On The Market: A Modern Take on the Past

In architecture, as in so many arts, the classics will always hold sway. But appreciation for the past only goes so far in these recently constructed homes. The emphasis is on modern living for a comfortable life that only nods at the past. At first glance, a home can appear to have been constructed in another time. But look again: open floor plans, stainless-steel appliances, light-filled gathering spaces—these are the amenities of today, in homes built this very century.

34 Cambridge Court
$8.2 million
11,618 square feet
In this 2005 residence, Southern style finds itself at home in the hills of Coto de Caza. Vintage brick from Atlanta forms the driveway and arrival staircase, lending  authenticity along with the stately columns and sweeping verandas. The two-story home has six bedrooms, nine baths, and a garage for five cars. The 3.6-acre property also features a pool and spa. Lisa Zhou, 949-552-0505

3 San Jose Street
$3.45 million
7,820 square feet
This Covenant Hills home in Ladera Ranch,  a former Sunset magazine “Idea House,” pairs Craftsman design from the early 19th century with modern-day California living. Case in point: a saltwater pool and spa, an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, and vanishing doors for indoor-outdoor living. The 2005 home has five bedrooms, seven baths, and a three-car garage. Tim Wolter, 949-338-3767

36 Hedgerow
$2.1 million
2,400 square feet
The Italian countryside comes to life in this farmhouse-style residence in Irvine’s Summit at Turtle Ridge community. The 2003 single-story home has three bedrooms, three baths, and a kitchen with granite countertops framed by an archway from the family room. A fire pit, spa, and built-in barbecue are out back. The garage has space for two cars. Jim Watson, 949-717-7222

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