Long-time home of famous mystery novelist, Raymond Chandler, for sale in La Jolla.
Kevin Weber, well-known local builder and real estate developer of many La Jolla dream homes, has resurrected the onetime home of legendary writer Raymond Chandler, remembered for his "hard-boiled" detective novels, Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely, and The Long Goodbye.
Now historically designated, this birthplace of famous novels is where the iconic character Philip Marlowe came to life on the page. It is easy to see why Raymond Chandler chose to write his novels in the northeast corner of the house, quietly nestled in the back of the home. His manuscripts and pages of work were kept in the original bookcase and cabinetry, which remain in place.
Apart from the allure of a large, solidly constructed historic home reborn in the finest of modern detail, the setting offers an attractive situation in the area of Lower Hermosa, La Jolla. The 9200 square-foot, breezy corner lot faces southwest with unobstructed ocean views. Across the street from the southwest corner of the house is a curved driveway with direct entry to the ocean front below. The choice is yours: move through the rock and to the roll of the ocean tides on board or kayak, or take respite on a very exclusive petite beach. The ocean, only steps away, alludes to a homeplace feeling of "almost oceanfront".
An especially striking quality of the Raymond Chandler home is the open-air feeling. Pocket doors, stowed and solidly encased in mahogany, open to reveal a courtyard a la outdoor living room. The house is designed in a U shape that surrounds the courtyard. Facing the courtyard is a hallway lined with full-length windows and doors, providing easy access to the elements, and wholeheartedly embracing an idyllic lifestyle of indoor/outdoor living.
The dedicated master bedroom with a perfectly situated fireplace and patio the size of many living rooms affords flawless views, awesome in the original meaning of the word. On the opposite side of the 'U', still sharing the magnificent views, waits a separate bedroom (or office space) with its own private staircase.
6005 Camino de la Costa offers many more exquisite details that await your discovery. Reliable sources suggest www.WindNSeaProperties.com has the skinny on the beat. Whether seeking inspiration to launch your venture on land or sea, this exciting and beautifully reconstructed La Jolla home is indeed a destination full of mystery and worthy of investigation on the amazing "Street of Dreams."