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October 8, 2010

Discover Old World Style Tuscany
in Manhattan Beach
Offered by Ed Kaminsky, Shorewood Realtors
Check the details on p 7

No other RE/MAX agent has sold more real estate in the three Beach Cities combined!

Robert Freedman
Nearly Completed New Construction
121 9th Street, Manhattan Beach
#1 at RE/MAX Manhattan Beach for over 25 years running
Contemporary oceanview masterpiece, one house from the Strand on one of the most desirable south-of-the-pier walkstreets. Designed by Michael Lee and Associates and developed by Villa d’Arte Development, features include 4 bedrooms, 4½ baths, huge indoor-outdoor deck and unblockable panaoramic, sand and whitewater views.

Offered at $6,700,000 Call for Information

Mediterranean Beach Home
345 29th Street, Hermosa Beach
This unique, desirable home is perfectly situated just a few short blocks to the Beach, Valley Park and award winning restaurants. Perched near the top of the hill, there are panoramic hillside views into Hermosa and Manhattan Beach, and some ocean views as well. Leave the cars in the oversized garage on the weekend - you are at the Beach! • Built in 1999 and nicely upgraded with nearly 3,600 Square Feet of three level luxury • 4 bedrooms and 4.5 Baths, including Large Master suite with opulent travertine bathroom and furniture grade walk-in closet • Fantastic floor plan with distinctive Living Room , Dining Room and Wine Room that can accommodate a lot of family and guests • Great Room with Island Kitchen, Breakfast Nook and Family Room with Double sided fireplace • Beautiful Zen-gym (converted bedroom)

Offered at $1,920,122

Hill Section Family Home
952 11th Street, Manhattan Beach
This gorgeous home built in the Spanish Revival style by Sexton Homes and customized by the current owner during construction sits on a 50 X 150 lot and offers a stunning one-of-a-kind floor plan with dramatic interior space. • Nearly 5,100 Square feet of Living Space • 5 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths • Soaring 2-story Living Room • Additional Upstairs Family Room (could be 6th bedroom) • Magnificent Master Suite with South facing lounging deck overlooking the yard • Opulent Master Bath with steam shower and custom deco tiles • Built in 2004 but looks brand new – REALLY! • 3-car attached garage

Offered at $2,495,122 See all the listings at

Academy Hill Home, Palos Verdes Peninsula offered at $1,330,000
It is all about “details” in this perfect, refined, subtle-contemporary home. Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac, location provides privacy. Amenities include four bedrooms, three updated bathrooms on two levels. Master bath and dressing room are a recent high-end remodel. Private pool, spa, gorgeous Jatoba wide plank wood floors throughout, cathedral ceilings, unique Brazilian cherry custom cabinetry, custom closets. Three Murano glass chandeliers and two fireplaces. Ideal for outdoor entertaining with modern St. Charles kitchen leading to pool. Twinkling city lights, sunrise, purple mountain views. Perfection.

30379 Camino Porvenir, Rancho Palos Verdes offered at $2,225,000
The distinctive redesigned and remodeled home by architect/owner bears the signature for custom sophisticated amenities and whimsical stylish accents. Panoramic ocean and Catalina views encompass the entire home. Enjoy sunsets relaxing in the salt-water solar Infinity pool and spa. Five bedrooms and four bathrooms, family room, formal dining room, and media-game room are only a few of the highlights. Unique custom features exist throughout—visible in the design of the ceilings, the choice of flooring, the combinations of granite and cabinetry, the plumbing and electrical modernization, wired for media integration, and so much more!

424 Calle Miramar, Redondo Beach offered at $599,000
This sweet newly-updated Hollywood Riviera Townhouse has two full master suites, a half-bath on main floor, and a gorgeous new updated kitchen with all-new stainless steel appliances. New carpet and paint throughout. For summer. there are two large decks off each level for barbecuing and lounging, and for winter, a fireplace and sky lights. Open floor plan, direct garage entry, quiet location. End unit with lots of windows! The complex remodel is underway making this a wonderful investment.

1405 Via Gabriel, Palos Verdes Estates offered at $1,599,000
Located in the heart of Palos Verdes in the quiet, prestigious residential neighborhood of Montemalaga, this unique custom-built home exudes warmth and contentment. An open floor plan makes this home perfect for entertaining. Main rooms and four bedrooms are on one level, fifth bedroom and fourth bath, large media/ guest quarters/play room, and storage closets are downstairs. Beautiful cathedral wood ceilings, soaring windows, fireplaces, decks, 3-car garage, and award-winning schools. Tree top view feels like Carmel.

Linda Cavette
Life is a Journey, measured and remembered by the homes in which we live.

