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Contemporary blufftop dwelling overlooking Newport Harbor

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This contemporary two-story residence was custom designed by GRAHAM Architecture in collaboration with Michael Fullen Design Group, nestled on a blufftop location in Newport Beach, California. This 7,000 square foot home overlooks both the Pacific Ocean and Newport Bay, also enjoying captivating views of both Catalina and Balboa Islands. Taking 16 months to complete this new build project, the design features an organic modern and timeless aesthetic. Warmth and livability also needed to be added to this family dream home, which is owned by a retired baseball professional player. The inspiration for the project was drawn upon the homeowners collection of materials he gathered from a walk on the beach: sand, a piece of driftwood and some pebbles. As a result, a natural, organic palette was formed and applied throughout the home: rift-cut white oak for the ceilings stained in the same hue as the driftwood. Limestone flooring in a sea-grass hue mimics that of the ocean floor, while the color of sand is picked up in the split faced Texas limestone used on both the interior columns and the exterior facade.

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The floor plan of this blufftop home was arranged to take advantage of the site, with each room offering guests a panoramic view of the ocean. This was done by placing two bedroom suites on each level, dividing them with open public spaces in the center core. Almost the entire back of the dwelling creates a seamless connection between indoors and out through 30 foot spans of sliding glass and bifold doors. To further define the rear facade, the architect designed a dramatic 75 foot long copper roof that cantilevers over the rear patios to help protect from the elements.

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What We Love: The light palette of materials that was selected, reminiscent of the beach, creates a nice sense of calm and relaxation. The clean-lined, contemporary furnishings in neutral hues provides a comfortable atmosphere that does not detract from the beautiful scenery through the large expanses of glass. Upon entryway into this blufftop home, there is a seamless connection between indoors and out, capturing nature and creating a very livable home to enjoy for years to come. Readers, what do you think, would you consider this a dream home?

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A sophisticated, drought-tolerant landscaping was designed to match with the interior aesthetic. An infinity-edge swimming pool seems to spill over the hillside, helping to tie together the view, the water and the contemporary aesthetic of this residence.

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Photos: Aaron Leitz

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i really appreciate the approach that the architects took in this design.

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