Classic Big Sur Home Offers ‘Best Hot Tub Location in the World’

Slide into Big Sur, CA, and after a scenic drive hugging the Pacific Coast and heading south from San Francisco, you enter an entirely different, windswept world. A world that allows you to soak in the majestic views while soaking in your tub.

This spectacular home along the rugged coast, which just hit the market for $5.5 million, provides you with your own front-row seat to the oh-so-scenic setting.

Legendary photographer Ansel Adams was apparently a frequent visitor to this well-placed property. “He talked about the views from the north being the best coastal views that he’d ever seen,” listing agent Ben Heinrich recalled. “He took a lot of photography from that location.”

The sellers, who called the place home for decades, are heading East to be closer to their family. They clearly leave behind quite a history—like the annual visits from the nearby Carmel Bach Festival musicians.

“It has such large scale in the home, you could fit the whole orchestra in there,” Heinrich said. “Drinking wine and playing the violin and listening to all that music. It would just be fun.”

The 9,849-square-foot, four-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom house could be quite the party pad. But there’s plenty to entertain the kids, as well—from the indoor whale-shaped pool to the loft above the family room to the pool table with an ocean view.

“The scale of the home is just breathtaking,” Heinrich said. “The ceilings are 25, 30 feet. And the views are every direction.”

Those same views would allow a buyer to take in the whale migration that parades by the house twice a year.

The dwelling, located in an area south of the more famous hotels such as Post Ranch Inn, was built in 1969 on the more remote area known as Notleys Landing.

And although the property is tucked away from other homes and affords plenty of privacy, it’s only about 10.5 miles from nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea. (That’s where locals go grocery shopping on the weekends.)

Outside, the natural wonders await and it’s even sweeter to take them in from the deck or the hot tub. “You could get in the hot tub and experience the best hot tub location in the world,” Heinrich said.

“Hot Tub Time Machine: Carmel,” here we come.

This article was published by Claudine Zap on realtor.com.

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‘Blue Sky Home’ in Wine Country

This house perched on a wine-country hillside gives away little when you approach it from the driveway — just a bold wall that reveals the owners’ favorite color.

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Swing open the large, pivoting front door, though, and you’re hit by a giant view beyond a wall of windows.

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The home, designed and built for a local family in the wine business, is Casa Cielo Azul — the “Blue Sky Home.”

“He designed the house to create a sense of surprise,” said Cyd Greer, the listing agent with Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley. “You don’t really have a sense of what you’re in for when you get there.”

Mexico-trained architect Juan Carlos Fernandez designed the modern home, which was built by contractor Mark Grassi. The owners, who recently sold a Napa Valley winery, asked for an easy-living space that incorporated the color blue.

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The sophisticated and private home combines indoor and outdoor living with walls of windows that fold away to access an outdoor terrace with a fireplace and infinity-edge pool.

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Touches of blue carry through the home’s design, such as blue tile in the master bathroom. It also has an outdoor shower, a spa, and a kitchen that centers on a very large marble island.

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Also included on the property: a separate 1-bedroom, 1-bath guest house, a barn-style 1,255-square-foot 2-bedroom, 2-bath second home with a cathedral ceiling and rustic modern kitchen.

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“When you’re in this house, it is very hard to take your eyes off this view,” said Greer. “It’s a very easy-living house. It just feels right.”

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For Sale: $4,500,000

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Emily Heffter, a reporter and writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties, and other real estate topics. Read more of her work here.

John Lautner’s Rawlins House on Balboa Island

Thanks to distinctive copper-plated accents and its unique, pill-shaped design, this iconic design by architect John Lautner was once given the nickname “Jaws” by neighboring homeowners for its resemblance to a certain great white shark immortalized in the 1975 film of that name. These days, however, the property known as the “Rawlins House” goes by a different name: the treasure of Balboa Island.

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On the market for $5.895 million, the Rawlins House displays Lautner’s ability to engage the natural characteristics unique to coastal California, while balancing its relaxed Orange County locale with a unique urban design.

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Douglas fir ceilings and ceramic tile floors lend to the organic aesthetic, and modern conveniences such as a gourmet kitchen and an elevator offer an air of luxury. Skylights and walls of telescoping glass flood the 2,100-square-foot interiors with natural light while providing views of Newport Harbor.

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Illustrating the premium placed on Lautner-designed homes, the Rawlins House has seen an uptick in price over the last two years. The Midcentury Contemporary, built in 1980, was previously shopped in 2012 for $5.495 million and last publicly listed for $5.195 million—$700,000 less than its current asking price.

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Earlier this year, the Garwood Residence, one of five remaining Lautner designs in Malibu, sold to actress Gwyneth Paltrow for a staggering $14 million. The Bob Hope Estate in the Coachella Valley, one of the architect’s most heralded concepts, currently lists for $34 million.

