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Jean Pral’s Sea Ranch Shines in SF Chronicle Feature

Sea Ranch stands out as one of Northern California’s archi­tectural jewels, and architect Charles Moore helped make it happen.

He was one of the four orig­inal architects behind the de­ sign of the oceanfront commu­nity about 100 miles north of San Francisco – and one of his whimsical creations now awaits a new owner.

“It’s a Sea Ranch classic with a magical oceanfront setting,” said Jean Pral of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is listing 37711 Breaker Reach Road for $2.875 million. “This classic from 1971 is unlike any other and never to be duplicat­ed.”

The hillside three-bedroom embodies that flowing indoor­ outdoor living synonymous with Sea Ranch. Knotty natu­ral wood paneling dominates the interior, and picture win­ dows face the ocean.

Residents of this residence enjoy even more privacy than Sea Ranch’s typical denizens. Because it’s in front of the community’s common-access bluff trail, hikers don’t walk in front of the windows. It’s a subtle, yet crucial, distinction separating this home from its neighbors.

Many of Moore’s design influences – like the chess board concealed beneath a long cushion in the living room and a triangular mirror above the fireplace – remain untouched.

The kitchen, however, has changed to keep up with the times. Though the layout is the same as it was, a stainless steel range proves the design isn’t rigidly bound by tradition. A

Address: 37711 Breaker Reach Road, Sea Ranch.

Price: $2.875 million.

Features: Designed by postmodern architect Charles Moore, this three-bedroom at Sea Ranch offers ocean views in every room ex­ cept the bathrooms. Sited on a flag Lot, the hillside home features original finishes Like the natural wood walls, tile floors and retro countertops. The master suite tower faces the sunset and includes a private deck and hot tub.

skylight and dimmable track lights finish the cooking space, which is set in the lower por­ tion of the split-level home.

For more than half a centu­ ry, architects, designers, vaca-

tioners and residents have flocked to Sea Ranch, an unin­ corporated community along Sonoma County’s coastline.

Hiking trails and cypress trees pepper the roughly 16-square­ mile swath overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Moore’s architectural finger­ prints are found across the nation. Locally, his portfolio


includes UC Berkeley’s Haas School and Kresge College at UC Santa Cruz. The Michigan native also designed the post­ modern Piazza d’Italia in New Orleans, Washington State History Museum and Williams College Museum of Art in Massachusetts.

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