Coveted Condos Crest the Coast Between Santa Monica and Malibu

Rockwell, the new ocean view condo building at PCH and Sunset, is ready for its close-up.

Photo by: Manolo Langis All the condos at the Rockwell have an ocean view, but these wraparound windows in the great room of one of the larger units are especially spectacular. And note the chevron-patterned reclaimed white oak flooring.

Locals have known the fortuitously situated concrete-and-glass structure where Sunset meets PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) as “The Bunker,” and have watched the rebuild of the property with interest. Now that construction is complete on the newly christened “Rockwell Residences,” those who have toured the site agree that it finally lives up to its extraordinary Pacific Palisades location.

Originally built in 1983, no expense has been spared in the renovation of the new residential units that range in price from $895,000 to $3.85 million. Each of the 10 single-level residences and six penthouse townhomes in the mixed-use building has a sparkling view of the nearby ocean. And no two floor plans are alike.

Each unit also has at least one spacious terrace to take advantage of that view, and the townhomes feature private hillside gardens. Interior square footage runs from 1,247 for a loft to 3,642 for 3+ bedrooms, which is relatively large, and ranks Rockwell condos among some of the most reasonably priced ocean-view properties in Los Angeles.

As with all condos, however, there’s monthly HOA dues, which will add $735 to $989 to your monthly nut. But that’s also relatively low in comparison to similar properties.

Some of the more interesting and elegant features in each condo include reclaimed white oak flooring in a chevron pattern, handcrafted Moroccan cement tiles, Waterworks fixtures in every bath, custom chef’s kitchens with Thermador appliances, high ceilings, skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors opening to the terraces.

It’s also a smart property, with high-tech features like CAT 5 wiring for cable, television and Internet, central automation control with built-in audio and lighting, and private security systems for each residence including thumb-read entry. The units are also pre-wired for mechanical shades and AV expansion. Some units even have their own elevators.

There are only 16 residential units in the development, about half of them under contract, and the rest still available. The commercial space on the bottom is taken up by Studio K, a very high-end gym; Fiore Gardens, an upscale florist; and the headquarters of 9 Mile Investments, the real estate, design and construction collective responsible for the building.

Located strategically between Malibu and Santa Monica, the Rockwell is a desirable pied-a-terre at the beach for celebrities like Martin Sheen, who have bigger homes in the Beverly Hills/Brentwood area, but also own a little something on the coast where they can spend occasional nights and weekends, at the beach, close to the stellar restaurants and recreation.

But it’s not a bad place to call home for the well-heeled regular folk, either, who want elegant, low-maintenance living on one of the most coveted coasts in the world.

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