Former Probate Paralegal & Previews Property Specialist

Cell 310.722.7550
DRE #01294734

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Enchanting Mediterranean Villa with stunning views

what’s inside…
On The Cover
Discover Old World Style Tuscany in Manhattan Beach, offered at $4,895,000 by Shorewood’s Ed Kaminsky.


home of the Week
Explore this week’s sensational custom Spanish Estate in Lunada Bay offered at $3,995,000 by RE/MAX’s Watts & Associates, Steve & Ceci Watts


Publisher’s Muse
‘Finding Our Place’

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Feature Profile
‘Good Times with the coolest CEO on the planet…Wing Lam’ Local Business Owner of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Manhattan Beach

Find out how to use paint to change the atmosphere of any room with tips from local designer Amanda Coscina


This gorgeous estate property built in 2007 has over 5600 sqft. of living space with all major rooms opening to the panoramic ocean and “Queen’s Necklace” Views. Built to perfection, impeccable attention to detail. This private, serene and tranquil beauty has been made with superior quality, custom workmanship and beautiful touches throughout. Unique and stylish custom hardwood floors and an abundance of natural light enhance the open floor plan of this immaculate home. A spectacular dream kitchen that has it all—including vaulted ceilings that extends into the adjoining great room and separate dining area. Very spacious master suite with vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling French doors, huge walk-in closets, master bath with separate shower and spa tub looking out to the views. Amenities also include elevator, flat grassy yard and lower play area, gazebo, fruit trees, garden, and three-car garage.


Check the current stats and trends in the local real estate market BEaCh CiTy BROKERS gary Elminoufi . . . . . . . 20-21 COlDWEll BanKER Linda Cavette . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Rae Lord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 KEllER WilliaMS the gordon inman team gordon inman & Keith Kelley . . . . . . . . . .17 MaTTuCCi REal ESTaTE aurelio Mattucci . . . . . . . . 24 tJ Parker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 PEninSula SOThEBy’S gerard bisignano. . . . . . 26-27 RE/MaX EXECS Robert Freedman . . . . . . . 2-3 Maureen Megowan . . . . . . . 5 Neda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 gloria Joncich . . . . . . . . . . . 8 WaTTS & aSSOCiaTES steve & Ceci Watts . . . . 18-19 gary Latourette. . . . . . . . . 22 Carol adams . . . . . . . . . . . 23 ShOREWOOD REalTORS Ed Kaminsky . . . . . .Cover & 7 steve santos . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Kevin Pratt . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 uni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Chris Plank . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 Ken adam . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 tim Corbett . . . . . back Cover

Absolutely magnificent. What a gracious invitation to live in your dream home. Offered at 3,950,000 For all showings and inquiries, please contact


63 Malaga Cove Plaza Palos Verdes Estates

PuBliShER Warren J dow CREaTivE DiRECTOR Leeann Nelson COnTRiBuTing PhOTOgRaPhER Paul Jonason COnTRiBuTing WRiTERS

Pamela Corante-hansen, amanda Coscina,

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Tuscan Custom Perfection

1501 9th Street, Manhattan Beach 90266 6 Bedrooms n 10 Bathrooms n 8500 Sqft. n 12,000+ Sqft. Lot n Saltwater Pool
In a class of its own, this unique Old World styled masterpiece was inspired by a personal journey through the hills of Tuscany. It starts with a secure gatehouse styled courtyard entry. The home itself fully surrounds a Tuscan estate inspired stone courtyard. A grand, 2 story portico showcases a custom inlaid mosaic floor. The main floor features a recreation room with full bar, a 2 story family room with soaring, exposed wood beam ceilings, and electronic patio doors that fully retract, opening to the expansive, private yard. A gourmet kitchen fit for a master chef has a massive imported granite island, the latest in innovative appliances, dual dishwashers, and even a built in espresso maker in the butler’s pantry. The magnificent master suite overlooks the pool & features a luxurious master bath that is complimented by Swarovski crystal vanity lights and a lavish closet that every fashionista dreams of. Other luxury appointments include the state-of-theart home theater room, the poker/game room, the 900 bottle, temperature controlled wine cellar, and the stately library wing. And fashioned after the old world Castellos, there is even a “secret passage” to a guest suite with private wet bar & separate entryway. The yard is spectacular. An outdoor living room has its own TV and fireplace and there is also a complete outdoor kitchen with a wood-burning pizza oven, dual beverage taps, and a Viking grill. It’s the ultimate way to enjoy the glorious, year round beach weather.

Call Ed for a private showing.


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Finding our place

Mediterranean Villa with Guest House in Rancho Palos Verdes
6520 Palos Verdes Drive East
Exquisite sprawling main house with separate guesthouse on private and secluded gated property located on the top of the hill off the main drive on an approximate 43,400 sq. ft. flat lot. Features soaring beamed ceilings, custom tiles, three fireplaces, and grand terrace overlooking the pool and expansive gardens. The main Villa includes 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms with coastline and Catalina views, an open atrium entryway, and gourmet kitchen with plenty of parking in 6-car garage. Enjoy the beautiful yard with luscious gardens, motor court, orchard, lawn, pool and play area.The renovated guest house includes 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with 2-car garage with large living and dining room, laundry room, tile floor, tile roof and has its own separate courtyard.

