Edit ModuleShow Tags

Urban Retreat


Published:

 After years of visiting friends in San Diego, Darin Osborne and Mike Sparaco came up with the idea of buying a second home and establishing it as an urban retreat. “San Diego seems like a big city with a small-town feel,” notes Darin, who, with his partner of 21 years, calls Phoenix, Arizona, home. Together, they own a commercial printing and communications company as well as a property development firm.

The couple’s main goal in designing a weekend getaway loft was to escape their hectic work lives. The contrast of walk­able downtown San Diego to the sprawling Phoenix metro area was top of mind when the couple discovered the M2i building in the East Village.

Darin and Mike worked closely with architect Jimmy Sullivan of CitiZen Design to create a refined, masculine look that requires very little maintenance. The intent was to retain the openness of a space that boasted incredible views of the bay and the downtown skyline, while also creating obscured privacy for evenings unwinding in front of the fireplace.

Sullivan used eco-friendly design throughout the remodel, from FSC-certified wood flooring to translucent wall partitions made from an eco-resin by Planet Rooth Design Haus. The dividers stretch two-thirds of the way up the 15-foot ceilings to help establish designated living areas while allowing plenty of natural light to flow from room to room. Dramatically tall drapes by Stephen Folks Interiors frame bay views by day and create a cozy backdrop at night. Even the Eco-Smart fireplace is flueless and emits no toxic or harmful fumes.

Darin and Mike are thrilled with the results: “We've accomplished a crisp and striking ‘bachelor pad’ that is very functional for the space,” says Darin.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Jason Mraz Is Growing Coffee on a Farm in Oceanside
    We spoke to the musician about all the whys — why food, why farming, why Oceanside, why coffee?
  2. San Diego's Best Restaurants 2017
    The top tacos, chicken wings, seafood, burgers, kid-friendly eateries, breweries, and more
  3. San Diego Fourth of July Guide 2017
    Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long with fireworks, festivals, parades, drink specials, and more
  4. The Man Behind San Diego's $26 Billion Company
    Will Illumina's new hotshot CEO be able to lead the San Diego genomics giant into the complex world of clinical care?
  5. Celebrating Women: Shanna Missett Nelson
    Like a good dancer, the Jazzercise president has mastered her balance—of career, family, and life
  6. The Oceanside Revolution
    The North County city has gone from an all-but annexed coastal town by Camp Pendelton to a thriving bed of culinary and artistic success.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

9 Reasons You Need a Better Barber

Get the look and service you deserve at this East Village salon

Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags