With this Pescadero estate, Field faced many challenges. The California Coastal Commission is well known for its careful conservation of coastal land, and building anywhere near the sea takes vision and fortitude. “Very few new homes in the coastal zone have been built in the past few decades per the California Coastal Commission,” listing agent Patick Ryan told SFGATE. “It took five years to obtain permits for the construction of this property.”
Clearly, the wait was worth it. The estate consists of several eco-minded design elements, including passive solar, a “butterfly roof” (the contours of which supply unique interior space and high, vaulted ceilings that create seismic support), and four water tanks, which hold 20,000 gallons of water to serve the property.
The estate contains many buildings: a 5,832-square-foot main home, a two-level guest house with its own patio, a 6,936-square-foot motor court and a four-car garage. The 84 acres are dotted with native plants, 2,477 square feet of patio space, and opportunities for pools, spas, and even horses, given the expansive and level grounds. The property itself is ringed by trees, but opens to the Pacific Ocean, offering dramatic views.
The location adds to the overall sense of sustainable serenity, since it is near organic farms (Harley Farms Goat Dairy’s fresh goat cheese ravioli, anyone?), local amenities (if you’ve not been to Duarte’s Tavern, you haven’t lived), some of the state’s most stunning parks, as well as the rugged, wild coastline. All this, with a reasonable (and stunning) commute to Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz and San Francisco.