| The Beverly House | Perched atop the unique Windsor Hills neighborhood of La Mesa, The Beverly House celebrates the iconic Mid-Century Post + Beam architecture. Inspired by San Diego's infamous Lloyd Ruocco's work, the architect/builder of this quintessential MCM retreat created the impeccable blend of: function & form, inside & outside, and private -yet- open to the city and stars surrounding. It's views from every room extend peacefully over the top of the city lights and into the Laguna Mountains in the distance.
Breaking down the barriers of 'inside' -vs- 'outside,' the exposed wood beams effortlessly slide through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls to the exterior, as a pure continuation of the interior ceilings to the outside.
The use of warm wood and simple, natural materials, combined with the understated street-level facade and humane scale of the home works to set it up as a place for people to inhabit and enjoy the surrounding nature, instead of as a status symbol to be gawked at from the street.
Clad in it's black slatted-wood siding, The Beverly House greets it's visitors with an invitation to climb an organic circular staircase, creating a sense of having retreated from the world and climbed into the swaying trees around.
The paths of unobstructed sight extend from room-to-room, passing through the barely-there glass walls, and then continuing to the mountains on the horizon.
The chef-grade stainless steel range is flanked in a wall of floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinets, while the massive kitchen island cascades it's organic white stone countertops down both sides. An island-set single-basin kitchen sink, panel-front dishwasher, and deep pullout drawers continue adding to this kitchen's dreamy state.
The impressively-large 18'x17' master bedroom, like all other rooms, offers sweeping views and access to the outdoors. An original Preway Malm freestanding fireplace (in the rarely-found "ball" shape) sets the tone and warmth for the bedroom. And, a solid wall of floor-to-ceiling closet space makes storage plentiful.
Two main level bathrooms bring a further unique element to the home. One bathroom, situated as a private enclave, is surrounded by glass that extends seamlessly into it's own secluded garden. In contrast, another bathroom, with it's sleek marbled-walls and curbless shower sits on the edge of the city below with it's glass walls extending out to the views and whispering pine trees around.
The third bedroom and third bathroom are found in a detached 20'x20' accessory unit near the entry level of the home. This space was originally designed and built for the architect/builder's in-laws as a secondary dwelling space. This additional portion of the property is separately entranced-from the lower level, through a breezeway, making multiple uses possible for the space. A kitchen, full-size bathroom, closet space, and it's own balcony make this especially useful for: teenager/college-student living, in-law/guest house space, in-home office or studio space, or a very feasible income-producing AirBnB unit.
The rear of the home offers it's additional oasis of outdoor lifestyle. Directly off the main home's kitchen provides an intimate outdoor dining space with bar seating, canopy coverage, and lush greenery. Within the same setting are other features that display it's continuous examples of distinction: firepit entertaining spaces, raised bed gardens, matured fruit trees (fig, pomegranate, lemon). The outdoor setting at the rear provides the intimacy, whereas the front deck off the living room and bedrooms offers the mesmerizing views; match the event to the space or take advantage of both.
To the far southeast corner of the property lies an artists' dream. Mirroring the same architecture of the home, an art studio with accordion-doors and a custom-designed pulley-driven full-length window opening onto the city views and afternoon breezes comes alive. Use this unique studio, with running water and sink, for painting, pottery design, greenhousing, or as an office space, all while feeling the serene privacy of it's location on the lot. Within the same area, another shed-type structure fits delightfully to the private seclusion of the location. [The art studio used/built as a pottery-design room and the other structure is being used as a kiln room for the pottery artistry).
The Beverly House is found in the historical La Mesa neighborhood of Windsor Hills. Windsor Hills is at an elevation relatively similar to that of it's sister hillside, Mt Helix. Winding down off it's peak, within a matter of minutes, the local residents find themselves at the beginning of the quaint, yet-up-and-coming La Mesa Village. Once home to dozens of antique shops, the Village is turning into a new vibrant destination for San Diego dining, bar hopping, and window shopping. The home of San Diego's largest annual Oktoberfest, the streets of La Mesa Village also transform into a weekly Farmer's Market, houses the 'Chistmas in the Village' and multiple parades, and has even hosted a St Patrick's Day 5k. Windsor Hills also features one of the longest connecting strings of public stair routes in San Diego, known as the "La Mesa Secret Stairs." Find like-minded and friendly stair-climbers and neighborhood-walkers on the stairs, while taking in ocean views and incredible afternoon sunsets.
The home with endless possibilities. The home with elements never to be found again, -every time you turn around-. The home in the clouds. The home in the trees. The home with the persona of an undiscovered prodigy. The home that has nothing to lose. The home that keeps giving. The Beverly House.