Sometimes a home is sited in a difficult spot which may make the yard, or the home itself, inconvenient or downright tough to live with: a steeply sloped site, for example. This can make a home more difficult to sell, even if there are other features, such as an ocean view, that make the property valuable.
Here’s a creative solution to one such problem in a beach house in Cardiff, which adds to the outdoor living space, minimizes stairs, and provides easier access to the main living area of the home which has dramatic 180 degree ocean views. And it provides some creative solutions that homeowners, or potential buyers, can take to heart with difficult yards.
As with many Cardiff properties built on the hill overlooking the ocean, this home is an upside-down (reverse floor plan) house, with the main living area upstairs to take advantage of the views (along with the master, fortunately) and the remaining bedrooms on the lower level. The difficulty lies in the site – access from the garage at the rear of the property was down a stairway, then into the house and up more stairs to the kitchen. Not too bad if you like climbing stairs regularly, but a bit inconvenient.
The solution was to add a rear upper deck with new entrance to the kitchen, and a raised walkway connecting the deck to the garage. The owner can now walk from the garage into the house without any steps. The new plan also provide for added entertaining space with the upper deck and a charming enclosed patio outside one of the lower level bedrooms.
By the way, the home is now for sale (not my listing). But if you have an interest, let me know. The ocean views are 180 degrees and terrific, and you can walk to the beach/downtown area in about 15 minutes (under $2 million).
Seaside living doesn’t get much better.
If I can provide more information about this community or the housing market in general, or otherwise assist you in your homes search, please contact me by phone or text at (760) 840-1360
or email me at JDowler@remax.net.