Some covet a private spot on the beach where they can wile away days on the shore, gazing into the wide Pacific and watching it swallow up the last morsel of sun. Some imagine a home that can easily accommodate large groups in style, envisioning soirees as scintillating as the shoreline is soothing. But the truth is the best southern California beach homes don’t just accommodate both, but do so with elegance and aplomb.
This unique duality defines 1716 Ocean Front. Designed by award-winning San Diego architect David Lorimer, the five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 4,700-square-foot home on 60 feet of Del Mar ocean frontage combines traditional details with contemporary living, and comfortable gathering spaces with ample opportunities for grand entertaining. More importantly, this oceanfront masterpiece does what oceanfront masterpieces should: puts the ocean views on display, from nearly everywhere you stand.
The home can “accommodate some 200 guests…especially when there is a dance floor set up on the beach,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Entertaining comes with the territory for the future owner who can afford this Del Mar beauty, and it has been said to have hosted legends including Merv Griffin and Eva Gabor and modern-day notables including Kevin Costner, Uma Thurman and Mario Lopez.
The contemporary residence features a gourmet kitchen; a sumptuous master suite with window seats, a library wall, his-and-her baths, and an ocean view that is only interrupted by the crackling fireplace; balconies featuring endless coastal views; an open atrium in the center of the home; five wood-burning fireplaces; and an attached studio apartment. Additionally, the home offers an in-close location within walking distance of favorite local haunts including The Poseidon and Jake’s del Mar, as well as Powerhouse Park and Seagrove Park, where grassy picnics and summer concerts await.