“The Endless Summer” Director Bruce Brown’s Midcentury Home Lists For $2.14M
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“The Endless Summer” Director Bruce Brown’s Midcentury Home Lists For $2.14M

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
The renovated home pays respect to its midcentury roots and SoCal surf culture.

The family home of Bruce Brown, director of the seminal 1966 surf movie The Endless Summer, just hit the market in Long Beach, California. The midcentury home was designed in 1959 by Palmer Power and Delma Daniel, and it's located on Treasure Island—a triangular subdivision in the city's Naples neighborhood.

The home’s original facade was clad in plain-looking siding, which was common in the ’50s and ’60s. The renovation finished the facade with smooth stucco, expansion joints, Hardie siding, and redwood.

The home’s original facade was clad in plain-looking siding, which was common in the ’50s and ’60s. The renovation finished the facade with smooth stucco, expansion joints, Hardie siding, and redwood.

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The seaside home was recently renovated and reenvisioned by Modern Design Builders Inc. and S.Y. Park. The design team took care to respect the home's architectural history and charm while drawing inspiration from the "surf and beach culture of Long Beach's past."

The open-plan layout features a double-height central space. 

The open-plan layout features a double-height central space. 

Sliding glass doors open up the living room to a private patio with water views.

Sliding glass doors open up the living room to a private patio with water views.

The renovation updated the home inside and out. The design team modernized the facade, added glass sliding doors, and installed beautiful Brazilian teak hardwood floors throughout. They also added over 500 square feet of living space—the home now totals 2,533 square feet.

One highlight of the renovation is a 350-square-foot loft on the second floor with a 28-foot-long balcony that showcasing amazing views of the Naples Canal and Alamitos Bay. Now, 44 Palermo is looking for a new owner.

The updated kitchen contains teak cabinetry, a large center island, a prep sink, plenty of storage, and Thermador appliances.

The updated kitchen contains teak cabinetry, a large center island, a prep sink, plenty of storage, and Thermador appliances.

Sliding doors brighten the kitchen and introduce a sense of the outdoors.

Sliding doors brighten the kitchen and introduce a sense of the outdoors.


A double-height brick wall near the stairs adds midcentury charm.

A double-height brick wall near the stairs adds midcentury charm.

The hallway to the loft addition.

The hallway to the loft addition.

The second-story loft provides additional living space.

The second-story loft provides additional living space.

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The house has three bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, plus a powder room.

The house has three bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, plus a powder room.

The master bedroom has a wall of windows trimmed with wood. 

The master bedroom has a wall of windows trimmed with wood. 

The renovation added a spacious master bathroom with high-end finishes, a dual vanity, and a large walk-in shower.

The renovation added a spacious master bathroom with high-end finishes, a dual vanity, and a large walk-in shower.

There is also a separate soaking tub.

There is also a separate soaking tub.

44 Palermo, Long Beach is currently listed for $2,140,000 by William A. Smith of Bryant Drive Properties, Inc. and  The Ben Fisher Team.

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