This narrow, four-story house in Hermosa Beach is across the street from the sand, and thanks to its height, boasts impressive views of the ocean and coastline. (The listing agent and the Los Angeles Conservancy say it’s tallest home in Hermosa Beach.)
Designed in the 1980s by architects Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi of Morphosis and known as the Lawrence House, it’s described by the conservancy as, "a local icon of Late Modern /Deconstructivist design," utilizing concrete and stainless steel throughout.
The zinc-coated, stainless steel facade has an industrial look, but inside the 4,000-square-foot house, it’s welcoming and bright. (The house was updated in 2002 by Daly Genik Architects to "soften some interior edges," says the conservancy.)
The entryway opens onto a three-story atrium that incorporates a wall of glass blocks. The top floor contains the living room, dining room, and kitchen—they all offer stunning ocean views and plenty of natural light.
The three-bedroom, three-bathroom house counts among its amenities an elevator, a wine cellar, and two fireplaces, one of which is in the master bedroom. The master suite has a wall of windows and views of the surf from its balcony.
The house is listed for $4.75 million.
- 3410 Hermosa Avenue [Gerard Bisignano/Vista Sotheby’s Realty]