Take a Tour of the Permanent Escape From Reality

Written By: Susan Krupa A Little Slice of Seaside Paradise
Photography Provided By: Brandon Beechler and Andrew Pece

Turning off PCH and onto the Balboa Peninsula, you begin to feel the ocean breeze and smell the seaside air. Instantly, things are different as you pass through rows of restaurants and bars moving further away from the highway traffic. While passing the pier, the tourist traffic falls away to a quieter residential section of the point with tucked away beaches and private coves. Off of 12th Street sits 1119 West Bay Avenue, a home built for a life lived out next to the water.

What used to be at this location just over two years ago was a small, 1940s single-story cottage with a nice front yard space. What sits there today is a two-story beach house built for those who love the sea. The house still includes a generous front yard by Balboa standards complete with an outdoor fire pit, grill area, and built-in bench seating. The decision to keep the front yard as opposed to building a bigger house was made with the future owners in mind. The family who lives here will be people who want to invite the outside in rather than put up barriers to keep it out. The outdoor space sets the tone for the whole house. Bi-fold doors open up the entire front of the house to the outside. This door gives the occupant the option of, in effect, removing the front wall of their home. The line between outside and inside is eliminated, and the front yard now becomes an extension of the family room.

The family room is lined with bookshelves, features a fireplace, and plenty of light. The open floor plan creates a space where the family room flows directly into the kitchen. A sizable center island allows for seating and provides a considerable workspace. You can imagine friends and family walking in from a day at the beach then sitting here to enjoy a drink and rest out of the summer heat. This kitchen would be an ideal space for the cook that always laments that there are too many people in the kitchen. Here, people can still be in the kitchen but not be in the way of any cooking. Kids can run in and easily grab a snack from the fridge and head back out to the beach.

As you walk throughout the home, you experience a modern yet a distinctive, beachy feel. The flooring is reminiscent of driftwood and the windows throughout the home ensure the breeze always flows through the space. The home also offers separate zones for air conditioning as well as cables and wiring on the inside for easy media set up keeping this laid-back house up to speed.

Behind the kitchen is a substantial garage for storing both cars and paddle boards alike. Parking on the Balboa Peninsula is a premium, so having space for two cars plus assorted sports equipment is not common. A laundry room is also tucked behind the kitchen on the first floor. The garage accommodates sports items in need of a wash without traipsing them through the rest of the house.

At the top of the stairs leading up from the main living space is a larger area that could be used as an office, kids’ play area, or second living room. It is not a landing but a full room with the bedrooms off to the sides. A built-in desk would make this a suitable space for work or school. But just as simply, a sofa and chairs could be added to make a comfortable area for reading. In reality, this area is easily converted into whatever is needed by the owners. The four bedrooms off of this area are generously sized with high ceilings and large windows to give all of the rooms an airy feel.

The master bedroom has two sets of built-in bookshelves and cabinets divided by a central fireplace. The sliding glass door on the front side of the house opens to a balcony large enough to accommodate chairs, making it a nice place to relax in the evening. The master bathroom includes a rain shower and separate tub. The bath sits near large windows that have a view of the bay and create the perfect space for a warm soak as the sea breeze rushes in from the bay. The master suite also offers a large walk-in closet not commonly found in the more compact homes in the area.

Another set of stairs leads to arguably the property’s best feature. The rooftop deck provides panoramic views of the bay on one side and the ocean on the other. The lights from Fashion Island can also be seen in the distance. This versatile outside paradise makes an ideal spot for viewing the Christmas Boat Parade, sunbathing in the afternoon, or eating dinner. The deck is already wired for speakers, so setting up a sound system up is just plug-and-play. It has also been fortified to be able to accommodate a jacuzzi or even a second grilling area. From the roof, you can see that this is the only home in the area to offer a large outdoor space. This home offers views that other homes do not, and was truly built with the ocean in mind.

In this neighborhood, you are never far from the water. One block away is Bay Beach, an ideal place for kids to play with calm waters and a sandy beach. Across the street on the back side of the house, is the open ocean for surfers and wave-lovers.

With an indoor/outdoor feel throughout, this home will be the place to be in both the summer for beach parties and winter for the Christmas lights. From the outdoor fire pits to the welcoming entry to the rooftop views, this home was designed for someone whose life begins and ends at the beach. It is not just a beach house, but a perfect seaside home.

Arbor Real Estate
425 30th St #1, Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.673.7600 | www.arborrealestate.com

Listing Agents:
Chris Brigandi
949-910-6005 | cbrigandi@arbor-re.com

Nicole Dishon


Jon Dishon

About The Author

An Ohio native, Susan drove out to California on a whim and never left. A surfer, diver, tri-athlete, and general lover of all outdoor sports, Susan’s passion lies in adventure travel. Never one to miss an opportunity, she has sailed around the world twice, worked at a teppanyaki restaurant in Japan, rollerbladed through wine country in Spain, rode camels in the Sahara, crashed a Bollywood set in India, and even did some work in the White House. Now a Huntington Beach local, when she is not out and about, she can be found in her kitchen cooking food to feed her friends.

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