California is widely regarded as the most diverse state in the union, and that diversity covers many characteristics. Not only does it span a huge distance of latitude and altitude that creates a unique combination of climate and terrain, it also has cultural influences from around the world. The interaction among these factors creates stunning variety and a clear identity for every aspect of architecture, from overall building design to the features and décor of individual rooms.
How has California developed into this cauldron of creativity and character? Geography covers a lot of it–more about that shortly–but there are a number of factors that have fueled this growth.
From the gold rush of 1849 right through the Haight-Ashbury days of the 1960’s, California has been a magnet for people who just wanted to define themselves on their own terms instead of matching up with what everyone else says. In every corner of the world, there are people who find out that California is more of a home to them than anywhere they may roam. Here they can find more people who accept and encourage them and teach them to take pride in their misfit status. When the leash is released, the creativity flows, and the person can thrive.
For that reason, California is home to many designs you’ll see nowhere else. The wide array of offerings for real estate in San Diego show the breadth of styles that reflect architects unwilling to compromise their grand dreams and unique perspectives. Once those distinctive buildings were completed, likeminded designers followed that same lead and assembled their own visions of how living spaces should look.
Amazing Variety In Weather & Landscapes
California has perhaps a wider range of weather variations than any other state. The coastal areas retain their warm, often dry conditions for much of the year. But as you move north or into the mountains–or both–you quickly encounter much colder temperatures and abundant snowfall.
The result for décor is an eclectic mix of everything from beachfront to Alpine. Bright, large windows offer broad vistas of the Pacific or of snow-covered pines. Warm woods evoke a sense of oneness with the forest, centered around massive fireplaces to ward off the high-mountain frigidness. Airy Malibu residences invite the ocean’s salty fragrance into the living space, blurring the lines between indoors and out.
The United States has always been considered a melting pot, and no state showcases this any more broadly than California. With early native American residents followed by Spanish missionaries (themselves influenced by the Mayans during time spent in Mexico), a surge in Asian expatriates, and then an onslaught from the East Coast, the state has had an amazing array of ethnic influences that have driven food, fashion, and architecture.
In more modern days, the influence of jet-setting trend builders has brought in still more influences from around the globe. As those creative minds from every corner of the globe of converged on the state, they have created a synergy that brings forth a feel and a look to everything that is like that of no other state or country.
Looking at the amazing variety of influences and ideas that have come to the Golden State, it’s no surprise that it produces some of the world’s most unique and innovative styles, products, and people. What is truly exciting is that these interspersed injections of thought have retained their identity even as they have influenced one another. There is perhaps no other place in the world where a creative person could thrive quite as vigorously as California.