Home Of The Week
1155 & 1165 Ronda Drive
Privacy—is the cornerstone of this unique property. The estate’s grounds were designed as a park-like enclave where, as the current owner suggests, “You can live like you want, when you want.” There exists an enchanting air, a sense of expansiveness and an ease of living in this one-of-a-kind property, located approximately one-mile from the sands along Manhattan Beach.
One-of-a-kind describes the single-largest residential lot in Manhattan Beach. Two large, distinct and separate parcels have been masterfully blended by the property’s ‘secret garden’ into one private and expansive estate, a collective container for the elegant main house, pool house and enchanting guest cottage. The buildings are designed with a nostalgic nod to French Country architecture, invoking the senses and sensibilities of European travel. The property, a neighborhood peninsula, enjoys perimeter gardens laced in perfection with the latest in water-conscious plantscaping. For the luxury car connoisseur, the property offers eight garage spaces between the main house and guest cottage. The interior spaces are a design-specific compliment to each building’s architectural style and function, offering a taste for both formal and informal. The main home’s interiors continue with French Country styling, combining the best of old world elegance with a diversity of formal and informal elements throughout the two-story 7,394-esf residence. The open floorplan with 20’ ceilings spirals out in all directions connecting to the ground floor public spaces, with the private quarters located up the cascading stairs.
The guest cottage located across the expansive open garden space is what the current owners refer to as their “holiday retreat”, also styled in French Country architecture resides on the more informal slide of the scale. Modestly designed at 1701-esf, brings with it a playfulness that is contrasted against the larger more elegant main home. “The owners brought a piece of Europe to the estate when they added the cottage,” describes John Capellaro of Coldwell Banker Previews International. “It’s where they entertain for their more intimate gatherings.” The cottage, in contrast to the main house, has the flavor of a carriage house with dark woods used graciously throughout, in open beam ceilings, floors, millwork and staircase. Also in an open floor plan design—kitchen and living space, with one master suite upstairs, a separate ground level large multi-use room and a 571-esf wine cellar. The cellar a warm and enchanting space designed with natural stone floors, brick and mortar wine storage wall and ample space for dining entertainment paired with the best of your wine collection. Just outside the guest cottage is a sheltered-from-the-sun natural stone clad gazebo with fireplace for year-round outdoor entertainment, the hallmark of enjoyment for Southern California dwellers. While family and guests are enjoying the sparkling blue pool waters or playing a game of croquet, others may be finding a quiet slice of sanctuary for reading or a relaxing therapeutic massage in the 291-esf pool house, complimented with a fireplace and bathroom.
A rare offering…the secret it out!