The Sea Ranch, CA 95497
2 Bed | 2 Bath | MLS # 21826356
“Living lightly on the land” is the well-known mantra of The Sea Ranch, and this Pole House located in the forested highlands of the South End is designed to allow the landscape to flow under the house. An early house typology at The Sea Ranch, this Pole House designed in 1977 by architects Berle Pilsk and Robert Swanson, is ideal for those inspired by the recent SFMOMA exhibit and are looking for an early home with its original features intact.
Elevated on the wooden poles above the ground, the home has feel of a modern treehouse, with its playful geometric forms and views of the forest canopy out the triangular windows. Located in a historic neighborhood with homes designed by MLTW and Esherick, this two bedroom home features one bedroom as a classic Sea Ranch-style sleeping loft. The home is close to trail heads, and is less than a mile from The Sea Ranch Lodge, and Moonraker Pool, with its famed Supergraphic murals. The crashing waves can be heard from nearby Black Point Beach, and early morning coffee and pastry runs are less than ten minutes away at Stewarts Point Store.
In the sunlit living room, the architects expose the wooden poles and beams that serve as the structure of this midcentury home. The room features a wood burning fireplace, generous built-in bookcases crafted from rough sawn douglas fir, and include clever hidden storage. The daybeds are perfect for extra overnight guests, reading a book, or just daydreaming. Overlooking the entry is a fir paneled elevated office area and full bath, the perfect space to work at home, taking advantage of the community owned high-speed fiber optic internet service. The cozy sleeping loft is accessed by a ladder and includes a window that gives the feeling of being up in the Redwood canopy. As the highest point in the home, it commands views over the open plan living space like a ships crows nest. Built for the home chef, the eat-in kitchen includes original studio pottery countertops, a Viking five burner gas range and Bosch dishwasher. The adjacent laundry and pantry closet include ASKO laundry machines.
Downstairs is a private Master Bedroom, with ensuite bath that opens directly to the outdoors; the perfect location for a future hot tub. Two sunny southwestern facing decks look over your own private meadow and redwood grove, where on clear nights the Milky Way is on display. Below the home, storage and workshop spaces have been added to the original design. The attached artist studio overlooking the meadow is an unexpected delight, with fully glazed walls and ceiling that blur the lines between indoors and out. The studio has a separate entrance, and is equipped for all manner of creative endeavors with a utility sink and 220 outlet for a kiln.
The Sea Ranch community includes miles of trails, three recreation centers that include pools, saunas, tennis and pickle-ball courts, barbecue areas, and acres of community-owned open space. Perfect for a weekend escape in the redwoods, yet fully equipped for full time living, this Pole House is ready for the next owner to make their own Sea Ranch memories.
(Sea Ranch Unit 5-3-11)