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Orange County homes with retractable walls

Living spaces with see-through—even disappearing—retractable walls? While the concept seems utterly modern, Laguna Beach architect Anders Lasater traces the aesthetic to the 1920s. That’s when architect Rudolph Schindler built Newport Beach’s famed Lovell Beach House, defined by concrete framing, elevated living spaces, and large panels of glass. The sliding glass door took hold after World War II and served, Lasater says, to “blur the boundaries of space.” Today’s retractable walls improve on that innovation.

“The desire for large windows and a strong connection to the outside is not new to Southern California,” says Lasater. But today it’s costlier due to strict energy codes. Of course, when the view is this good, the idea of solid walls goes out the window. “Here along the coast, or up in the hills, there are great views to capture.”

The walls of this 1980 Laguna Beach home showcase canyon and ocean views. The residence on Morningside Drive has three bedrooms, two full baths, and a half-bath in 2,823 square feet. The home’s bedrooms and a bonus room occupy the lower level. Upstairs, a remodel brought stainless-steel appliances and a breakfast counter to the kitchen. The home has garage space for two cars. Harold Noriega, 949-400-9905

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