This review, while I am sure is well intended, is misleading and inaccurate in many respects. The residence is situated on one of the busier streets in La Jolla but by no means, the busiest. While one can hear traffic noise from two of the five bedrooms, that noise is intermittent, not constant and is not a-typical of other close in built up urban areas. In addition, the residence itself is set back from the street more than 100 feet buffered by vegetation including a six-foot hedge. The property contains more than 25,000 sf of land, a site two to five times larger than 90+% of beach area residences in La Jolla. The residence features a circular driveway, a huge motor court and is a set amongst lush landscaping, with 50’ to 150’ setbacks from adjoining neighbors. All these features result in a true sense of arriving at a destination, not just at another cookie-cutter residence, check by jowl with its neighbors.
The reviewer referenced obtrusive noise from trucks, motorcycles, and sport cars. Read the 60+ AIRBNB reviews of this property or the 60+ reviews posted on a competing site, and you will not read of any other guests making such a reference. That is not to say that one doesn’t hear background traffic noise inside the residence when windows are left open to catch the wonderful ocean breezes. But virtually all of our guests agree being located in such a distinctive and beautifully furnished residence on such a large site so close in to the beaches and the village of La Jolla is worth putting up with some background traffic noise.
The reviewer is totally inaccurate in describing the heating, air conditioning, and windows. The home features radiant floor heating throughout, the most desirable of all heating systems. The home features individually controlled air conditioning units in each room. Each room of the home contains one or more sets of sliding glass windows approximately 6’6” off the floor, windows that disappear into the ceiling (and walls), a distinctive feature of only the most Avant Garde mid-century modern homes. Heat rises and when opened these windows allow for wonderful cross ventilation, allowing the cool ocean breezes to cool all the rooms. We do provide several stools throughout the house to assist those under 5’8” in height to open and close these windows.
The reviewer calls the floor plan funky. If funky means innovative, then the residence is guilty as charged. But 99%+ of our guests appreciate the clever architectural solution that the original architect-owner devised resulting in a floor plan with virtually no hallways and where no one has to walk by another guest’s bedroom to arrive at his or her bedroom. Three of the five bedrooms, the great room, and the kitchen face onto and open into quiet sunny and private patios where we provide BBQ units, patio heaters and an outdoor TV as well as seating (and tables) to accommodate up to 18 guests and their invitees.
The reviewer didn’t mention skylights. During daytime, the skylights bathe almost the entire home with natural light, giving one has the feeling of being outdoors even while being inside. During the evening, the LED lighting from these same openings also bathe the residence. Of course the floor to ceiling walls of glass where the glass disappears into the ceiling and sidewalls and where the cedar ceilings extend beyond the edge of the house by four to six feet are just a few of the reasons that this home was declared historical. It is a prime example of mid-century modern design.