Project: Montecito House
Architect: Brandon Architects
Builder: RDM General Contractors
Interior Design: Brooke Wagner Design
Location: Corona del Mar, California, United States
Size: Appx. 7,520 S.F.
Photography: Manolo Langis
Located near the top of Newport Beach’s highly-coveted Spyglass Hill, the Montecito House maximizes the exceptional lot on which it is built, which offers unobstructed views from Catalina Island to the Fashion Island Shopping Center and, on clear days, all the way to downtown Los Angeles. Though this single family residence consists of only one story and a basement, the home still makes an impactful mark on the street, generating curbside appeal through modern elements reinterpreted with traditional materials. This is seen most clearly at the entry, where large monolithic walls of light stone and dark wood blend with a glass entry wall and pivoting wood front door to create an inviting and rich material experience.
Inside, one takes a slight turn past the foyer lounge area to enter the main room of the home, featuring the kitchen, dining area, and family room contained in an open floor plan underneath vaulted ceilings punctuated with skylights. The friendly, coastal interiors characterized by light wooden fixtures and white marble harmonize elegantly with the darker wooden features which define the exterior of the home, lending to a unique design merging a traditional feel with soft contemporary elements throughout.