose the tarte tatin. South Bay Digs: What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had? Michael Franks: The last meal I was disappointed with was oversalted. It was inedible. Did you let them know? MF: I told them everything was good. [Laughter] I will share my opinions with fellow restauranteurs if I think it will help. Otherwise I’ll go about my business. Robert Bell: I can’t think of a worst meal I’ve had. Unfortunately there’s so much hype on restaurants and chefs these days. Some chefs’ careers are based purely on hype. MF: There’s a philosophy in our business that great chefs don’t make great restaurants. Just because that person is extraordinary individually, it doesn’t mean they’ll have a great restaurant. LA food connoisseurs have always thumbed their noses at the South Bay. RB: It’s still the case. Every neighborhood serves food based on what the immediate population wants. If you’re in a tourist area, you have

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to adjust. Being so close to Europe, New York has to compete with [European restaurants] because that’s what the New York consumer has come to expect. MF: Because of the vast spread of Los Angeles, I think people don’t experiment too far afield unless you’re a foodie and food is allimportant to you. RB: You have a diverse local market here. If you take some of the small-plate restaurants in Torrance and Gardena, some of the Japanese restaurants, you’re looking at some of the best caliber restaurants in the city. If you get into other genres of dining, South Bay can’t compete. You can read a city by how many fast food chains they have. The more chains, the fewer foodies and people who are willing to experiment. People are comfortable going to same chain and ordering the same thing, over and over. That’s pretty much suburbia. You opened your first South Bay restaurant in 1976, and Chez Mélange followed in 1982. What made Chez survive the many economic ups and downs? MF: Longevity, for one. The longer you’ve been around, the more people know you. The dearth of restaurants didn’t hurt. When we opened Café Courtney in 1976, we called it an introduction to French cooking. The price points were value-oriented. In ’76, what was popular were coffee shops and pseudo-café cuisine restaurants, but nothing in between. There was a niche for melding the two. RB: We were giving people organic, modern California cuisine. We mixed it with simple French: escargot, quiche. Nothing weird, just familiar ingredients presented in a new way. We mixed that with

a comfortable, casual atmosphere, and lesser-known wines by the glass. We kept doing things no one had ever heard of. MF: Our customers said, ‘Give us more, give us something new.’ Those were the days of frozen vegetables. We used fresh foods. Because Robert was a self-trained chef, there were no boundaries. RB: This reminds me of a lecture I gave at a college on creativity. I believe that the enemy of creativity is school. ‘Don’t do it that way, it’s wrong!’ But I figure, ‘Wait a second, maybe I can fit a square peg in a round hole if the hole is big enough.’ When we started, I had no parameters. I did everything on my own. MF: Our only recreation was going out to eat, and we saw what everyone else was doing. California cuisine was just starting. Chez Mélange, Spago and Michael’s really started California cuisine. What lured you into the food and restaurant world? RB: My grandmother was the inspiration behind my excitement about food and dining. Sunday meals and gathering around the table were so much fun. I was 10 years old and all we’d talk about was how we like our dinners, do we use long pasta or short pasta. Food was an important thing, it wasn’t just something you ate so you wouldn’t be hungry. MF: My dad was in the restaurant business. My whole life was spent in restaurants. In my early teens in London, when I started to go out with girls, we didn’t go to movies, but to restaurants — usually my dad’s so I could sign the check! I spent four years in hotel school. My goal was always to come to the States. I visited a friend who was living in Redondo Beach, and I thought, I want to live here, so I helped him open a restaurant. Food, from that point on, became my hobby, my passion. I can easily separate the hobby side and the business side. Ultimately, you are running a business, even though customers hate to think about that. RB: This is the only retail business where people expect something for free. Can I have an extra side, can I get some bread, can I have some more dressing, and they wonder why things are so expensive. MF: Once a customer becomes a regular, it’s quite easy for them to ask for extras or for special orders. It can be the beginning of the end of the restaurant. Sometimes the skill level in a restaurant can’t produce what they want, other times a certain product isn’t available. RB: I don’t have to deal with that because I’m in back. All Michael wants to do is make the customer happy. MF: It’s a yin and yang thing. In this era of citizen journalism, what’s your take on social media sites that encourage users to post restaurant reviews? RB: The online restaurant reviews and blogs put newspaper food sections out of business. However, if the writer is what we call an amateur diner who only goes out to eat on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, you have to put those aside.

