The Modern Farmhouse: Orange County Edition

While all Modern Farmhouses share a similar design vocabulary, hyper-regional eccentricities, nuances, and requirements allow for us to trace the development and evolutional of these local forms and flourishes, especially behind the Orange Curtain in Orange County, California.

Designed by Brandon Architects, Orange County’s definitive Modern Farmhouse architecture firm, built by Patterson Custom Homes, and decorated by Bonesteel Trout Hall, this 5,200 square foot home, with an additional 2,389 square foot basement, includes 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms within its three amenity-rich levels of luxurious living. From the games room, swimming pool, dramatic, moody, broody home office, and each of the seven baths, a wonderful mid-century modern vibe runs through the house, warmly chilling out what could otherwise be a cavernous, barn-like space, and, yet, the deft hands of this design team have created a wonderful, welcoming environment, a world within a world, an essential Newport Beach family home set within the ever-popular Port Streets.

Corona del Mar’s 226 Poinsettia Avenue, a 4 bedroom, 5.25 bathroom, 4,650 square foot home located on an oversized 5,310 square foot lot located one block from both Big and Little Corona Beaches, recently sold in 2018 for $6,750,000. The home, designed by the leading Napa-inspired modern farmhouse architecture firm, Eric Olsen Design, is a superd meditation on the barn form and its reinvention into a modern, coastal-oriented space. With the homes numerous courtyards, glass and steel doors and windows, as well as wood siding, it is an excellent addition to the neighborhood and the modern farmhouse vernacular.

19 Seabreeze Terrace, located behind the guarded gates of Dana Point’s The Strand at Headlands community, is a 4 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 4,885 square foot home located on a 15,712 lot, sold in 2015 for $5,700,000. The home, which sprawls out from a central courtyard, allows light and air to swim through every nook and cranny of the space, even dance on the table tops if it’d like to, as that is the most important feature of the Orange County modern farmhouse: connection. Connection to the past, present, future, family, friends, neighbors, antique rugs, nature, ourselves, America, or our perception of it.

Currently under construction within the guard gated Big Canyon Country Club, 15 Deerwood Lane, a 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 7,129 square foot home located within a 26,603 square foot lot, is being developed by Manning Homes, a respected local homebuilder. The home offers all the bells and whistles, from the four car garage to the separate catering kitchen, or even the private elevator, all of it is encased within clean, whitewashed brick and wood siding, grounding these lofty amenities in a world of clean lines and disappearing doors.

518 Narcissus Avenue, a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1,800 square foot front-unit Corona del Mar condominium, also designed and built in a partnership between Brandon Architects and Patterson Custom Homes, is currently accepting back-up offers with a listed asking price of $2,775,000. The interiors, a study in textured blacks and whites, enlivens the space, allowing it to expand beyond its physical embodiment and extending out into the Corona del Mar air, ambiance, and vibe, allowing the home to incorporate and radiate this local flavor from within.

Check out our previous post on Coastal Contemporary Homes here.

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