1656 Willow St
San Diego, CA 92106
This is a custom built, one of a kind contemporary home designed by Architect David T. Lorimer and Associates with exquisite garden entry by Torrey Pines Landscaping. This is an easy place to live and especially great for entertaining because of its large open floor plan, with central living areas that flow from one room to the next to the front balconies and back yard. Because the home was built with large members, it is extremely quiet from one part of the home to the next. The builder drove large concrete foundation pillars into the hill to assure stability. It sits high on a hill with sweeping panoramic views of downtown, with the hills of Mexico in the background, The Coronado Bridge, the bay, and the ocean. Views are available from the living/dining room, master bedroom, the kitchen, the wrap around upper deck, as well as the lower deck of the home, office and lower bedroom. There is beautiful natural light, not only from the windows, but also from the two central skylights and one skylight in the master bath. Black anodized aluminum frame, smoke tinted dual pane windows and doors are found throughout the exterior of the home except for the wood front and downstairs entry doors. Oversized white-washed oak doors are found throughout the interior. The paver stone driveway leads to a large motor-court and garage parking for 3 cars and two electric garage doors The garage has an epoxy floor and ample built in high end storage cabinets and work bench. A direct entry to the home from a back door by the garage leads to a stairwell that rises to both the living room and the kitchen for convenience of unloading groceries. A Chef's Kitchen with Dacor oven, gas cook-top, large double sink /pull down commercial like contemporary faucet, as well as a separate prep sink in center island that also has bar seating, large serving bar all finished in beautiful granite, an over the stove contemporary hood fan and light, built in microwave, built in side by side KitchenAid 48 cubic foot refrigerator/freezer, and ultra-quiet Bosch dishwasher. There is more than ample cabinet space in the kitchen and dual built-in pantry cabinets and wine racks that are adjacent in front of the rounded kitchen nook in the kitchen. Sunset views are beautiful from this room. The interior is painted in designer colors and the central fireplace is dual sided viewed from both the dining and living. A separate fireplace is located in the family room that has 14 ft ceilings with windows and two sets of doors that look out on to the back yard garden. Both the living room and family room have 14 foot ceilings. The living/dining room, kitchen and breakfast nook all have custom installed motorized/control operated shades that give 94% sun protection while still allowing you to see the views while the shades are down. The master bedroom has designer fabric motorized blackout-backed sound insulating draperies in the front of the house. There are elegant tile floors from the upper entry throughout the kitchen and breakfast nook, the bathrooms, and the entry on the lower level. The family room and the motor-court stairwell both lead to the beautiful oasis of the backyard, Zen-like garden, which has a large concrete patio, an L-shaped granite bbq island, under-counter lighting, with bar seating and views of the Shelter Island yachts. There is a very large built-in gas bbq and dual gas burners to the side, trash bin and multiple storage compartments all finished in stainless steel. From the beautiful sod lawn there is a short path to the above -ground whirlpool tub for six and once again beautiful views of downtown, the bridge and the bay. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths. The master bedroom has an en suite very large bathroom with double sink, large whirlpool tub and large, fully enclosed stall shower with transom window above the door and it is also a steam shower. There are two shower heads, one fixed and the other an adjustable height with hose and detachable head. About 1/3 of the master bath is mirrored. Within the master bath are two walk-in closets. Two other bedrooms have walk-in closet and the third has sliding mirrored doors. There are a total of 3 bathtubs in the home. One of the three bedrooms is currently being used as a gym, including free weights, a Precor Elliptical Stepper, and Weider Gym Cage. The office could potentially be a fourth bedroom and it and one of the bedrooms has a private access deck on the lower level. The home comes with solar power from panels located on the roof and is cable ready throughout currently with Cox Cable, but could also be adapted to Dish Technology easily. There are two heating (gas for heat)/air conditioning units with one servicing the central core and the other for the bedrooms/office. The garage has a cabinet with a 75 gallon hot-water heater, and a water softener that is attached to the cold water supply. The home is fully protected with a security system, hard-wired window and door sensors and motion detectors, currently serviced by Cox Home Life. One of the home's most distinctive features is the custom built movie theater located on the lower level and is a destination because it is like taking a walk back in time to the Deco Era of the grand movie houses. There are 7 reclining cushioned chairs, 4 on a raised platform and 3 in front with lighted glass block below and two glass block lighted columns in front. A raised lighted gold sponged ceiling gives the feeling of being in a true old time theater. The screen is 102 inches in diameter and there is a projector in the rear of the theater all wired to a tower with the video and sound equipment. Nine speaker surround sound includes two tower speakers and a central channel in the front, 4 surround speakers in the soffits above, and two subwoofers, all concealed. There is an entry way lighted billboard with changeable movie poster, a "concession area" in the entry with popcorn maker, genuine deco chandelier and wall sconces on the padded walls. Velour draperies against the deco gold gilded arches complete the original look.