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Location: La Jolla, Calif.
This curvy, Bond villain lair-esque spread in La Jolla, California is likely a divisive force. Designed in 2000 by San Diego-based architect Wallace Cunningham in close collaboration with the original owners, the 5,000-square-foot residences captures the sculptural drama emblematic of Cunningham's work, including this cascading mansion in Utah and a couple of other striking, glassy compounds in La Jolla. On one hand, this home, featured in a 2006 issue of Architectural Digest and aptly named "Brushstrokes," for sure delivers bold, jaw-dropping gestures like a sweeping roofline and a rimless, almost teardrop-shaped pool clad in mosaic tiles. On the other, the stark, thoroughly grey interiors could be an acquired taste.
There are softer touches on the 1.3-acre ocean-view property though, such as reclaimed redwood beams and Japanese-inspired landscaping with mature bonsais, bamboo, stone paths, and pebble garden. The property, recently PriceChopped from $12.7M to $10.8M, also includes a private tennis court and exclusive access to five miles of beaches.
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