Sun Gazing

American Martyrs sophisticated snoop tours a strand beauty.


Before Southbay HOME, the only way residents could get a peek into many of our area’s most specular homes was a personal invitation or philanthropic home tour. One such home tour has been going strong for 42 years: Sophisticated Snoop. The annual event opens the doors of a select number of residences for one weekend each year and benefits the American Martyrs School in Manhattan Beach.

One of the six entries this year, this exquisite, modern masterpiece by Tomaro Design Group will certainly have tongues wagging. Located in Hermosa Beach, the contemporary-style home sits on a rare, 4,327-square-foot beachfront lot with 70-foot-wide frontage on The Strand.



“The home is a beautiful symphony of glass, steel and wood, singing with a family filled with heart, soul and beautiful memories—past and still creating.”

“When we were looking for a new home for our family, we wanted an open and approachable style of living,” shares the home’s owner, Lisa Lopez. “The ocean view and peaceful surroundings provide us with endless satisfaction.”

Lisa and her husband were fortunate to collaborate with Louie Tomaro and Rick Tomaro for architecture and construction and Suzanne Ascher of Waterleaf Interiors for the design.







“The home is a beautiful symphony of glass, steel and wood, singing with a family filled with heart, soul and beautiful memories—past and still creating,” shares Suzanne. “I was honored to be part of the composition that made this architectural piece a warm home.”

A distinguishing feature of the outdoor view, a tranquil reflecting pool and 60-foot-long infinity edge make the structure appear to float above the pool. Inside, a three-story glass atrium segmented by a glass staircase, glass bridges and water wall offer a breathtaking, light-filled entrance.

The first floor is comprised of the great room with reading nook, kitchen and garage. The second floor has the master suite, three guest bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms and laundry room. The basement is set up for entertaining with rec room, living room, bar, wine cellar, theatre and guest suite. Lending itself to the California lifestyle, the main living space and master suite open almost completely on the west-facing facades with 10-foot sliding doors that disappear behind stone walls.



If you would like to see this home for yourself—and we think you should—be sure to stop by this year’s Sophisticated Snoop Home Tour on May 15, 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For tickets and information, call 424-212-7800.




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