[DESIGN] HOME HIGH LIFE A NEW DEL MAR MESA HOUSE BREAKS FREE OF MEDITERR ANEAN MOLDS, PAYING HOMAGE TO MODERNISM FROM ITS HILLTOP PERCH. By AnnaMaria Stephens Photography by Brady Photography Portrait by Jen & Bec When you build a house on top of the world—or at least perched high on a hill above San Diego’s picturesque Del Mar Mesa—panoramic vistas are a given. But this house does it one better. A modern standout among the neighborhood’s Mediterranean usual suspects, the home is as worthy of stares as its spectacular surroundings. The homeowners, a civil engineer and retired marketing exec, initially approached architect Mark Silva (silvastudios.com) with a different vision in mind for their empty lot in Del Mar Mesa. Bordered by Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley, the semirural community— which includes 900 acres of protected open space—features multimillion-dollar properties and large swaths of land crisscrossed by horse-riding trails. Spanish architecture—like the nearby and oh-so-opulent Grand Del Mar resort—tends to be the default. “It’s an area with a lot of Santa Barbara-style homes,” Silva says. “But once they explained what they wanted out of their dream house and I saw the site and fantastic views, I suggested that something more contemporary would fit the lifestyle they were trying to create.” Among the couple’s biggest wishes? Expansive windows, an open layout, soaring ceilings and seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces. Silva knew exactly where to turn for inspiration. “I grew up in a post-and-beam William Krisel house up on 70 RIVIER A M ARCH 2015 GRAND ENTRANCE The custom door sets the stage to this manse, a wood-and-glass ode to alfresco living.