As the land of Silicon Valley, Silicon Beach, the San Francisco tech hub and other bastions of innovation, California represents modernity at its purest. Nowhere is this more on display than in the luxury real estate that dots counties from Sonoma to Santa Barbara.
From an ultra-modern masterpiece in San Francisco to a stylish St Helena compound, each one of these five properties offers elegant and resplendent living, emphasizing modern design concepts and contemporary decorating taste.
1 of 5 | An Uncompromising Modern Masterpiece
A sleek purity of lines and an unadorned stone façade all speak to the striking modernity of this uncompromising glimpse of the shape of things to come in Gold Coast living. This new construction, ultra-modern luxury home mixes rich wood finishes, striking geometric designs and interior spaces scaled to urban life and wired for seamless response to every whim. From the wine cellar to the spa, the home theater to the fifth floor observation deck, waking up in this California dream is all about embracing decadence without compromising forward-thinking design. Walls of floor-to-ceiling windows command a constant panorama of San Francisco city and bay views.
$40,000,000 | 2712 Broadway St, San Francisco, CA 94115 | View Listing
2 of 5 | A Sylvan Setting Meets Stunning Craftsmanship
Perched high in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and surrounded by the peaceful sylvan setting that is Toro Canyon Park, this incomparable estate seems a world away yet is mere minutes from all the wonderful amenities of nearby Montecito and Santa Barbara. A stunning example of Modernism, the structures combine functional minimalism with expanses of retractable and Vitrosca Invisible Wall glass - focusing attention on the surrounding natural spectacle. The dramatic walls of glass along with walnut floors and cabinetry, and freestanding walls of precisely cut native sandstone deliver instant notice that this is a very special home. Here on this singular perch, the genius of human design pays homage to matchless natural wonders.
$24,000,000 | Carpinteria, CA 93013 | View Listing
3 of 5 | Iconic and Complex in San Francisco
"Starchitect" Robert Swatt of the renowned Swatt-Miers Architects understood complexity and the opportunities of the view when he approached designing this iconic modern masterpiece. Mixing discretion, seclusion and the power of suspense, the architect describes the home as "not about small gestures but about the quality of the spaces and views." Even as the view - a jaw-dropping panorama of the canyon below and the sprawling metropolis and San Francisco bay - takes center stage, there is no shortage of sybaritic delights and high-tech thrills. Take the main level's family room/kitchen, where a massive window wall opens by way of an elaborate outdoor seating area and kitchen, merging the room with the landscape, blurring interior and exterior lines.
$18,000,000 | 10718 Mora Dr, Los Altos Hills, CA 94024 | View Listing
4 of 5 | Superb Design and Luxury Amenities
Located on the ridge in the Estates area of Pebble Beach, this contemporary masterwork designed by Conrad Sanchez of Conrad Asturi Studios features superb design details, luxury amenities and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The stark angles of the exterior give way to warm and sleek interiors, with ever detail given consideration. Mature Coastal Oak trees shield the entry to the property, providing privacy in a spectacular landscape. The beautiful ocean view is framed by expansive window walls on two floors. An open plan great room has a stunning hearth that anchors the design, with its custom steel and wood dining table and chef's kitchen it's the perfect place to live and entertain.
$8,500,000 | 3900 Ronda Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 | View Listing
5 of 5 | Stylish St. Helena Compound
A stylish retreat in the heart of St. Helena, renowned architect Shay Zak and designer Mary Moore collaborated to create a simply irresistible - and thoroughly modern - compound. Keeping with the signature design nature of Zak Architectures, simplicity is key, as well as the use of authentic materials. The main floor, rectangular in shape, boast a great room which includes the kitchen, dining area and two living spaces. The second story incorporates a comfortable common area and two bedrooms en suites; all flowing out to an oversized deck overlooking a serene courtyard - the best in contemporary style.