An Italian-style villa on the Strand in Hermosa Beach has hit the market for $18.995 million, making it the most expensive single-family home listed there.

The three-story, 6,857-square-foot house with six bedrooms, a Boston-inspired bar with tap and an expansive rooftop deck sits on an oversized lot with front-row ocean views.

“It’s got the second-largest rooftop deck on the Strand, which is something you can only do in Hermosa Beach,” said Bryn Stroyke of Stroyke Properties Group at Bayside Real Estate Partners, the listing agent who has been selling Strand properties for 30 years.

As he explained, these “on-top-of-the-world decks where you have the most amazing views anywhere” are not allowed in neighboring Manhattan Beach.

Local architect Edward C. Beall designed the house in collaboration with the original owners to capture those views and ensure privacy from foot and bike traffic along this quieter stretch of beach.

The house was also fitted with design elements inspired by the owner’s travels through Italy. There are mosaic floors, radial-cut slab marble stairway wainscotting, gold leaf baroque ceiling detail in the entryway, intricate, curved wrought-iron staircase railings, and Roman columns.

An imported Roman marble tub outfits the master bathroom, one of five bathrooms and five powder rooms in all.

“The attention to detail on this property is extraordinary,” Stroyke said. “Every single level was really thought out by the owners, and there was literally no budget on building it.”

Built in 2012, the home’s levels are accessed by staircase or elevator.


A retractable 16-foot skylight opens on the rooftop deck engineered to structurally accommodate a future swimming pool. There’s already an outdoor shower. Other details include a dumbwaiter service, a laundry chute and a full Viking outdoor kitchen, one of two on the property.

A second Viking kitchen outfits the spacious beachfront patio.

From the beachfront patio, glass doors open to a below-grade family room fronted by the Strand. Nearby is the bar. A wine closet, 800-gallon saltwater aquarium and an eight-seat movie theater, as well as a bonus room that doubles as a gym, also occupy this lower level.

The home’s second floor sits slightly above the Strand with a great room warmed by a fireplace, a formal dining area and an eat-in gourmet kitchen equipped with a 5-foot La Cornue range, copper sinks and a built-in Miele espresso machine.

A tiled terrace extends the adjoining den outdoors.

On the top floor of the house are most of the bedrooms, including a private master apartment.

Among its highlights is an expansive dressing closet. The wood-paneled room has his and hers dressers, shoe display shelves and a handbag display cabinet. Another cabinet was designed to hold suits.

The second and third floors also boast ocean views.

Although the property is new on the market, Stroyke has already had interest from locals and those outside the beach area — and not surprisingly.

“If you want the small beach town with that sense of community and the walk to the village, it’s not Malibu, it’s not Venice, it’s not Santa Monica, it’s not (Pacific) Palisades, it’s not Redondo Beach, it’s not Long Beach,” he said. “In L.A. County, that’s Manhattan and Hermosa Beach.”

Contact Lisa Jacobs or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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