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. Best of San Diego Party 2018
  2. The Best of San Diego 2018
    We crown 103 winners in food, shopping, fitness, kids’ activities, and more
  3. Good Night, Cafe Chloe
    San Diego’s beloved French bistro is closing due to California’s unfair labor laws
  4. Javier Plascencia Eyes Barrio Logan
    The award-winning chef is all over Mexico, but looks to make a San Diego comeback
  5. Stop Killing Chloes
    How California is very knowingly killing the mom and pop restaurant
  6. A Sneak Peek at ‘The Heart of Rock & Roll’
    The Old Globe’s newest world-premiere musical promises a familiar soundtrack and all the good feels of an ’80s rom-com
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Vote Now for Your Orangetheory Winner!

Winners will be announced at our Sweat event on May 12

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

Ten Pet Friendly Palm Springs Restaurants

Ten Pet Friendly Palm Springs Restaurants

AquaVie: 10 Reasons It’s Downtown’s Best Kept Secret

The best workout and spa getaway around? It’s actually right underneath your nose.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags