Inside A Stunning Sandcastle-Shaped Beach House | On The Market | Architectural Digest

  • čas přidán 1. 10. 2023
  • Today AD travels to the rugged shores of Malibu, California to tour Sandcastle House, the remarkable family home of architect Harry Gesner. This stunning property was born from a promise to Gesner’s wife to build her dream house on the shores of Malibu. This one-of-a-kind home is made almost entirely from reclaimed materials salvaged from surrounding areas and inspired by the structural design of a sandcastle. But what makes Sandcastle House so special is Gesner built it with his own two hands for his family, making it a true labor of love.
    Artworks by:
    Susie Alexander
    Gesner Family Trust
    Steven Lippman
    Chris Roloff
    Thumbnail Image by Aaran Alps
    Special Thanks to:
    Jaime Morse and Brett Baer at VESTA
    Director: Meg Sutton
    Director of Photography: Grant Bell
    Editor: Alex Mechanik
    Host: Zen Gesner
    Producer: Chase Lewis
    Line Producer: Joe Buscemi
    Associate Producer: Josh Crowe
    Production Manager: Peter Brunette
    Production Coordinator: Kariesha Kidd
    Camera Operator: Josh Andersen
    Audio: Paul Cornett
    Drone Operator: Arran Alps
    Production Assistant: Ariel Labasan
    Post Production Supervisor: Andrew Montague
    Post Production Coordinator: Holly Frew
    Supervising Editor: Christina Mankellow
    Assistant Editor: Billy Ward
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  • Charity Wood
    Charity Wood Před měsícem +994

    This has now become one of my all-time favorite AD tours. Your father’s passion, artistry, and perspective are things to be admired. I appreciate his use of reclaimed materials and adoration of the nature around him. Absolutely beautiful.

    • James DellaNeve
      James DellaNeve Před měsícem +11

      Yes. Not pretentious at all.

    • Bill Hollingsworth
      Bill Hollingsworth Před měsícem

      @James DellaNeve Except the structure will destroy the beach.

    • James DellaNeve
      James DellaNeve Před měsícem +4

      @Bill Hollingsworth I was interested in the statement about surviving earthquakes. I designed and built my own house in land 65 miles fro this house. I saw that it was built on pilings. This makes sense. It had the least intrusive footprint and if put into the bedrock will never have an issue. This is the least intrusive footprint.

    • Stephanie Frye
      Stephanie Frye Před měsícem +4

      It's my favorite one, too. A very special place.

  • David Cattin
    David Cattin Před měsícem +527

    I'm moved to tears. "Let's build a sand castle for mommy." is the most amazing thing I've ever heard. This needs to be a movie or a whole documentary. I would love to hear more stories about your neighbors and the parties. There's nothing else like this anywhere!

  • Stephanie Maier
    Stephanie Maier Před měsícem +286

    I don't think I've ever seen such a personal and ahead of its time stunning house- why would you ever sell this masterpiece?

    • Matt Gray
      Matt Gray Před 29 dny +30

      Because $27.5mm is a lot of money.

    • MustSee Videos777
      MustSee Videos777 Před 18 dny +10

      ​@Matt Grayit is actually priceless because of the family history.

    • Jackson Royce
      Jackson Royce Před 8 dny +4

      @MustSee Videos777 Not when you have to pay property taxes.

      CHARVESTER Před 6 dny

      @Matt Gray But he built it for free.

    • Ann Brookens
      Ann Brookens Před 6 dny +1

      @seeharvester: I'm pretty sure not ALL materials were free. What about the "concrete dinner plate" base", for instance?

  • Miro Cvetikj
    Miro Cvetikj Před měsícem +137

    What a blessing to be born and raised in this beauty of a house with a soul. To me this is more than a house, its like a living object. Breathtaking.

  • Arimasenpai
    Arimasenpai Před měsícem +844

    The fact that they're selling it makes me sad for some odd reason. It feels like when you're young and your summer vacation ends.

    • Moniker Kinakin
      Moniker Kinakin Před měsícem +94

      Yeah, Definitely feels like this house should remain in the family.

    • Brqxton
      Brqxton Před měsícem +39

      If you could build a house for $400,000 and have ur child sell it for over 25 million, you'd let him too.

    • Arimasenpai
      Arimasenpai Před měsícem +40

      @Brqxton Yeah, it's only natural that people don't stay in the same house they grew up in. I'm simply saying that parting with this house must be rather emotional.

