When they first bought a poorly constructed 1940s bungalow along the Ventura County coastline in 2007, primarily for its prime stretch of sandy beach and endless ocean views, “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston and his wife, Robin Dearden, had dreams of eventually transforming the property they affectionately referred to as the “love shack” into a modern yet sustainable showpiece. The result? “Three Palms,” a luxurious net-zero carbon footprint residence designed and built by John A. Turturro of Turturro Design Studio and Bryan Henson of Allen Associates in collaboration with Cranston in 2013.
Now on the market for $4.995 million, it’s not only designated as a LEED Platinum Certified home, but it’s one of only a few in the U.S. that’s beachfront. It also has the added cache of being the first passive-house-certified residence ever built in Ventura County, even garnering the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Green Home of the Year” award.
“The home perfectly blends luxury with sustainability,” says Jon Perkins, who is co-listing the property with Katie Walsh, both of the Montecito office of Coldwell Banker Realty. “You just don’t feel like you’re living in a green home, even though it’s about as eco-conscious as you can build. It offers all of the bells and whistles a buyer in this price range is looking for.”
A longtime proponent of environmental issues and recycling, Cranston shared his vision for the new development in a Real Green TV YouTube video in 2012, stating he wanted to “show the world you don’t need to compromise when you’re building a green home … you can still have nice amenities.” Today, the almost completely sustainable dwelling features 2,400-plus square feet of open and light-filled living space on two levels, replete with energy-efficient, solar and recycling systems that help it produce as much energy as it consumes. It also has some pretty nifty design features, like flexible areas including a den that can double as a bedroom and a garage with a car lift.
Just some of the many innovative and eco-friendly features found here: durable titanium panels on the exterior meant to withstand the damaging salt air; solar panels; energy-efficient appliances; radiant floor heating; recycled furnishings; and special double- and triple-glazed windows with revolutionary panes, just to name a few. Shades and lighting also are programmed by season and time of day via a Lutron HomeWorks system.
As for the functional yet stylish interiors, walls of glass open to reveal breathtaking ocean views and beachfront patios, along with polished concrete flooring, high-end cabinetry and appliances, and custom art and decor by the likes of Roche Bobois, Louis Poulsen, Chabada, Pablo Campos and Alberto Gálvez (all of which the new owner has the option to purchase at an additional cost).
Standing out amid the stylish interiors is a cozy great room with a reading nook and walk-in bar, a sleek kitchen equipped with Poggenpohl cabinetry and Sub-Zero appliances, and a media room. A resplendent master suite boasting ocean vistas includes a walk-in closet, and spa-like bath outfitted with dual vanities, a standalone soaking tub and separate shower, while a gym/guest room is furnished with a space-saving Nuovoliola wall bed and shelves/media system crafted in Italy by Clei.