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This $8 Million California Home Has a ‘Mystical Portal’

There’s nothing like waking up to a view of the ocean, especially if you’re nestled in a 4,650 square foot architectural masterpiece with a mystical portal that transmits the sound of the ocean directly into your room.

This 5-bedroom residence located in The Sea Ranch, California was originally designed by renowned architect Carson Bowler in 1972 and then carefully renovated by Obie Bowman in 1997. Now on the market for $8 million, the house was designed for true ocean fanatics. , explains listing agent Pattie Lawton of Sotheby’s International Realty.

“A delightful corrugated tube – a ‘mystical portal’ – runs through the house and brings the sights and sounds of the ocean waves into a very special bedroom,” she says.

This one-of-a-kind feature is touted in the listing as an “enchanting hearing retreat.”

A serene retirement

The exterior.
Paul Kozal for Sotheby’s International Realty
A terrace for entertaining.
Paul Kozal for Sotheby’s International Realty
Spectacular wooden frame.
Paul Kozal for Sotheby’s International Realty
Floor-to-ceiling views of the Pacific Ocean.
Paul Kozal for Sotheby’s International Realty
There are five bedrooms.
Paul Kozal for Sotheby’s International Realty

A grand entryway with majestic pillars and rustic log beams welcomes visitors, and the main floor features a spotless, ready-to-entertain space.

The entire home was created to celebrate its serene surroundings, while optimizing contemporary living. The meticulously planned layout includes a chef’s kitchen, elevated dining room with fireplace, spacious great room with fireplace, as well as a games room, sauna, wine cellar, private lounge, office space, generous terraces and a hot tub.

Lawton says that when Bowman renovated the house and added 850 square feet in 1997, he kept modern lifestyles in mind while honoring Bowler’s original vision.

“It included a new level of recreation,” Lawton says of the addition of Bowman. He “completely improved the functionality and structure and added many beautiful details, such as standing seam copper cladding. However, Carson Bowler’s classic Sea Ranch style – with its modern, minimalist design – still shines through.

The kitchen.
Paul Kozal for Sotheby’s International Realty
A view of the layout.
Paul Kozal for Sotheby’s International Realty
Private outdoor space.
Paul Kozal for Sotheby’s International Realty

The aesthetic of luxury and bohemianism

In the kitchen you will find granite countertops, custom cabinets and slate flooring. The adjoining living and lounge spaces open onto the terrace. A master bedroom includes multiple personalized touches, from copper-lined bookcases to a spa bathroom with sauna.

Almost all rooms offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and adjacent cove. A private cove in the secluded one-acre backyard offers fishing and abalone diving opportunities.


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“The house is that perfect blend of luxury, bohemian and modern – and so spacious, making it ideal for families, art collectors, architecture enthusiasts and, of course, vacation owners” , explains Lawton. “Anyone who wants to live the California coastal dream will love this home. …The entire city is made up of inspiring architecture.

Indeed, the town of The Sea Ranch is the product of architectural pioneers who erected modern wood-framed structures designed to honor the beauty and serenity of their surroundings. The Sea Ranch spans 10 miles of Sonoma County coastline. This 3,500-acre community offers 55 miles of hiking trails through majestic redwoods, 60 miles of private biking and scenic drives, and a private airstrip. Three recreational facilities for residents include heated swimming pools and sports facilities.

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