The lighthearted charm and beauty of Hermosa Beach has been luring people of all ages long before actor Ryan Gosling took to its pier in the Oscar-winner La La Land. Locals describe it as an L.A. enclave that truly embraces a “come as you are” attitude—which pairs nicely, we should mention, with shoes that can be easily kicked-off as you head towards the water’s edge.
Balancing the town’s emblematic mellow vibe and that “Hey, let’s grab a fish taco” kind of spirit that goes with it is a blossoming culinary scene. The last year alone has brought in a sling of new restaurants including Laurel Tavern, Locale90, Playa Hermosa Fish & Oyster and the highly acclaimed Baran’s 2239. Boasting a cocktail and dinner menu that you would normally associate with a big city atmosphere is Steak & Whisky while the indoor/outdoor concept of newcomer Tower12 offers the best views of Pier Plaza—and both are within steps to the surf.
A place where sunset-gazing is as popular as brunching and residents leave their cars in park all weekend, Hermosa Beach caters to a healthy and active lifestyle and is continuously vying to protect that. Two miles of beach with a flat strand walkway connecting Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach serve as the main thoroughfare to walkers, joggers and bicyclists on any given day of the week. It’s the city’s laidback character, coupled with a growing cosmopolitan dining and hospitality scene, that has enabled it to usher in a new wave of modern—albeit family-friendly—homes.
One such home that truly captures the spirit of this beach community is 477 25th Street, a 3 bed/4.5 bath home recently completed by the late architect Pat Killen. Located only about 500 yards from the sand in the desirable North of Hermosa neighborhood, this residence, recently featured in CA Home & Design, basks in the glory of its perch on an elevated lot.
Architectural distinctions, such as a suspended walkway and 30-foot stacked stone wall, raise the design integrity of this beautiful abode. The free-flowing upper level features a generous great room, distinctive suspended walkway, living room and bar, spacious dining room and kitchen with custom-designed Calcutta marble and Ann Sacks glass tiles.
Offered by Partners Trust Associate Mark Kitching, this California Modern residence features open-air terraces on every level (including the rooftop), making it an ideal locale for enjoying sunrises and sunsets dancing off the ocean and hillside.