A Revamped Cottage With a Detached Entertainment “Cube” Asks $2.8M in San Diego

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By Melissa Dalton
Renovated to foster indoor/outdoor living, the charming La Jolla home was featured in a Dwell home tour in 2016.

Built in the 1940s as a fisherman’s cottage in La Jolla, the residence at 5681 Dolphin Place received a makeover from Architects Magnus. "Because indoor/outdoor living is an integral part of San Diego living, large glass sliding doors completely open the house to the private patio that was hidden in the prior plan layout," says the firm. 

Now, the rear of the 1,360-square-foot home seamlessly joins its backyard, and a 400-square-foot, detached entertainment "cube" with a rooftop deck offers even more opportunities to lounge under the sun.

During the renovation, the home’s older siding was swapped out for a rainscreen installation to improve moisture control.

During the renovation, the home’s older siding was swapped out for a rainscreen installation to improve moisture control.

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Inside, every aspect of the open-plan living area, from the couch to the dining table to the kitchen island, can appreciate sight lines to the backyard.  

The porcelain plank flooring is continuous throughout, with zero-step thresholds at doors and showers.

The porcelain plank flooring is continuous throughout, with zero-step thresholds at doors and showers.

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Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors from panorama! encourage light and air into the interiors.

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Storage abounds in the main floor master bedroom.

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The property features two bedrooms, three full baths, and bountiful access to the outdoors.

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The distinctive tile pattern in a bathroom echoes the pattern treatment on the base of the kitchen island.

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The architects dubbed the detached backyard unit the "cube." A staircase with floating tread leads up to a rooftop deck.

The architects dubbed the detached backyard unit the "cube." A staircase with floating tread leads up to a rooftop deck.

The multifunctional backyard unit boasts sound-insulated walls, making it ideal for movie nights.

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A Schweiss hydraulic aircraft-hangar door connects the cube to the yard.

A Schweiss hydraulic aircraft-hangar door connects the cube to the yard.

The rooftop deck has beautiful views of the water.

The rooftop deck has beautiful views of the water.

The home is located in the desirable Bird Rock neighborhood of La Jolla.

The home is located in the desirable Bird Rock neighborhood of La Jolla.

5681 Dolphin Place is listed for $2,750,000 by Rachael Kaiser of Compass.

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