The Nicest Garage Door in Newport (and too much open concept)

Perhaps it’s a heady claim, but I think this one might be the nicest. This home is a flip. And it’s a well-down proper reimagining of a property that was purchased about a year ago for about $1.5M. And in a lot of ways, I love what they’ve done. Not everything is my style, but there’s definitely a sense of quality that far exceeds what this home was originally built with. The exterior has some style and definition. And they’ve taken what is normally the ugliest element of the front facade, the garage, and turned it into something beautiful. 

To be honest, I’m a little less enamored with the inside. It’s not that there’s any glaring defects — well, unless you count the broad ceiling pock-marked by a billion, recessed, (and glaring) lights. But there’s something that’s not quite doing it for me. And I’ve gone back and looked through the photos — it’s not the quality. The floors are beautiful. There are even some lovely bespoke touches like the barndoor pantry, chandelier in the shower, etc. And then it dawned on me…

If you watch enough HGTV (or DIY or just about anything else) you’ll hear the term “open concept” uttered more than other. But when is it maybe too much. Here. I’ve been in industrial lofts with more intimacy in the living spaces than this home. And there’s just something cold about one giant room with little delineation in spaces. Sight lines are great — and we love them. But I can help but the think the very best homes I’ve been in have a unique balance offering spaces that feel open and expansive, as well as public spaces that feel intimate and special. And there are a lot of cool ways to do this without necessary adding a bunch of walls. But with this particular home, I can’t shake the feeling that the main living area is just a very nicely appointed warehouse with windows. The white on white on white doesn’t help. And I wonder, long-term, just how comfortable this home will feel after 6 months. 

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Stephen has lived and worked in a Southern California Cliff May home since 2005. He created the popular OCModHomes.com website as well as the Cliff May registry. As a real estate broker, he has had the opportunity to sell numerous Cliff May and other modern ranch homes throughout Southern California. Being a leader in the real estate industry, he has been elected by his colleagues to serve as President of the Pacific West Association of Realtors in 2015. When not working hard for his clients and raising the bar in real estate, he can be found exercising his cars on the backroads or backpacking in the wilderness.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Bob Johnston July 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Was there a sale on everything colored white?

    • Reply Stephen Meade July 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      My guess is that there must have been. That and recessed lights.

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