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Location: Hermosa Beach, Calif.
The Skinny: The Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect Thom Mayne is in high demand lately. He and his L.A.-based firm, Morphosis, have designed plenty of award-winning buildings across the country, including the jagged New Academic Building at NYC's Cooper Union. In Hermosa Beach though, this three-bed beach house has been lingering on the market for years, with a price that's varied wildly, from a high of $7.9M to a low of $3.5M, before settling at $5.3M. A tall, vertical design just steps off the famous beachfront Strand, the metal-clad house enjoys ocean views from the upper levels, 4,000 square feet over four levels, a basketball court out front, two fireplaces, an elevator, a wine cellar. The mercurial nature of the price remains a mystery, but something that's been featured in both the New York Times and Architectural Digest was always going to end up with a multimillion-dollar price tag.
· Hermosa Beach [Zillow]