Avenida Chamnez Show House, Part I: The Kitchen
San Diego certainly has no shortage of great homes on the market. However, very few of those homes are as well connected and "smart" as the newest spec home from San Diego builder McMillin Homes.
The newly rebuilt home facing the Pacific Coast in the preeminent beach community of La Jolla features a wealth of smart technologies - from its thermostat to occupancy sensors - but where it really stands out is in its kitchen. Incorporating a full suite of luxury appliances from California based Dacor, architect Claude-Anthony Marengo from San Diego based Marengo Morton Architects, Inc. ensured that the future owners of this spectacular seaside property would have the ultimate in cooking convenience.
Of particular note, Dacor's Discovery iQ Wall Oven holds a place of honor. Featuring what is billed as the world's first oven with an integrated Android tablet, the oven works beyond typical expectations, sending a text message when such functions as Time or Preheat are complete. In addition to its on-demand communication, the touch screen interface includes wi-fi connectivity, providing access to the user's GMail account, Calendar, and even such functions as You-Tube for those last minute recipe notes. For the social media maven like myself, even Twitter and Facebook can be accessed from its large color screen.
Because I'm a bit of a size queen, my personal favorite feature of the Chef's kitchen was the 48" Discovery Dual Fuel Range. It's large size and dual ovens, not to mention the ability to work with several fuel types, ensures that putting together even a large scale meal (hors d'oeuvres included!) is possible by just one person. Someone in the room may have mentioned just how jealous they were of the large scale griddle at the cooking surface.
"You can't get better than this," quipped chef Stephen Hualde, "This kitchen is perfect."
Adjacent the kitchen, space for a full service butler's pantry had been carved, a must in any home designed and built for entertaining. Perfect for wine service and the storage of fine china, the butler's pantry featured none other than Dacor's newly released WineStation. For those who've never been introduced, the WineStation is an automated, temperature controlled four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system. Perfect for those nights when you want a glass of wine but don't want to finish the bottle (those never happen in my house), the WineStation is a great complement to the pantry's Renaissance 24" Wine Cellar below. My only complaint is that the WineStation wasn't closer to the master bedroom. But seen as how it was adjacent what would be a great space for an office, who am I to judge.
In addition to the appliances, the kitchen featured solid surface materials by Cosentino and plumbing fixtures from Kohler.
Stay tuned tomorrow as I take you on a tour of the rest of the La Jolla residence.
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