Your View: The story behind the picture in La Jolla Shores

By Michael Morton, AIA

Principal and Designer

Marengo Morton Architects, Inc.

The caption should read: “La Jolla shore continues to attract new families from across the countries that choose to live and build their dream homes this premiere beach community.”

In your article on Aug. 10, you showed a photograph of the construction of new Gatto Residence. I wanted to share with your readers a more flattering view of the completed home from Kellogg Park.

In addition, to inform your readers of the design review process that all new homes are subjected to in La Jolla Shores. This design was presented at eight public hearings and unanimously approved in 2009 by the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee and La Jolla Community Planning Association (CPA) and a City of San Diego Pubic Hearing. This home has a coastal permit and a building permits based on those approved public permits. It will soon be completed by noted home builder Wardell Builders.

The new home will be a complete family home with all modern amenities as well as a lap pool. Although larger than the original 1956 home, this new home will complement the “new homes” built in La Jolla shores over the past 20 years.

Yes the “Shores” is changing, but changing into the “Premier” beach community in Southern California. The La Jolla Shores PDO has served this community well by allowing the property owners the freedom to work within the framework crafted by forward looking planners who wrote it. The current PDO has strong development protection provisions, but, allows unequalled creative design opportunities. This is one reason why so many people are attracted to the shores and its “palm lined streets and sandy shores.”

The Gatto home demonstrates what creativity and innovative design can accomplish on a small lot. This young family should be welcomed addition to this community.