A Postcard Home


Moving to the South Bay was the best thing we ever did,” says Roberta Coppersmith. After living in Newport Beach most of their lives, Roberta and Jeff Coppersmith finally decided to relocate to the South Bay to be closer to his office.

They had traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Italy and love the influences of both countries, from the architecture and design to the food. “We knew we wanted to build a house that invoked traits from those countries, and I had been saving magazine articles and photos for years,” says Roberta. 

In hiring David Watson, the Coppersmiths found an architect who shared their passion for designing a Mediterranean-inspired home. The design process went quickly, because the Coppersmiths knew exactly what they wanted in their new house. David brought in Hollingsworth-Witteman Construction for a fluid building process.

“Steve Witteman’s and Joel Hollingsworth’s attention to detail during the construction phase was incredible, and no mistakes were made,” says Roberta. Interior designer Lorena Pulichino worked with Roberta when any decorating questions arose, and Roberta and Lorena created a unified vision for the house.

One of the most arresting and intricate architectural details is the curved staircase that floats up through all four floors. With precision and grace, it winds up the far side of the house, and the lines are visible from lower floor passageways.

Outside, attention was given to every detail—from the stone passageway leading to the house to the beautiful and massive front doors. The Coppersmiths were not aware of the view they were going to have from the top floor when the building process began, but each time a floor was completed, they hosted a party for friends to see the next level. Bearing wine and crawling up ladders, they joyfully took in the views as each of the four levels was completed.

The ground floor has a large family and entertainment area where Jeff and their grown sons relax when everyone convenes back in Hermosa Beach. With a bar, game table and large seating area for watching television, it’s the perfect place to entertain guests.

The guest bedrooms comprise the second floor, and each has its own ocean view and en suite bathroom. The third floor is dedicated to the master bedroom that also has a fabulous ocean view, along with a large closet and master bathroom.

However, it is the fourth floor where the Coppersmiths truly live—and the masterpiece of the house. The gourmet kitchen, dining area and living area are all in one grand room that opens to a massive rooftop deck. Standing at the island cooking, one could easily be cooking in the kitchen of an ocean liner, because the view to the Pacific is unobstructed.

Outside, the rooftop patio has multiple seating areas, including one with a pergola and banquettes. Jeff and Roberta frequently head outside with a glass of wine to watch the magnificent sunsets from their own rooftop oasis.

“In Hermosa Beach, we have found the place we want to live forever,” says Roberta. Although the Coppersmiths still travel frequently, it’s evident that their new Mediterranean home on the Pacific is where their hearts remain.

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