Life on The Strand in Manhattan Beach serves up the idyllic Southern California beach scene. Gray whales plow through the water on their twice-yearly migration, bottlenose dolphins play in the waves and passersby gather to watch the orange sun dip into the horizon.
A pedestrian and bike path and a swath of sand are all that separate the sought-after oceanfront homes in the neighborhood from the water. Offering a front-row seat is a three-level contemporary now for sale at US $18.25 million.
Located a three-block walk from the shops, restaurants and nightlife of the beach city’s lively downtown, the 4,517-square-foot home sits more than 20 feet above the beach and bikeway ensuring privacy and whitewater views from every floor.
The ocean-facing façade combines stone pillars, Honduran mahogany doors and windows and walls of glass.
Teak hardwood floors unite the main living spaces on the home’s midlevel or garage level. A great room with 11-foot ceilings, dining area and kitchen occupy the floor and open to a full-width covered deck.
The center island kitchen is outfitted with limestone countertops, tile backsplashes and Sub-Zero, Viking and Bosch appliances.
The upstairs primary suite takes in views of the Manhattan Beach pier. An indoor-outdoor shower, steam bath, dual walk-in closets, built-in cabinetry, fireplace and seating area make up the suite. Another three bedrooms and a laundry room are on the upper floor.
The lower level is devoted to entertaining and recreation. The home theater is outfitted with a 100-inch projection screen. An exercise room opens to a courtyard with a six-person in-ground spa. A second laundry area makes a convenient stop to drop towels on the way in from surfing. An office and a beach room that opens to a covered patio face the sand.
There are five fireplaces, a three-stop elevator and a total of four bathrooms. A storage room sits above the three-car garage.
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