This residence has its roots in the African-American tradition of Sag Harbor, New York and its soul in the contemporary California beachfront towns located on the Pacific coast Highway. Built for a client who was raised in Southern California, this house was constructed within an area of homes predominantly owned by African- American families.Set upon the highest elevation in the town, this beachfront home projects out over the bluff like a perched animal ready to spring forward toward Long Island Sound. Its slightly angled yet continuous roof, reinforced by its four and one half foot overhang, gently moves upward and outward toward the water, creating an ever-present relationship with the sea. This is further amplified by the linear path from the street to the water, consisting of a series of architectural volumes twisting and turning slightly as they progress from the entry stair, through the two-story stair tower, out and down the stairs at the bluff, to the storage shed in the sand by the ocean. Although the spatial relationships of this project are complex, its construction is quite simple. Built of standard wood frame construction clad in four inch exposed cedar horizontal siding and cedar board and batten, the house was straightforward to erect. This clear-cut construction translated into a cost-effective building budget. Every aspect of the house was designed and built with an eye toward an economy of means.