With a very small slice of land on the SoCal coast. One very contemporary home has a bright red Harley right in the window. Several times I have passed that house there was a sign with a chart of water purity and health qualities for several bottled water brands and a website at the bottom. I guess he is in the water purification business or the bottled water business. Either way the Harley in the window is a cool touch.
There are several very unique homes combining and spanning greek, moorish, basque and modern architecture. The Strand is a couple of miles long, and on my crazy days I have walked it end to end. If you end up by the pier, I would suggest a side trip down to the end of the pier. There is an interesting free aquarium exhibit and the little cafe out front has a pretty good milkshake to put back all the calories you just used up.
If you prefer to embibe in a wheat or grape based beverage there are two water view bars just a few hundred feet from the pier. The Sand Dollar bar is a very crowded local hangout with great prices. If you don’t mind standing room only to save a buck or two, head over there.
Just across the street is a much quieter bar called Beaches with great water views, and usually even has a couple extra seats at the end of the day.