The Jonathan

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March 17, 2009

Tired of waiting for innovative architecture to come to San Diego, this proactive architect added developer to his job description, and brought it there himself.

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  Segal’s urban-infill units (like the Titan shown here) eschew typical features like dysfunctional balconies and underground garages.  Photo by: Randi Berez
    Segal’s urban-infill units (like the Titan shown here) eschew typical features like dysfunctional balconies and underground garages.

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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  Architect and developer Jonathan Segal's “convertible units” are one-bedroom rental apartments with hydraulic lifts in their single-car garages, which allow two cars to be parked in one space.  Photo by: Randi Berez
    Architect and developer Jonathan Segal's “convertible units” are one-bedroom rental apartments with hydraulic lifts in their single-car garages, which allow two cars to be parked in one space.

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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  Jonathan and Wendy Segal on their master bedroom deck.  Photo by: Randi Berez
    Jonathan and Wendy Segal on their master bedroom deck.

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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  The street-facing façade. “We’re the developer, contractor, superintendent,” Segal explains. “We’re trying to go back to when the architect was the master builder and controlled everything. If I knew how to do plumbing and pour concrete, I’d do that too.”  Photo by: Randi Berez
    The street-facing façade. “We’re the developer, contractor, superintendent,” Segal explains. “We’re trying to go back to when the architect was the master builder and controlled everything. If I knew how to do plumbing and pour concrete, I’d do that too.”

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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  Segal designed the kitchen cabinets. The oven and cooktop are by Gaggenau; the sink is by Franke.  Photo by: Randi Berez
    Segal designed the kitchen cabinets. The oven and cooktop are by Gaggenau; the sink is by Franke.

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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  In the humidor-like living room, modern classics like the off-white armchairs by Hans Wegner complement pieces of Segal’s own design, such as the coffee table and long leather seating.  Photo by: Randi Berez
    In the humidor-like living room, modern classics like the off-white armchairs by Hans Wegner complement pieces of Segal’s own design, such as the coffee table and long leather seating.

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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  The industrial aesthetic of the Segals’ lounge area is softened by a white shag rug and the generous sunlight that streams through its ceiling of thick glass. The seating is by Paul Kjaerholm.  Photo by: Randi Berez
    The industrial aesthetic of the Segals’ lounge area is softened by a white shag rug and the generous sunlight that streams through its ceiling of thick glass. The seating is by Paul Kjaerholm.

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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  Upstairs, the clutter-free bedrooms of Segal’s teenagers reflect their father’s less-is-more ethos.  Photo by: Randi Berez
    Upstairs, the clutter-free bedrooms of Segal’s teenagers reflect their father’s less-is-more ethos.

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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  Apart from being visually stunning, the reflecting pool just outside of the living room also acts a sound barrier—the gurgling water cancels out traffic noise.  Photo by: Randi BerezCourtesy of: Randi Berez
    Apart from being visually stunning, the reflecting pool just outside of the living room also acts a sound barrier—the gurgling water cancels out traffic noise.

    Photo by: Randi Berez

    Courtesy of: Randi Berez

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  Matthew sets about finishing his latest knitting project while lounging on furniture of his dad’s design. A sound system and lighting by Halo are recessed into the ceiling.  Photo by: Randi Berez
    Matthew sets about finishing his latest knitting project while lounging on furniture of his dad’s design. A sound system and lighting by Halo are recessed into the ceiling.

    Photo by: Randi Berez

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