1970s Seaside Cabin with Rustic Charm Hits Market for the First Time Ever
Considering the extremely rare occasion of this listing appearing on the market, we reached for Rich Report's dog-eared copy of the Old Farmer's Almanac to see if a blue moon was about to appear, since its appearance on the market was so unusual.
Sonoma County's first house, built in the ruggedly beautiful Sea Ranch area, is seeking a second owner. The first owner of this house is looking for its second owner.
Those of you unfamiliar with The Sea Ranch may not be aware that it's an unincorporated community located 110 miles north of San Francisco along a ten-mile stretch along the Pacific Coast that is an unincorporated community.
During the construction of this community in the mid-1960s, its planners and architects set out to build a community that would live in harmony with the land, guided by the overarching principle of protecting the environment.
This is the message from the community's website: "Each landscape element needs to be recognized and nurtured, reinforcing natural forms and scales." The site is responsible for providing identity, establishing a 'territorial partnership' with any structure constructed within it, rather than upon it. Building materials should be drawn from nature: simple and rough.
The distinctive architectural style of Sea Ranch, referred to as the "Third Bay Tradition", is a hybrid of California ranch and traditional farmhouse vernaculars, with simple timber-frame homes clad in wooden siding or shingles.
Despite the near-constant coastal winds, Sea Ranch was designed to withstand them while also blending in with nature in an unobtrusive way.
Between 1970 and 1986, Don Jacobs, an award-winning architect and AIA Fellow, built his practice within the Sea Ranch community, and he designed the house now on the market. The community's nondenominational chapel was also designed by Jacobs in collaboration with sculptor James Hubbell, who served as the coordinating architect for that chapel.
It is a rustic home built circa 1972, which features two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and a semi-open plan living/dining/kitchen area. The home measures in at 978 square feet with two bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and a semi-open plan living/dining area.
It is clear that, even though the half-century-old cabin is showing signs of aging, it is still possible to see how it could be transformed into a picture-perfect home with a little care and attention.
In addition to the vaulted Douglas fir ceilings, wood paneled walls, clerestory windows, large kitchen island, built-in window seating, and glass doors that slide open to a small wind-protected deck with a hot tub, this home boasts a freestanding wood-burning fireplace as well as clerestory windows.
Aside from the amenities within the development, there are also amenities in the community, such as a swimming pool, tennis courts, dog park, playground, and dog park within the development, in addition to the hiking trails that wind through the development and along the bluff above the ocean.
According to Kristen Winant of Liisberg & Company, the bucolic property is listed at $1.295 million with HOA fees of $292 per month.