While on the West coast, the Malibu Beach House project by Pamela Burton & Company was an award winner with the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), and it’s certainly a winner with us. The ASLA site has full details and photos. We love the prolific use of the grasses to add color and movement, while drawing in the beach as a part of the living environment.
Opposite is a strip mall, but the design has also incorporated a beautiful screen for privacy. All of the plantings are sustainable and native to the locale. It’s a winner on all points! Perhaps it will help you with some future landscape planning?