Remodel turns sedate Carlsbad home into view-rich mini-villa



The front yard features a mini-vineyard with pinot noir, Crimson seedless and Kyoho grapes. Block walls and fencing made from reclaimed pine wood (treated with lye and painted over many years) make the property feel private and like a retreat. (Ian Patzke Photography)


© (Ian Patzke Photography)
The front yard features a mini-vineyard with pinot noir, Crimson seedless and Kyoho grapes. Block walls and fencing made from reclaimed pine wood (treated with lye and painted over many years) make the property feel private and like a retreat. (Ian Patzke Photography)

When the homeowner first toured this newly remodeled home in Carlsbad, her connection to its modern Mediterranean resort style was both familiar and foreign.

The homeowner told real estate agent Shirley Slee (who owned, remodeled and helped design the 2,300-square-foot, single-story house) that she felt as though she was home because it reminded her of Ibiza, Spain, where she had lived for more than 10 years.

“The light, bright, airy space is very reminiscent of Ibiza,” said the homeowner, who wishes to remain anonymous. “It is perfectly oriented to the climate and the ocean — as are Ibicenco fincas (as Ibiza estates are

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