MF: The days of ‘the customer is always right’ are over. The customer is not always right, but it’s about how a manager deals with the situation. Some of my peers would rather sit in their offices and ignore the customer. My take is you don’t want a customer leaving unhappy. RB: As a chef, it’s easy to defend your food. I find it’s not worth it. Number one, I know what I’m doing in the kitchen. Number two, [being defensive] is not going to bring the customer back. All I can say is, ‘What can I bring you right now that’s going to make you happy?’ I understand you’re involved in charitable causes. How did that come about? MF: We learned early on that the community is what makes your business successful. If you’re giving to the community, hopefully the community is giving back to you. We try and put our resources toward areas that we think are most deserving. What insider tips do you have for South Bay foodies? RB: When a restaurant is fairly new, order only menu items and not specials, until you learn what the chef is doing. A lot of thought goes into menu items. The thought that goes into a special is maybe 15 minutes, while the thought on a menu item could be 15 years. MF: Be honest with the restaurant. Tell them how you’re thinking. Restaurants make mistakes; it’s a people business. Tell the restaurant about your experience one-on-one. They will be so grateful to hear it from you rather than read about it later on. RB: Honesty is important. Ask for the manager. Ask for the owner. Give them the opportunity to resolve the situation. You’ll be surprised how that will take the experience to a whole new level. Chef Robert Bell and Michael Franks - owners of Chez Melange

Great advice. Now for the tough questions: Beaujolais or Brunello di Montalcino? RB: Beaujolais is the best value. Barolo is the best wine on the planet. MF: Brunello. Crème brulée or tarte tatin? RB & MF: Tarte tatin. RB: Are you kidding? Crème brulée has no texture!

Chef Robert Bell’s new Italian Restaurant, Mama Terano, in Rolling Hills Estates 310-377-5757

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Take your pick in Manhattan Beach Sand Section! 473 29th Street • $2,499,000 Best Deal in the Sand!

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THE ULTIMATE IN BEACH LIVING Premier 100 Block Walkstreet Location! 132 20th Street, Manhattan Beach Live the ultimate Manhattan Beach lifestyle in this wonderful 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home that boasts 4003 Sqft. of open living space with amazing ocean and whitewater views. Features include open third floor living space with large gourmet kitchen, family room plus breakfast area – all overlooking the expansive back deck with amazing indoor / outdoor living space and dramatic ocean views. Top level also includes a formal dining room and sizable living room with fireplace, which has French doors leading out to the front deck with even more sand / white water views.

424 Marine Avenue • $1,599,000 Turnkey • Better than New

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Great family floor plan with 4 bedrooms in the middle level including a fabulous master suite with ocean view deck and beautiful light / bright bath with Jacuzzi tub. Enjoy the wide-open office space area and separate laundry room on 2nd level. Ground floor includes a large front playroom off the walkstreet, guest bedroom with bath, two interior storage rooms and unbelievable on-site parking featuring 2-car garage with brand new epoxy flooring plus 4-5 carport spots for all your friends and family! Enjoy the best lifestyle that Manhattan Beach has to offer – steps to beach and downtown.

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304 Manhattan Ave. Hermosa Beach, California This single family home has kept its beachside charm while inheriting a modern star like quality. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,496 sq/feet home is just waiting to be plucked by someone who can appreciate living the California dream. Just 3 blocks to the Strand and an easy bike ride to the famous Hermosa Pier. Everything to offer from surfing, nightlife, shopping, and some of the best dining in LA. If you rather stay in, set up dinner and enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets right from your patio. In addition, this home has one of largest resort like rooftop decks around, set up with electricity, water, and gas. Not to forget the spectacular ocean views from the break wall to Malibu. A great home and even better investment located in one of most popular beach cities in LA.

$1,279,000 Open House Sat/Sun 1-4pm

Panoramic Views · White Carrara Marble countertops · Remodeled kitchen · Recessed lighting Maple (real) hardwood floors · Large Bonus Room · 3 blocks to the Strand · Resort like roof top deck

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16 Bowie Road, Rolling Hills, 90274 4 Beds | 4 Baths | 4294 Sq.Ft. | Panoramic Views Located in the enchanting City of Rolling Hills, a private gated community located atop the scenic hills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this Ranch-Style Estate is set among an immaculate lush landscape and ranch style/equestrian environment. With an enduring respect for native wildlife and the natural surroundings, this one-of-a-kind home offers breathtaking panoramic views, from the majestic queen’s-necklace view of the Santa Monica Bay, to twinkling city lights below all the way to world famous downtown skyline, and across to the regal views of San Pedro’s impressive Port of Los Angeles. Pristine stables and private park-like settings are centuries away from the city below as you enter the grounds up a long private driveway, with lush, expansive, colorful, and meticulously maintained landscape that is well over an acre. Designed by a renowned local architect, the ambience of the exterior blend perfectly with the intimate interior spaces throughout this home and offer a feeling of openness and illumination of natural light. Five main bridle trails provide convenient access for ones equestrian enjoyment. The quiet, serene atmosphere is experienced while strolling through the grounds of this magnificent ranch-style estate. An extra-large three-car garage and parking platform provide extra parking for guests.

