Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jess. I’m 34 years old splitting my time between San Francisco, LA and Hawaii with my soon-to-be wife Malia. I’ve moved around since I was a kid and have never lived in one place for very long so this rotation feels pretty natural to me. I’d say I’m from Venice beach, Kauai, Italy, and San Francisco. I surfed since I was a grom and just completed my first feature film.
What do you do for a living?
I just directed my first feature film. Malia is an artist and a jewelry designer.
What are your favorite parts about the area in which you live now?
Right now we are living on Hawaii. I love the tropical storms, the slow pace and the little bubble Malia and I have created here.
Tell us about the property you live on here.
I bought a piece of land from an old childhood friend. He and his family owned an acre and sold me a quarter of it. Its a block from the beach and on a dirt road that doesn’t get any traffic. There are roosters, rabbits and fruit trees on the property and you can hear the waves when you go to sleep at night.
Your house looks amazing. Who designed & built it and how long did it take?
The house was designed and built by San Francisco artist Jay Nelson. He and a small team from the outer sunset flew out and put the house together in 5 weeks. A few months later another crew flew out and helped build the lanai.