Offered at $2,500,000

Gloria Joncich

310.308.5323  310.831.4557
Palos Verdes Realty 5 Miraleste Plaza, Rancho Palos Verdes

elcome to the premier edition of South Bay Digs magazine. Our hyper-local niche real estate magazine serves as the foundation for our dynamic and innovative multi-channel marketing platform for our advertisers and as a community real estate hub for our readers. Our mission is to build the market-leading communications platform for the South Bay community “real estate experience”—a 360° real estate market place that connects the local real estate consumer to real estate professionals who live and work in the community. We will be an indispensible resource for the South Bay real estate community by building the largest local real “ hegreat T estate database online at, thinginthe offering real time real estate analytics, MLS worldisnotso property search, interactive media, local muchwhere community information and more. westand, The South Bay epitomizes the Southern asinwhat California lifestyle—it’s also home to some of directionwe the most affluent beachside communities in aremoving.” the U.S. Our magazine is really a celebration —Oliver Wendell holmes of the beach community lifestyle and all of the (american physician, poet, writer, humorist unique and diverse “digs” that surrounds us. and harvard professor, With the implications of the new “digital” 1809-1894) economy and the resulting fragmentation in media, you may ask, “Why print? Why now?” Magazines are the ideal complement to digital media, and create deeper relationships and reader engagement than any other form of media. South Bay Digs was created to harness the changes in media to deliver a more relevant and innovative multi-channel media platform for the South Bay real estate community. We respect and honor the beach cities and love the lifestyle this great place offers all its residents. We hope you enjoy!


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Community. Strength. Independence.
Shorewood Realtors is one of the top five largest real estate firms in Los Angeles County and in the top 58 nationally. We are the South Bay’s oldest and largest independently owned real estate firm, with humble beginnings in 1969 to today having seven offices and more than 350 realtors serving the beach cities. Our highly-trained real estate agents will make your home sale or purchase a seamless, trouble-free transaction— this is how we define our success.

Experience the difference.

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Absolute best VAlue in the sAnd section!
A compelling VALUE with recent $200,000 price improvement at $600/Sqft. vs. $849.38*/Sqft.
(avg. for Sand Section MB homes sold Jan-Aug 2010)

Situated on one of the best and widest streets on the Plateau, just 4 blocks from the beach, this Spacious Custom Family Home sits in a wide open setting with Sweeping Vistas. Enjoy the Luxury of Space and Privacy in the Sand. Featuring 4,165 sf, with 5 Bedrooms and 5 Baths PLUS a Large Office, PLUS a Media Screening Room, this Newer, Elegant home offers plenty of room for your entire family. Extensive upgrades include American Cherry HW Floors, Gourmet Kitchen, Custom Window Covers, Custom Faux Paint and Fireplaces, 2 Wet Bars, Butler’s Pantry, Dumbwaiter, Central Vacuum, plus Surround Sound and Flat Screens Wired throughout the home. 3 Car Garage, and Lots of Extra Parking, all in a Great Location close to Grand View School.

Location, Value, Space…. This is a must see!!!
*Avg. price per square foot is based on closed sale data taken from MRMLS data for closed sale (SFR) homes sold in ‘Area 142’ Manhattan Beach Sand Section from January 1–August 31, 2010. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

Priced to sell At $2,499,000

Steve Santos
A 32-Year Resident of Manhattan Beach DRE# 01440129

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Perfect beach living
Premier 100 Block Walkstreet Location!
132 20 Street, Manhattan Beach

ive the ultimate Manhattan Beach lifestyle in this wonderful 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home that boasts 4003 Sqft. of open living space with amazing ocean and whitewater views. Features include open, third-floor living space with large gourmet kitchen, family room plus breakfast area—all overlooking the expansive back deck with amazing indoor/outdoor living space and dramatic ocean views. Top level also includes a formal dining room and sizable living room with fireplace, and French doors leading out to the front deck with even more


sand and white water views. Great family floor plan with 4 bedrooms in the middle level including a fabulous master suite with ocean view deck and beautiful bright bathroom with Jacuzzi tub. Enjoy the wideopen office space area and separate laundry room on the second level. Ground floor includes a large front playroom off the walkstreet, guest bedroom with bath, two interior storage rooms and unbelievable onsite parking featuring 2-car garage with brand new epoxy flooring plus 4-5 carport spots for all your friends and family!

Enjoy the best lifestyle that Manhattan Beach has to offer —steps to beach & downtown. Offered at $3,599,000

