A craftsman-inspired refuge on LA’s Palisades Riviera is available for the first time in 30 years

By Wendy Bowman 23 October, 2023

Fully revamped by its current owners, and sitting right across the street from Asilomar View Park, the striking ocean-view home is listed for just under US$10 million

Built way back in the 1950s, in the West Los Angeles neighbourhood of Pacific Palisades, the ranch-style residence that once sat on this desirable ocean-view property was last sold for US$910,000 in 1994 and subsequently underwent an extensive top-to-bottom makeover by its current owners in collaboration with architect Lester Tobias. Now the swoon-worthy abode in its stead has popped up for sale for the first time in almost 30 years, this time asking US$9.6 million.

“The seller has always held a deep affection for Craftsman-style houses in Old Pasadena,” says listing agent Lisa Optican of Douglas Elliman. “However, finding one near the beach with a view proved challenging. So, they embarked on a renovation project, meticulously building a beautiful custom home based on classic California Craftsman architectural elements that include simple lines, natural materials and hand-crafted details.”

Described as a “refuge by the sea,” the wood-shingled beauty rests behind walls and gates, on a prime corner lot spanning nearly a quarter-acre, and offers five bedrooms and four baths in just over 372 square metres of two-level living space adorned throughout with rustic hardwood floors and high wood-beam ceilings. Vast expanses of glass also provide unobstructed ocean vistas from its bluff-top locale.

An eye-catching front door opens into a foyer displaying a staircase modeled after the one legendary architects Charles and Henry Greene designed for Pasadena’s Gamble House. Photo by Gavin Cater

Capturing attention at the outset is a spacious entry foyer, which is spotlighted by an updated, code-compliant interpretation of the classic staircase found in Charles and Henry Greene’s historic Gamble House in Pasadena. From there, a living room is warmed by a brick fireplace and an office sports a built-in desk, while a formal dining room and cosy family room connect to a gourmet kitchen outfitted with an eat-in island, top-tier stainless appliances and an accompanying breakfast nook.

The property is nestled across the street from a park overlooking the ocean. Photo by Gavin Cater

Elsewhere is an upstairs master retreat displaying wood-trimmed French doors spilling out to a private balcony, a walk-in closet, and luxe bath equipped with dual vanities, a dressing area, soaking tub and glass-encased shower; and rounding it all out is a grassy backyard with plenty of room for al fresco lounging and entertaining. There’s also a large two-car garage with attic storage space, plus easy access to the scenic Asilomar View Park right across the street.

Photo by Gavin Cater
The entry foyer. Photo by Gavin Cater
A fireside living room. Photo by Gavin Cater
The formal dining room. Photo by Gavin Cater
The family room. Photo by Gavin Cater
The kitchen. Photo by Gavin Cater
A breakfast nook. Photo by Gavin Cater
The primary bedroom. Photo by Gavin Cater
A view from the primary balcony. Photo by Gavin Cater
The primary bath. Photo by Gavin Cater
A guest bedroom. Photo by Gavin Cater
An office space. Photo by Gavin Cater
A lounge area. Photo by Gavin Cater
The rear of the house. Photo by Gavin Cater
An al fresco dining area. Photo by Gavin Cater
The garage. Photo by Gavin Cater

This story was first published on Robb Report USA