Perched atop the “Hill Section” of Manhattan Beach, this bright and airy house enjoys sweeping views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Channel Islands, and blue Pacific Ocean.

For the 8th Street Residence, we took as our initial inspiration the tradition of classic seaside cottages. Here, this aesthetic of simple forms, expressed timber framing and crisp millwork is interpreted in a more modern fashion. The vernacular of the familiar “builder’s cottage” is here somewhat abstracted and simplified, becoming a perfect backdrop for our client’s eclectic modern art collection.

This house exemplifies our approach to a seamless blending of the house and the landscape. The crisply paneled entry hall leads to the airy living room, with vaulted ceiling and broad glass doors, opening both to a lushly planted garden to the north, featuring a stately bronze sculpture by Guy Dill, and to the spacious veranda, pool and sweeping ocean views to the south. A bright and inviting great room lies beyond, with tall, beamed ceilings and enveloping clerestory windows providing abundant filtered light.

Upstairs are four bedroom suites, including the cozy master bedroom sanctuary, perched atop the south side of the house, a perfect spot to enjoy the serene vista of the Santa Monica Bay and the peninsula of Palos Verdes beyond.

About Us

Our design philosophy is predicated on deep, meaningful connections between the house and the land. Southern California is blessed with a nurturing environment that provides extraordinary opportunities for true indoor-outdoor living. The homes we design fulfill that promise with beauty and joy.


Our Thinking

The Mediterranean in Southern California

Architecture inspired by great traditions of the Mediterranean region has a long, rich history in California. The fruits of this long lineage flavor the character of our cities and dot the surrounding hillsides. At KAA Design, we have often found the Mediterranean architectures to be a perfect fit for our clients wishing to build here.

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