Awesome 80s (yes, 80s) Chris Abel Home

We don’t feature a lot of homes from 1980s on our blog. We’re not snobs, but the fact of the matter is, many of the designs from that decade have yet to become classic, timeless example of architecture. Even Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica Place Mall was later renovated to bring it current with the times. But there are those exceptions — the homes that either broke the mold of the decade they were in, or ignored fads of the time and remained true to principles of good design. This home is both.

It combines some of the better ideas of the 1980s like pronounced geometric patterns and the kitchen island. But it also boasts many of the Chris Abel trademarks seen in earlier properties: the homage to Asian mountain design, corner pillar-less windows, and broad open beam ceilings. Are some portions of this home dated — of course — the kitchen and jumps to mind (and the granite counters don’t help). But there are also the elements that would look great in any decade: lots of glass, corners of windows, and even the simple, restrained, white globe lights which could have easily been swiped from an Eichler Home built two decades earlier.

I think there is a complaint that Orange County devoid of architectural treasures. But I beg to differ. The woodsy-modern feel of many of Chris Abel’s designs might not be everyone cup of tea, but his designs are timeless and very adaptable. Something else we haven’t discussed is location. It overlooks the beautiful El Niguel golf course and is bike-close to Salt Creek beach. It’s a great location that gives you many benefits of the beach, without the beach prices and congestion.

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