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.”
This modern 1995 home on Beach Road in Dana Point, available for $4.8 million, is right at the Pacific’s edge. Electronically operated skylights complement the floor-to-ceiling windows in the three-story, 3,789-square-foot home with four bedrooms and five baths. The kitchen mixes clear-glass cabinets and closed cabinets. Balconies and a spa invite outdoor lounging. Lauren Miskinnis, 949-644-6200