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Ed Niles’ Henman House Serves Up Sublime Malibu Views

Set atop a large promontory in Malibu Canyon, CA, this chromed-out boxcar design by architect Ed Niles serves up views of the Santa Monica Mountains and beyond.
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Known as the Henman House, the glass-and-steel masterpiece has become somewhat of an architectural icon in Malibu over the years, making cameo appearances in various films and television shows—with its celebrity status extending as far as a Britney Spears’ music video.
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Built in 1993, the distinctive structure lives up to its pop-star status with a 5,904-square-foot floor plan that features open spaces, soaring glass and polished modern interiors.
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In addition to the rows of windows in its outside walls, the Henman House’s sunlit spaces are brightened by uniquely designed skylights that run through the center of the home.
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Amenities befitting rock star royalty include an underground studio, two-sided fireplaces, and an underground garage.
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Outside, the luxury experience extends to a large guest house, a private helipad and a lap pool pointing out toward the coast.
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The home last changed hands in 2003 for just $3.5 million, according to Curbed. However, you will need a bit more than that now, if you’re interested. After hitting the market in May 2013 for $7.995 million, the Henman House has seen an uptick in price of nearly $1.2 million. Malibu’s architectural wonder currently lists for $9.2 million.
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Marc Silver of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on realtor.com. To see the original article and more photos, click here.

Survey Reveals Least Affordable Real Estate Markets

A recently released annual survey found that California has 13 of the top 15 least affordable real estate markets in the United States.

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The 10th annual International Housing Affordability Survey published by Demographia analyzed 360 metropolitan areas in nine countries and also included San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Los Angeles among its top 10 least affordable international cities.

The study based its rankings on comparisons of  metropolitan areas’ average home prices and their populations’  gross annual median household incomes.

The Golden State dominates the survey’s rankings of least affordable U.S. cities:

  1. Honolulu, HI
  2. Santa Barbara, CA
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Santa Cruz, CA
  5. San Jose, CA
  6. San Luis Obispo, CA
  7. San Diego, CA
  8. Los Angeles, CA
  9. Oxnard, CA
  10. Santa Rosa, CA
  11. Napa, CA
  12. SalinasMonterey, CA
  13. New York City, NY
  14. Eureka, CA
  15. Chico, CA

In the international survey of major markets, San Francisco was listed as the third least affordable market in the world, with home prices hovering at 9.2 times household income:

  1. Hong Kong
  2. Vancouver
  3. San Francisco
  4. Sydney
  5. San Jose
  6. Melbourne
  7. Auckland
  8. San Diego
  9. Los Angeles
  10. London

If you’d like to see more homes in the country’s least affordable market for yourself, be our guest. Just be sure to bring your wallet.

This article was written by Erik Gunther on realtor.com. See more photos and the original article here.

This Modern Mountain Retreat Is Ideal Place to Unwind

Looking to get away this winter season? This modern retreat on Founders Ridge at Martis Camp in California’s High Sierra strikes us as an ideal place take in some fresh mountain air and unwind in front of a roaring fire.

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Nestled among mature pines and rock outcroppings, the slanted-roof contemporary in Truckee, Calif., is a far cry from some of the massive mountain getaways found around the California-Nevada border. However, it’s hard not to like the coziness of this two-bedroom, two-bathroom home, which complements its summit setting perfectly with a mix of timbered hues, pitched beams and modern conveniences.

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Inside, the sleek modern dwelling soaks up its rustic landscape though towering windows, while vaulted ceilings brighten wood-paneled spaces with a wealth of natural light.

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Enjoying panoramic views of the Carson Range, the modern mountain retreat currently lists for $2.65 million.

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Katie Tyler of Tahoe Mountain Resorts Real Estate is the listing agent.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on realtor.com. See more photos and the original article here. 

Can’t Stop Looking at This Glass-Bottomed Pool

A dip in the pool may be the last thing on many of your minds, especially for those of you residing in colder climates, but we couldn’t help but share this sleek contemporary in Olde Del Mar, Calif.

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Found atop a prime vista lot overlooking the Pacific Ocean just north of San Diego, the trophy property boasts a world of luxury and one of the more unique home features money can buy: a glass-bottomed pool that doubles as a skylight. Yes, for the tidy sum of $6.75 million, you can swim in this vanishing-edge pool and window bomb your housemates or guests.

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Beyond its fancy aqua portal, which lends the interior spaces a submarine-like hue, the 5,500-square-foot custom-built residence offers a mélange of modern-day technologies in an elemental stone, wood and metal package. A European-style kitchen features high-end appliances, custom walnut cabinetry and ocean views, and the living room and dining room feature a full-service bar.

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In terms of sleeping arrangements, the master suite, one of five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, comes well-appointed with dual vanities, a large walk-in dressing room and a spa-like bath and shower. Downstairs, a game and media room has its own refreshment bar and the skylight view of that swimming pool above.

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Linda Sansone of Linda Sansone & Associates is the listing agent.

This article was originally published by Neal J. Leitereg on realtor.com. See more photos and the original article here.