noelle o designs

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I love what you’ve done with the place

We have been vacationing on this same stretch of So Cal beach for 20+ years, thanks to my most fantastic in-laws ever. It’s been interesting and at times intriguing to see new houses built, old houses fixed up (or torn down to make way for shiny new houses) and subtle changes happen in the neighborhood over the years. Here’s a brief tour of the street, starting with my hands-down favorite house. This Spanish style house, probably built in the late 60′s- early 70′s isn’t even close to the biggest or fanciest. It’s been kept in it’s original stylish form over the years, simply restored (not torn down) and kept in immaculate condition- it’s my beach house crush.
The house (below) takes up three lots and is ginormous, but I do love the patio- grass is a nice touch and great furniture- especially half moon chairs with accompanying umbrella.
Another large and spacious house I’m drawn to. I love the modernness, industrial massive concrete shape, wooden window frames and the comfort and convenience of under-home storage and lounging possibilities when the sun gets too hot.
This used to be the most forlorn, ugly and perpetually empty house on the beach, in 20 years I never saw any sign of life- not an opened window shade or chair out on the deck. I wanted it to be torn down, it was so bad, but finally, in the last year the whole house has been renovated and is now a lovely sight to see.
Beach party clubhouse, well utilized empty lot.
Nice spacious patio, love the splash of color on the lounge chairs.

Great tile work, another eye catching splash of color.
There are succulents everywhere in these parts- I’m so jealous in a climate envy kind of way. I have to stop and drool over the variety in these gorgeous planters every time I pass by.
My favorite house’s Spanish neighbor. Not as tiny and quaint but well preserved and stylish.
Tiny garden with all the necessary elements present.
Bring on more succulents, colors and textures.
Old school beach retreat.

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