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Gordon Kaufmann's Lovely Harden House PriceChopped in Half

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Occupying approximately two acres in Rancho Palos Verdes's Portuguese Point, this little slice of heaven was designed in 1929 by Gordon B. Kaufmann, the highly gifted architect of Greystone Mansion, the LA Times building, and the Hale Solar Lab at Caltech. Known as the Harden House, the seaside compound contains a 5,000-square-foot main residence with five bedrooms and four baths, two separate guesthouses, a finished barn, and a five-car garage. Per the listing, the Mediterranean-style residence's features include "varied decorative ceilings, solid wood doors, hardwood and travertine flooring, 10-inch cement stuccoed walls, arched and coved entryways, custom wrought iron and carved stone," multiple fireplaces, a pool with spa, and—you guessed it—"sweeping sit-down ocean views." Listed in March 2013 for $9.9 million, it's been choppity-chop-chopped to about half of that, $4.95 million, to be exact.

· The Harden House at Portuguese Point [Official site]
· 5500 Palos Verdes Drive [Estately]