Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECT:
This two story family house though spiritually existing somewhere between Italy and Mexico is actually high on Mar Vista Hill just ten minutes from Venice beach. Designed around an internal courtyard of quartzite and a sparkling lap pool, the house is designed to accommodate an inside/outside living situation and take advantage of natural cross ventilation. Walking in off the street, one is immediately struck by the quiet in this light filled private family sanctuary, with floor to ceiling glass doors and a drought tolerant garden.
The cherry wood flooring and built in cherry cabinets create a sense of rustic warmth, while the highly polished downstairs concrete floors emanate modern urban sophistication and clean radiant heat. The kitchen features Versailles marble counters, vintage steel windows and lots of room to work. Tinted wood ceilings and specially made tiles add vibrant color to this three dimensional picture. A guest casita has a bedroom/office, a bathroom and a spacious steam shower all adjacent to the pool.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms including a master, which boasts views all the way downtown. The rooms, joined by an outside walkway, are intimate but have a sense of privacy. Go up one more flight and the immense roof deck with outdoor kitchen improves these views, encompassing a panorama of the entire city from the Hollywood sign all the way to the beach.
Built from the ground up by the designer/builder, this one of a kind dwelling blends glamour, down home charm and impeccable detailing, and comes up with a new paradigm for California living.