With the influx of media companies migrating to Silicon Beach comes an explosion of recently built homes tailor-designed for tech executives. And more are on the way: Companies like Palisades Capital Partners are banking big on the continued tech evolution with in-the-pipeline projects such as Aire, a collection of 19 condominiums in Santa Monica designed to attract tech execs with both its Silicon Beach location and host of pre-wired, smart features. For digital players looking to make the move, here are some of the coolest tech-friendly homes located next to the heart of the action.
With neighbors that include Yahoo, YouTube, and Google, Playa Vista has evolved into the high-tech hub of Los Angeles. Meeting the need for tech exec housing, Brookfield Residential has recently introduced its most luxurious neighborhood to date. Called Marlowe, the collection of 30 single-family homes melds contemporary design with high-tech amenities. Each three-story, LEED silver home has 4-5 bedrooms, open-plan interiors, indoor/outdoor spaces, and expansive terraces designed to capture sunlight and ocean breezes. All Marlowe homes feature Category 6 data wire for phone lines and high-speed data connection in bedrooms, kitchens, great rooms, and family rooms. Prices vary; contact Alison Girard, Brookfield Residential Director of Marketing, 888-692-2985
Venice Beach-based designer/builder Kim Gordon has recently completed the second in a series of three homes in the area. Located two blocks from Abbot Kinney and within walking distance to Snapchat and Google, the 4,300-square-foot home features soaring ceilings and a completely open-flow design that allows the glass walls to open and close. Thanks to this flexible construction, the house expands and contracts depending on whether people are entertaining, working, or relaxing. $4.987 million; contact Pardee Properties listing agent Justin Alexander, 310-907-6517
With Beats by Dre opening Barbara Bestor-designed offices here in 2014, the housing market is reflecting the change with a series of large-scale, contemporary homes. One of the very biggest in the area is this just completed, 4,100-square-foot house. Located near Hayden Tract, home to much of the high-tech action, the 5-bedroom, 5.5 bath home features ceilings that go up to 18-feet high, open-flow rooms, and a pool and spa. $2.998 million; contact Keller Williams listing agents Zee and Steven Spezzano, 213-494-3888
Located just a few blocks from Twitter’s Santa Monica headquarters, this architectural hideaway features clean lines and contemporary design spanning a 2,500-square-foot space, which includes a 250-bottle Vinotech wine cellar, thermal flooring and a Nordic dry yoga sauna/shower. $2.095 million; contact Pardee Properties listing agent Penny Muck, 310-907-6517
For execs looking to be in the heart of the Silicon Beach action while being literally on the beach, this recently listed Marina del Rey walk-street home offers the best of both worlds. Expansive ocean views from almost every room in the house are the huge draw at this two-story, 4,000-square-foot corner unit. $8.495 million; contact The Agency’s listing agent Santiago Arana, 424-231-2399