A blend of styles from Spain, Italy, and Portugal can be found in the architectural style that is referred to today as Mediterranean or Neo-Mediterranean. This style is very popular throughout Southern California and there are several features that distinguish these homes from other architectural styles.
Open Floor Plans with High Ceilings
The Mediterranean is a warm climate, so homes were designed to allow air to flow freely throughout to help keep the home cool and comfortable. A prime example of an open floor plan is the enchanting Modern Mediterranean villa at 16300 Shadow Mountain in Pacific Palisades, which stuns with its unobstructed ocean views and Tuscan-like vineyard views.
Built by prominent architect, Dan Lang, the spacious interior has a vast, open concept design. Upon entrance, the villa meets you with thirty-one feet high ceilings, an opulent entry with a spiral staircase, and an expansive living space that melts effortlessly into the outdoor living area and infinity pool. This five-bedroom, six-bathroom romantic Mediterranean villa offers the perfect get-away feel all year round.
Terraces or Courtyards
Large outdoor spaces, designed for entertaining guests, are another prominent feature of Mediterranean style homes. Large decorative fountains, colorful flower gardens with beautiful landscaping, benches, and balconies all add to the outdoor charm of a home.
Old world architecture flourishing at each corner, the estate at 990 Corsica Drive is grand in scope and rich in history. The gated celebrity compound in the heart of the Riviera is perfectly situated to provide its residents with complete seclusion, all while being just moments away from the best shopping, dining, and beaches of Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica.
Stunning 1410 Davies Drive in Beverly Hills is another fabulous example of beautiful Mediterranean inspired outdoor spaces. The generous landscaped garden invites seamless indoor-outdoor entertaining around the al fresco dining area, Roman pool and spa, charming seating areas, a flower-covered loggia, and a yoga platform perched at the top of a pathway with spectacular views.
Tile Roof and Stucco Finish
Tile roofs, typically red in color and barrel shaped, are indicative of Mediterranean style. Stucco finishes on exterior walls are also common. Both elements are designed to repel water efficiently as well as to keep the interior of the home as cool as possible.
You can see both elements pictured in the photo above. Designed and built in 1939 by famed architect Cliff May, the gated view estate at 39 Oakmont Drive is located on the prestigious and private Oakmont Drive in Brentwood Park.
Below, 16300 Shadow Mountain also incorporates stucco and red tiles on the roof.
Classic Mediterranean homes feature ample tile work. Typically, the tile is hand painted.
Beautiful tile is featured both on the floors and the walls. The gorgeous mini art pieces can be found in bathrooms, kitchens, and even the stairs.
The metal most commonly seen in Mediterranean style homes is wrought iron. Metal work is often custom and hand made.
Wrought iron is used on door hardware, pulls, and railings. Intricate scroll work creates a beautiful visual for the home.
Mediterranean style homes bring the charm of Italy, Spain, and Portugal right here to So Cal!