oastal Orange County has some of the most breathtaking homes in the world. Over the years, the area has seen plenty of development which has led to an evolution in its architectural styles. Starting with the humble beach cottages and homes of early 1900’s to the more grandiose and expansive designs of the current decade, cities like Newport Beach hold neighborhoods with homes of unrivaled style and class. We are taking you through the prevalent styles and wonders of Newport Coast architecture.
Tradition is something that is not lost in Newport Beach. Though homes and neighborhoods have evolved in the area, many of the styles of the early 1900s remain. Take, for example, the old school beach cottages of Crystal Cove. Flatness and beachy simplicity are key here. Shingled siding and exposed wood give us the vibe of California in the 20s and 30s. Fast forward a few decades and we have beach cottages along Corona Del Mar and the Newport Coast which emulate the quaintness and charm of old English homes. A-frames in white (or other light neutrals) with dark accents are the defining features of these homes. Half opening stable doors or large opening double doors allow for residents to enjoy the fresh beach air. These cottages add a whimsy to the Newport Coast that can’t be replicated.
Mediterranean architecture is easily one of the most breathtaking styles along the coast. Typically used in large, mansion-sized homes, the style is an amalgamation of Spanish Renaissance and Colonial along with Italian Renaissance and Venetian Gothic designs. Since the 30s, these villas have been popping up along the California Coast. They are marked by their grand archway entrances. Rich, earthy tones with dark shingled roofs are common here. The designs tend to spread horizontally rather than vertically giving the residents an open feel with a wideness in their floor plans. The rears of these architectural wonders tend to bring more columned arches with breezeways that create a courtyard feel to their pool-adorned backyards. Lighting along the landscaping and faces of these homes give a light and shadow effect that really makes these designs feel warm and attractive at night.
Modern architecture is a concept that is fluid and without bounds. It is a style that is always evolving and truly defined by its inability to be totally boxed and defined. Basically with this style, if an architect can dream it, it can be engineered into fruition. Though we don’t have a textbook definition for this enigmatic style, somehow we know modern design when we see it. Large glass fronts are popular. Though they don’t offer much privacy, these frontal designs are sleek and provide the residents with amazing views of the ocean. Off-kilter slants and elaborate curves are common here. Futuristic and often stark aesthetics are at play. Metallics and shining glass designs will dominate modern architecture. Each one of these homes is a one-off that typically couldn’t be replicated due to its uniqueness. Needless to say, these homes stand out!
Tuscan can be lumped into the Mediterranean category, but the trained eye can spot some key differences in this beautiful architectural styles. Like Mediterranean style, these homes tend to spread horizontally from their large archway entrances rather than vertically. Though, it is important to note that Tuscan style homes do have slightly more room for vertical designs with multi-floor variations that stay within the overall motif. They are known for flatter roof designs with only mild a-frames atop their entrances. A truly defining feature of Tuscan architecture is intricate stonework that can be found along portions of the house. These patchwork stone designs are common design details of Italy’s Tuscan region. Open air courtyards can often be found in these homes which give the feeling of true Italian Villas.