The Coastal Contemporary Home: Sea salted grace and elegance

Coastal Contemporary architecture, very much akin to the a racing yacht, exemplifies crisp, clean lines, the generous use of teak and brass, as well as warm, surf spray whites to welcome visitors and owners alike into a balmy world centered on modern indoor-outdoor living set within a familiar seaside vernacular.

Our first specimen, located at 1016 San Vicente Boulevard, is a 2018 Mario Romano designed 7,130 square foot, 6 bedroom, 6.25 bathroom, three level home that last sold for $7M. Boasting an “11-ft, skateboard deck-inspired pivot front door and 25-ft 3D-printed M. R. Wall employing rainscreen-science to naturally improve energy efficiency,” this home informs you from the curb that you are entering into a true experience, not merely a new house. Expansive clean white walls are punctuated by natural wood grain doors and massive disappearing doors of tempered glass, providing access to the landscaped greenery awaiting your own personal touch. The graciousness open floor plan immediately places all at ease in this home, for all are welcome here, bathed in the soft light of Italian mid-century lamps.

4533 Orrington Road, set within Corona del Mar’s Cameo Shores community, designed by Brandon Architects, is a 7,248 square foot, 5 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom home that last sold for $10.7M in 2016. This home builds upon the design executed at 1016 San Vicente Boulevard by incorporating warm, roughhewn beams and skylights throughout the principal rooms of the home, imbuing them with a country casual vibe that is pleasing juxtaposed against metals, marbles, and extensive use of glass thought the project; the milieu this scene creates at once places you at ease and at home, and you quickly find yourself poolside, a refreshing green bevvy sitting on the teak table at your elbow. What a wonderful world.

One of my favorite aspects of Coastal Contemporary architecture is the tactility and 1920 Kewamee Drive, also fashionably located within Corona del Mar, does not disappoint! This 4,566 square foot, 4 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home, built in collaboration between architect Eric Olsen and Walker Custom Homes, sold in 2018 for $6.1M, revealing the lengths to which buys will go to secure a contemporary residence with an immaculate design provenance. The layout of the home is centered upon the simply stunning zero edge pool and spa, accessible from all major entertaining rooms in the house, perfect for summer barbeques and family get-togethers any time of year.

Our fourth example is the community of Vitae, “the ultimate modern oasis” located in Costa Mesa’s Westside near The Triangle shopping center, and, for those in the know, Goat Hill Tavern, Orange County’s diviest of dive bars, which offers, according to their marketing material, “an official ‘Walk Score’ of 87, just 3 points shy of what Walk Score defines to be a Walker’s Paradise.” Here, similar bohemian accents and tiles are combined with rustic wooden elements, such as the exterior shingles, as well as sharp, simple lines, evoking the no-frills fisherman’s cottage of yesteryear, yet with a washer and dryer included. A single three level, 1,706 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, Plan 2B home remains available with an advertised price of $877,900.

Next to you, in Malibu, is 3751 Serra Road, a single level 3,700 square foot, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home that was designed by Saffron Case and last sold in 2018 for $5.475M—the steal of all Malibu real estate steal! This expansive single level home, a true California luxury, both of yesterday and today, is outfitted in warm hued plaster walls, roughhewn beams, and one of the most exquisite kitchen I have ever set my eyes upon, that I have been privileged enough to set my eyes upon. The vast open entertaining and family spaces spill outdoors onto the generously sized poolside terrace, ringed by turf, palms, and eucalyptus. Less is certainly more in this scene, and this house has set it just right.

The Coastal Contemporary vernacular occurs over a broad spectrum, including many different shapes, sizes, and price points throughout its Southern California realm; from holiday houses to lavish single story spreads, the Coastal Contemporary design aesthetic lends itself to numerous tastes and references by fusing old and new, new and old, old and old, or even new and new in adventurous, exciting ways never before seen.

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