Luxury Living at the Strand at Headlands

Meridith Baer Home


outhern California boasts some of the country’s most opulent beach communities. The nation’s rich famously own homes in Malibu, Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara. Lesser known are enclaves of coastal elegance further south, in Orange County. Here, luxury living is done more quietly, more privately—but just as extravagantly.  The Strand at Headlands

Dana Point is an Orange County town with a thriving high-end home market. Set against seven miles of prominent bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean, the community’s showcase neighborhood is The Strand at Headlands. This private, gated 121-acre enclave of custom estates was developed by real estate developer Sanford Edward. It’s most recent offering is a stunning modern home designed by architect Christopher Brandon.

The house features floor-to-ceiling windows, slide-away pocket doors, and patios and balconies framed with glass railings, all designed to blur the lines between interior and exterior, providing panoramic whitewater views of waves, passing sailboats, and sunsets.

When the property was ready for sale, its developers brought in Meridith Baer Home, the premier home staging company in the nation, to furnish it. MBH designer Mina Viola took her inspiration from the home’s oceanfront aesthetic, installing furnishings that fuse modern and coastal interior design, making sure each room is crisp but relaxed, highly stylized but still welcoming.

The ocean is visible from the entry, so it was paramount that nothing obstruct that spectacular view. Low tables and benches with elegant, minimal accessories allow for a clear line of sight from the foyer into the living room. There, low modern sofas and cut-back side chairs ensure the panorama remains clear from any angle. Purple accent pillows coordinate with the color of the neighboring kitchen’s built-in cupboards, creating a seamless integration between the home’s structure and furnishings.

The office off of the entry is entirely visible behind a glass wall, so the room was given particular attention—Meridith Baer Home custom made the desk, positioning it on top of two rugs, cowhide layered with Jute, with brown leather armchairs in front. The upstairs den was staged to be cozy for a family, with rich colors and sumptuous fabrics, a space where the television and the sea view can be enjoyed at the same time.

The master bedroom’s color palette features cream and taupe to complement the beautiful wood floor. Using an oversized vertical mirror to capture the maximum ocean view, a high wingback bed also balances the high ceiling.

Finally, the loggia is staged with low gray teak outdoor furniture, providing gorgeous contrast with the white tile flooring. Hurricanes and live edge balls provide accents that look both modern and organic to the coast.

The Strand at Headlands is a top-end community, and its newest modern estate is a perfect fusion of location, architecture, and interior design. Sold in September for almost $14 million, it continues Southern California’s reputation for coastal splendor.

Interior Design: Meridith Baer Home |

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