Victorian cottage reborn

Beach house becomes a clever mix of old and new

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Victorian cottage reborn

The porch and façade give no hint of the modernity inside.

Thomas J. Story

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While strolling through the coastal community of Bolinas, California, Jennifer Price spotted the house she'd been dreaming of all her life: a dilapidated little 19th-century cottage with a peaked roof and a small porch across the front.

"I saw it and thought, That's the one," says Price. Growing up in a suburban tract home, she used to fantasize about owning an old beach house that needed fixing up.

The structure had been a rental for many years. Ross Levy, a family friend and architect, deemed it dank and dark.

"Despite all that, it still felt like a good house," Price says. "I saw how great it could be as a retreat for my husband and children."


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