For those that don't know, Gesner is an innovative self-taught architect and lifelong surfer who is known for many homes that draw upon the imagination like no other. And the really impressive bit about him is that he is self-taught. In architecture, that is - not surfing. And while this particular house may not have the dynamic, expressive lines that his name typically conjures (e.g. Eagle's Watch, and the Wave House in Malibu.), it's clearly a home borne out of inspiration and is beautifully suited to its site.
Many of the home's original features remain intact, such as the sunken living room pictured above, redwood ceilings, clerestory windows, walls of glass, expansive decks and that views that span from here to eternity. And the updated complement to these original elements is about as impressive as it gets.
The main living areas are composed of a foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen and family room, all of which are open to one another, but made visually and functionally separate by stepping up/down into each space and by varied finishes on the floor and/or the ceiling. And perhaps the most elegant feature dividing two of these spaces is the floating staircase between the kitchen and family room.
Two things are great about this dining room: the built-in, see-through bookcase that divides it from the sunken living room and the massive artwork on the walls. The art is obviously not part of the sale, but it's a great example of how art enhances a space. In fact, this home is filled inside and out with more art than perhaps any home I've ever toured - and every single piece is fantastic.
The kitchen is ultra everything: spacious, elegant, clean, and functional.
Yes, that's a TurboChef oven. Not familiar with them? Look them up.
The aforementioned floating staircase and family room beyond it, whose entire south-facing wall has been modified to feature floor-to-ceiling sliders that open to the lush and private yard with heated swimming pool.
In the master, on the macro level we find more of the oak-lined ceilings, walls of glass, and breathtaking views. And on the micro level, the finishes are also impressive, including Maharam wallcoverings and light fixtures that are works of art unto themselves. You'll notice this about the light fixtures throughout the house.
Like the kitchen, the bathroom holds the same "ultra" characteristics: spacious, elegant, clean and functional.
And here's the feature that firmly defines the bathroom as ultra functional: a professional hair-washing sink.
There are decks on two levels made from mangaris wood and the upper one features a succulent garden wrapping around its perimeter, an Ecosmart fireplace, a 65" all-weather Sunbright TV, built-in heaters, fridge/sink, ice maker and perhaps my favorite feature…
…viewing binoculars to get a closer look at everything from the nearby Getty Center to the nighttime sparkle of Queens Necklace in Palos Verdes.
I told you this home was artful.
The family room and adjoining yard at nighttime are as serene as it gets.
The yard is a verdant oasis featuring a pool whose water is warmed by a gas heater, a waterfall, Boffi outdoor shower, Bega landscape lighting, and fruit trees.
This home is spectacular on so many levels. The owners have paid the closest attention to every little detail possible, from the systems to the finishes and flourishes inside and out. For example, it includes a full Crestron smart home system, which includes the Arcadia switchlight front entry pictured above and below.
Other features of the home include motorized shades and blackout, 5 A/C zones with hidden temperature sensors in every room, a movie theater with motorized seating, a steam shower, and a wine room. There is no way to cover all the details of this fine home. It's the sort of thing that you have to see and experience for yourself. I suggest that you do.