Kevin Pratt
20th Year at Shorewood 10.08.10

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…with the coolest CEO on the planet
by Pamela Corante-Hansen
So this CEO walks into a taco shop. The Foo Fighters are blaring from the sound system. A guy with a volleyball player build is finishing up a combo plate at a table that looks like it was hand-dipped in surf gear stickers. The CEO brushes a strand of long black hair out of his face, strokes his wispy billy-goat beard and holds up an ink-blue guayabera shirt emblazoned with a logo. “Hey,” he says. “Do you guys think this is okay?” The CEO’s name is Wing Lam. His empire: Wahoo’s Fish Taco. The shirt, bearing the Wahoo’s logo, combined with his shorts and flip-flops, are standard business attire for this surferturned-entrepreneur, who sat down with South Bay Digs at his Manhattan Beach store to discuss life, food trucks and the pursuit of fun. SOUTH BAY DIGS: You’re known as the “Coolest CEO on the Planet.” How do you live up to your reputation? WING LAM: (Laughs) You know, I fool a lot of people by pretending that everything, no matter how hard it is, is a lot of fun. The trick is you gotta make it look like it’s fun. And that’s hard work! You just have to have this attitude that’s like, “Oh yeah, no problem.” If you have to carry something heavy up a ramp, make it look like fun. But it’s not all about the glory—I understand you’re involved in a lot of charitable causes. Could you tell me a little more about that? I don’t talk a lot about it, but you can leverage your business knowledge and resources to really make a difference for nonprofits. That’s the fun part. Here’s an example: If a nonprofit were to go to a big beverage company for their 10K run and say, “Hey, we need a pallet of water,” the company’s like, “Yeah, so does everyone else. What am I getting out of this?” And the nonprofit says, “Well, you get your logo on everything,” and the response is, ‘“We already have our logo on everything.” I can go in and say, “Hey Big Beverage Company, I’m a happy customer, and by the way, you might want to know about the great work this group does.” In the end, everyone’s happy. What are some of the charities you support? Oh, I could go on and on. The Alzheimer’s Association, MDA continued on page 16

Surfer-turned-entrepreneur Wing Lam, CEO of Wahoo’s Fish Taco

Photo: Paul Jonason


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This is the DEAL OF THE WEEK in Manhattan Beach!
Two amazing ocean view beach homes for the price of one!

Custom amenities / features include:
z Both units fully upgraded, with over
$100,000 of new tile and hardwood floors, custom stonework, custom cabinets and marble countertops.

z Ocean views from both master suites z Romantic fireplaces with ocean view decks
in each unit—perfect for enjoying coffee in the morning and all those fantastic sunsets!

229/231 42 Street, Manhattan Beach
Awesome panoramic ocean views from Palos Verdes to Malibu, perfect for owner/user or as income unites and only steps to the sand. Ample parking with an oversized 4-car garage plus a driveway that can accommodate 3-cars, Two units, very bright, spacious and easy to maintain. Built in 1992, both units are owner occupied and completely remodeled two years ago. No need to drive anywhere—park your car and walk one block to one of the best surf spots in Southern California and just steps to local shops, restaurants and gyms. The ultimate location—one block to beach, sand, volleyball, in a super friendly neighborhood—for the ultimate Southern California lifestyle!


z Custom kitchen with marble countertops & top quality appliances,
custom bathrooms plus separate washer and dryers.

z Elevator from garage to upper unit makes life easy z Enclosed back patio—perfect for a dog run

Live in one unit and rent the other or keep one unit as a vacation home. Make everyday a vacation . . . Life begins at the Beach!
Projected income for this property is approximately $6700/month.
Offered at $1,549,000

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4 Bed | 5 Bath | 5100 sQft | 14,150 sQft lot

Breathtaking Louie Tomaro designed estate with spectacular ocean, whitewater, coastline, city, and mountain views—an entertainer’s dream! Attention to detail at every turn, absolutly exquisite Malaga Cove estate. 2005 Paseo del sol, Palos verdes estates 90274 $4,900,000

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unsurpassed Panoramic ocean views forever
4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 3300 sQft. | Great rooM | Bonus rooM

Unblockable panoramic ocean & sunset views from Palos Verdes to Malibu year-round from this exquisitely remodeled 3300+ square foot home located in the prestigious “Hill Section” of Manhattan Beach. A great VALUE at $591 Sqft versus 90266 average of $698 Sqft!
219 n dianthus st, Manhattan Beach 90266 $1,949,000

Quintessential sand section Custom Beach home
5 Bed | 4.5 Bath | 3600 sQft. | elevator | Built 2009

diamond in the sand!
4 Bed | 3 Baths | 2664 sQft | oCean front | 4 Car GaraGe

Rare opportunity to acquire a newly-built custom home offering the ultimate indoor/outdoor living space with 25-foot fold-away glass doors that open to large ocean-view deck. Immaculate style & amenities.
445 33rd street, Manhattan Beach 90266 $2,999,000

Options abound in this ocean front property with the ultimate flexibility. Keep as legal duplex, home + income, vacation home + income or build your ultimate oceanfront dream home on the Strand. 1534 the strand, hermosa Beach 90254 $4,999,999

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Lam says Wahoo’s “fast casual dining” approach gives their customers good food, made to order, but without “the full white-linen service where you wait a half an hour for your meal.”

