The Pitch: Finding a place in the Palisades

In the $4-million range, which would you prefer: a charming Spanish home high in the hills or a sleek modern residence that's closer to the water?
(Noel Kleinman / Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)

In the high-caliber housing market of Los Angeles, every neighborhood has a distinct style, offering a list of pros and cons that can leave even the surest of buyers second-guessing.

Better views lead to longer commutes. Living closer to the action may mean sacrificing space.

The Pitch digs into these differences, pitting properties against each other in a head-to-head format and allowing the listing agents to proclaim why theirs is best.

In the coastal community of Pacific Palisades, the ocean is king. But those eye-catching homes descending the scenic hillside allow more room to spread out.


If you had $4 million to spare, which would you prefer: a charming Spanish-style home high in the hills or a sleek modern residence closer to the water?

San Remo residence

Found in the Riviera, this 1950s home offers Spanish flair and lush outdoor spaces. It’s listed by F. Ron Smith and David Berg of the Smith & Berg Partners Team at Compass.

Address: 1466 San Remo Drive, Pacific Palisades, 90272

Price: $4.295 million

Specs: Four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in 4,085 square feet (33,541-square-foot lot)

The agent’s pitch:

This modern Spanish estate in a private setting pairs sought-after authenticity with modern flair, creating a lush sanctuary overlooking parts of Brentwood and Santa Monica.

Through the foyer, one is led into the home’s great room with a custom tile fireplace and French doors. Brimming with elegant and sculpted interiors that evoke the best of Spanish architecture, the home’s fully outfitted kitchen lies opposite the breakfast room and epic views. The first level features two bedrooms, while the lower level hosts two additional bedrooms — each showcasing far-reaching treetop views.

Beyond the interior lies a verdant haven, ideal for both prime relaxation and entertaining. The space is complete with multiple grassy lawns, a dining area and an ivy-clad lounge area with an outdoor fireplace. The home delivers unique architectural details in L.A.'s most desirable neighborhood, and it puts an authentic twist on contemporary California living.

Bollinger residence

Built four years ago, this Marquez Knolls estate offers bright open living spaces filled with stone, glass and warm wood. It’s listed by Michael Edlen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Address: 16835 Bollinger Drive, Pacific Palisades, 90272

Price: $4.25 million

Specs: Five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 4,262 square feet (6,900-square-foot lot)

The agent’s pitch:

This architectural masterpiece is perfect for a large or small family. With all five bedrooms and four of the bathrooms upstairs, it provides great flexibility with the added convenience of upstairs laundry and a multi-purpose room.

It was built in 2015 by the current owner for his family, who used a practical and attractive blend of materials, fixtures, clean lines, walnut flooring and built-in storage systems that will be timeless for years. With direct entry from a spacious two-car garage, the high-ceiling floor plan was thoughtfully designed for large-scale entertaining both inside and out by the pool.

The property sits on a wide, quiet street just three blocks to the highly rated Marquez Charter Elementary School, an Italian restaurant, convenience store and other services. In addition, it boasts a five-minute drive to the beach, hiking trails, and Palisades Village restaurants and boutiques. | Twitter: @jflem94