A Midcentury-Inspired Beach Home in L.A. County Asks $8.8M

A Midcentury-Inspired Beach Home in L.A. County Asks $8.8M

By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
This spacious Manhattan Beach residence combines midcentury-inspired design with state-of-the-art amenities.

Located at the gateway of Manhattan Beach, California’s exclusive Hill Section—in walking distance to downtown and the shoreline—1026 Pacific Avenue is a 7,161-square-foot home that spans over four levels of contemporary living space. HillHouse No. 6, as the property is known, takes its inspiration from the best of midcentury modern architecture while incorporating elegant, contemporary touches at every turn. 

The expansive home features six-bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, plus two additional half-baths. 

Located on a corner lot, the facade is a mix of white stucco and Ipe, with a roofline that recalls midcentury butterfly roofs and an "egg-crate overhang detail" which the builder inserted as an homage to the iconic Sunnylands Estate in Rancho Mirage.

The ground level features an open floor plan with large-format terrazzo flooring. 

 Through an entrance featuring 10-foot double doors, an open floor plan greets you with a bright and airy vibe. The living room is anchored by an open, linear Norman brick fireplace and a custom-built sunken conversation pit, both of which give the room a midcentury feel. Built-in walnut cabinetry warms the space. 

The living room and the adjacent dining area both extend out to a covered patio space via 10-foot stacking sliding glass doors for true indoor/outdoor living and easy entertaining. Outside, the patio features an outdoor cooking area surrounding by a grassy, private yard with lush landscaping. 

The living room opens to a covered patio, perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining. 

The chef’s kitchen was designed by local celebrity chef Pamela Salzman. 

The chef’s kitchen features Miele appliances and a large, functional Neolith marble-topped kitchen island with bar seating that and can serve as additional workspace. There is ample under-counter storage tucked behind custom walnut cabinetry, plus bonus storage in the walk-in pantry.  

The kitchen also conveniently includes a dining area with built-in seating for casual entertaining or everyday use. 

A step-up family room features a soaring, 16-foot, beamed ceiling with expansive glazing and a dramatic stone fireplace. 

A floating walnut wall separates the space from the formal dining area, which overlooks and opens to the outdoor space.

A floating staircases transports you from floor to floor—if you prefer, you can take the levitating, 52-inch cylindrical vacuum elevator.

Upstairs, each of the four bedrooms includes ample storage space and an ensuite bathroom. The bright master bedroom suite has floor-to-ceiling windows juxtaposed with floor-to-ceiling built-in bookshelves. The "crow’s nest" offers a unique space for an office, reading room, or even a meditation area. Two other bedroom ensuites; a gym; a music room; a glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled wine room; and a stadium seating movie theater with a concessions lobby are all featured in the basement levels. 

Upstairs, the family level features four ensuite bedrooms plus a steel bridge which leads to a floating "crow’s nest," which could be used as a private office or serene meditation space. 

Globe pendant lighting and a beamed ceiling give this bedroom a midcentury feel. 

Graphic floor tiles, wood, and brass give the bathroom a polished, retro vibe.

The master suite is bright and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows, a beamed ceiling, built-in teak bookshelves, and an oversized walk-in closet with LED lighting.

The large ensuite master bath opens to a balcony which has an outdoor shower and a green wall for privacy. High-end touches include wall-to-wall tiling, a steam shower, a freestanding soaking tub, and a Toto Neorest bidet toilet.

Built to perform as a smart home, the property features multiple sophisticated amenities—including full home automation with touchscreens, programmable keypads, and an app-driven control for lighting, AV, security, window treatments, and climate control. 

Additionally, the home was built to exacting green building protocol. Solar panels have been installed on the roof, and a pair of Tesla PowerWall 2 backup batteries provide power in the event of an emergency. The envelope of the home boasts superior insulation—every wall, ceiling, and floor features green formaldehyde-free insulation, including blown roof insulation with a R50 rating. Interior air quality is a priority with zero-VOC finishes, adhesives, and paints, and tiles selections have recycled content. The home features LED lighting throughout, with heating and cooling efficiency achieved by creating microclimates across 12 zones for the ultimate in control. 

In the basement is a large bonus room with natural light that is perfect for a home gym, playroom, or office. There are two large ensuite guest rooms and a five-car garage with the possibility to expand the parking into the lower basement to accommodate a total of nine cars.  

An additional lower level has a large stadium seating with 9.1 surround sound speakers in the walls, and is ready to accommodate a 120-inch screen and projector. 

A temperature-controlled, glass-enclosed wine room with custom display shelving sits next to a large laundry facility with a pet shower.  

Outside, the lush landscaping includes palm trees and drought-tolerant succulents. The rear yard is prepped for a swimming pool and has a flat, grassy area with a hedge of trees for privacy.

This unique contemporary home was conceived of and built by Daniel Salzman with architectural design by Kelly Hamm, AIA, and interiors by Arianna Sabra.

Now, 1026 Pacific Ave. has just hit the market, being offered for $8,800,000 by Matt Waxman of Ossia Real Estate Group.  


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