Originally part of the massive Irvine Ranch, Crystal Cove is a hidden beach along Pacific Coast Highway between the towns of Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar in Southern California. As kids growing up in Orange County in the 1960s, we could ride our horses and dirt bikes along the beaches and in the hills… Read More Newport Beach: Crystal Cove Cottages
The 1948 Herbert Burns-designed Gillman residence in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs was literally brought back from almost certain demolition by Thomboy Properties and their team. What a treat to spend time this week exploring and enjoying this stunning desert home!
Another desert mid-century modernism masterpiece we photographed this week was also designed by Albert Frey. Originally built in 1935 in the El Mirador neighborhood of Palm Springs, a newly completed restoration and modernization of Frey’s Guthrie House undid decades of neglect and ill-conceived remodeling. Transformed and expanded into three-bedrooms and three-bathrooms updated for contemporary desert… Read More Palm Springs: Albert Frey’s 1935 Guthrie House
Long Beach’s ocean-front Peninsula Beach at low tide. Long before the first homes were built on the peninsula as early as 1902, a private duck hunting club was located at 62nd Place. The historic pedestrian Seaside Walk Boardwalk, made of wood and built in the 1920s, is maintained by the city, and remains popular among… Read More Long Beach: Peninsula Beach
Another personal waterfront favorite along the canals of Naples Island in Long Beach, California is this 1948 George Montierth-designed mid-century modernist. Surprisingly, not much is published about the locally prolific Long Beach, California architect, who not only designed a number of timeless buildings from his offices in the Ocean Center Building in downtown Long… Read More Modernist George Montierth, AIA
We always enjoy spending time at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Desert, California. Today, we took time to enjoy the gardens special beauty and snap a few photos on a cool December morning. Ferocactus Pringlei, aka Mexican Fire Barrel Cactus, is distinguished by its thick red spines. The Echinocactus Grussonii, aka… Read More Cacti of The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
Stop the talk about the walk. It’s time to walk.
Initially anxious to return to civilization, most of the newcomers grew to love Shangri-La once they learn their arrival was no accident. The founder of Shangri-La, High Lama, is rumored to be over two hundred years old, kept forever young, like the other residents, by the magical properties of the paradise he created. Now High… Read More Shangri-La
Architect William Pereira designed the University of California, Irvine campus buildings in the California “Brutalist” style, including the iconic Langson Library. The campus opened in 1965 with just eight completed buildings.