Located just four blocks east from Wood’s Cove, one of Laguna Beach’s many secluded, cliffside beaches accessible only by steep sandy stairways, 1980 Catalina Street is a true Laguna Beach gem: a white, board and batten, 1933 single-story coastal cottage complete with chevroned wood floors, honed Carrara marble countertops, French doors and casement windows galore, allowing in the salty, surf spray air, wood paneled ceilings, and all accessible via a double hung Dutch door, all under the pollarded boughs of a historic, city-designated Heritage California Sycamore Tree. This home, set within magical Laguna Beach, a town reachable only through two routes, via four lane Pacific Coast Highway or the two lane Laguna Canyon Road, is a hidden, sheltered coastal city where billionaires mix with artists and artists mix with titans of industry, and titans of industry mix with surfers—many residents of the city cross in and out of multiple categories, creating a vibrant, exciting milieu that can only be described as and located in Laguna Beach.
The laidback, clever sophistication of this home, with its numerous outdoor spaces, clean color palette, central location, textural façade and garden, all combined with the ocean breeze and views of the blue, blue Pacific, invent the most quintessential beach home, replete with spaces blurring the line between the in and out of doors, effectively bringing the sea air in and enabling an atmosphere full of serene sea salt and white sage scents.
Once inside this crisp, clean, unassuming residence, white painted walls, a design technique that has been growing on me ever since I started this blog as they enable a lively, multifaceted surface on which numerous styles, materials, and artworks can all cohabitate and enhance one another. While I would have once cried from the roof tops that Old Master paintings should only be hung on walls of red damask, very much like their setting in a Venetian palazzo, and, yet now I would extoll the virtues of hanging old masters on white walls that share space with pencil drawings, water colors, and Japanese woodblock prints. It is in this type of space, a space where each item of the collection interacts with each other, where styles or periods are not delineated, yet instead celebrated all together; each curve or angle in one piece has the ability to compliment or highlight the techniques in a different, disparate piece. The rustic light fixtures are a wonderful addition to the highly curated space and help to bring an organic, earthy, country living ambiance to this refined space with its distinctly urban chevron floors and distinctive collection of art, furniture, and bric-a-brac.
The private quarters of this home continue the theme of easy luxury through the use of white walls, white beamed ceilings, unique wallpapers, airy, designer furnishings from past and present, as well as an emphasized relationship with the out of doors and cool ocean breezes enabled by the large white, wooden windows. The bones are all here in this house—they’re just calling for a new owner to enable them to shine and engage with new objets d’art, paintings, and furnishings. This home is here to facilitate a tranquil, loving home experience where you can truly be at ease with your taste, furnishings, and coastal location.
The exterior spaces surrounding this home permit you the ability to host across a truly vanishing threshold; guests can meander through this Goldilocks sized home and find themselves with a view of the ocean, a sheltered sitting area beneath the venerable sycamore tree, the barbecue area on the rear brick terrace, or dining alfresco under a wide white porch. There is a multitude of interior/exterior spaces that you can snuggle up with or entertain around. This unassuming, quietly distinct Laguna Beach home even allows you access to the most spectacular of outdoor spaces: the beaches that dot the Laguna coastline, thereby extending your entertainment area exponentially.
1980 Catalina Street includes 4 bedrooms and 3.25 bathrooms within 1,751 square feet and is located on a 5,000 square foot corner lot. This property, listed by Kelly Perkins of Villa Real Estate, is currently priced at $2,998,000.
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