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Tranquil and airy Southern California retreat: Westridge Residence

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Westridge Residence is a single story 1950s California Ranch style home, which was given a complete overhaul by Montalba Architects in Los Angeles, California. The home is nestled hillside, capturing 270-degree views of downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean. The architects found inspiration in the mostly covered-over details of the existing structure -a high exposed-beam ceiling in the living room and brick walls – and re-imagined these for an open, flowing series of rooms that a modern family could enjoy. The stone fireplace was replaced with white brick and numerous partitions removed to create a single, free-flowing living / family / kitchen area. The interior design of this spectacular home was carried out by Thinkpure.

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The roofline was raised over the entirety of the house and clerestories, skylights, and full-height glass doors added to bring in additional natural light. A bright and reflective material palette – white brick, Carrara marble, glass tile, terrazzo, and oak – is used throughout to visually expand the space and pay homage to the original mid-century character. The sandblasted concrete hardscape, including a new spa and fire feature, is terraced to accommodate the hillside, and complimented by sustainable plantings and fruit trees. The terraces operate as extensions of the interior public spaces, creating a series of indoor-outdoor rooms.

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The lifted ceiling and custom two-sided stone fireplace create a continuous great room between the living and dining areas and main garden.

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Floor to ceiling windows combine with natural ipe decks and rooftop rock gardens to extend view corridors and habitable areas at the south and west elevations.

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The newly-added second story offers a separated haven for extended family, including mini-kitchen and secondary family room. Light-colored, beach-inspired materials such as white-washed oak floors, white stone, teak millwork, and ocean-toned glass tiles transform the home into a tranquil, airy Southern California retreat.

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Photos: John Linden Photography

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