27 April 2016
Architecture becomes art in this four-bedroom, 12,480-square-foot residence devised by noted architect Ron Mann and perched on 4.75 hilltop acres overlooking Monterey Bay.
Beneath robust steel roofing, the estate consists of five discrete buildings surrounding a central courtyard with extensive covered and open-air alfresco living areas — including a cantina and a refreshing swimming pool and hot tub.
Highlights include a great room with 18-foot ceilings, a sun-drenched and glass-enveloped gallery, a relaxing lounge, and a kitchen with an array of top-tier stainless-steel appliances as well as distinctive cabinetry and pink-stained Douglas fir floors.
Secreted behind California laurel doors, the restful master suite gives way gracefully to a balcony with an irreplaceable view of the bay.
Custom furniture— including a 15-foot tiger-redwood dining table with a sculptural steel base and sandblasted redwood outdoor pieces — creates a perfect, unified picture.
Mann is known as a master of design whose work is shaped by his love for the environment, and indeed, this home was created with minimalist finishes and muted natural hues that allow the majestic views take center stage — in many rooms, expanses of glass direct the focus toward the awe-inspiring vista, the glass virtually “disappearing” within the walls to bring the outdoors in.
Prevalent surfaces of concrete, stone, steel, and wood create a powerful visual impact and lend the home a sense of formal strength. Curves and rectilinear shapes combine in a beautiful balance.
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