Vallen Design Studio

Casa del Sol: California Modernist in San Diego

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Alphabet Hill in Spring Valley (San Diego County) is an unforgiving, steep and rocky hill. Michael Vallen purchased one of the few remaining undeveloped lots and built a home that incorporated many of the design and engineering concepts that he had been thinking about since he wrote his Masters' thesis about a modernist community on a steep, rocky hill. With commanding views of San Diego county and Tijuana, MX in the distance, the home stands proudly as a tribute to the great California architects of the early and middle 20th century.