Invisible from the street, the contemporary, bold architecture of this house is a feast for the eyes.
Perched on the bluff’s edge over the sandy Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna Beach, this 5,300-square-foot waterfront residence is a visual masterpiece. Divided into three levels, the house offers exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean and vibrant sunsets thanks to its coastal northwest orientation.
Designed by renowned architect Paul McClean—who grew up and trained in Ireland before founding McClean Design in Orange, California, in 2000—the property has floor-to-ceiling curved glass walls. These unique features offer a stunning panorama from every room, giving those inside the structure the impression of hovering above the water.
“This home reflects an interest in modern living and a desire to connect to the beauty of the surrounding natural environment,” McClean says. “We make extensive use of glazing systems to maximize views and provide a warm, light-filled contemporary space.”
Accessible from the street, a subterranean parking area—with a car elevator that hydraulically lifts automobiles up to the living room and puts them on display as true works of art—leads to an underground gallery that invites people into the house.