1031 Duncan Ave, Manhattan Beach, California 90266
Hill SectionOcean View Hill Section
SFROffered at $3,499,000
Year Built
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Built to take advantage of the benefits of Hill Section living, this custom home features an expansive, open upper living and entertaining level that showcases views of the Pacific Ocean beyond.  This residence was recently re-designed by the experts at Waterleaf in Manhattan Beach and now features a beautifully updated interior that reflects the perfect blend of casual and elegant that comes with luxury coastal living. Offering 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, this approximately. 4,200 sf home sits on a 4,497 sf south-facing lot. A large walk-out living room deck allows for better enjoyment of the ocean views, while a very serene backyard offers a private retreat from the hustle and bustle of an active daily routine.

Upon entry, you are immediately invited to enjoy thoughtful design upgrades throughout. Elements such as seagrass wall coverings, rich white wainscoting, polished nickel hardware, designer flooring selections, marble counters, custom window treatments, and an updated coastal color palate have transformed the classic lines of this California craftsman style home into an upscale, modern beach environment.

The floorplan is intentionally set to capture and enjoy the ocean views from many vantage points as you move throughout the open concept entertaining and gathering areas. Step out on to the large viewing deck to enjoy al fresco dining in the near perfect SoCal weather.

The home's theme is that of openness and togetherness. A custom kitchen, formal dining area, living room and family room are seamlessly connected with the purposeful intent of keeping the household engaged throughout the day. Because of the open flow, the formal spaces must maintain touches of luxury as focal points and functional design elements. With that in mind, the updated kitchen features premium Kitchen Aid appliances and a 6 burner Viking range with a stylish riveted hood. Marble counters, up-purposed kitchen cabinets are finished with nickel latches and drawer pulls that compliment the traditional beach cottage influences of the home's design. 

Other key features include the stack stone faced central fireplace, mullioned casement windows, library shelving and wainscoting. On the upper level, a 4th bedroom/guest suite is found; currently used as a home gym. This room shares Jack & Jill access to the full guest bath.

The main entry level houses two main bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill bath, a full sized laundry/utility room, and the welcoming master suite. Enjoy waking to the tranquil sounds and views of the trickling natural water feature in the private backyard. The main level offers direct yard access from both the main hall and the master bedroom. The master bath is expertly finished with custom mirrors, marble counters, subway tiles, his & hers vanity areas, a relaxing soaking tub, and separate walk-in shower. Built-in linen cabinets and storage closets provide plenty of options to help keep daily clutter out of sight.

The basement level is a surprisingly sun-filled and cheerful family retreat, offering a wonderful space that can grow and adapt with the household throughout the years. A built-in entertainment bar features a beverage center with refrigerated drawers and wine cooler. There are delightfully thoughtful custom pull out shelves to help keep games and toys organized. The room features built-in surround sound and can easily convert to a gaming room or home theater. Also on this level are found the home's 5th bedroom and a final full bath. Another great option to provide weekend guests with a place of their own or to set up a quiet, out-of-the-way home office.

The Manhattan Beach Hill Section is a location sought after locally for it's proximity to main commuter routes throughout the South Bay, the impressive ocean views that can be captured and the ability to take a short walk or bike ride Downtown or to the beach. It is common for homeowners in the Hill Section to access Downtown Manhattan Beach by way of the city's greenbelt/jogpath that runs north to south and offers a safe footpath to enjoy a tree-lined walk or job to the center of town and/or the beach. There are few mutli-family zoned properties in the Hill Section, only two streets that cut through from Sepulveda Blvd to the Sand Section, and only a small handful of commercial properties found along one border street, making the area almost exclusive feeling as residents-only mainly come and go along the streets.


  • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
  • 4,200 SF, 4,497 SF lot
  • Ocean views from upper level entertaining areas
  • Re-designed by Waterleaf Interiors
  • Basement level recreation room + guest quarters
  • Upper level bedroom/office/home gym
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • South facing views and sun exposure
  • Custom designed kitchen with premium appliances
  • Built-in home management center
  • Library shelving in open family room
  • Wired for home security system
  • Built-in speakers throughout main rooms
  • :Laundry room on main bedroom level
  • 2 car garage plus driveway parking
  • Convenient central location 

Listing Agent: Dave Caskey