California Hillside Development: Converting Challenge Into Creative Opportunity

Alongside the great beauty, temperate weather and ocean breeze associated with coastal California living, earthquakes and landslides are an unfortunate and oftentimes fearful reality. While instances of destruction are rare, occasional catastrophes — such as the 2007 landslide that destroyed a Mount Soledad home and, according to the Union Tribune, continued to impact the local community for years after the event — remind us of the challenges inherent to building and development along the Southern California coast. But while ground surface changes due to subsidence, landslides and fault lines can contribute to architectural difficulties, they also lend seasoned architects the chance to push innovative limits — and to create strong, balanced and beautiful homes throughout San Diego and across the greater California landscape. Drainage and excess water are among the chief …