March brings on the hope of spring and the dreams of summer beach life aren’t far behind. Along with the beach dream comes the idea that it would be so much nicer to actually own a home on the sand and not have to fight the crowds, airports, traffic and high rental rates to spend a short vacation in the sun and sand. How nice to know you can enjoy dips in the ocean any time the mood strikes without having to pack and plan but simply drive to your front door that opens to your totally stocked home where all you have to do is start living, which for most would start with a stroll out to the water’s edge to drink in the smell of the ocean breeze and test the water.
One of America’s best beach homes is on Balboa Beach in Newport, California. This stunning glass house captures views of grassy dunes, garden paths, swaying palms, the wide beach, the Pacific waters lapping at the sand, and the sunset which brings the colors of Hawaiian flowers through the house in the evening. Cleverly designed by the late Arthur Erickson to create privacy from neighbors where it matters along with totally unobstructed beach views from the entrance foyer to the ocean horizon, the open plan with its use of interior and exterior glass walls and see-through stairwell optimize the best of the beach lifestyle. The home was featured in Elizabeth McMillian's book Beach Houses: From Malibu to Laguna, who referred to it as the “Balboa Beach House.”
Five bedrooms and six baths within its almost 4,000 square feet of indoor living space keep company with indoor/outdoor living rooms and kitchens, stacking glass walls disguising the thresholds and fireplaces can be found both inside and out. The open floor plan, which seems to extend all the way to the beach, welcomes a houseful of guests when the mood strikes, or not, when one wants quiet down time. Listing agents are Sean Stanfield and Alyssa Joyce of HOM Sotheby’s International Realty, Huntington Beach, California.
A jewel in the crown of Southern California beach houses, the “Balboa Beach House,” is now for sale and asking $11.5 million.
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