1930s Hermosa Beach House by Wrigley Mansion Architect Seeking $8.3 Million – Daily Breeze
The Hermosa Beach home designed by Earl T. Hitchmidt, architect of the Wrigley Mansion, is up for sale for the first time in 36 years with an asking price of $8.25 million. (Photo by Floyd Anderson)
The Hermosa Beach house designed by Earl T. Hitchmidt, architect of the Wrigley Mansion, is on the market for the first time in 36 years.
Asking price is $8.25 million.
Built on an oversized lot in 1938, this 3,532-square-foot home features a modern, international design with streamlined trim and casement windows. It has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and three light-filled floors.
The rooftop terrace with 360-degree views is one of the two best spots for watching the waves, according to the listing. The other is a third floor terrace with a fire pit and retractable motorized awning.
Hitchmidt designed the house for his friend. According to marketing materials, it can no longer be replicated due to regulations regarding setbacks and height restrictions. But the house has been meticulously maintained by the owners since 1987.
The open plan main floor has a combined living and dining area that flows into the kitchen. Kitchen features include ample storage space, stainless steel appliances, center island, and breakfast pan.
Climb the lobby stairs to the master suite. It includes a bedroom, desk, two walk-in closets, and a spa-like bathroom with a two-headed shower. The deep soaking bathtub features views of the ocean.
There is a family style entertainment room on the first floor of the house. Glass walls open to the backyard that has a cedar wood hot tub, fire pit, water features, BBQ, outdoor shower, and built in seating.
Back inside, there is a spa-like bathroom with a sauna. Beyond is 480 square feet of living space that includes a kitchen, walk-in closet, and separate entrance. For a flexible living arrangement, the sliding wall can be closed or opened to blend this living space with the rest of the home.
Mature tropical landscaping surrounds the home, within walking distance to the beach and seaside restaurants.
The listing agent is Ed Kaminsky of eXp Realty of California Inc.
Hetschmidt, who died in 1972 at the age of 77, practiced architecture in Southern California from the early to mid-20th century—although he was registered in multiple states.
According to Pacific Coast Architecture database notes, he served as a local liaison for the New York-based architecture firm Schultz & Weaver during the design of the Biltmore Hotel (1921-23) in downtown Los Angeles. He also modernized the CBS Columbia Square studios in Hollywood for KNX radio (1938) and designed the El Monte Theater (1939).
But Wrigley’s mansion in Phoenix, completed in 1932, is his most famous work.
Gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. gave the 16,000-square-foot Italianate-style home to his wife, Ada, for their 50th wedding anniversary. In 1989, it was awarded to the National Register of Historic Places.
The home at 2160 Monterey Boulevard will be open from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 8.