The Beloved Yellow Staircase at 1323 Palisades Beach Road

Standing on the warm sands of the Santa Monica beach there are two icons in your sights. Towards the Pacific Ocean you’ll see the classic pier and a beautiful ferris wheel which lights up the night. Turn around and you’ll notice it immediately, the warm yellow staircase of 1323 Palisades Beach Road. This 3 story single family beach home was built in 1989 and has a few secrets to it, including trap doors.

Ever played Grand Theft Auto (GTA) V? Then you’ve seen this house! This is where Franklin Clinton’s story in the gameplay begins. 

Known as the Bertolt Beach House in GTA V


The game begins with a driving scene for good reason. This home has the capacity to store an automotive enthusiasts dream. For the car lover who enjoys drives along the Pacific Coast Highway this is a great starting point for a Sunday drive in Los Angeles. Here you can securely store up to 8 cars in the garage and gated driveway. With 800 square feet of modern garage space, a small car collection can be on display within this beachside home.

The Beach Side of 1323 Palisades Beach Road

From the third floor there are two options for getting down to the ground floor beach boardwalk. Of course you could take the beloved yellow staircase from the balcony or if you’re inside, climb down one of the ladders if stairs are a bit too rudimentary for your tastes.

Activities are endless in and around this home. The Santa Monica Beach is less than 30 seconds from any point in the house at all times, that’s the magic that living on Ocean Front Walk gets you. The 18 by 15 foot entertainment room on the first floor is a fantastic place to entertain guests or leave the kids to play while others can enjoy the massive 400 square foot deck on the third floor! 

Built in home Sauna

After taking a dip in the ocean rinse off and hop into the glamorous custom-cut sauna built into the home. With room for four everyone can get a nice relaxing dry heat session on the cedar benches.

Right outside the gate are plenty of courts for beach volleyball where you could find a pickup volleyball game year round any day of the week. The FIDV Fédération Internationale de Volleyball or as we call it the International Volleyball Federation has given credit to Santa Monica Beach for being the birthplace of the sport a century ago. Some of the most famous names to have played on this beach include Eric Sato an Olympic Gold Medalist who happens to be a Santa Monica native and the head coach for UCLA women’s volleyball, Michael Sealy. Feel the freedom of experiencing the Pier without any traffic or parking nightmare to get there. Don’t worry about your keys while out on the beach, a digital touchpad lock provides peace of mind. 


Musicians in Los Angeles who want to live Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica will fall in love immediately at the site of the converted den on the second floor. This home features a built in recording studio complete with a full mixing room. Making an entire album with ocean views isn’t a dream here, it’s reality. 

This home was recently written about on the Patch Santa Monica (

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