Designed for a successful businessman and his picture-perfect family, they wanted a family home that would root then in their beloved community of Manhattan Beach. The house was to be classic but not stuffy. We decided on the Spanish Revival style- perfectly appropriate for a southern California beach location. Channeling the landmark work of 1920’s Santa Barbara architect George Washington Smith, the front door approach is almost severe in its austerity. The clients resisted, and more elaborate schemes were proposed, but once they became accustomed to the original proposal, that’s the one we went with. The circular stair forms the knuckle around which the house changes direction- on the inside reorienting you to the family room and kitchen. And on the outside, the anchor to the courtyard with its pool and loggia.
Interior design by Tim Clarke Design.