931 Duncan Place, Manhattan Beach, Ca

931 Duncan Place has you at hello. A bold plantation-style black door reveals a covered open-air entry that is as functionally intelligent as it is dramatically transitional. Your kids know they can spirit around the corner straight to the mud room and downstairs family rooms. You and your guests ascend a dramatic floating staircase to the double doored entry, with sweeping views of the Pacific at your back.

Transitions are key to this home, with a design that buffers private living spaces away from the communal entertaining area with smartly appointed vestibules. The effect is increased spaciousness, as doors can remain open without revealing the untidiness of daily life.

At the same time, rooms are deftly designed to create a constant relationship with the outdoors, and as one would hope, living in such a magnificent climate, you find yourself with choices to live each day as befits.

The upstairs living room, oriented around a strikingly minimalist fireplace, is perfect for social gatherings or quiet conversation. Flanked by floor-to-ceiling double glass doors on either side, it easily converts on a beautiful day to an airy dwelling opening onto the rear patio and grassy yard.

A gracious and sunny master bedroom offers large-scale ocean views, double walk-in closets and a luxuriant master bath with separate floating vanities, soaking tub, over-sized walk-in shower and private patio. An upstairs office with bath can also double as an additional bedroom.

A state-of-the-art cooks’ kitchen teems with features that make cooking facile & social, from dual sinks and top of the line appliances to abundant storage. A dramatic extra-long working island with counter seating for six is the center of the party. Oversee homework, chat with your guests or just admire the view out a 180° bank of windows toward the ocean.

Perhaps this home’s signature feature, an upper level wraparound lanai is anything but gratuitous. Dramatically uplit in the evenings, it provides a large outdoor dining and barbecue area. After dinner, retire to the outdoor sunken living room, strategically placed at the corner, for sweeping ocean views over fireside drinks, conversation, or simply to bury yourself in a good book.

The family fun continues downstairs, where three separate bedroom suites, each with adjoining bath, center around a giant common area. The kids can make as much noise and mess as they like down here without impinging on the serenity of the upper floor. An adaptable screening room can also function as home office or gym, with an additional room perfectly suited for wine storage. To cap off the amenities, laundry, mud room, and storage are also on this level, not to mention 6-car parking.

At 931 Duncan Place, bold, timeless design meets the warmth and sophistication of 21st century beach living, thoughtfully designed to create a place and a purpose for everyone.