California Coastal Estate

When we first visited our client's property, a gently rolling, eight-acre parcel in a coastal region of Northern California, we were inspired by its pastoral beauty. Dotted with stately oaks, and nestled against a backdrop of verdant mountainside, the site and the locale reminded us of the hills of rural Tuscany.

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Dume Drive

Situated on its site to embrace panoramic views of Santa Monica Bay to the south, the living spaces of this family home engage the landscape in a way that encourages daily living in the out-of-doors. Living and dining al fresco is a grand tradition in Mediterranean climes around the world, and is an important element of the lifestyle of coastal Southern California.

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Hermosa Beach House

This home, inspired by the architecture of the coastal Mediterranean regions, is a unique layering of elements: the romance of classic rural European style, blended with modern planning and the easy-going beach lifestyle.

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Proctor Street

Situated on over three acres on Boston’s historic North Shore, this home is positioned like a sentinel at the entrance to the harbor of Manchester-by-the-Sea. It is one of many historic estates with access to deep-water docks, magnificent boats and views of the Manchester Yacht Club to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

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John Street

Located on a hilltop in coastal Manhattan Beach, this Spanish Revival estate synthesizes a rich Southern California architectural legacy with a contemporary lifestyle. Our approach was clear and simple: envision an estate that was honest to its context, embodies the heart of an immediate family, and becomes a home for extended family members and friends alike.

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Howland Canal

Our design for the property embraces references to the original “builder’s craftsman” cottages of the early developments here, but using that architectural language to tell a story about modern lifestyle near the Southern California Beach.

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35th and The Strand

This residence emerges clearly from a lineage of finely detailed, exuberant coastal houses of the American Northeast, yet the language of the architecture here has been fine-tuned for the California climate and lifestyle.

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Marlboro Road

A thorough immersion into the lifestyle of our clients, and a careful study of locale and site resulted in a residence thoughtfully connected to the rich tradition of the California Spanish Colonial Revival.

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8th Street Residence

Perched atop the “Hill Section” of Manhattan Beach, this bright and airy house enjoys sweeping views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Channel Islands and blue Pacific Ocean.

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West Street

Standing proudly between two flanking estates – each four times its size - this new classical villa in Beverly Farms, on one-and-a-half acres on Boston’s historic Gold Coast, was once part of a much larger ocean front estate property. This stately residence embraces the land with a series of descending outdoor rooms and gardens that frame the ocean beyond.

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Desert House

This Spanish house, in a community just outside Las Vegas, commands a sweeping vista of the Nevada desert and the distant city lights of the famous Strip.

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Santa Monica Beach House

Located in a compact historic district immediately adjacent to the beach in west Santa Monica, this charming cottage is typical of the original houses in this seaside neighborhood. Our challenge was to bring the original delightful architecture back to life, and to amend the features of the house to reflect more modern tastes and lifestyle.

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Landscape Design

At KAA Design Group, we approach our new projects by looking at the property as a canvas. A house and its gardens are not viewed as discrete elements, but rather as an integrated and seamless melding of indoor and outdoor spaces, places, and vistas.

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Emerald Bay

Cascading gently down the hillside to the beach below, this home takes its inspiration from the coastal regions along both the Mediterranean and the Mexican Riviera.

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Harrington Residence

Formerly a gardener’s cottage for a neighboring estate, our clients embarked on two major renovations to accommodate their love of open, informal entertaining, in a setting for parties, and sleepovers for their two daughters. The resulting estate remains true to its English Arts and Crafts roots, while accommodating the contemporary needs of a young family.

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House for a Numismatist

Our client's passion for American history, and the coinage of the American Revolution led him to a fascination with Thomas Jefferson, and ultimately, to a keen appreciation of neoclassical architecture.

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Casa Adosada - A Design For Habitat For Humanity

Casa Adosada provides for Habitat for Humanity a single-family residential type that occupies a place in the rich and venerable continuum of the Spanish Colonial Revival in California.

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The Strand

Traditional beach cottages and modern conceptions about the relationship between indoors and outdoors influenced the direction of the design. Although the language of architecture is firmly rooted in traditions of coastal estates of New England, there was an intentional break from the past when it came to the more contemporary plan layout and use of space.

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Mi Sueño

The house known as "Mi Sueño", or "My Dream", was once the grand dame of the Pasadena Arroyo. Mi Sueño was a masterful re-interpretation of Spanish Baroque and Spanish Colonial architecture, conceived by famed architect Bertram Goodhue while he was the lead designer for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, located in San Diego's Balboa Park.

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Crescent Drive

The challenges of this property were apparent from the first visit to the site. The flat portion of the parcel was occupied by an undistinguished 1950's vintage house, and the rest of the land sloped steeply to the east into a small canyon, seemingly unusable.  But the view was extraordinary!

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Delfern Drive

This Holmby Hills estate features a beautiful existing Tuscan style main residence, accessory structures and gardens. Though well maintained, the property had lost much of its distinguished character over the years and our task was to rediscover the traditional charm that once existed there.

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Selfridge Drive

It was the client’s love of a casual, outdoor living and his desire to create a home that evoked memories of classic midwestern farmhouses and barn structures that inspired this rustic residence. The site, a rambling yet gently sloping two-acre parcel with 270-degree views of the Pacific Ocean at the north end of Malibu created the perfect backdrop to build.

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About Us

Our design philosophy is predicated on deep, meaningful connections between the house and the land. Southern California is blessed with a nurturing environment that provides extraordinary opportunities for true indoor-outdoor living. The homes we design fulfill that promise with beauty and joy.

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Our Thinking

An Interview With Million Dollar Decorating

Erik Evens was recently interviewed by James Swan on his popular podcast Million Dollar Decorating. Listen to or download the interview transcript here.

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