If only Frank Lloyd Wright could have lived to see the era of condos by the beach.
The 3400-square-foot townhouse at 195 Cherry Avenue is billed as the first of three newly-constructed, “Frank Lloyd Wright inspired” condominium units erected last year, just a block inland from Tamarack Beach in Carlsbad.
According to listing materials retrieved from Zillow, this “iconic masterpiece” was “built as a luxury legacy to last a lifetime.”
“A private entrance to a brownstone staircase leads you to handmade mahogany doors surrounded within real stone on the exterior,” the listing continues. Upon entering, a wood-paneled stairwell made of “Traditional Walnut and Birdseye Maple” that “sweeps through every floor of this Fung Shui [sic] four-story home” leads down to the garage or up to the bedroom levels. Of course, you could also take the private elevator “equipped with an auto cage and phone” to get everywhere from the semi-subterranean garage to the rooftop deck.
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An “extravagant great room with soaring 15’ ceilings” is the unit’s centerpiece, as it “provides the modern open concept with the warmth of a traditional home thanks to Birdseye Maple encircling the interior.” There’s a floor-to-ceiling Italian Travertine fireplace that serves as both centerpiece and transition to the dining area, and rich-grained marble tile flooring that extends throughout the house. Fold-away doors, meanwhile, “extend your living space onto the spacious balcony with a gorgeous pre-stained and coated mahogany ceiling.”
Of course there’s room for a “well-appointed chef’s kitchen,” with a Wolf commercial-sized range, Subzero built-in refrigerator with paneling to match the much-vaunted traditional walnut and Birdseye Maple, and a wall-mounted dual “steam oven” that, per the manufacturer, “detects the volume, shape, and consistency of your food with a climate sensor that adjusts time” and includes 50 “gourmet” presets to minimize the effort and skill involved in meal prep.
Moving upstairs to the owners’ suite, which occupies nearly 800 square feet of living space on its own, you’ll find another fireplace, this one with “remote controlled settings and blower fan, custom lighting, and built-in storage. A photo note adds that the fireplace even comes with “built-in sound!” The space is completed by a large walk-in closet, automated curtains, and an en-suite bath with separate shower and freestanding tub where the ever-present marble tile even extends up the walls to the ceiling.
Each of the home’s three bedrooms, including a ground floor guest suite with garage or street-level access, is outfitted with its own bath featuring “heated floors, Newport Brass fixtures [a single faucet in this line can cost nearly $1000], and full tiled showers.”
Outside, there’s a private rooftop deck with water, gas, and power installed to accommodate a new owner’s outdoor kitchen, spa, or other entertainment options when the one-block walk to the beach is just too far.
Other design elements include hardy construction materials to withstand seismic threats and the corrosive nature of the sea air, including steel frame construction, “hardwood windows with powder coated aluminum and coastal exterior package,” and a full 1½” of concrete, plus insulation, plus sound matting between floors and neighboring walls to minimize sound between levels and units.
Despite technically being part of a condominium development, the Cherry townhome is advertised as having no homeowners’ association fees. That’s probably not an issue, as the eventual owners willing to pony up for the place are likely to have enough cash on hand to cover building maintenance as it becomes necessary.
Public records show the property has bounced between a handful of developers and LLCs over the last 15 years before capital was finally raised to cover construction via a pair of loans totaling nearly $6.4 million in 2018. After construction was completed, the property was first offered for sale in mid-August of 2020, its asking price of $4,395,000 remains unchanged to date.
- 195 Cherry Avenue | Carlsbad, 92008
- Beds: 3 | Baths: 3.5 | Current Owner: Covens Cherry Carlsbad LLC | List Price: $4,395,000