A Laguna Beach home known as the Gull House — for its curved roof and other features evoking the movement and lines of a seagull — is up for sale again.
Dr. Edward Jonas Domanskis once listened to acclaimed architect John Lautner talk about his innovative homes in a presentation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
“I was really blown away,” the Newport Beach plastic surgeon said.
The four-bedroom, 3,000-square foot home – known as the Gull House for its curved roof and other features evoking the movement and lines of a seagull – is built into a steep cliff above a cove. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer unobstructed views of waves crashing on rocks and lapping along the shore.
The home, at 2049 Ocean Way, has been on and off the market in recent years and was listed again this month. Asking price: $6.95 million. MARILYN KALFUS
The doctor commissioned the three-story house several years after Lautner’s death in 1994. Lautner’s longtime design architect Helena Arahuete took on the project, completed in 2009. A year later, Architectural Record featured the Gull House as its home of the month.
A mix of striking angles, the residence boasts plank-matched rosewood walls and koa wood and Italian travertine-slab floors. A state-of-the-art kitchen includes chef-grade appliances by Viking, Sub-Zero and Miele. The home also has a media room, elevator, master bathroom steam shower and an unexpected extra: a window in the living room floor, with a view of the sand.
Smart home technology includes an elaborate security system, as well as windows in the master bedroom and front entrance that can turn opaque at the flip of a switch. The Privacy Glass by SwitchLite contains a liquid crystal sheet permanently bonded between two glass layers.
The house has numerous eco-friendly features to conserve energy, including low-E glass with a coating that enhances its insulation, as well as motorized shades, a stainless steel roof, split air-conditioning systems that cool different areas, tankless heaters and LED lighting throughout.
“There’s no question, it’s a special property,” Domanskis said.
But, he said, with a pre-teen son and daughter, his family has additional needs, including more space.
The home is listed by John Stanaland and Christopher Sirianni of HOM Sotheby’s International Realty.