Built the Wright way -- with lots of windows

Times Staff Writer

This award-winning Laguna Beach house has been described as "a bird in flight."

Architect Christian Abel of Laguna Beach designed it for himself when he was a bachelor. An admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright, he tried to reflect a "Wrightian" influence in his designs, using glass-cornered windows; handcrafted stained-glass windows and natural materials.

Shortly after this house was built in 1975, it won an award from the American Institute of Architects.

The structure cantilevers right out 28 feet from the foundation on wood and steel-plate trusses.

About this house: The current owners, who wanted to stay true to the home's original design, persuaded Abel to participate in expanding and remodeling the contemporary house. The owners now plan to sell because they want a little more room.

Asking price: $1,750,000

Size: The house, approximately 2,500 square feet, has two bedroom suites, a den, three bathrooms and an office alcove. The lot is 4,040 square feet.

Features: The home has views of Catalina Island and the coastline. It also has a wine cabinet, humidor, deck and spa.

Where: It is in an area called Alta Vista, just above Victoria Beach and the new Montage Resort, in Laguna Beach.

Listing agent: Victoria Strombom, Re/Max Real Estate Services, (949) 272-3340.

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