Asian means work is first. Being Brazilian means work is second. So what I found is that as long as I can make it fun, I don’t mind working. Swimming is working out. Surfing is fun. So if I tell my parents I’m going swimming, they don’t mind, when actually I’m going surfing. It’s all in how you position it. Catering is work. Going to a concert is fun. If I’m catering a concert, I’m having fun. You gotta work and you gotta play, so I balance the two. Switching gears a bit, Wahoo’s has been described as “fast casual dining” by different sources. How would you define fast-casual? It means you want something good to eat, but you want it a little quicker. You don’t have the full white-linen service where you wait a half an hour for your meal. We still prepare food to order; we just do it quicker–you order at the counter, pay and sit down and the order comes. What a lot of other people have done is taken it a step further and gone, “Let’s prepare all the food ahead of time.” They’ve removed a critical part of the dining equation. For us, it’s supposed be fast, but it’s not supposed to be processed. Along those lines, some have defined fast casual as being quick but still having ambiance. What does ambiance mean to you? We’ve invested in our restaurants so that we’re not just a takeout place. The whole takeout experience should be about dining out, not dining at home. So you have to have a whole décor that reflects this, that allows you to relax and in some ways takes you to Mexico or Hawaii or somewhere a little more tropical than where you are. How does this influence your decorating aesthetic? It’s how you position yourself. You have to be in the right place in order to get what you’re hoping to get. A girl who wants to attract a certain guy puts herself in a certain spot where he can see her, and she gets noticed. I had this idea that I wanted to be where the surfers are. You can’t be in Riverside to do that. So we opened our first store in Costa Mesa where all the big surf companies in the world have their U.S. operations. If I cater to them, eventually they will come. So if the concept is that it’s a restaurant for surfers, you can decorate the restaurant to reflect that. As it turns out, the surf companies did a lot of the decorating for me. I didn’t have anything, so it was kind of twofold: One, they made it their own, and two, it’s still decorated for everybody. That very first restaurant was actually once a single-family home. Does it feel like a house when you walk in? It was a house converted to a veterinary office converted to an Italian restaurant and then we got there. You walk in through a porch, and if there were no signage you’d think you were in somebody’s house. What made you say, “This is the place”? Again, it’s that girl waiting outside the locker room for the football player to come out. Near this house is where the surf companies are

Photo: Paul Jonason

Coolest CEO continued from page 12
(Muscular Dystrophy Association), MSAA (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America), CFF (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), Surfrider Foundation; just about any acronym you can think of, we’re involved in. How do you decide which charities to support? A lot of times it’s customers who suggest a charity, and if they’re a customer, they have leverage. We usually try to fit their needs with what we have. If it’s sports-related—a walk, run or a tennis or golf tournament—it’s easier for us to get involved than at events where people are all dressed up. If they ask us to help out on a gala, we may say, “Well, we don’t do that, but what else do you have on your schedule?” And they usually have some kind of sporting event. Our charitable giving is definitely a reflection of our lifestyle. Speaking of lifestyle, talk to us about what it was like growing up in Brazil. I was born and raised in Sao Paulo. I grew up in the Liberdade neighborhood, which is kind of like the Chinatown there. We moved to California in 1975. And I’ve been here ever since. I’ve spent time in Brazil with relatives, and I was able to observe this life philosophy that “work comes second; family, friends and having fun come first.” How did that influence your lifestyle and work? (Laughs) Having Chinese parents, I have a mix of both worlds. Being


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based. They go surfing during their lunch hour. If you know where your audience is and hangs out, and if you set yourself up there, you’ll get noticed and the word will spread. What kind of effect do you think Wahoo’s aesthetics have on your customers? No matter where they are in the U.S. or in the world, whenever anybody thinks of California, they either imagine everyone lives next door to Disneyland or everyone surfs. A visitor may say to you, “Let’s go surfing,” but most people here don’t. So the idea is you take them to a restaurant that makes everyone feel like they surf. It’s like people who wear NBA jerseys but don’t play basketball. It’s the famous-by-association concept. Some people are tremendously influenced by their physical surroundings, and others aren’t at all. Where do you fall on that spectrum? (Laughs) I appear to be very laid back, but I have very specific things that I like. I’m very…I hate to use the word but (whispers) I’m pretty anal. I’m particular. Our restaurant is organized chaos. It appears like it’s a free-for-all, but I have to have things a certain way. If you had to define your life’s philosophy in three words, what would they be? Have fun. Have fun more than anything else. In anything that you’re doing, just have fun. That’s more than three words. Here you go: Just have fun. What’s the one thing in your house that you’d save if there were a fire? (Silence) You know what’s really funny? I don’t really care. I’m not very materialistic. I would make sure my girlfriend was out, I think. That’s good. I think she’d appreciate that. Yeah, other than that you can pretty much replace anything. Food trucks—here to stay or passing trend? We’ve got three of them. Way before anyone was doing food trucks in California, we were doing them in Austin, Texas and Hawaii. We put our trucks where we’re wanted because we don’t want to upset merchants. Way back when, food trucks used to go to industrial parks and hang out there. The way some companies do it today is that they park [their trucks] in front of retail businesses. I don’t know how I feel about that—it makes sense if people want to eat out after the restaurants close, but if people have the option to eat off a food truck while my restaurant is open, they may not eat at my restaurant. Good or bad, food trucks have created an opportunity for people who can’t afford to eat out much. So where can we find the Wahoo’s truck? Our truck goes to sporting events, and we were just at the food and wine festival at Paramount Studios. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun.


Live in the gated city of Rolling Hills. Offering 3BD/3BA, a large master suite with spa tub, separate shower and 2 walk in closets plus spacious family room. Large 1.17-acre lot, mostly flat with circular driveway. Panoramic city and harbor view! $1,895,000 •


Gorgeous ranch style home completely remodeled. Wellplanned kitchen with granite counter and state-of-the-art appliances. A spacious family room. Offering 4BD/4BA, deluxe master suite, plus 3 fireplaces, pool and panoramic view. On a 1-acre lot zoned for horses. Just listed!

