Palos Verdes Estates is one of the more prestigious neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Established in the 1920’s, luxury mansions and dream homes abound in this elite community. Throughout the decades, the Palos Verdes Estates government has taken painstaking efforts to protect the property values of this posh area. In fact, a strict art jury oversees construction and maintains PVE’s architectural integrity and view with strict adherence to the city ordinances. As such, the beautiful homes all have a European influence. Moreover, most PVE mansions boast unparalleled views. This mansion is no exception.
This romantic dream home has the beautiful view all prospective buyers in the Palos Verdes Estate real estate market are looking for. Its height up against the Malaga Hills allows for a breathtaking view of the Queen’s Necklace and the Santa Monica Bay. Furthermore, the prime location assures privacy. Its street, Vía La Cuesta, ends at Grandview Park, just a few hundred yards beyond the driveway.
Like much of Palos Verdes Estates, this mansion is a magnificent example of Italianate architecture. The stone façade, Belvedere towers, pedimented windows, and Renaissance balustrading are all classic hallmarks of the style. The grand residence boasts 10,100 square feet, six bedrooms, and eight baths sitting on 1.15 acres of prime property.
There is nothing common about the main level of this palatial mansion. The sunken living room soars 16 feet up to the coffered ceilings. French doors accessing the balcony and Palladian windows provide a beautiful view of the grounds and the bay beyond. A separate wing off the kitchen is home to the family room. Large windows brighten the room. Yet the dark wood cathedral ceiling provides an unexpected dramatic touch. The cozy library highlights the craftsmanship found throughout the mansion with its coffered ceilings, wainscoting, and cabinetry. Also, the stairs in the library provide entry to the private room in the home’s smaller Belvedere tower.
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The kitchen of this dream home will elate home cooks. The room has two large islands, one natural stone and one butcher block. Of course, the appliances are top of the line. A large butler’s pantry provides an excess of space for a stocked larder. And those stuck doing the dishes will also love this kitchen. Even the sink has an impressive waterfront view!
In addition to the eat-in nook, the natural stone island has a breakfast bar with room for three. The adjoining formal dining room is large and features built-in display cabinetry for fine china and stemware
The master suite of this dream home is awash in natural light that cascades through the oversized windows. The bedroom is quite large but still feels intimate with help from the dark wood flooring and carved fireplace. The private balcony has access from the bedroom or the hallway that leads to two of the three master closets. The luxurious bathroom has dual sinks, a shower, and jetted tub. Additionally, this incredible master retreat has a private entry to tallest of the Belvedere towers. This hidden nook offers the best view of the water, coastline, and city lights.
The amenities in the lowest level of this mansion make it a great place for fun! The home theater has plenty of seating for family and friends. Notably, the ceiling of the room is painted to look like the night sky. The wine cellar connects to the home theater room. In addition to its main space, a smaller, gated portion of the cellar provides the perfect area for the most-prized vintages. The entertaining room has a bar, space for a billiard table, and a few points of egress to the grounds. Fitness enthusiasts can perfect their form in the mirrors that surround 3 walls of the home gym. A cozy sauna neighbors the gym for after-workout muscle relief.
Moreover, the lower level has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and laundry. The bedroom could easily serve as a private massage area. However, these rooms could also be used as a quarters for an in-house maid or au pair.
Every inch of this luxury dream home’s 1.15 acre parcel is well utilized. Much planning and care went into designing the impressive grounds. An outdoor kitchen has all of the necessary amenities for entertaining al fresco. The pool and spa, complete with an intricate tiled mosaic, is welcoming and sparkles in the California sunshine. Oenophiles will delight in having their own little personal vineyard.
In addition, little nooks and surprises can be found throughout the beautifully terraced property like secluded sitting areas, a hidden waterfall, and a koi pond. Ensconced in ivy-covered fencing, even the tennis court is private. However, the large outdoor fireplace is clearly the ground’s most stunning feature. Imported from France, the historic structure dates back to the 17th century.
Address: 705 Vía La Cuesta Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Sotheby’s International Realty lists this dream home with an asking price of $13,900,000.