May 2015

Found 7 blog entries for May 2015.

3300PVDrive

Hiding just below Palos Verdes Drive, halfway around the peninsula, is a true estate.

This is why people of means move up to The Hill: For homes like 3300 Palos Verdes Drive West. The 12,000+ sqft. home sprawls over a full acre.

You might find a comparable home nestled in the hills of Beverly, but without the ocean views that extend out to Catalina and beyond... forever.

3300pvExtHere, the 1997 build has the aspiration to be timeless. Carved stone, intricate inlaid mosaic work, a custom mural painted onto the ceiling and true, cultivated grounds – with a California flavor.

It's quite a spectacle, but all behind the gates. Take a look inside by clicking on the address above to see all photos.

This special estate has had to try for some time to…

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Metlox-blue-dog

Manhattan Beach locals are accustomed to seeing the iconic red dog sculpture at the gateway to the Metlox office and retail complex. But after a recent repair and repainting job, the dog is now blue, in an homage to the Metlox pottery manufacturing facility that formerly stood in its place.

Martin Betz, cultural arts manager for the city of Manhattan Beach said that while researching the background of the dog sculpture, he learned that that the distinctive new blue paint color has a special place in Manhattan Beach and Metlox history.

The Metlox complex is built on what formerly had been the site of the Metlox pottery company, from 1927 until 1988.

In the 1930s, the Metlox company created a line of small Cubist-style dog figurines, which the…

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217-27th-St-JPG-try

There are view lots, and then there are view lots.

In Manhattan Beach real estate, there are few view lots quite as special as the one at 217 27th Street.

That's why they just held the equivalent of an auction. The start price: $3.995M.

The home now on the site originally dates back 80+ years, and doesn't enjoy the kind of modern, favorable layout that would maximize the views, let alone modern conveniences.

The next home on site will likely do everything right. Because with that price of entry, you're going to see someone pour dollars into a new build with all the bells and whistles.

Why are the views so special?

Three factors: A rapid rise in the hill of 27th Street coming up from the Manhattan Beach Strand. The incline is…

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1942-Strand-HB

All good things must come to an end. One historic, old Strand home in Hermosa Beach is the latest proof.

1942 The Strand has just sold for $15.000M. Not that the 102-year-old, rambling, shingled home was worth too much as-is.

That, apparently, is the value of two Strand lots these days in a prime Hermosa Beach waterfront location.

The 6630 sqft. corner lot fronting the 20th St. walkstreet and The Strand can be, and will be, divided in two.

One lot is said to be slated for a vacation home for an LA-area resident, while the second lot will be developed by a local builder.

Read more about the sale in this Easy Reader magazine story about the sale.

The property was last sold 48 years ago, in 1967... for $58,000. That's just 0.4% of the

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