Aloha, E Komo Mai
A Beach Lover’s Dream, This Breathtaking Hawaiian Haven Brings in the Light
WRITTEN BY: ANGELA HATCHER | PHOTOS PROVIDED BY: BOWMAN GROUP ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Mixing natural surfaces with a sleek Hawaiian style, this chic island, open-air plantation beauty and rare find is centrally located on a quiet and tranquil street in the heart of Newport Beach’s prestigious Peninsula Point. While it faces a beautiful lush and grassy main park, the sound of the nearby ocean breeze can be heard whispering softly in the wind. Just steps away from Newport Harbor and the Pacific Ocean, this inviting and unique new construction and two-story stunner is every beach lover’s dream.
When asked where the inspiration for an island plantation-style home on The Mainland came from, Matt Genova replied, “Chris’ family spends some time in Hawaii and the plantation style of this property really symbolizes the ‘Ohana’ or family home—wide open and welcoming.”
With four bright and airy bedrooms, a bonus room, and four magnificent baths, this breathtaking 2, 600-square-foot property has several unique features that makes it stand out from the rest. A subtly calibrated palette of pale greens, creams, soft grays and blues continuing throughout the home adds a modern and ocean-like mood with a touch of unmistakable refinement. Through well-designed and strategically placed skylights that quietly bring the outdoors in, natural light streams into the open floor plan. High ceilings emphasize the feeling of spaciousness and openness. There is recessed lighting, and a state-of-the-art RadioRa HomeWorks system that controls the LED lighting by way of touch pads which may also be controlled remotely with the use of an app. There are dual paned windows throughout, a dual HVAC system, and the property is wired for a sound and security system.
The baths feature gorgeous subway tiled walls, set horizontally and imaginatively offset. The clean, white walls in the main living space are a mixture of smooth surfaces and decorative horizontal wall paneled woodwork featuring an accent wall that plays well with the especially inviting and relaxed atmosphere. In addition to expansive wall-to-wall contemporary bi-fold windowed doors that run across the entire front entrance of the house, an exterior wall has a perfectly matched row of smaller dual paned windows beautifully framed in the same white wood in appearance. Adding to the ambiance is a trio of sphere-shaped light fixtures resembling natural aged driftwood floating in the space while casting a flattering glow. On the opposite side of the room is a unique fireplace accented with an antique, naturally dark reclaimed wood mantelpiece, and it houses an ideal location overhead for a large flat screen TV or perhaps a treasured work of art. Flanking both sides of the one-of-a-kind shell encrusted fireplace are perfectly paired white cabinets with two rows of open shelving that are a match to the fireplace mantel.
The stunning white oak flooring throughout the property emphasizes the casualness and relaxed atmosphere, yet it surprisingly adds a sophisticated elegance as well. With its simplistic design and smart use of space, the desirable open gourmet kitchen adds another layer of casualness and homeyness while also featuring an impressive selection of high-end energy efficient appliances, including one very special showpiece: an exquisite, and “take your breath away” top- of-the-line French blue and gold accented La Cornue range. From the coolness of the natural Colorado gold-white marble countertops and eating area and the custom designed crisp white hardwood lighted cabinetry that harbors an abundance of overhead and underneath storage, to the white horizontally set subway tiles, this bright and happy kitchen is also equipped with a large farmhouse sink and oil-rubbed bronze hardware. This spectacular kitchen focuses on beauty with function, and it is a perfect place to create an amazing Epicurean feast or simply scramble up a couple of eggs.
At the opposite end of the kitchen sits a highlighted alcove perfectly ideal for showing off treasures, and slightly off to one side is a convenient bath continuing with the same marbled countertops, white horizontal subway tiles lining the walls, a full shower, and natural stone flooring. Not to be overlooked is the impressive natural wood and white railing staircase that easily takes center stage, and although its simple practicality is to connect the two floors, the staircase presence brings further ambiance to the setting and an excitement about what new treasures lay ahead upstairs.
At the top of the stairs is a continuous wall of custom shelves and cabinetry, and on one side of the space, there is an inviting and airy retreat, perfect as a casual seating area where one might read, catch up on e-mails, rest, or snuggle up on a moonlit night. The sun fills the master bedroom with radiance as sliding glass doors open out to a cozy second floor patio. Adding to the playful vibe, additional windows bring in even more light. There is recessed lighting on the wood-paneled cathedral-style ceiling and a modern nautical bell- shaped lighting fixture complementing the setting. The closet space is an organization delight, with wall to wall wood shelving, drawers, and hanging areas. Carefully selected hardware fixtures are of a smooth, sleek design. There are three more well-lit bedrooms with generous closet space as well, and each room shares the same distinctive rustic charm, variations on the light fixture theme and exceptionally fine materials.
The main bath is a spa-like fantasy with lustrous sea glass green tile, frameless shower, dual “rain forest” style shower heads and jets, and a zen- like free-standing soaking tub. Conjuring up a soothing place of tranquility and peace, this sanctuary becomes an everyday masterpiece. Oil rubbed hardware, special marble, subway tiles, and fine fixtures are found in all four baths and the clutter-free spaces include ample concealed storage for necessities and toiletries.
Boasting an impressive oversized outdoor front patio and dining area, which features a built-in lounge seating area, fire pit and top-of-the-line built-in BBQ, this maintenance-free open air space may as easily transform from a relaxed gathering place for two into an enchanting and grand entertainment area for 20. A convenient outdoor shower completes this highly desirable al fresco locale. The sizable two-car garage and bonus carport leaves plenty of room for automobiles, bicycles, jet skis, baby strollers, or just a great place for extra storage.
With seducing charm, a creative mix of fine material combinations, melding of classic with new, a careful play of texture and light, and a touch of romance, every element in this inviting home brings the spirit of the islands and paradise to Southern California. The artistic and creative team of Chris Brigandi and Christy Brigandi began with an idea—an idea that personifies the classic Hawaiin plantation open space style, and with all-encompassing aesthetic designs of rustic charm and classiness, the talented visionaries collaborated with respected general contractor and builder, Craig Gregory. With careful precision and attention to detail, Craig proved that he “got it.” He understood the artistic vision of the talented dream maker duo, and Craig knew what had to be done to execute Chris and Christy’s design with quality and excellence. With hard work and great attention to detail, the dream came true, and this breathtaking island retreat is Heaven on Earth, Hawaiian style.