There are a number of unusual homes in La Jolla and the “Mushroom House” is certainly considered one of them! From the street this home is fairly understated apart from the obvious backdrop of the Pacific.
But viewed from the rear, it’s very quickly clear why this is a totally unique – there is a near vertical tramway running almost 300 feet down the cliffs above Blacks Beach. The structure, originally called the Pavilion, was built right on the beach back in 1968.
Imagine trying to get away with that now with the Coastal Commission, in today’s environmentally sensitive times.
Architect Dale Nagle was hired to design what was to be a quest house/retreat on the beach. The structure was designed to withstand naturally occurring rock slides, earthquakes etc.
The house itself stands on a concrete column 10 feet in diameter, with high concrete walls to protect against high surf and tides. The Mushroom House features an expansive 180 degree view all the way from Torrey Pines State Park to La Jolla. Blacks Beach is actually pretty famous for nude sunbathing too 😉
This Old House Magazine even lists the Mushroom House as one of the worlds wildest houses.
Here it is from the sand, along with a location map if you would like to take an up close and personal look.
If you are looking for an unusual place to call home, please get in touch and let me know what your interests are!