By now my fascination—obsession—with ranch homes has becomes quite clear; they are the essential California design form, an amalgamation of long, low, lean Spanish Colonial archetypes with board and batten Yankee pragmatism, this architectural style reveals a truly unique history and progression from adobe structures ringed by wrap around porches to Cliff May’s quintessential 1950s Los Angeles commissions and beyond, the ranch house, much like citrus, avocado, and eucalyptus trees, has forever associated itself with the rolling, forever-summer paradise known as California. The ranch house form conveys an air of easy grace and luxury, a constant fount of comfort and delights—enfiladed room after enfiladed room, each with dreamy beamed ceilings, vast expanses of glass welcoming the filtered sunlight in, a vast patio centered upon a freeform pool, what an image, what a life.
This home, located on the prestigious Paseo Del Mar, bayside, right where the mouth of the neighboring Agua Amarga Canyon meets Lunada Bay, the Pacific Ocean stretching forever westward once beyond its protective, rocky points—the realization of a truly magical setting. The front yard of 2508 Paseo Del Mar reflects its casual agrarian roots by displaying a sustainably chic square foot garden to soak up the plentiful western exposure and sea salted air. The remainder of the yard, consciously sparingly turfed, exhibits a wonderfully romantic, naturalistic beach cottage garden complete with textured grasses and hanging, Boho whicker chairs from which you can enjoy the entire scene, dolphins playing in the frothy waves below.
The current interiors of the home remind me of Giannetti Home’s Cliffwood commission, a laid-back, luxury fantasy with a two-story library—I die, to borrow from Rachel Zoe—located in the heart of Brentwood. This clean, crisp commission uses warm whites, marble, and other natural stones to create a warm, welcoming interior to facilitate the coziest of days when the wind howls and the sea swirls below.
The bedrooms continue this easy breezy color palette and design spirit, allowing you as the future owner to easily personalize each and every space within the home, so long as you don’t touch the exterior as I am very much in love!
The intimate rear yard, which abuts a small park, thus allowing for maximum privacy, offers a multitude of spaces and uses, yet certainly calls of landscaping akin to that in the front yard, and most certainly calls out for wonderfully slim lap pool in lapis lazuli colored plaster, a spa hiding just under the surface, a vanishing edging surrounding the composition—of course, only one of many options as you may prefer to have a very large spa and tanning area while Edith Wharton may cultivate an old world rose garden in its place, our personalizations are what make design engaging and human.
2508 Paseo Del Mar, a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 3,232 square foot home located on a roughly 12,200 square foot lot, is currently listed by Chris Adlam of Vista Sotheby’s International Realty for $4,250,000.
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