The Blue Jay Way Residence is located on a lot above Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, California. This 6,800 square-foot house was completed in 2008. The building by McClean Design offers panoramic views — from downtown and west Los Angeles, to Santa Monica, the Pacific, and Catalina Island. The design of the house is such that all the main living spaces look out over it. The client wanted a house designed around a long pool and this has influenced the design of the house project. It begins adjacent to the driveway as a water wall, around which the entry sequence is wrapped.
Upon ascending to the main level of the house, the water element becomes an ornamental pool before dropping into the spa below, and then extends to a 75-foot-long lap pool cantilevered over the slope into the view. The entry to the house is a glass bridge over the pool below. The house is divided in half by the water feature and a pool to minimize the structure’s perceived size and to separate the private spaces (master bedroom, study) from the public (living, dining, kitchen). The lower level includes several guest rooms, a media room, and a four-car garage.