A Glass-and-Stucco Retreat Outside Los Angeles Stands Up to the Sun

This home’s dramatic roof overhangs, monumental stucco walls, and sliding glass doors respond to its mountainous setting.

Wild Lilac is set on the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, far removed from the glitz of Los Angeles. LaHabra Santa Barbara Mission Finish stucco was used for the exterior to protect the home from strong sun.

Los Angeles isn’t exactly known for its mountains. It’s famous for its beaches, of course, and its wide, palm-lined boulevards, but the owner of this secluded property wasn’t looking for that. Instead, he wanted to be surrounded by the lesser-known beauty of the San Bernardino National Forest, where trees and brush give way to rolling orchards. 

So he settled on Oak Glen, California, which is about an hour and a half—without traffic—from downtown. 

Wild Lilac is set on the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, far removed from the glitz of Los Angeles. LaHabra Santa Barbara Mission Finish stucco was used for the exterior to protect the home from strong sun.

Wild Lilac is set on the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, far removed from the glitz of Los Angeles. LaHabra Santa Barbara Mission Finish stucco was used for the exterior to protect the home from strong sun. 

Photo by Joe Fletcher

“The house was designed for a single owner who wanted to have a family,” says Noah Walker, principal and founder of architecture firm Walker Workshop. “He’s a professional athlete, and he was in his early thirties.” 

Walker and his team found a site overlooking a valley, where sunlight cascades into wide, open spaces framed by distant peaks. It was clear that the house should be in conversation with its setting: something with clean lines and plenty of paths to the outdoors. 

The home's great room, which includes a living area, kitchen, and dining room, opens seamlessly to the backyard.

The home’s great room, which includes a living area, kitchen, and dining room, opens seamlessly to the backyard.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

“The home had to be simple in concept but effective in its use of light, and it needed to frame the impressive natural surroundings,” Walker continues. Luckily, Walker and his team were met with minimal restrictions: “We had a good amount of freedom.” 

The heavy stucco walls provide shade, and they also help separate the more private areas of the home from the public ones.

The heavy stucco walls provide shade, and they also help separate the more private areas of the home from the public ones. 

Photo by Joe Fletcher

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