407 Pine Crest was one of the most underutilized property gems in Laguna Beach. The challenge of the project was how to capture breathtaking ocean views and proximity to downtown, while emphasizing unique cul de sac privacy. The old structure had height and mass, but lacked style and personality. No privacy on the upper level loft-like space. No graceful entry, it just dropped you on the top level. Closed down kitchen hemmed in by a cramped courtyard. Middle level decks lacked proportion and depth. Small and dark, lower level master. Almost every facet of the home failed to take advantage of the setting and the location.
To transform, element by element, an all-wood, 80s hodgepodge into a 21st century modern Mediterranean home, we established a vantage point to showcase the essence-delivering indoor/outdoor integrated living. Using diligent evaluation of the setting and structure, a sub-$1M home was transformed into a multi-million dollar marquee residence. The entry was relocated to create a grand approach, into a transformed central courtyard featuring massive beams, a statement fireplace, and a spectacular olive tree, all captivating you with a glimpse of the California Riviera Style that awaits. Upper-level evolved into two private bedrooms with equally intriguing views, combined with an integrated bath and game area. Central living seemlessly connects the courtyard, to a kitchen, to a vaulted living room, to a deck with unobstructed coastal views from every angle. Master was transformed into a spectacular lower level suite with his and her spa baths joined by a groin vault ceiling, leading to a Mediterranean outdoor garden featuring a variety of fruit, herbs and vegetables for that Master Chef inside.