Southern California’s Manhattan Beach is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own advantages and bragging rights. There’s the Tree Section, the Sand Section, the shop-filled downtown and the ocean-facing Strand.
This custom-built home is in an affluent pocket called the Hill Section, known for grand homes and grander views. While residents in some parts of the sought-after beach city live pretty much cheek-to-jowl, the Hill offers elbow room with wide streets, larger lots and more space.
The houses have vistas that capture the coastline, Santa Catalina Island or downtown Los Angeles. It’s a short walk down to the beach, the pier or a nearby green belt with a tree-lined path.
The trilevel residence sits on an oversized lot at the T of a street and takes in a stretch of ocean from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu. To make the most of the views, the main living spaces are at the top of the house.
The façade of the French-influenced home incorporates stone, arched windows and wrought-iron balconies. Inside, elegant details utilize imported materials and fine finishes.
The uppermost floor offers grand-scale living spaces, including the formal living room and upper family room, both with two fireplaces, ocean-facing decks, an office/bedroom and dining room. The fully outfitted kitchen contains an eat-at center island, breakfast area and butler’s pantry.
French doors open to a covered lanai overlooking the backyard pool area, which comes with a fireplace, television and built-in barbecue.
The formal entry accesses the middle level and a dramatic sweeping staircase. The four bedrooms on this floor include the primary suite with an adjoining sitting room, two fireplaces, separate walk-in closet and private outdoor terrace. A laundry room, computer alcove and family room off the pool deck complete the level.
The lowest portion of the nearly 8,400 square feet of living space is made up of a billiard room, wine cellar with a tasting room, home theater and guest bedroom. There are a total of five bedrooms, two full bathrooms, four three-quarter bathrooms and two powder rooms.
Equipped with an automated vehicle turntable, the garage can accommodate up to eight cars.
Kristi Frey of Strand Hill Properties is the listing agent for 500 North Poinsettia Avenue in Manhattan Beach. The asking price is US $22 million.
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