Michael & Genelle's Hill-Top House
"Location, location, location!" This is the right location, at least for us. In 2003, we purchased an older fixer-upper in a development of custom homes. It is at the very top of a ridge with a clear view of approximately 30-miles of coastline. We get to see some awesome sunsets. The house is on a private lot with a long, scenic driveway off a cul-de-sac.

Our house was built in 1975 on 1.01 acres of land. At the time of purchase, it had 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2225 square feet. It was designed so that almost every room has an ocean view. The house is single story except for the garage downstairs.

In 2007, we completed a large addition and partial remodel. We now have 3507 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Each bedroom has it's own private bathroom.
This photo was taken by helicopter in 2008 after the addition was complete. The addition is the last 30 feet on the right end of the house. The upper portion of the addition is large new master bedroom suite. Below that is more garage area. The house behind us is farther away than it looks in this photo.
We have views out most of the windows in the house, plus we have 700 square feet of deck to enjoy our view from. What can I say about these views? The pictures speak for themselves. NOTE: The last (3) pictures are of the same view, just different times of day (or night).
All of the houses around our cul-de-sac are built around a hillside. Like icebergs, they look small from the top, but they are huge down below. Look at the picture where the Mercedes is parked, then look at the same house in the next picture! It's three stories! I'm glad our house doesn't have all those stairs.
It's a beautiful drive just getting up through our neighborhood. From there, our long, scenic driveway is truly unique as it winds through huge granite boulders.
The front door is very private. It faces due west and you can see the ocean from there. The two pictures on the right are looking back up the driveway toward the cul-de-sac.
Although we are on an acre, the actual fenced portion of our backyard is quite a bit smaller, although still pretty large. It covers three levels around the natural rock formations.
Instead of having a seperate livingroom and family room, this house has a very large "Great Room" to take advantage of the views down the west side of the house. Around the corner is my study. My son made the custom curved desk, the aquarium stand, the aquarium itself and the cabinets around the TV.
We really enjoy our spacious kitchen and dining room. The laundry room and stairs down to the garage are in better locations than they were before the remodel. The door behind the table in the center leads to the future elevator (currently a closet).
Our entry vestibule used to have gray marble. We changed it to match the slate that we put in our new master bathroom and laundry room. A new powder room is just off the entry.
The new master bedroom suite is 800 sq ft. Michael has a full wall of double closets to himself. There are two doors leading out to the deck.
The large master bathroom includes a walk-in closet for Genelle. The large, open-door style shower is around the corner from the tub.
We live in a very unique neighborhood where the boulders are here to stay and the houses are built on and around them. The satellite view of our house shows rocks on our property that are as big as our house! There's a crazy driveway in our neighborhood that reminds me of Lombard Street in San Francisco. In the last picture, the home owner is a model train buff and has an elaborate electric tain system throughout his front yard.