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September 23, 2013
Although at first glance San Diego is typically associated with beachside apartments and tile-roofed bungalows, it most definitely has a modern side. With architectural legends such as Louis Kahn blazing the trail, the city is holding its own: Here are six houses from our pages that show San Diego's modern edge.
Back side of Shayan House with a car in the garage

Brothers Soheil and Nima Nakhshab created Shayan House, the first LEED Gold–certified home in San Diego, California.Photo by Ye Rin Mok

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Nestled between an existing concrete wall at right and the new reading loft at left is the entrance staircase, which Colkitt sheathed in rusted steel panels. He used Homasote, invented in 1909 and made from recycled post-consumer paper, for the work board

In 2006, architect Nathan Lee Colkitt, redid his own live/work space in a multi-unit building in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood. Photo by Cheryl Ramsay. 

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For this San Diego family, the phrase "putting down roots" has taken on a whole new meaning.

Kim and Torrey Lee updated their house in La Jolla—the residence has been in the family for decades. Photo by Noah Webb

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Sebastian and Maricarmen Mariscal take in the sweeping western views from the balcony of their new downtown San Diego home, all the while keeping a watchful eye on Mateo and Olivia playing on the sidewalk below.

Architectural designer Sebastian Mariscal designed a residence for his family in downtown San Diego. The couple takes in the sweeping western views from the balcony of their new, all the while keeping a watchful eye on Mateo and Olivia playing on the sidewalk below. Photo by Randi Berez.

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Jonathan and Wendy Segal on their master bedroom deck.

Tired of waiting for innovative architecture to come to San Diego, proactive architect Jonathan Segal added developer to his job description, and brought it there himself. Photo by Randi Berez.

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Twin houses face off in La Jolla across wide-open walls and decking. The design held such appeal that the architect claimed one 2inn for himself.

San Diego–based architectural designer Sebastian Mariscal created a pair of identical houses called 2inns (pronounced “twins”) on a La Jolla hillside overlooking the Pacific, and then moved himself and his family into one. Photo by Bryce Duffy.

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Back side of Shayan House with a car in the garage

Brothers Soheil and Nima Nakhshab created Shayan House, the first LEED Gold–certified home in San Diego, California.Photo by Ye Rin Mok

Photo by Ye Rin Mok.

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