A sophisticated modern home with a rooftop deck is the result of a down-to-the-studs renovation that was completed in 2019. 76 Santa Ana Ave. is ideally situated on a corner lot in Belmont Shore just three homes from the bay and one short block from the ocean.
Photography by Cody James
Enter to a light filled and expansive open plan great room, where the central structural steel beam is purposefully exposed and a focal point of the room. A refreshingly restrained design scheme of white oak floors, clear vertical grain Douglas fir ceilings, and bright white walls feels both timeless and modern.
The minimalist appearance of the kitchen presents almost as built-in furniture, with a massive countertop workspace of honed black stone surrounding custom cabinetry and top of range appliances. Adjacent is the ground floor half bath, which gives further indication of the quality of design and finish found throughout.
In what would typically be some of the more mundane spaces in a home, the skylit stairwell and central hallway are instead some of its most dramatic. Operating as a light well, the glass walled central hallway is also a display case for the steel and wood tread stairway to the rooftop and open sky above.
In the primary bedroom is a large wall of windows privatized by motorized window shades. A glass door at the center opens to a balcony with ocean view. A perfect reading nook or spot for morning coffee occupies the window wrapped northwest corner of the room.
In the adjacent en-suite primary bath is a vaulted and skylit glass shower enclosure with ipe flooring and shower grade plaster walls. All three bedrooms feature spacious walk in closets. Laundry is stackable and on this level, located in the closet of the primary bedroom.
Finally, up the central core stairwell is the uncommon and nearly 500 square foot rooftop deck. An inspired setting for outdoor dining, relaxation, and entertaining. All to be done while taking in panoramic views; of the ocean, Catalina Island, Alamitos Bay, the San Gabriel mountains, Palos Verdes peninsula, and the port of Long Beach.
Walk two blocks north to the many fine restaurants and shops of 2nd St., go for a paddle through the Naples canals, or hop on the Shoreline path for a sunset bike ride along the beach that gave the city its name.