2608 184th Street, Redondo Beach, CA
A breakthrough property that is 1/3 culinary, 1/3 creative and 1/3 relaxed. The main thing is to be able to come home and feel free of the day's constraints, the constraints of being a day older and being able to appreciate the exuberance of living. It starts with a rock 'n' paved driveway, an authentic beach house curb appeal and a variety of beautiful trees. There is a magnolia, birch, lime, avocado and pepper tree with a line-up of roses, blackberries, wispy horsetails and a vine of cabernet sauvignon. From the $40K remodeled kitchen featuring a 22,000 BTU Bluestar range, Viking refrigerator, Carrara marble countertops to the white oak cabinets; one looks out front through the large picture window and out the back to a built-in barbeque, fireplace and bench sitting area shaded with white jasmine on the trellis. Other amenities include Pergo wood floors, upgraded baths and French doors. It's an inspiration that reminds one that beach home living is like listening to a great independent record, say like Pearl Jam of the '90s, and not getting bored with it.