$2,600,000 •

The Gordon Inman Team
Gordon Inman (310) 936-1979 Keith Kelley (310) 944-5554
DRE #1501084

533 24 Street Manhattan Beach $1,095,000


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Old World Spanish Estate
This sensational Old World Spanish Estate was custom built by Elite Homes in 2002. It sits across from ocean bluffs and is well situated on nearly half an acre of land in coveted Lunada Bay. Elegant features abound with terra cotta tile and wide planked hardwood flooring, vaulted and distressed wood-beam ceilings, formal living and dining rooms, large family room which opens to chef’s dream kitchen with enormous center island workspace, Viking 6-burner professional range stove, custom cabinetry, Sub Zero refrigerator, walkin pantry and wine cellar. All bedrooms and guest quarters in this split-level home include an attached bathroom. The large master suite boasts private balcony with ocean views, sitting area, huge walkin closet and bathroom with steam shower, Jacuzzi tub and dual vanities. Walls of French doors lead to the stone courtyard, landscaped yard and sparkling pool with spa that is perfect for entertaining. This custom built estate is truly a luxury worth the pursuit.

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Discover Old World Style Tuscany
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Offered by Ed Kaminsky, Shorewood Realtors
Check the details on p7

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Don’t miss next issue’s Feature Profile on former National Hockey League (NHL) player and local resident Marty McSorley as he invites us inside his amazing digs on the Strand in Hermosa Beach…available October 22, 2010. advertising reservation deadline Thursday, October 14
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Stunning Italian Ocean Front

736 Esplanade • Redondo Beach

• This Gorgeous home was built by the renowned Mark LaCharite and is located on a large South facing • Corner lot and has stunning 180 degree views from Palos Verdes Point to Malibu. • Steps to one of the most beautiful beaches and surf in the South Bay!!!

• Approximately 4800 sq. ft., 5 large bedrooms, 6 bathrooms & 2 large offices • Full size commercial Schindler elevator, large professional gym and a 4+ car garage

JUST REDUCED!! $3,495,000

200 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Custom Contemporary Extraordinaire

• Pat Killen designed home in absolute prime Manhattan Beach location includes 2,700 sq ft on a southwest corner walk street just one block from the beach.

125 31st St. • Manhattan Beach

• Spectacular and unhindered 180° sand and white-water ocean views encompass the living space • 3 corner Fleetwood sliding door systems, 2 Fire Ribbon fireplaces, custom stained walnut floors and stairs, a Jacuzzi spa pool, concrete fire pit, dumbwaiter and custom storefront window system. • 3 massive balconies and an oversized patio. The exterior of this home has Mangarus hardwood siding, hand chiseled limestone, architectural bronze painted metal panels and steel trowel stucco.

• 3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths. Master Chef gourmet kitchen with Subzero refrigerator, Wolf Cook top, microwave and oven, Jenn-Air icemaker and Bosch dishwasher. Custom cabinetry throughout the house.

• Designer “desert” garden with lemon tree and an oversized two-car garage with a carport for a 3rd car or guest parking

This listing is not on the MLS—Private showings only.

Email: • • Direct: 310-292-0332 • Office: 310-543-3536 x300
Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. DRE: 01139207

Gary Elminoufi


Tips from the pros on picking the perfect paint
here is no better way to change the atmosphere of a room than to change the color of the walls and ceiling. A carefully chosen paint hue can personalize and define any design. The hard part is choosing the right one. Here are some techniques professionals use to select colors for clients. • Consider what the area is used for. Colors affect people’s emotions and can evoke certain qualities or motifs. Blues are cool and restful, representing water and peace. Reds are energizing and passionate, symbolizing strength and Asian influence. Purple is soothing and conducive to sleep, calling to mind reverence, mystery, and dignity.


• Permanent fixtures such as fireplaces and built-in cabinets or shelves in the space need to be considered. If you are not planning on painting them, find a complementary color for the walls to tie the overall look together. • If there are windows in the room, tiein the colors from outdoor living spaces and exterior paint; don’t compete with them. • Experiment with an eggshell or satin-finish paint. It will reflect light and give your color a more rich and luxurious look. • Use light colors to brighten a dark room and give the feeling of openness. • In contrast, use darker colored paint to bring the light level down and create a warmer, more intimate atmosphere. • Try using a darker color on unwanted high ceilings. It visually brings the ceiling closer to the viewer, making the room feel more private and cozy.. Paint is a great way to impart your personal style on any space of the house. Experiment with swatches before you make a commitment, but most of all—have fun with it. —Amanda Coscina,

As a former teacher, I understand the importance of being a trusted advisor and knowledgeable resource for the community. My consultative approach to real estate is results-oriented with a laser focus on realizing your objectives.
I’m committed to earning your business.

