There Goes the Neighborhood
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
by Chris Allsop
photos by Scot Conti
When Eric Macy and his wife Gaye wanted a new house built in San Diego, they contracted Macy Architecture — Eric’s brother’s San Francisco-based firm — to do the work. Of course, it wasn’t all politics; Mark Macy’s firm is an award-winning architecture and interior design firm experienced in blending eco-friendly and modern styles—things that the Macys desired for their “terminal house,” real estate parlance for a home for life.
“They wanted a low-maintenance, light-filled, simple home,” recalls Mark of the project, entitled Point Loma. “The site is close to the ocean, and they wanted to capture that view.” Doing so would allow Eric to see what was happening on his favorite beach volleyball court, and decide whether he should run down the hill and get involved. “My brother lives a very charmed life,” Mark adds.
But it wasn’t a quick process for the Macys; approval for the residence’s plans dragged on for a couple of years. Mark’s proposed design for Point Loma contained a steel frame, which was in drastic contrast to the wood-frame homes that primarily fill the neighborhood.
His avant-garde idea had more than just earthquakes to stand up to; Mark describes how they received certain vituperative comments from neighbors due to the non-conformist nature of the design. But after a year of construction, Eric was receiving neighborly compliments rather than criticism on the finished design, and the Point Loma project received the title of “Home of the Year 2009” from San Diego Home and Garden magazine.