Hugging the sand south of Hermosa Beach Pier, this three-story contemporary evokes a glass-clad lifeguard tower angled toward the water. The main living areas, the master bedroom and the office with balcony take in the ocean views. The dining room opens to a patio along the bike path and the beach.
Location: 718 The Strand, Hermosa Beach 90254
Asking price: $6.5 million
Architect: Dean Nota
Year built: 1999
House size: Three bedrooms, four bathrooms, 3,100 square feet
Lot size: 2,397 square feet
Features: Granite kitchen counter, stainless appliances, master bathroom with double showers, a steam room and a tub
About the area: Last year, 98 single-family homes sold in the 90254 ZIP Code at a median price of $1,100,000, according to DataQuick. That was a 15.8% price increase from 2010.