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June 10, 2015
As these homes demonstrate, the unique allure of Los Angeles is the ability live quietly by the sea in a buzzing city of millions.
renovated Ray Kappe bungalow in Manhattan Beach interior living room

Up-sizing from a small bungalow, Kristopher Dukes and Matt Jacobson took a minimalist approach to renovating and furnishing a soaring ’80s-era Ray Kappe–designed house in Manhattan Beach. 

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From the deck off the master bedroom, Eric Grunbaum looks across his front yard. Barbara Bestor designed the second story to float over the ground “like a cloud.”

It was the surf and the artsy vibe that attracted Eric Grunbaum to Venice Beach, California. A surfer and creative director for an advertising agency, he thrives on lively environs. So it’s no surprise that he turned to the Los Angeles–based architect Barbara Bestor to design a modern home for him near the Pacific. Bestor, the chair of graduate studies at Woodbury University School of Architecture, has a formidable reputation in Southern California for her bohemian modernism, and for Grunbaum, she created a 2,000–square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home that harbors a traditional sensibility with a contemporary heart.

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Backyard fireplace area with a long steel-and-ipe bench and Willy Guhl Loop chairs

Though this compact bungalow in Manhattan Beach contains an impressive collection of high-design furniture, including an original Eames shell chair and a Nelson jewelry cabinet, it's the outdoor space that truly shines. Together, the architect and resident, an avid surfer, designed the long steel-and-ipe bench, which suspends from the low concrete wall.

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living room trailer malibu

At Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park in Malibu, photographer Sofie Howard renovated a dinky one-bedroom, 500-square-foot into a modern beachside home

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Dwell on Design Los Angeles South Bay Home Tour 2015 Grandview House Manhattan Beach California

For this Manhattan Beach renovation, builder and designer Robert Sweet created a casual, open floor plan with an abundance of natural light. The original house was a boxy, Spanish-style bungalow, which Sweet transformed into 2,600-square-feet of modern beauty. A handpicked selection of vibrant Moroccan tile accents the minimalist interior. Various outdoor spaces let the residents make the most of the sunny beachside climate.

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Originally appeared in A Sneak Peek Inside the Homes of Dwell on Design Los Angeles 2015
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renovated Ray Kappe bungalow in Manhattan Beach interior living room

Up-sizing from a small bungalow, Kristopher Dukes and Matt Jacobson took a minimalist approach to renovating and furnishing a soaring ’80s-era Ray Kappe–designed house in Manhattan Beach. 

Photo by Misha Gravenor. Image courtesy of Misha Gravenor .

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