    • Brqxton
      Brqxton Před 29 dny +5

      @Arimasenpai definitely agree there

    • Team Avialae
      Team Avialae Před 29 dny

      @Brqxton that property itself makes up most of that lol.

    LITTLE NEST Před měsícem +147

    At first sight it looks like a spaceship or sombrero. The inside is a thing of beauty and the views are the icing on the cake. Absolutely love it! ❤️

    • Eric Carabetta
      Eric Carabetta Před měsícem +8

      Space sombrero.

    • Heart Song
      Heart Song Před měsícem +3

      @Eric Carabetta Now THERE's a new sci-fi series waiting to happen!

    • David Mooney
      David Mooney Před měsícem +2

      The house is the icing on the cake. the views are the cake.

    • Bill Hollingsworth
      Bill Hollingsworth Před měsícem

      @David Mooney It will have a more than a view when it falls into the sea. This is development insanity.

    • Mariann Fehily
      Mariann Fehily Před měsícem +1

      ​@Bill Hollingsworthit's been there before you were born, everything dies😢

  • Sam Brosier
    Sam Brosier Před 28 dny +26

    At first i wasnt sure how i would feel about this house but as we went more in depth, the more fascinated i became with it. The attention to detail is spectacular and i love the idea of using reclaimed materials

  • Lilith Gisella
    Lilith Gisella Před měsícem +49

    This is beyond gorgeous. Everything is beautifully incorporated and I like that the materials have their own backstories.

  • Sean Ackerman
    Sean Ackerman Před měsícem +42

    I’m in love with this property. This is what architecture, engineering, and creative design is about

  • Not the real ChickenJoe
    Not the real ChickenJoe Před měsícem +48

    I love these houses that just get developed by the actual architectures even after the initial building is finished. They have so much character and thought put into them and you can just see it....

  • kurt lindner
    kurt lindner Před měsícem +164

    I've been here 4 or 5 times on jobs, it is only better in person, and this family is so nice.
    There are many more nice features than what's shown here.

  • Errikos Andreou
    Errikos Andreou Před 26 dny +15

    This has to be one of the most magnificent houses and interiors I have ever seen. You can feel serene and balanced simply by looking at it. Living in there must a tremendous experience. Stunning!!

  • Honey V
    Honey V Před měsícem +39

    This house is so organic, full of warmth and personality. One of my favorite tours.

  • Santiago Gunter
    Santiago Gunter Před měsícem +16

    finally a house that truly reflects the owner's personality and passions, not a cookie-cutter "luxury" house

  • La Verite
    La Verite Před měsícem +307

    The son is not just handsome, but a smooth narrator. Cool house and California style memories.

    • Heart Song
      Heart Song Před měsícem +24

      He is a well trained actor, as was his beautiful mother.

  • ammorain
    ammorain Před měsícem +18

    This is absolutely priceless. So much effort and love his father put in, he shouldn't sell it.

  • Lynda
    Lynda Před měsícem +38! Absolutely stunning. It must have been so amazing to grow up here. It's so wonderful to hear the adoration and respect that you have for your father. 🥰

  • wantlers
    wantlers Před měsícem +9

    This is the stuff that I stay subbed to AD for - bespoke structures that speak for the creator and everyone they held close for generations. More of this please ❤

  • Josh Dela Cruz
    Josh Dela Cruz Před měsícem +23

    This house is amazing! I don’t know why you would sell it. It’s almost like you're giving away something that’s a legacy in your family.

    • MeliorVow
      MeliorVow Před měsícem +5

      i agree. it's like a heirloom. unless he's selling because he really can't afford living there, he shouldn't let go

  • Vicky B
    Vicky B Před měsícem +24

    What a cool house. I hope someone buys it and loves it as much as this family did.

    • Spangletiger
      Spangletiger Před měsícem +3

      Same here. My heart sank when he mentioned that it's on the market. I hope it is snapped up by someone who falls in love with it and doesn't end up being bought purely for the land it sits on.

  • Connor M.
    Connor M. Před měsícem +9

    honestly such a magical place that i hope nobody changes. it's beautiful inside and out

  • Roxanne Desforges
    Roxanne Desforges Před měsícem +43

    This is the best episode of AD tours I have ever seen. The host does an amazing job.

  • Wana S.
    Wana S. Před 24 dny +4

    Easily my favourite of the AD tours. What a joy it must've been to grow up in this house.

  • Carol O
    Carol O Před měsícem +162

    Why in the world would he sell such an incredible inheritance? Money? Sell your soul and keep it! Most magical, special house I've ever seen. just wow.