Gary E. LaTourette
Real Estate Consultant

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1215Granvia Altamira,, Palos Verdes Ests.
17,250 Sq. Ft. Lot~Totally Useable
4 Bdrms, 3 1/2 Baths ~ 2900+ Sq. Ft. Granite Kitchen/Baths ~Air Conditioning Hardwood Floors ~ Crown Moldings! Circular Drive ~ Dining Deck across Back !

Priced to Sell at….


RE/MAX Hall of Fame 310-378-0723

Carol Adams
For Virtual Tour!
DRE# 00806559


This week’s real-time market stats...

524 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277
For Lease—Ready for Beauty Salon and Spa

Aurelio Mattucci 310-920-9233


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Single-family homes
Sunday, October 3, 2010

$1,399,000 $662 134 52% 13% 0% 2,571 Less than 4,500 3.9 2.5 $1,649,250 $698 110 38% 6% 1% 3,011 4,501–6,500 4.0 2.9 $1,899,000 $570 73 45% 8% 5% 3,575 0.25–0.50 acre 4.0 3.0 $1,199,875 $470 116 49% 11% 1% 2,548 0.25–0.50 acre 4.0 2.5 $1,072,500 $512 159 59% 13% 5% 2,194 4,501–6,500 3.8 2.0


Sunday, October 3, 2010

1020 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277
For Lease 2,600 sf

Data Courtesy of Altos Research Corporation LLC. All information contained herein is based on properties currently listed for sale and available publicly. The data presented in this report is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but cannot be guaranteed as such. We recommend you work with a licensed real estate agent or broker for input in buying or selling real estate.

PALOS VERDES ESTATES • 90274 Sunday, October 3, 2010

2041 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Suite B, Lomita, CA 90717

Featured Property!
New! Executive Office Suites

TJ Parker 310-678-0929

RANCHO PALOS VERDES • 90275 Sunday, October 3, 2010
Office and Retail, 200 –1,000 Sq.ft.

324, 326 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277 “Sea Breeze Plaza” 1926 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277

1300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach 90277
Office and Retail

Only three spaces available


Sunday, October 3, 2010

116 S. Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach 90277
Executive office suites


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D: 310.791.6070 C: 310.947.1667 F: 310.373.2340
DRE# 01388229

International President’s Circle Previews Property Specialist

Rae Lord •

212 Ave E, Redondo Beach


516 Esplanade Unit F, Redondo Beach


Great opportunity to live on the Avenues. High ceilings & hardwood floors with an open floor plan. 3 Bedrooms, 3 baths. Beautiful deck for entertaining, and private rear yard. Less than 2 blocks from the beach. JUST LISTED/OCEAN VIEWS.

NEW PRICE! Spacious 3 bedrooms, 3 bath with over 2,000 sq. ft. & 5 balconies to enjoy the excellent ocean view and breeze. A very modern floor plan and architectural masterpiece. Luxury Beach Living at its finest. Sold fully furnished.

531 Esplanade #508, Redondo Beach


1703 Van Horne Lane, Redondo Beach


Excellent opportunity to own your own ocean-front condo. Enjoy white water views and views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Listen to the ocean from your living room, master suite and 2nd bedroom. This lovely 2BD, 2.5BTH condo has been remodeled and is a delight to show – including plantation shutters. This 2-level home offers townhouse-style living with two balconies. Home is very bright with an open floor plan. Amenities include: Pool, sauna, gym, spa, security and direct beach access.

Great Opportunity in the Gorgeous Golden Hills! This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath SFR offers a light and bright open floor plan with a rooftop deck. The main level offers a spacious living room w/ a FP, dining room, kitchen, utility room and large master suite with deck. The 1st level offers 2 beds, full bath, large deck & excellent storage space throughout. Located in the excellent Jefferson Elementary school district, and close to the beach.

711 Esplanade, Redondo Beach


1655 W. 145th Street


Premier 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath property on the Esplanade - Ideal location! Enjoy Gorgeous White Water Panoramic Ocean Views from Malibu to Palos Verdes. Zone R-3. Call Rae Lord for details.

NEW REO LISTING! Great opportunity to own a sharp four-plex. Great for an owner-user or for straight investment property. Front unit is a spacious 2 level, 2 bdrm, 1 bath. Property consists of two, 2-bdrms and two, 1-bdrms. Prop to be sold as-is.

Call Rae Lord for upcoming REO listings.
©2010 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Coldwell Banker is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Owned and Operated by NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker does not guarantee the accuracy of square footage, lot size or other information concerning the condition or features of property provided by the seller or obtained from public records or other sources, and the buyer is advised to independently verify the accuracy of that information through personal inspection and with appropriate professionals.

