Features include walls of glass with views, built-in cabinetry, and a purist approach to details

32nd Street has three bedrooms, three / half baths, with sunny interiors and indoor-outdoor access points in nearly every room. Defining character features include a cantilevered roof to create living space out of thin air, sliding glass walls, white oak paneling, copious built-in cabinetry, and a striking wooden screen handcrafted by artist Miki Iwasaki.

The property is located on the edge of South Park, situated on “Treasure Hill” surrounded by 32nd street canyon with urban hiking and “a bird’s eye view of San Miguel Mountain.” walking distance to local fare including Kindred and Buona Forchetta.

The home was expanded and extensively renovated in collaboration with award-winning architect Lloyd Russell. The kitchen, dining, and living areas occupy one volume of the house and can be opened to the outdoors and a verdant garden of drought-tolerant greenery. 

The interior includes kitchen appliances by Sub-Zero, Miele gas cooktop, wok and convection cooking. The bathrooms include custom cabinetry, soaking tubs, Dornbracht fixtures, and Duravit wall-mounted toilets.

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The home was featured in Japan’s “California Living” publication in March 2016

The home was featured in Japan’s “California Living” publication in March 2016

The home features a  Zehnder America  House Filtration system —the high-efficiency unit provides a constant supply of fresh air into indoor spaces.

The home features a Zehnder America House Filtration system —the high-efficiency unit provides a constant supply of fresh air into indoor spaces.

Roof mounted solar electric system consists of (24) 280 PV Panels and a SMA SB7000TL-US-22 Inverter and a 50-Gallon Solar Thermal System.

Roof mounted solar electric system consists of (24) 280 PV Panels and a SMA SB7000TL-US-22 Inverter and a 50-Gallon Solar Thermal System.

Built-in cabinetry throughout the home provides an abundance of storage

Built-in cabinetry throughout the home provides an abundance of storage

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Photography by Tomoko H. Matsubayashi

An eco-friendly, mindful home

In most cases, it is environmentally preferable to renovate (and in this case, expand) an existing home rather than build a new one. There are many “green” design and engineering approaches that were used for 32nd Street such as overhangs, use of natural light, wall thickness to maximize insulating quality while reducing the amount of wood needed, use of engineered products, proper sizing and specification for heating, cooling, the use of alternative energy and energy-saving products. Proper sealing, control of airflow and air quality within the home are important.

 

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Solar control

IN COLLABORATION WITH LLOYD RUSSELL ARCHITECTURE

32nd street features a number of crucial elements in passive solar design to help block the sun’s heat energy. 

 
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Solar hot water

INSTALLED BY ADROIT SOLAR (NOW SAN DIEGO SOLAR)

A 50-gallon integrated hot water tank means hot water 365 days from the sun directly to the water heater.

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Solar photovoltaics

INSTALLED BY ADROIT SOLAR (NOW SAN DIEGO SOLAR)

Roof mounted solar electric system consists of (24) 280 PV Panels and a SMA SB7000TL-US-22 Inverter.

 
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Low-e storefront windows

INSTALLED BY A&A GLASS (NOW MCNULTY GLASS)

The Low-E coating reflects heat back to its source so it helps your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

 
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Insulated building envelope

INSTALLED BY MQ CONSTRUCTION

Foam sheathing insulation boards provide a continuous layer of insulation to reduce thermal bridging and improve energy efficiency.

 
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Clutter-free storage systems

INSTALLED BY BILL WASHBURN

An abundance of storage is a powerful way to bring more ease and joy into your physical and mental space.

 
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Drought-tolerant plants

IN COLLABORATION WITH MARCIE HARRIS LANDSCAPE

Marcie and team paid close attention to the scale and feel of 32nd Street to complement the surroundings — the longevity, maintenance and sustainability of the landscaping with a fresh and fun feel.

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EcoBatt insulation

INSTALLED BY USI OF SAN DIEGO

Made from rapidly renewable organic materials, 32nd Street uses a combination of R-19, R-25HD fiberglass batts for thermal and acoustic performance.

 
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Space-saving toilets

INSTALLED BY MQ CONSTRUCTION

Space-saving toilet, absent that unsightly tank, that doesn't contact the floor - easy to keep the area around it clean.

 
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Handmade Modernism

IN COLLABORATION WITH LLOYD RUSSELL, AIA

Lloyd stripped down 32nd to a simple modernist box and then exploded it, exploring all sorts of connections to the outdoors.

 

It’s glorious in Golden Hill (and South Park) .

 

Golden Hill and South Park are some of San Diego's most historic and architecturally eclectic zones. Walking distance to favorite local spots include Buona Forchetta and Kindred along with Influx Cafe, which sits just west on the way to Golden Hill Park. Head a few blocks south on 25th for eats at Counterpoint.