Greek Chic is the Theme at This Manhattan Beach Home
Written By: Jeff Cooper Manhattan Beach Home
Manhattan Beach is one of California’s most special coastal towns, just a few miles from the heart of Los Angeles. The city boasts outstanding dining, shopping, relaxation and homes in a beachside setting that gives visitors and residents alike an unparalleled lifestyle experience. Local designers have shops next to international brands and the town slopes down to a long, wide stretch of sand and surf where thousands come to soak up the sun and California culture. North of the pier is a quieter stretch of sand called the Gold Coast, where some very special homes are perched above the beach with commanding views of the Pacific and a sunset that will take your breath away.
Walking into 3120 The Strand in Manhattan Beach, represented by Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, instantly transports guests to a different state of mind. The home was inspired by Greece and the Mediterranean aesthetic of bright white walls and indoor/outdoor living are ever-present in this beachfront home. Through large double doors, you walk into the atrium of the home, with a large exposed staircase made of light wood leading upstairs to an exposed catwalk, all bathed in sunlight from a ceiling of glass that caps the top of the space.
The home is set on a coveted corner “end lot” with a long side running against a pedestrian path down to the sand along the Gold Coast, sitting just one mile from the world famous Manhattan Beach Pier. The view is amazing, and from the vantage point of this home above the sand, you can see for miles. The property was designed by well-known local architect Michael Lee who did a great job of blending the classic Mediterranean elements like white walls and thick columns, with a modern, clean design, and terraced gardens that slope down along the walk path to the beach.
Sitting on one of the best beaches in Los Angeles, this home features five bedrooms and three well-appointed bathrooms. It is conveniently located just minutes from LAX, and a few short blocks from world-class and legendary local dining and fabulous shopping.
The bright white walls have curved corner edges and appear thick, like the structures found in a village on an island somewhere in Greece, and the home has special nooks to display art or other treasures you might have picked up from around the world. Some rooms feature a raised, curved ceiling, which adds extra height and architectural interest to the spaces.
The living room faces the beach and ocean, letting in the California sunshine through a wall of glass. The bright white walls mirror the exterior color of the home and create fluidity between the indoor and outdoor living spaces, and also remind you of the island inspiration for the home. There is a large fireplace on your left, the ocean straight ahead and dual French doors on your right, which lead out to a beautiful outdoor living space.
The outdoor space off of the living room has a simple dark wood beam lattice and a large white outdoor fireplace. The tile flooring and see through banister create a feeling that you are on the sand, even though you are above the hustle and bustle of the walk path below. There is enough space for large gatherings, but the space could also host an intimate evening by the fire.
The master bedroom and bath take the same bright design approach to create a truly special top floor sanctuary. With another large fireplace and stunning ocean views, the bedroom opens up to a balcony to let the beach breeze and sound of the waves in at night! The oversized attached bath affords the same view of the sand and surf.
The kitchen and dining room connect to form an airy and open space that evokes a sense of calm relaxation for you and your guests. Unique architectural details of the home are showcased in this area with long curved walls flanking the sides of the kitchen and dining room. In the subterranean level, the same curved walls form a space referred to as the “Kiva, ” which is a Pueblo styled room.
3120 The Strand is not only an incredibly stunning home, but will give its new owners a spectacular quality of life in one of California’s most desirable beach communities. Take this chance to own a piece of breathtaking beachside property with design elements from around the world—you’ll feel like you’re on vacation every day.
Where to Eat when Escrow Closes?: The Strand House restaurant has a great menu and the best view in town.
608 Silver Spur Rd Ste 103
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Listing Agent: Kristen Novoa
BRE #: 310.650.1078
You don’t need a ticket to Greece to escape to the Mediterranean.
Jeff Cooper works full time as a REALTOR based in Orange County, and loves exploring and enjoying everything Southern California has to offer. He has his MS in Health and Strategic Communication and enjoys writing about food, travel and real estate. Jeff always takes time to make the most of where he lives, when he isn’t with clients, you can find him cruising up and down Pacific Coast Highway or enjoying the beach with friends. He’d love to get in touch with you to talk real estate or to chat about anything Southern California has to offer!