Jeannie Penner-More Realtor / Loan Consultant 310.259.6570 • DRE: 01076415

Offered at $4,600,000

IN ESCROW 1608 Via Fernandez, Palos Verdes Estates 16,000 sq.ft. | 70,000 sq.ft. Gated lot | 9 Bedrooms | 12 Bathrooms | Fully Furnished | Pool / Jacuzzi, tennis court, gardens, & lily pond | 6-car garage + 10 additional parking spaces | Designed by famous architect Tony Ashai | Gym, wine cellar, library, walnut built-in bookcases, gourmet kitchen

1103 Via Curva, Palos Verdes Estates

6508 Via Baron, Rancho Palos Verdes

4,700 sq.ft. | 6 bedrooms | 5.5 baths | Romantic Artist’s Retreat

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1609 Via Barcelona, Palos Verdes Estates Views from Catalina to Malibu | 4,700 sq.ft | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Baths | Maximum PrivacyGourmet Kitchen | Pool & Spa


1504 Via Asturias, Palos Verdes Estates 4,200 sqft. | Beautifully Landscaped 15,000 sq.ft Lot | 3 Bedroom Suites + extra bedroom downstairs | Great for Entertaining Priced to Sell!


609 Via Horquilla, Palos Verdes Estates Palos Verdes Estates - A Golfer’s Paradise! Situated on an exclusive cul-de-sac, this 5600 sq. ft. home boasts sweeping golf course,coastline, city lights and mountain views. The custom floor plan includes 2 family rooms, one on each level, an office off the entry & a craft room (or maid’s room). The home is designed around 2 brick courtyards that invite the gardens inside. 4 bedrooms, 6 baths, including the sumptuous master suite with spacious walk-in closet & spectacular views. Extra touches include: 5 fireplaces, 2 wet bars, skylights, recessed lighting throughout, 7 zones of heating with 2 furnaces, hardwood floors, & 3-car garage with a circular driveway

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7 Sea Cove Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes

24 8th Street, Hermosa Beach

3410 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach

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

Fantastic new contemporary home in the heart of downtown Hermosa just two doors from the strand and sand, Gourmet kitchen with walk-pantry comes complete with commercial Viking appliances, granite counter tops, custom cabinets and hard wood floors. This home is equipped with elevator, beautiful decks including one on the roof which is engineered and ready for a spa and BBQ to enjoy the city and whitewater views. Spacious open floor plan, living room with fireplace, master has a walk-in closet, large his/her bath, jacuzzi tub. House is wired for stereo, alarm as well as high speed internet (CAT5). Hermosa Beach living at it’s best!

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




Artfully Representing “Navigating the Real Estate market can be challenging during these uncertain times. As a partner with Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty I can offer you unsurpassed exposure and experience in the marketing of your home or when representing you in the purchase of a home. Please call me on my cell phone at (310) 990-4727.” —Gerard Bisignano

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

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1600 The Strand, Manhattan Beach

301 25th Street, Manhattan Beach

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

Walk Street - Classic Beach Duplex. Live and play only three blocks from the beach. Stunning water and beach views with perfect sunsets. Living room has wood burning fireplace. Walk out on to your front deck for lounging or grilling. See and hear the waves. Recently renovated — move right in and enjoy the summer. In the beautiful Sand Section of Manhattan Beach on a oversized 2/3 lot. One 3 bed/2 bath unit and one studio with full bath and kitchen. Both units are super easy to rent. Sit on the deck and sip your morning coffee and enjoy the ocean views. Great investment or build opportunity.

3608 Crest Drive, Manhattan Beach

12 Country Meadow Road, Rolling Hills Estates

*Sand Section, Corner Lot *3 bedroom, 4 bath Home *Ocean views from 2nd Floor & Private Balcony *Direct access to the 2-Car Garage.

*4 bedroom, 3 bath Home behind the gates at The Ranch. *Large master suite with fireplace, 2 walk-in closets, double sinks *Pool & Spa *24 hour guard on duty

$5095 per month

$5500 per month







3104 Ocean Drive, Manhattan Beach

30004 Matisse Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes

*Charming 2 bed 2 bath owners unit *Great ocean views-Best and most private stretch of beach. *Hardwood floors *2 car garage

*4 bedroom, 3 bath Home *Large yard & pool *Gourmet kitchen with new granite counters & views! *Master bedroom with walk-in closet & pool access. *Two fireplaces, wet bar & 2-car garage.

$12,499,000 $4500 per month

$4300 per month

Estates of Epic Architectural Significance

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

Stunning Tree Section Home



- Tree Section Location!! - 3 bedrooms and 2 baths - Large Landscaped backyard!! - 1,872 sq. ft. - Manhattan Beach Schools

Offered at: $1,249,000 Located in the highly desirable Tree Section of Manhattan Beach, this 3 bedroom and 2 bath home is model-perfect! The 1,800+ sq. ft. two-story

floor-plan features a meticulous kitchen, formal living room with fireplace, and spacious family room. The Master bedroom features a private balcony. The playable and private rear yard is newly landscaped. Amenities include hardwood floors, newer carpet, designer paint, and plantation shutters. This is a home you will love to live-in!

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