Sunset Magazine's Idea House In Manhattan Beach!

Sunset Magazine's Idea House

Sunset magazine’s choice of Manhattan Beach as the location for their 2014 Idea House was met with surprise around the state. Most media outlets were sure to distinguish this home as Sunset’s “first-ever Los Angeles Idea House.” That’s because the magazine typically chooses northern locals, such as Healdsburg in 2012 and Seabrook and Washington in 2013. Sunset Magazine Interior

This year’s Idea House, however, is a beach house so we think choosing Manhattan Beach was a pretty easy and obvious decision for the editors.

The Idea House is a Sunset magazine concept that they undertake every year as they collude with an architect, a builder, interior design team, and a landscape architect to create what they call their “Idea Home.”

This year, the 4,600 square-foot house, situated on a 50 by 200-foot lot, is said to epitomize “the sophisticated and eclectic modern aesthetic of this Southern California beach town.”

The architects, builders, designers, etc. took their inspiration from both the Pacific and the coastline, with lots of light throughout, wide-planked oak floors, cabinetry stained black to provide a backdrop for the gorgeous soapstone kitchen counters and retractable glass doors in the adjoining great room. These retractable doors allow the outdoors to merge with the indoors.

Idea House KitchenThe four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms in the 2-story home imitate the Manhattan Beach lifestyle, which the editors refer to as “both comfortable and effortlessly chic.”

Outdoors, landscape architects chose drought-tolerant plantings, such as ‘Kaleidoscope’ Abelia, ‘Pineapple Popsicle’ Kniphofia, ‘Orange Rocket’ Berberis, and ‘Hot Pink Riding Hood’ Penstemon.

Backyard of Idea HouseTo keep the water-wise theme going, there’s a no-mow, low water lawn, an edible garden, fruit orchard and of course a pool and spa.

You’ll have to wait for the November issue of Sunset to check out the home among its glossy pages, unless, of course, you want to see it up close and personal. The house opened on August 1 and tours are available – for $18 – through September 7. Have you seen the house yet?

In addition to the Idea House tours, Sunset is introducing the Sunset Manhattan Beach Home & Garden Tour, which they bill as “a weekend tour of distinctive properties located throughout the unique neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach.”

The cost of the Sunset Manhattan Beach Home & Garden Tour (August 16 and 17), is $60. Tickets for both events are available at Sunset’s website.

Idea House 2014 Backyard

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