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Bringing the outdoors in

Marshutz is a freelance writer.

Mike Perryman grew up in Manhattan Beach. Like his father, who built homes in the Hollywood Hills, he became a home builder with an eye for modernism as well.

So when Perryman received a tip that a west-facing property on Fisher Avenue was up for sale, he did not hesitate to make an offer and to snatch it up.

Fisher is a small, private street named after one of the area’s earliest settlers, and it’s in a zone that allows structures up to 30 feet high, or three stories. Six months later, he also bought the property next door.

Perryman’s MAP Development tapped San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design to work on both 1208 and 1212 Fisher Ave. Because MAP is a spec builder, partner David Darling said the firm was reluctant at first. But after meeting Mike and his wife, Susan, he was convinced that they were passionate about building good-quality homes.

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Darling added his firm’s trademark sensibility at 1212 Fisher, a custom three-story that has a modern Pacific Rim feel to it.

The design company works to find solutions for unique situations -- in this case, maximizing indoor-outdoor living while preserving privacy in a densely developed beach area.

That’s accomplished by pulling light down into the open spaces with skylights, cathedral light wells and floor-to-ceiling glass sliders. A private courtyard also draws sunlight into the home.

Brazilian ipe wood screens are angled to create privacy from the street side. Freshly planted 10-foot bamboo provides additional privacy on the pool side and separates it from the sister property at 1208 Fisher.

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An elevated living room provides views stretching from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu.

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Flush with features

Location: 1212 Fisher Ave., Manhattan Beach 90266

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Asking price: $5,590,000

Lot previously sold for: $1.76 million in early 2005.

Size: There are five bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in 5,850 square feet.

Additional features: Four-car garage, three-stop elevator, steam room, natural walnut cabinets, wood and stone flooring, outdoor fireplace, floating copper fireplace hood, Italian bath fixtures and faucets, media room, radiant floor heat and a tankless water heater. The master bathroom features a walk-in shower, sunken tub and access to the home’s spa and lap pool.

Around the neighborhood: 236 existing single-family homes sold in the 90266 ZIP Code from January through October, according to MDA DataQuick. The median sales price was $1.61 million. In 2007, 370 existing single-family homes sold at a median price of $1.65 million. There were 203 homes listed for sale last week in 90266, according to Realtor.com. Prices ranged from $549,000 to $8.5 million.

Listing agent: Northwest Realty, Manhattan Beach, (310) 939-1000


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