Sophisticated Snoop 2018
The 45th Annual Sophisticated Snoop home tour might more accurately be called the home and art tour. The homes, themselves, are works of art. But so also are the owners’ collections of work by local and internationally renowned artists. Proceeds benefit American Martyrs School in Manhattan Beach.
A French view
After stepping through its lush front gardens, past the French limestone fountain, you’ll find yourself transported to Provence. It took six years to perfect this French-inspired residence, from the artistic owner’s stained glass creations in the grand front door to the hand-sculpted herringbone oak floors in the dining room. Notice the imported French limestone fireplace and mantle in the living room, hand-carved by local craftsmen. Don’t miss the lower level, custom-built wine cellar, which stores an impressive 8,500 bottles of curated vintages. The hobby room reveals an extensive model train collection, and the kids’ lounge features upholstered walls and its own kitchen. The top floor’s arched entrance to the master suite is encased in maple, and the hand-painted ceiling is a showstopper. The kitchen is an open floor plan and highlights hand-painted panels to further enhance the French interiors. The home serves to exhibit the art loving owners extensive collection of paintings by their favorite artists set. Vive la France!
Sand section family farmhouse
This beautifully appointed, five-bedroom modern farmhouse in the sand section of Manhattan Beach was built in 2008 and recently renovated for a busy family’s every need. From the moment you open the oversize Dutch door and view the spa room on your right, you will appreciate its classic beauty and updated features. The spa room (formerly the living room) has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace – it’s a perfect family hang-out spot. The open floor plan features walnut floors throughout. A handsome herringbone-tiled fireplace warms the dining area, and the custom finishes in the kitchen keep the space personalized and family-friendly. Turn the corner to head downstairs to the customized teen “apartment,” consisting of a bedroom and living space, and a full bath. The first floor powder room is decorator-perfect with painted grey and white stripes from floor to ceiling. A bright and light second floor features an office, two additional bedrooms and a cozy master suite, bedecked in blue and white and showcasing a stone fireplace and stunning view of the hill section. It is the perfect family abode.
This stunning, contemporary home, built in 2016 in the hill section of Manhattan Beach, features a dramatic front door and custom wood siding that give its modern design its own distinctive flair. Upon crossing the threshold you will find yourself in an open space that lends itself to family living. Upstairs, the dramatic living room offers incredible views. The airy patio shares an open floor plan with a separate bar and wine cave, custom-made for the space, as well a gourmet kitchen and dining room. A mahogany trellis runs the length of the entire floor, connecting all living spaces with a uniquely artistic architectural detail. On the second floor, note the master and two bedrooms, the office with mahogany built-ins, and the large media room with a barn door and clean lines. The yard boasts a hot tub, ping pong table, fire pit and seating area for privately entertaining guests. On the ground floor are a glass walled gym, sauna and steam room and two additional bedrooms, plus elevator.
A contemporary coastal statement
This custom built, contemporary coastal masterpiece at the end of a private cul-de-sac offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, from the top of the Hermosa hill section. The extraordinary combination of stone, marble and Venetian plaster surfaces are visible from the incredible grand entrance, which features soaring, 20-foot ceilings, travertine floors and glass sphere chandeliers. From the toy room to the modern formal dining room to the expansive kitchen with massive island, architectural details characterize every space. The formal living room has a stacked, stone fireplace and gorgeous built-in bookcases accompanying the distinctive dropped ceiling. The substantial, outdoor patio features an oversize stone spa, built-in barbeque and plenty of seating for enjoying the ocean view. The central stairway boasts bleached oak floors and commissioned, glass railings. The upstairs walkway leads to five bedrooms and the graceful aster suite, which includes a massive closet, expansive bath and an inviting balcony with panoramic ocean views. The, including paintings and sculptures, several by local artists, reflect the owners’ love and support of the arts and are a fitting complement to this elegant estate.
Guest house and game house
A hospitality hideaway is in the backyard of this elegant Santa Barbara style residence. It’s between the game house and guesthouse of this gorgeous family homestead, in the center of an abundant outdoor entertainment area. The stylish guest house is perfect for extended family and out-of-town visitors. It features a full kitchen, cozy bedroom and inviting living space, with pale blues reflecting the tranquil pool and complementing the lush landscaping of the yard. The three-story game house is every kid’s dream. The first floor includes full-size arcade games, waterproof flooring and a kitchenette. The top floor encompasses an inviting family room theater, complete with plush custom seating and an oversize screen. For a round of cards or just to polish their swing, “big kids” can head to the lower floor and try their hand at the golf simulator while envisioning being on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. Embodying casual California living in the most stylish of settings, this family’s sanctuary is a place you’ll never want to leave.
by Judy Rae