PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY

Manheim and Cercone unified a gloomy 1940’s triplex into a modern, single-family residence for their personal use. It became the scene of myriad parties including one of LA’s first same sex weddings. It’s where Holly Hunter practiced her solo for “The Piano” and Meatloaf pounded the keys with a gospel choir on Christmas Eve. Ah…the stories!

Though the sale of the home established a high price-point for its location, it is the only property Jaman principals Manheim and Cercone have built that did not show a profit. Yes, it was the bottom of the 90’s market, but the couple has profited in down markets since. PCH was their first extensive construction and it taught them invaluable lessons about value engineering, the importance of hiring expeditors for permitting and, most important, they learned that even if a property is for personal use, it must fulfill the same stringent requirements as a built-for-profit investment.

Happily, the property sold to a TV star who is so in love with her home, she utilizes it for filming and photo-shoots, talks about it in print and on television and even replicated the home’s kitchen for the set of her talk show.

Features: Two bedrooms/2½ baths; 1,500 sq. ft. deck and sunken spa cantilevered over the Pacific; great room with wood-burning fireplace, cook’s kitchen and two-way saltwater aquarium; ocean-front owner’s suite with wood-burning fireplace and spa like bathroom; ocean-front guest suite with wood-burning fireplace.