1369 Bluebird Canyon Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Often, the most special of homes are those architects design as their own. Originally built by architect Terry Mechling (associate of renowned residential architect Fred Briggs), this modern masterpiece retains much of its original power and nuance thanks to the careful stewardship of the current architect owner. Most noticeable are the dynamic lines, meticulous and thoughtful placement of large windows framing the vast canyon views, and the quality of the light drawn in throughout the home. The floorplan is functional and well planned – the entry level holds a living room with a massive view window and vaulted ceilings, an elevated oak-floored area for dining or conservatory, a kitchen abundant with glowing woods and modern appliances, and a view deck with a unique flying beam that beautifully frames the sky above. A stunning wood and sculpted-steel curving staircase provides a glorious entry to the middle bedroom level. A wide gallery hall links the bedrooms and exits to an oversized covered terrace – perfect for an outdoor California room. Another graceful, custom-crafted staircase leads to the lowest level – an amazing large bonus space that could serve as office, media room, bedroom, or studio. Throughout the home, the windows bring the outdoors inside and the light is always at play across the day. Updates (such as the newer primary bath) are considered and careful, respectful of the design integrity of the original home. Located in picturesque and peaceful Bluebird Canyon, the home is just minutes from Laguna’s beaches and shops. Ample parking is on-site – a two car garage (complete with a canyon view picture window) enters the home adjacent to the kitchen, while the drive provides space for three to four more vehicles. Special homes are rare – 1369 Bluebird Canyon Drive is just that - a special, architectural gem.
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