Manhattan Beach, California, is an idyllic beach community and the location where my husband and I began our married life together almost 29 years ago. Back then, we were renting a one-bedroom apartment that was part of a two-story, shingle-sided house, that was right on The Strand. The Strand, as it is known, is a stretch of real estate that runs parallel to the beach from Redondo Beach, to the south, and on up to Playa Del Rey, to the north. At the time, our humble little abode was conveniently located just south of the Manhattan Beach Pier and we could practically fall out of bed onto the sand. Needless to say, we enjoyed watching surfers and dolphin frolic side-by-side, summertime volleyball games and awesome sunsets. We became good friends with the couple that owned the home. As our circumstances changed, we later moved on and they eventually tore the old house down to rebuild their dream home.
When I saw this story in Luxe Interiors + Design, it brought back those wonderful memories of our time in Manhattan Beach and for this empty nest Manhattan Beach couple, the decision to build their dream house came after the kids grew up. They have a large and growing extended family and they wanted to build a house that could meet those needs.
THE GREAT ROOM
THE DINING ROOM
THE GUEST BEDROOM
Interior Design: Chris Barrett, Chris Barrett Design
Architecture: Grant Kirkpatrick, KAA Design