Manhattan Beach Residence   Typology: COASTAL


Manhattan Beach, CA
Single-Family Residential
2,500 sq ft
Under Construction

An Edgy Edge Property

Transitioning from the rolling hills of Calabasas to the densely populated “Tree Section” of Manhattan Beach, our clients purchased a dilapidated 1,100 sq ft home bordering a highly commercial zone. Having visited the Lima House in Calabasas they knew they wanted a similar aesthetic but needed to stay within a reasonable budget on their compact lot. Working together with the couple, our designers created a scheme for their edge property that ticked all the boxes.

The design team needed to leverage the challenging site to their advantage. The selected scheme uses the boundary walls of the existing commercial building, located to the South, to create a privacy and sound barrier from the lively business corridor beyond. Placing the garage and other areas not requiring direct daylighting against the home’s Southern wall and installing clerestory windows above allows natural sun to penetrate deep into living spaces without sacrificing privacy. The tandem garage configuration also allows for more living spaces facing the street and a less prominent garage for better curb appeal.

Operable full height window-walls connect a welcoming front patio to an interior entry lounge/sitting room. Access to the back yard and built-in pool is provided from the main living area. A 2-sided fireplace is shared by the interior family room and the exterior backyard patio. The home’s contextually-driven urban response is tailor-made for the young couple who sought to avoid the sense of isolation they felt in their previous oversized dwelling