Open House Obsession: Timeless Rustic Sanctuary in Point Dume, $6.45MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 6670 Wildlife Road, Point Dume/Malibu
When: Sunday, February 21 from 12:00pm-4:00pm
What: A 3-bed, 2.5 bath, 1.6-acre retreat built in 1980 and renovated in 2003 with great sensitivity and attention to detail, retaining the original architect’s simple palette of cedar, concrete and stone.
W. Earl Wear (1925-2011) was a Canadian architect and disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright who moved to Topanga Canyon in the mid-1950s. The immense central chimney of rough-formed concrete and stone is straight out of the Taliesen West playbook, and even though the house was built in 1980, Wright’s Usonian houses echo throughout. There’s no air-conditioning. Solid cedar and concrete construction keeps the home cool; radiant heat in the stone floors takes the occasional chill out.
On the hand, Wright never gave a client a master bath this spacious.
What We Love: The owner’s choices of finishes are reminiscent of her mother’s home in what was once colonial Rhodesia. Plus we could be convinced to do laundry again.
The treehouse-like studio structure was designed by Malibu architect Chris Sorensen, and manages to look both fresh and like it’s been there forever. Keyed beach access is down a private path.
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