Jean Pral’s Sea Ranch Shines in SF Chronicle Feature
February 26, 2017
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.
See more at www.37711 breakerreachroad.com.