The Razor House
 
 
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A Timeless Modernist Masterpiece
 

Few residences are so groundbreaking in design that they need a name to convey their architectural significance. The Razor House is one of these rare and celebrated masterpieces. Designed by one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 designers, Wallace E. Cunningham, the modernist house in La Jolla was named after Razor Point — fitting for a property that pays homage to a stunning yet treacherous landscape where majestic cliffs meet the infinity of the ocean.


10,653 square feet (approx.)

4 bedroom suites, including 2 master suites

33,541 square-foot lot

 1,301 square-foot detached guesthouse (approx.)
 


THE DESIGN

It takes a daring visionary to take a modestly sized, steep oceanfront 33,541 square-foot lot that had previously declared “unbuildable” and create a masterpiece nestled sensitively into the hillside. Following the Wrightian tradition of organic architecture, Wallace E. Cunningham drew inspiration from the challenging terrain, imagining a dynamic residence spread across the land that takes advantage of its position amid deep canyon, golden sandstone and jagged bluff leading into vast views of the Pacific. Cunningham designed a gallery of white concrete, stainless steel and glass in a cantilevered design, offering some of the most hypnotic panoramas of the Pacific ever seen.  Walled in by sheets of glass, the house is so transparent that you feel as if you are suspended in air, completely surrounded by water.

 

When The Razor House was completed in 2007, the property was widely regarded as an architectural marvel. The cinematic nature of its design has made it a highly sought-after filming location, and has already been featured in TV commercials for Calvin Klein and Visa.

 

THE VIEWS

Sunk deep into the hillside, the property allows for panoramic views from the very moment one enters the privacy gates. The procession from the driveway to the front entrance provides an almost complete view of the ocean-facing side of the house. An infinity-edge pool lies between the carport and the front entrance, further blurring the lines between ocean and home. A wide lawn serves as a visual courtyard to the house, which curves and angles around the lawn and patio.  Just then, you catch a glimpse of a hawk and a pair of paragliders from Torrey Pines Gliderport hovering in the sky above you. What other seaside treasures lie ahead at The Razor House? 

 

THE BEDROOM SUITES

A glass elevator takes you upstairs, where you will find four bedroom suites, including two master suites that feel spa-like with spacious showers, freestanding tubs and wardrobes. Situated in an enclosed bridge, the primary master suite has an adjoining exercise room and outdoor lounge, overlooking the courtyard with an open sightline to the horizon. A sculpted ceiling mimics the shapes of the waves, and recessed lighting in the floors makes you feel as if you are one with the ocean.   

 

THE OUTDOORS

The outdoor spaces reveal a reverence for the spectacular oceanfront surroundings. Over approx. 6,100 square feet of exterior stone tiled terraces beckon you outdoors at all moments of the day. A mesmerizing rooftop entertaining level encompasses a stainless-steel spa, heaters and an outdoor kitchen with grill, refrigerator and sink. A black-tiled pool arches across white Travertine stone floors, heated for year-round enjoyment.

THE INTERIORS

Inside, nature passes through the approximate 10,653 square-foot main house in seamless harmony. Floor to ceiling frameless glass has been generously used throughout, allowing ocean views from almost every living space.

 

The entertaining spaces have been carefully arranged to take full advantage of the views and maximize the indoor/outdoor connection, while offering world-class amenities. A circular living room — set in a glass drum — blurs the boundaries between indoors and out, as structural walls of glass provide the only dividing line between courtyard, bluff and ocean. A family room provides three wine cabinets, each with a capacity of 78 bottles and custom Shagreen liquor cabinet and bar with built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator.  Two kitchens blend form and function for those who want the best of both worlds: an entertaining kitchen with a Gaggenau cooktop, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer and Miele dishwasher, plus a restaurant-grade service kitchen with multiple Gagggenau ovens and induction cooktops, a Miele dishwasher and two Sub-Zero refrigerators and freezer. A short flight of stairs reaches the dining area, where it is not hard to imagine taking meals surrounded by ocean blue. A glass enclosed library offers an intimate space for work or quiet contemplation.  There is also state-of-the-art screening room on the lower level with acoustically treated walls and ceiling, tiered floors, a Stewart curved multi‐aspect ratio screen and Christie HD digital projector. 

 

THE GUEST HOUSE

An approximately 1,301 square-foot detached guesthouse offers five-star privacy and luxury with a separate personal carport and two bedrooms, each with their separate entrances.

 

THE MATERIALS

Every detail at The Razor House has been carefully curated with a high regard for form and function. A rich palette of materials and finishes such as Travertine stone floors, solid walnut flooring, Quarter-Sawn stained walnut veneer cabinetry and accent walls, luxe suede wrapped walls and VetroStone engineered stone surfaces create a warm and sophisticated canvas for modern living. Special attention was paid to the materials that the future homeowner would touch and feel everyday, including Vola, Boffi, Duravit, TOTO and Kohler plumbing fixtures throughout. State-of-the-art technology, including a computer room housing all integration and automation systems, an integrated audio system and Lutron shades throughout means that the future homeowner will enjoy a seamless, smart home lifestyle.  

 

THE LOCATION

A premier position near Torrey Pines Golf Course, Del Mar Racetrack and the La Jolla Playhouse makes The Razor House one of the most spectacular visions of modern luxury and natural elegance that exists today.