    • John S.
      John S. Před měsícem +33

      Perhaps the fear of rising oceans ? It is an amazing property.

    • William Etzler
      William Etzler Před měsícem +27

      Yeah, likely selling it before it inevitably takes a big hit and loses almost all of its value. Shorefront property that doesn't have room to run is better sold than hold. (held)

    • Mary Abdel-Malik
      Mary Abdel-Malik Před měsícem +2

      I agree with you

    • Kat Y
      Kat Y Před měsícem +25

      I think there's been several videos on AD by now of someone telling all this rich personal history about a property only to say at the end that they are selling it. 🙃

    • Tauni M.
      Tauni M. Před měsícem +3

      Rich people, they are just like us!!.....

  • Taylor 🌸
    Taylor 🌸 Před měsícem +20

    what a dream, the greenhouse is such an artful touch! love all of the precious details being celebrated 🕊️

  • Merel
    Merel Před měsícem +12

    I´m so glad I clicked play on this tour. It´s absolutely gorgeous. Many flashier homes do not compare.

  • Ronald Cabrera
    Ronald Cabrera Před měsícem +9

    If I had a property like this, I would never sell it. His father was a dreamer through & through!! What an inspiration..

  • Jade
    Jade Před 28 dny +6

    This is the most beautiful AD property I’ve ever seen, if this was in my family with the stories behind it all I could never sell it id need it to be kept in the family but each to their own and I truly hope whoever does purchase it sees the beauty and takes care of it keeping its authenticity without changing it

  • Laqueenmisfit
    Laqueenmisfit Před měsícem +5

    Very special place and amazing storytelling! An heartwarming AD tour❤

  • Emily
    Emily Před 18 dny

    Your story telling abilities are amazing!! Loved the tour, so special

  • Juno Marco
    Juno Marco Před měsícem +11

    Every part of this house is filled with memories, which makes it even more beautiful. It saddens me that it's now on the market.

  • G
    G Před měsícem +19

    His Father was amazing!!! Intelligent, creative and so resourceful.

  • P W
    P W Před 22 dny

    Stunning and so much thought and care in every detail... I'd love to see this place in person.

  • MK
    MK Před měsícem +41

    His father was a dreamer through & through!! What an inspiration.

  • Archie Kins
    Archie Kins Před měsícem +2

    Love the house and love love love the story behind it! Amazing.

  • kiribati9393
    kiribati9393 Před 20 dny

    What a tour ! Thank you AD and Zen for this visit !

  • Shamine
    Shamine Před měsícem +193

    If I had a property like this, I would never sell it

    • 1061fofa
      1061fofa Před měsícem +22

      I guess it's hard to divide the value between several kids ..

    • Heart Song
      Heart Song Před měsícem +21

      @1061fofa Sadly true, not to mention taxes and maintenance fees must be substantial.

    • Bill Hollingsworth
      Bill Hollingsworth Před měsícem +33

      @Heart Song And the fact that the sea will reclaim it.

    • Cassie K
      Cassie K Před měsícem +11

      and soon the house will be under water! sad to sell but might be a very smart move

    • Shamine
      Shamine Před měsícem

      haha 😭

  • NyeNye Nyc
    NyeNye Nyc Před měsícem +3

    This house was made with so much love 😢 Omg I felt it thru watching I wouldn’t be able to let go wow just wow your father did an amazing job!!! Just wow this is beautiful

  • Clark Araneta
    Clark Araneta Před měsícem +303

    I think I found my dreamhouse.

    • Pranshu
      Pranshu Před měsícem +17

      Me after watching every video of AD

    • FIFAEAGaffer
      FIFAEAGaffer Před měsícem +1

      It says “on the market”. If you don’t get this house after this comment…..

    • Mattie Diane Munson
      Mattie Diane Munson Před měsícem


    • Melissa Ortiz
      Melissa Ortiz Před měsícem

      Igual yo❤

    • DigitalDorothy
      DigitalDorothy Před měsícem +3

      Where do we meet for the duel? 🧐

  • Nay Myo
    Nay Myo Před měsícem +4

    The most beautiful house I’ve ever seen and it has a soul, full of warmth and personality.

  • John McCadden
    John McCadden Před 24 dny +2

    I never thought a house would enchant me as John Lautner's do. This beach house is a waking dream. All hail the inspiration and execution!

  • Gary Hope
    Gary Hope Před měsícem +5

    What a fantastic house, this feature has sent me down a Harry Gesner rabbit hole, loved the feature and his son telling the story is an excellent touch, now looking for the book houses of the sundown sea, thank you for this.

