Nature Lover’s Dream in Prunedale
Thursday, April 1, 2004
On a swell of lush green atop Crazy Horse Canyon, tucked far beyond a pair of ornate iron gates, the five acres of oaks and wildlife are enough to take anyone’s breath away. Add to that a 4600-square-foot luxury estate with unobstructed views from Fremont Peak to Pacific Grove, and the experience becomes nothing short of intoxicating.
Hidden Canyon Ranch, a Don Chapin creation, is easily distinguishable along Crazy Horse Canyon Road, marked by an enormous splashing fountain. The long, winding road then lifts you up through the gates, out of the deep ravine and past other available five- and ten-acre home sites to the aptly named Hidden Ridge Road. From there, the newly-constructed home snags a bird’s eye view of the world below.
A circular driveway leads to the front of the grand manor before ending at an oversized three-car garage. The landscaping is a little bit planted flowers, pots and trees, a whole lot more Mother Nature, and all well-lit.
From the threshold and beyond, solid wood is everywhere, from the front door to the staircase to the silhouette of every last dual-paned window. Not to be outdone by that beautiful wood is the glass everywhere. The art in the home is the outdoors, highlighted through the floor-to-ceiling glass that shows beautiful oaks, rolling hills, and miles of ocean outside.
It may just be a shorter list to name what isn’t within the boundaries of the window panes, but suffice it to say that its asking price gives buyers nearly everything imaginable: all-around stainless steel appliances including a Sub Zero refrigerator and dual dishwashers, solid granite counters, sunken jetted tubs, showers with dual controls, dual water heaters, a wet bar with wine cooler and icemaker, a central built-in vacuum, and theater sound from a stereo/CD player piped into every room and on every last inch of the levels and levels of outdoor deck.
The options from the fiber-optic wiring alone are an impressive Sound Design of Salinas creation, all the way down to thermostats, Plasma TVs and, yes, a high-tech doorbell. The so-called smart home will even allow for remote monitoring of the home from anywhere in the world via Internet access.
The master suite on the uppermost level also has a fireplace and deck nearly its own size. Each of the other three enormous and private bedroom suites scattered among the home’s three levels is a retreat in and of itself, housing walk-in closets and palatial spa bathrooms. One extra full bath and an extra half bath bring the bath total to just under six.
The most difficult part about entertaining in the home will be choosing where to create the hub for guests: the family room, formal dining room, living room with wet bar, eat-in kitchen, in the library or outdoors. Maybe it’s better to just triple the guest list and use it all.
In total, the 140 acres of Hidden Canyon Ranch will be home to 24 estates ranging in size from 3500 to 6000 square feet. The expansive preserve is a nature junkie’s paradise, with endless hiking, biking, and horse trails for exploration. The wildlife—turkey, quail, seagulls, deer, owls—are all included at no extra charge.
Price: $1,850,000. 8420 Hidden Ridge Rd., Prunedale. Lots are also available from $410,00 to $795,000. Contact Bill Dunston of Dunston Realty at 754-9000.