In 1906, after the great San Francisco earthquake, artists and writers flocked to the pine- and cypress-strewn seaside town of Carmel, where a colony of creative types had taken root. By 1910, area newspapers reported that at least 60 percent of the homes in Carmel had been built by denizens who were “devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts.” Today Carmel is widely recognized for its rich artistic history and rugged natural scenery.
This sophisticated home designed by Thacher & Thompson continues the city’s creative heritage, grounding residential architecture in the realm of art — although its sleek contemporary-ranch sensibilities are far from the rustic Spanish-inspired Mission tradition more commonly associated with this seaside locale.
The architectural firm strives to create strong connections between a home and its surroundings, with the sun, views, and topography playing vital roles in design. Natural materials — fir, limestone, marble, concrete, and slate among them — are sensitively used throughout the approximately 6,800 square feet.
An outdoor kitchen, multiple fireplaces, a home theater, a sunroom, a kitchen with Downsview cabinets and top-tier stainless-steel appliances, expansive patios, a screened porch, and a sauna contribute to an environment where indoor-outdoor living and entertaining is paramount and the region’s temperate climate can best be enjoyed.
The superbly crafted estate — which consists of a four-bedroom main residence, a two-bedroom guesthouse or caretaker’s cottage, an artist’s studio, a barn with equestrian facilities, and seven garages — occupies approximately 11 glorious acres in the gated community of Quail Meadows, with views of the valley, golf course, and ocean.
Organic textures and tones echo the distinctive environs, and banks of wide windows and tall doors blur the boundaries between indoors and out.