  • Nicholas Chabros
    Nicholas Chabros Před měsícem

    Very cool! It's a very unique property in a great location. I absolutely love that fireplace. Thank you for sharing!

  • bokhorstp
    bokhorstp Před měsícem

    This is truly a one of a kind beach house, i adore it ❤

  • State of Kait
    State of Kait Před dnem +1

    This is the coolest house with a beautiful story. Probably my favorite AD video ever

  • KT
    KT Před měsícem +11

    I love seeing how others live. I love that we preserve these spaces. There is a felt sense of life and love and everything in between. When we view this as a collective, may it give rise to our shared humanity, even if we feel we are lacking. Yes, there are places and people that live seemingly more elevated. But don’t discount beauty, as you find it.

  • Sarah Fowler Wolfe
    Sarah Fowler Wolfe Před měsícem +5

    Breathtaking. Magical. Thanks for sharing it ❤️
    It breaks my heart it's leaving your family, though.

  • Vicki Gonya
    Vicki Gonya Před měsícem +14

    Stunning!! I love the history of it❤

  • Sintija in Nature
    Sintija in Nature Před měsícem +2

    This house is simply perfect! 💖

  • Stephanie H
    Stephanie H Před 29 dny +3

    The most beautiful house I've ever seen and beautiful narration ❤

  • Gee MeeL
    Gee MeeL Před měsícem +7

    One of the most beautiful homes I have seen in my life... All Love ad Light to you and your family 💞

  • Malika Johnson
    Malika Johnson Před 28 dny +2

    What an amazing house, it provided an amazing life! Who ever buys this will be one lucky person! Thank you for sharing. I’m in love!

  • Jeun Barbs
    Jeun Barbs Před měsícem +1

    Pure Love. This was built with pure love and passion. One of the best tours in this channel.

  • pecas
    pecas Před měsícem

    Wow, beyond amazing!!! I think this is my dream house ❤

  • M L
    M L Před měsícem +2

    What a cool place. Harry Gesner was such a creative guy!

  • The Sushma Home Selling Team
    The Sushma Home Selling Team Před měsícem +1

    This kind of style and quality is a real gem ✨💖

  • Jo Lewis
    Jo Lewis Před měsícem +1

    Absolutely every way ❤

  • Sophiyya Arthur
    Sophiyya Arthur Před 27 dny +1

    Incredible collects.🔥 But the mural is wildly amazing❤🔥 She did an amazing job, wish to see her works featured

  • dwillrockyou
    dwillrockyou Před 22 hodinami

    An exquisite piece of art 👌

  • Heart Song
    Heart Song Před měsícem +55

    Two of Harry Gesner's masterpieces are now for sale: The Wave House, (next door) for $49,500,000., while Sandcastle House is being offered for $22,500,000.

    • kurt lindner
      kurt lindner Před měsícem +4

      Ugh, the property taxes. 😭

    • Jamie Joy
      Jamie Joy Před měsícem +1

      What is the sandcastle selling for? Do you know? I assume the treehouse and guesthouse are included?

    • Natalia Alfonso
      Natalia Alfonso Před měsícem +16

      @Jamie Joydid you read the comment?

    • Blue Wren
      Blue Wren Před 25 dny +1

      @Jamie Joy $27.5M.

  • Andrea Renee
    Andrea Renee Před 28 dny +1

    This is such a creative way of sharing this wonderful story... Really cool. Thank you.

  • SeekoGT
    SeekoGT Před 29 dny +2

    This house is basically magic.

  • Nancy M.
    Nancy M. Před měsícem +2

    The creative soul can explore to get one with the atmosphere around. Respective and functional at the same time. A wonderful house, inviting to be admired.

  • Candace Young
    Candace Young Před měsícem +1

    This is my castle!!! So beautiful, pure magical vibes. Outstanding atmosphere.

  • looney toons
    looney toons Před měsícem +2

    Your father was a true master mind that house is beautiful and well designed

  • MIrwin1013
    MIrwin1013 Před měsícem +3

    I love everything about this house. This is a dream house

  • clk55
    clk55 Před 27 dny +1

    Thank you Harry for being so far ahead of your time. Enjoy riding the waves of eternity.

  • Stacy Hunter
    Stacy Hunter Před 13 dny

    Omg.... it should be a community center now. So magical

  • Jennifer Mathis
    Jennifer Mathis Před měsícem +1

    So wonderful and beautiful! Very unique!!

