Large windows, rooftop decks, and retractable skylights all help blur the line between indoors and out, making the most of Orange County picturesque vistas and Mediterranean climate. Sun-centric features also allow homeowners to enjoy more of these longer days of the year, culminating with the June 21 solstice.
“Homes can fulfill the requisite need for shelter while also having a real connection to nature,” says Craig Schultz of Laidlaw Schultz Architects in Corona del Mar.”Windows should be operable, walls shoud open to the breeze, light should reach the inner spaces , and even the night sky should be taken advantage of.”
This Laguna Beach home on Emerald Bay is a good example. A retractable skylight tops the two-story living room, which has southeast-facing floors to ceiling windows that frame a scenic stretch of coastline. Other living spaces- Including a family room and an adjoining kitchen with granite countertops- open onto ocean-view terraces.
The 1993 modern Mediterranean has 6,000 square feet on three levels.The home has six bedrooms, seven baths, a wine cellar,an exercise room, and guest quarters. The $17.9 million bluff-top property also has four garage spaces.
Listed by Harold Noriega, 949-478-7745