Long Beach California’s Naples neighborhood, a small cluster of islands inhabited by a yacht-minded people who display festive holiday lights every December and distribute hot cocoa, and it is this warm, inviting, neighborly attitude, along with the idea of living an island life, that I find so delightful regarding the location of this lot, a home brimming with love, laughter, and ocean breezes with which to sail through the day, out the jetty, and over to Catalina, “twenty-six miles across the sea.”
224 Rivo Alto Canal is an oversized 5,619 square foot corner lot, with roughly 68 feet of bayside frontage, 110 feet of depth, tapering to 34 feet of alley side access, commanding a view out over the intersection of the Rivo Alto, Colonnade, and Naples Canals, as well as Alamitos Bay and the adjacent Colonnade Park, a field of turf peppered with palms. This prime lot, which has the ability to define the aesthetic tone of Naples, could be all yours for $4,000,000 even.
Options for developing this space include reinterpreting Eastern Shoreboard originals such as this home located at 29 Strand Beach in Dana Point below:
Another floor plan I appreciate and would base my future home off of is the foor plan that accompanies the listing for 507 Orchid Avenue in Corona del Mar. As seen below, this floor plan style allows for a central courtyard, which I would enlarge for this Naples Island home, as well as elongate the living room area of the home to allow for a true great room that will hold both the living and dining rooms of the home, large covered terraces on each side would further facilitate the vanishing threshold between the interior and exterior spaces of this home. A long, thin lap pool, most certainly, would parallel the courtyard, yet be screened in by hedges from Colonnade Park, allowing for warm, relaxing nights year round.
ontinueing in a contemporary direction, one could always draw from 1961’s Case Study House #25, designed by Killingsworth, Brady, Smith & Associates, a true modernist heavyweight, and located at 82 Rivo Alto Canal. The awesome, doubleheight patio and walls of glass create the most intimate of public spaces.
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