  • Gulshan Mamedova
    Gulshan Mamedova Před 29 dny

    I am in love with this house! ❤️

  • Sunny Lao
    Sunny Lao Před 21 dnem

    It looks nice along the ⛱️ amazing place so calm & pretty

  • Fiona Paxton
    Fiona Paxton Před měsícem +1

    just WOW, a spectacular property... i'm saddened that he has placed it on the market, but i'm sure he has his reasons.... lovely tour, thank you

  • Kal Solo
    Kal Solo Před měsícem +1

    What an absolutely beautiful place to live.

    VNK MAN Před 28 dny +1

    Beautiful. Lovely guy. Very humble and great energy. His Dad sounds like a very cool guy indeed.

  • Ling Tuong
    Ling Tuong Před 7 dny

    this house is stunning. i’m speechless omg❤

  • MrSuperJay
    MrSuperJay Před měsícem +18

    Probably the most perfect property I’ve seen for how I want to live.

  • Names Aminé
    Names Aminé Před měsícem +2

    This property seem like a family heirloom. Filled with memories. It must be difficult to say goodbye & sell up.

  • Andrew Osborne
    Andrew Osborne Před měsícem +1

    My all-time favorite house. Perfection.

  • Penny Kerle
    Penny Kerle Před 23 dny

    Absolutely mind blowing, how incredibly beautiful....

  • Bojana Lukic
    Bojana Lukic Před měsícem +19

    What a magical childhood he had!

  • Kathleen Henselder
    Kathleen Henselder Před měsícem +6

    Love the family stories with the history. Thank you

  • jingle bell
    jingle bell Před měsícem +5

    We can save the earth if we have many Architects like this.

  • kenneth langenhuysen
    kenneth langenhuysen Před 23 dny

    Amazing house, just stunning

  • Mai Aloha 808
    Mai Aloha 808 Před měsícem +4

    Wow! I so enjoyed watching and hearing about this amazing house. Thanks, Zen, for sharing! Aloha!

  • Hannah Murray
    Hannah Murray Před měsícem +2

    Thank you for sharing . It's a beautiful ❤️ unconventional house done with love and purpose .

  • M
    M Před měsícem +2

    This is so perfect and breathtaking I'm fumbling for absolute awe....

  • Elizabell Thunderwood
    Elizabell Thunderwood Před 28 dny +2

    Gorgeous! 😍 the house ain't bad, either 😘

  • Sharon Smith
    Sharon Smith Před měsícem +1

    What a remarkable house!

  • Greg Greg
    Greg Greg Před dnem +1

    The house is absolutely breathtaking and so well thought out. I love that everything is reclaimed and got a second chance at life.🦾

  • Agnieszka Kowalska
    Agnieszka Kowalska Před měsícem +1

    what a story! thank you for sharing this ❤

  • sheila grayman
    sheila grayman Před měsícem +88

    It stands firm, because it was built out of...❤

    • Ieeleemee
      Ieeleemee Před měsícem +6

      Beautifully said ❤😊

    • Bill Hollingsworth
      Bill Hollingsworth Před měsícem +3

      @Ieeleemee Built out of madness. It is on a soft coastline and will collapse into the sea.

  • orbitaljunkie
    orbitaljunkie Před měsícem +14

    It's really wild how some people get to live their lives.

    • Kaberlini
      Kaberlini Před měsícem +1

      True 🥲🥲🥲

  • Randy C
    Randy C Před měsícem +2

    This is all about your mom! The woman who inspired a genius to create a masterpiece! ❤

  • EH
    EH Před měsícem +11

    I can’t believe he’s selling it!! 🥺 I would never let that leave my family - it’s his father’s legacy…

    • jlg395
      jlg395 Před měsícem +1

      Get a hold of yourself, Emma.

    • mm mido
      mm mido Před měsícem

      ikr? The house is so unique and beautiful. And his dad built it for his mom. I'm in shock.

  • vamp express
    vamp express Před 21 dnem

    Truly spectacular..utterly beautiful

  • Tom Williams
    Tom Williams Před měsícem +8

    Amazing. I'd move here if it wasn't well out of my price range.

  • Eddy S
    Eddy S Před 26 dny

    Absolutely stunning.

  • Rhiannon White
    Rhiannon White Před 14 dny

    Insanely beautiful ❤

  • Bella Flora
    Bella Flora Před měsícem +1

    If I lived there I would never leave! 😍 LOVE! 🌊

  • Ar akxelas
    Ar akxelas Před 15 dny

    Such a PURE Architectural Design 🤌