Coastal Living, the premier, coastal architectural design magazine in the country, has selected a home in Coronado as its 2014 Showhouse.
Every year, the magazine selects one house to celebrate coastal home innovation, dream décor and quality construction.
In selecting the home designed and built by Flagg Coastal Homes, the magazine marked the first time a home on the West Coast was selected for the national honor. The announcement was made in January at an “Empty House” party with representatives of the builder, subcontractors and Coastal Living magazine in attendance.
“We are thrilled beyond belief to be in Coronado, it doesn’t get more coastal than this,” said Nicole Hendrick, Associate Home Director for Coastal Living Magazine. Hendrick is in charge of going out on location and deciding which setting is appropriate for each year’s Showhouse. “This was a no-brainer. The house’s design, the view, the location and the ambiance of Coronado represents our magazine.”
O’Brien recalled that the relationship between the magazine was initiated by sending photos and floor plans. “They said they needed a house completed by June 1 and I thought, ‘No problem; we’ve got you covered.’”
Homeowners Steve and Deb Madsen, from Utah originally and now living in North County, will move into the house sometime after the summer season, though there is no set date. “We are honored for our home to be featured. I’ve enjoyed the magazine since the first issue,” Deb Madsen said.
The all-star design team is headed by Coronado-based Flagship Properties and Flagg Coastal Homes, owned by John and Carrie O’Brien.
Flagship Properties, founded in 1975, is a real estate development and brokerage company that has developed, marketed and sold residential and office developments throughout Southern California. Since 1999, Flagship has specialized in “Coastal Homes,” primarily in Coronado.
Flagg Coastal Homes, a design/build company, was founded in 2007 to complement Flagship’s development and brokerage activities. The company has a reputation as a premier homebuilder of luxury residences, including 32 in Coronado, and innovator in using modern composite building materials that were designed and formulated to withstand the direct sun and coastal environment.
“Coastal Living is the Bible for coastal design in the United States,” said builder John O’Brien. “That this home was chosen over luxurious homes on both coasts is a distinct honor. We have dedicated our entire construction process to building homes in a coastal environment.”
Dorian Lytle of Lytle Design, Inc., heads up the design/build division of Flagg Coastal Homes. He is a graduate of the Newschool of Architecture and Design in San Diego where he was both class valedictorian and received AIA’s Henry Adams Medal for Excellence.
Landscape architect Frank Marczynski, founder of San Diego-based Topia, will handle landscape architecture. Topia and Flagship have worked on a number of commercial, hotel and residential projects; Marczynski’s work on behalf of Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts was the catalyst for the current collaboration.
Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey of Burnham Design of Los Angeles will handle interior design for the home.
The Coronado home will be featured in Coastal Living’s October 2014 edition.
Located at 100 Ocean Boulevard, the Showhouse abuts Sunset Park and overlooks the Pacific beyond. The 4,008-square-foot home and basement will feature five bedrooms, three full baths, three half baths, a three-car underground garage, media room, pool and spa.
The home is built on what was formerly Coronado’s Spanish Bight — a historic saltwater inlet that once separated north and south Coronado islands and was filled in during World War II.
The Coastal Living Showhouse will be open to the public for tours from mid-July through September. Tickets will be on sale in April, and available at www.coastbuilder.net.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Navy SEAL Foundation, which supports the U.S. Navy SEALS, the associated Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen and Naval Special Warfare, (NSW) support personnel, as well as their spouses and children.
As construction progresses, guests will also be invited to “Coastal Living Day,” a special one-day event at the Showhouse that will feature seminars, demonstrations, refreshments and other activities to be announced.