Real Estate Report: In Costa Mesa, a 2010 CH+D Design Award Winner is on the Market


The Basics: This 4-bed, 2.75-bath house in Costa Mesa started out life in 1962 as a basic SoCal ranchburger and had a very grown-up renovation in 2009. Asking $1.799M and on the market about two weeks. With a few exceptions, purchase of the furnishings is negotiable.

Not So Basic: Both stylish and family-friendly, the house was renovated by the principals of the Newport Beach design firm PAL+SMITH, Melissa Palazzo and her husband Marc (collaborating with architect LA architect Henry Buckingham) for themselves and their three kids. A key feature of the award-winning house is the immense coral tree out front, one of the largest in California. Beyond preserving the vintage tree, this was a no-surface-left-untouched renovation, expanding upwards to add bedrooms for the kids plus a seating area over the family room and outwards to create a new dining room.

All the usual suspects— white walls, white oak and concrete floors, Fleetwood Windows, Bisazza tile– show up in a well-ordered interior that would serve a severe collection of Mid-Century classic as much as the current, vibrant Hollywood Regency/David Hicks-inflected vibe.

Below, the open loft over the family room leading to the kid’s bedrooms, and the entry:

Out back, palm trees and the two-story family room. On the left, the wall of glass in the living room opens up to the outdoors:

And the serene ground-floor master bedroom:

More Links: Have a look at the realtor’s dedicated website for the property— which includes a video— along with PAL+SMITH’s portfolio, and architect Howard Buckingham’s portfolio

Plus a post on the award-winning house by CH+D’s Editor-in-Chief Erin Feher. 

Listing: 341 Vista Baya, Costa Mesa [Redfin]