Modernist architect Donald Knorr, characterized as cutting edge for his time, designed the bayfront Mid-century-inspired masterpiece located at 642 Via Lido Nord on exclusive Lido Isle in Newport Beach. Built in 1983 and featuring Knorr's signature modern simplicity, natural wood, high ceilings, and earth tones, the architecture takes full advantage of the beautiful waterfront environment and the home's position on the scenic main channel of Newport Harbor. A dramatic second-floor skylight located in the center of the home bathes the downstairs living space with sunlight and retracts completely, opening the roof to blue sky. The 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,582 sq. ft. home features an open concept floor plan with a kitchen that showcases Knorr's discipline for clean lines and includes wine storage and many of the home's original appliances that are true to the Mid-century design. Large glass sliding doors open to a bayfront terrace, which offers seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining and includes the home's signature tile. The dock, which was re-built in 2019, can accommodate a 40 ft. boat as well as a Duffy. The second-floor primary bedroom and office, highlighted by built-in bookshelves and a Murphy bed in the same natural wood seen throughout the home, take advantage of the bay views and natural light from the atrium-like roof. The spacious guest bedroom also includes a private terrace and an adjacent bath. The home features plenty of storage and a two-car garage. Known for his distinctive homes as well as furnishings, Knorr designed an award-winning steel side chair model that he created for a MoMA competition in New York in 1948. This bayfront home is perfect for a primary residence or vacation home for anyone who wants to enjoy the Newport Beach lifestyle, including the harbor, nearby beaches, and world-class shopping and dining.
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