Dreamy Coastal Plantation Home Pairs Classic With Contemporary
For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of owning a home. Not just any four-walls-and-a-roof kinda home, but one that is welcoming, comfortable and easy, and constructed with thoughtful, elegant design.
That’s exactly how it felt entering 1120 6th Street in Manhattan Beach, California, a two-story, 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath, coastal plantation style home, custom-built with high-end, quality fixtures and finishings, that blend contemporary with old-world design and architecture.
New Meets Old-World Charm
Entering this 3,600 square foot home, I instantly take note of the mindful, old-meets-new architecture. My eyes are instantly drawn upwards to the airy, 10’ ceilings of the formal living and dining areas that gently offer the kind of calm, visual breathing space expected in a beach house. A modern, linear gas fireplace is an impressive focal point that adds functional style and interest. French doors out to the kid-happy, grassy front lawn, invite a sky full of natural sunlight to brighten this entire front room.
The exquisite coffered ceilings in the dining and great rooms, looming over us with such elegance, as well as the home’s crown moldings and 8” baseboards, remind us of the Greeks and Romans and how they mastered geometric and finely detailed architecture. Old world classic design can be seen in the timeless, white Carrara marble counters, floors and surrounds on the kitchen island, master bathroom and powder room.
I note the unique, but something-familiar-looking, New Yorker ceramic tile backsplashes of the kitchen and bathrooms. Their design and raised texture is romantically reminiscent of turn-of-the-century, New York clay brick houses. And right beneath my feet, I feel the influence of European allure meeting up with contemporary coastal, as I stroll over the 8” wide plank, French white oak floors that run throughout the entire home.
Eye-catching and durable white, Italian quartz countertops of the kitchen and butler’s pantry are modernly mimicked in a couple of the bathrooms furnished with beautiful, unfinished quartz countertops; they’ve been roughened, then smoothed to maintain texture and architectural uniqueness. Custom and stylistically-enduring shaker cabinets throughout, raise the bar of form meeting function, built for the modern family and the need for organized, roomy storage.
Exterior, Meet Interior
Intentional design can also be found the second you drive up and enter this home. A geometrically diagonal-patterned front fence defines the exterior square footage, and charming plantation shutters dress the second-floor windows. The exterior siding seamlessly moves into the interior’s entryway – creating an instant, welcoming feature. The upper floor’s batten and board is echoed inside on the upper part of the 19’ high wall, where a stunning chandelier also vies for our attention.
I exclaimed a silent “OMG!” when I opened the oversized sliding doors out to the covered back deck and lushly landscaped lawn. It was quite literally a second living space with enough room for a large outdoor dining table, sofa and chairs, and a gas fireplace. Plumbed and wired for a gas barbecue, sound and a flatscreen TV, this backyard area is a home not-that-far-away-from home for al fresco aficionados.
Tech Enthusiasts Rejoice
Speaking of enthusiasts, another nod to this stunner’s contemporary side is the built-in technology and kitchen appliances which include the following:
• wired for sound (Sonos) and zoned (kitchen, living room, outdoor patio, master suite) with 5.1 surround sound in the living and master bedroom
• wired for security with four cameras (and an option for eight)
• wired for solar
• wired and plumbed for A/C
• doorbell is equipped with a camera that is connected to two 7” flat screens – (Aiphone) one on each floor – where homeowner will have the ability to see and speak with visitors from inside the house
• landscape lighting uses photocells – when the sun goes down, lights go on
• Thermador Professional stainless steel refrigerator, 6-burner stove and grill, double oven with matching hood, warming drawer
• U-Line wine refrigerator
• Sharp microwave oven
The Main Living Space Gives Good Face
As I make my way into the great room and main living space, the sunny wall of windows greet me with a cheerful warmth. They also highlight the openness and easy access to the grand, eat-in kitchen, where the uncorking of wine bottles and sautéing of tasty soups and sauces will no doubt go down here and be enjoyed for years to come.
The kitchen is professional grade, yet comfy and livable; perfectly designed for the proverbial everyone-hangs-in-the-kitchen kind of gathering of family and friends. There is so much storage, including a walk-in pantry, you’ll be hard-pressed to fill every drawer or shelf. The upper glassed in cabinets enjoy lights for your pretty dishes. Two pendant lights featured over the island will keep everyone and every dish well-lit.
The Master Suite’s Sweet Features
This master-sized suite enjoys 800 square feet of luxurious living. Besides the absolute roominess of this space, there are sweet features including: walk-in his and hers closets, an architecturally clever tongue and groove ceiling with oversized ceiling fan, a balcony to the backyard, sliding barn door into bathroom, white Carrara marble floors and surround, enormous shower with toiletries nook, a stand-alone, solid composite soaking tub (for hours of luxuriating in lavender bath salted-water, no doubt), an operable sky light over double sinks, loads of storage, and detailed stone patterning (herringbone, basket weave, and subway).
Roomy Secondary Rooms
A main-floor, guest room suite with custom closets and built-in book shelf is perfect for overnight guests or visiting family. The second floor finds two equally sized bedrooms that are joined by a contemporary-meets-retro, black and white Jack and Jill bathroom. For the adult teenager or au pair, there is a private wing that includes the fourth, secondary bedroom suite with a walk-in closet, as well as a laundry room with lots of storage, a pull-out folding table, drying rack and sink.
The Sky’s the Limit with More Details
The California sun will have no problem brightening this home (and saving you gads of money on your electrical bill) with seven skylights: two over the staircase, three overlooking the patio, one in the master suite bathroom, and one in the Jack and Jill bath. Just off the door accessing the two-car garage, you’ll discover a very handy kid’s drop zone with hooks and storage to keep coats, shoes and sports equipment tidy and in their place. A front Dutch door welcomes in the breeze and is large enough for your tallest athlete.
It’s also where I now exit this dreamy coastal plantation property. But, before I leave, I inquire about the surrounding neighborhood…
The Quiet and Spacious Side of Manhattan Beach
Just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Manhattan Beach, this east-side-of-Sepulveda neighborhood offers bang-for-your-buck, sizable lots, quiet, family-friendly streets, parks, and easy access to shops and restaurants in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. The nearby Veteran’s Parkway (or as locals refer as “the Greenbelt”) is a wonderful place to walk your dog or take a jog. Pollywog Park, where during the summer there are lots of outdoor concerts, is just a few blocks east and a few to the north.
Book a tour of this home ASAP. Its specialness, expansive square footage, and exquisite blend of classic and contemporary design and architecture will undoubtedly have savvy buyers pen-ready to sign on the dotted line.