A Los Angeles beach house with ocean views from almost every room hit the market last week for $27 million—and it’s likely to set a record for the priciest sale in the city of Manhattan Beach.
Located in the Strand, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the coastal city, the home is right on the sand, according to listing agent
Lauren Forbes of Compass. Palos Verdes, Catalina, Santa Monica and Malibu, plus the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier, are all visible from the home.
“It’s the highest point of the Strand, so you really feel like you’re on top of the world there,” she said. “And it’s at the intersection of the Strand, which is the most photographed street in Manhattan Beach, and 18th Street, which is the second most photographed…so it’s at the intersection of the two best streets.”
The home is surrounded by mature box hedges, allowing guests and residents complete privacy, Ms. Forbes added. It’s also on one of the city’s so-called walk streets, where no cars are allowed.
“When you’re sitting on the patio down below at beach level, nobody can see you…which is super unusual,” she said. “You kind of feel like you’re in a fishbowl in some of those houses on the beach.”
There’s also room for seven cars, with two outside parking spots and a garage with room for five vehicles.
“It has a three-car garage, but then a car lift that takes the cars down to two, hermetically sealed vaults so the cars are protected from the beach elements and the salt air,” Ms. Forbes said.
“They actually have an antique woodie that they keep down there,” she added, referring to a classic car with a partially wood exterior. “They used to have it restored regularly, but since they moved there, they don’t have to have it done anymore.”
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Other amenities include an elevator, a 360-bottle wine cellar, floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed ceiling beams, and an architectural staircase that was built in one piece and then transferred to the home, the agent said. There are five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, plus an eat-in kitchen with wood cabinetry and a breakfast nook.
Manhattan Beach is “an intimate beach community,” Ms. Forbes noted, but has grown in the last decade and now has “incredible restaurants and shopping.”
The home last traded in 2011 for $12.25 million, according to records with PropertyShark. The sellers were not available for comment.