7 Sea Cove Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes
Great opportunity to purchase a rare coastal lot with plans for a 4000 square foot Marmol Radziner contemporary design home with 100 feet of frontage. Lot is across the street from the coastline. Lot is over 10,000 square feet and offers awesome ocean and coastline views. Sea Cove is a highly desirable street filled with some of Palos Verdes most desirable homes and has a private path to the beach and coastal tide pools. Close proximity to Terranea Resort, Abalone Cove, Portuguese Bend Club and Shoreline Park. Build home as a primary residence or a second home. Home across the street is said to be Frank Lloyd Wright’s last residential project. Land directly across the street is not buildable allowing for unblockable views. Buyer and buyer’s agent to verify all information. Seller is open to a joint venture for spec project. $775,000

24 8th Street, Hermosa Beach
Fantastic new contemporary home in the heart of downtown Hermosa just two doors from the strand and sand, Gourmet kitchen with walk-pantry comes complete with commercial Viking appliances, granite counter tops, custom cabinets and hard wood floors. This home is equipped with elevator, beautiful decks including one on the roof which is engineered and ready for a spa and BBQ to enjoy the city and whitewater views. Spacious open floor plan, living room with fireplace, master has a walkin closet, large his/her bath, jacuzzi tub. House is wired for stereo, alarm as well as high speed internet (CATS). Hermosa Beach living at it’s best!

3410 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach
Architectural Digest’s Editors’ Selection October 2010. A masterpiece in art & living. These worlds meld in this testament to post modern design. An early work by the internationally acclaimed Morphosis design team, Thom Mayne & Michael Rotondi, this blending of stainless steel, concrete & natural elements combine to create a stunning home of epic architectural significance. Featured in the New York Times, this 4000+ square foot home has 4 levels with living room, dining room & kitchen all situated on the top floor to take full advantage of the spectacular ocean/coastline views. The entrance opens to a 3-story, semi-circular atrium. 2 sets of stairs trace a path through the structure that has an elevator, 3 bedrooms, a wine cellar, 2 fireplaces & a family room. Unobstructed ocean views from PV to Malibu, home has been called “the tallest home in Hermosa Beach.”



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“NavigatingtheRealEstatemarketcanbe challengingduringtheseuncertaintimes. AsapartnerwithPeninsulaSotheby’s InternationalRealtyIcanofferyou unsurpassedexposureandexperience inthemarketingofyourhomeorwhen representingyouinthepurchaseofa home.Pleasecallmeonmycellphone at(310)990-4727.”—GerardBisignano
Gerard Bisignano is a life-long resident of the South Bay. He has been selling luxury real estate in our coastal community for over 19 years. He has been a consistent top producer and in 2009 became a partner/owner with Peninsula Sotheby’s. He received his MBA from Loyola Marymount University and served eight years on the Redondo Beach City Council. His marketing efforts have produced two homes named L.A. Times “Home of the Week” and he has been featured several times on NBC’s “Open House Los Angeles.” He has marketed one of the highest priced homes ever listed on the Manhattan Beach Strand and is known for being a top agent for luxury real estate from Manhattan Beach to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

1600 The Strand, Manhattan Beach
Grandieur Embodied. First time to market. Ray Kappe Design-”His designs evince a mastery of warm, modern spaces, clearly expressed construction systems, and environmental sensitivity.”Situated on a prime Strand north corner and a 1 minute walk to downtown. Built prior to current codes, allowing for a rare rooftop pool, expansive top decks and over 5200 sq feet. Floor to ceiling windows allow panoramic whitewater views from PV to Malibu. Concrete, steel and stone, this contemporary masterpiece is accessed through a pivoting sculpted stainless steel door. Downstairs is a Strand level media room and 2 glass enclosed bedrooms. Entry level has the kitchen, dining area, huge granite bar and a wine room. Top living level has the master bedroom and spa quality bath. Stairways lead to the rooftop pool and expansive entertainment outdoor area. Rounded and angeled, this home embraces the coastline. This home has 3 large open fireplaces-a Kappe signature- 3 car garage and an elevator to the roof.

3137 Barkentine Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes
Architecturally significant home by noted Mid Century Modern architect Foster Rhodes Jackson. Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac and next to the nature preserve, this home offers amazing privacy and views. Large glass walls expose expansive views of the ocean, Catalina, bluffs, white water, canyon and nature preserve from all rooms(no power lines or poles). There is a state of the art tracking solar system that can cover most power needs, a large garage, parking pad and extra parking on the street. Viking kitchen, automatic awnings, new baths, A/C. Awesome location, out of the slide zone and situated in an area considered to have the best weather in Palos Verdes. Walk to the beach or hike the many nature preserve trails. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace, modern interior and view decks. Den/office could be 4th bedroom and has a closet. Jackson was a fellow under Frank Lloyd Wright and reveals this inspiration through the richness of his organic and awe inspiring design.

1956 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach
Your classic Beach Home with unobstructable PV to Malibu ocean and whitewater views, a stones throw to the sand and walking distance to both downtown Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Big views, decks, lots of light and a back yard. Upgraded, clean, bright and charming with good sized kitchen, dining area and living room with expansive views. Classic Spanish tile in the bathrooms and backyard jacuzzi, fireplaces in the master bedroom and living room, backyard area with landscape and tiled jacuzzi, balcony off the kitchen and marvelous ocean view entertainment deck. Home has been lovingly maintained, has hardwood floors throughout and a large 2 car garage currently used as an office. The home is situated directly across the 20th street walkstreet so you look straight down to the sand.




Estates of Epic Architectural Significance
Gerard Bisignano
Peninsula Sotheby’s International Realty Cell: 310-990-4727 Office: 310-376-6004 |
DRE: 01116110

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