23 Montage Way, the last remaining homesite located within the intimate, exclusive, thirteen single-family-home community on the grounds of the fabled Montage Laguna Beach, provides the final opportunity to live on the grounds of this sprawling, shingled, cliffside Craftsman fantasy, offering up five Diamond, curated luxury twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to you as a resident. The community, which imposes strict architectural and design rules to preserve both aesthetic cohesion and ocean views, dictate that all homes may either be single story or may also boast a lower day-lit basement floor for additional living and entertaining space. This strict enforcement allows for long, lean, low California-style design lines reign supreme, and so all ocean views can be capitalized upon. Edith Wharton, our patron saint of all thing style and design, would revel in all the rules, regulations, and intricacies of life within a modern Homeowners Association, especially one with such stringent architectural review guidelines. Due to these rules, all the homes in the association are built along Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Shingle, or, miraculously, Asian or Mediterranean-inspired contemporary designs that only enhance their Craftsman neighbors. Which architectural style would you crown the community with—traditional or modern, casual or formal, subterranean or at-grade garage? Oh so many choices are to be made.
For context, the surrounding homes, and their representative styles, can be found below.
3 Montage Way
11 Montage Way
21 Montage Way
25 Montage Way
I would consult with Scott Mitchell Studio upon designing the home for this site; their immaculate attention to detail, eye for textures, and casual sophistication imbues the design just the right amount of comfort and structure. This home, below, was constructed for Kurt Rappaport, co-founder and CEO of Westside Estate Agency, and was featured in Tom Ford’s most recent cinematic masterpiece, Nocturnal Animals. The walls of steel, glass, and board-formed concrete, allowing a dreamy, sun-bleached color palette and setting to flourish. Further examples of this style are also shown from a house the Studio designed Down Under, in Australia, and I am completely enamored with the color of the concrete stain—what a wonderful color for a seaside retreat!
The below images highlight the amenities available at your own private resort, the Montage Laguna Beach.
23 Montage Way is a roughly 13,000 square foot lot currently listed for $14,595,000 by Sean Stanfield and Seth Nelson of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. The monthly HOA dues are $1,600 per month.
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