The Smoke-Lyster Residence, built by architect J. Herbert Brownell in 1974. A stunning example of organic modernism.
Brownell’s expertise in siting, honesty of materials, and mastery of space is evident. Robust and efficient systems complement the original details. The pebble seeded concrete floors blur distinction between indoors and out. Imperial plaster and unadorned concrete block form an impressive sculptural fireplace.
Designed originally for a mathematics professor relocating his family from Berkeley, the now second owners are lifetime Laguna Beach residents who have taken great pride in restoring and updating the home.
The hexagonal floor plan maximizes space and directs walls of glass towards the extraordinary views.
A combination of Redwood, Cedar, and Douglas fir bring warmth and richness to the design.
The stunning master suite opens to the patio. The bathrooms feature sandblast carved glass by the owner/artist and original Franciscan tile.
The spacious office/study could also be used as a 3rd bedroom.
The nearly 1/4 acre site adjoins Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on two sides, with white water views looking South as far as Dana Point, and panoramic ocean views of San Clemente and Catalina Islands to the west.
The pool, a later addition, was designed by Brownell’s son.
This is an inspired house as dramatic as its setting.
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Listing courtesy of Nate Cole, Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance.