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'Californication' creator sells in Manhattan Beach.

Eagle-eyed real-estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak was the first to point us toward a triple-story contemporary on a coveted street just two short blocks from the sand in prosperous Manhattan Beach sold by "Californication" creator Tom Kapinos for its full asking price of nearly $4 million. Although the price is significantly below the original $4.75 million ask, Kapinos, who started out writing and producing for "Dawson's Creek," and most recently created the TV series "Lucifer," just about doubled his money on the turn-of-the-century architectural he picked up in the fall of 2002 for $2.16 million, per property records.

Designed by noted architect Pat Killen along with design consultant Mark Egerstrom, the residence has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in about 4,000 square feet. Airy, industrial-chic interiors include a double-height, atrium-like entry with an open-tread, steel-and-wood staircase that zigzags up to the top floor, where the main living spaces are positioned to take optimal advantage of light and views.

The living-room end of the loft-like space opens to a faux-grassed ocean-view terrace. The central kitchen is efficiently compact but poshly outfitted with commercial-style, stainless-steel appliances, and the oversized dining area has aluminum-trimmed glass doors that lead to a cantilevered balcony with an over-the-rooftops ocean view.

Sardine-packed Manhattan Beach is notoriously parking-starved, so the property's most valuable, if least sexy, amenity is arguably the four-car garage and additional off-street parking for two more cars. Property records suggest Kapinos traded his vertically oriented Manhattan Beach digs for a much lower-slung but no less modern two-story, steel-and-glass stunner in Pacific Palisades purchased over the summer of 2014 for a tetch less than $5 million.

$4.22 m

MANHATTAN BEACH

4,000 SQ. FT.

4 BEDROOMS

4.5 BATHS

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Publication:Variety
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Date:Oct 25, 2016
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