A Monterey Bird’s Nest.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Perched on the crest of Skyline Forest is a spacious four bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home. Robert and Norma Hall have lived in this quiet sanctuary since 1984. Its northeast orientation creates a perfect sunrise view every morning, overlooking the bay through the treetops. Robert Hall recalls that he used to be able to watch the planes taking off from Monterey airport when the forest was younger.
With a stone fireplace, plush carpet and a wall of windows, the sunken living room is perfect for a private sunrise or a house full of guests. And twenty foot ceilings make the view even more spectacular.
“The house is designed with both entertainment and privacy in mind,” says Realtor Pearl Grissim. Journeying through the dining room and into the newly-remodeled kitchen, visitors find a practical and appealing cooking space. With a Wolf stove and its stainless steel hood, granite countertops and plenty of work space, this kitchen is fit to prepare feasts. And while the chef creates a masterpiece, guests can play a game of pool in the same room.
Off the back of the kitchen, the yard opens up to a greenbelt. Complete with an irrigation system and motion and sound sensitive lights, the back yard is mostly a comforting cluster of Monterey Pines.
The bottom level of the home has a two-car garage, laundry room and even more storage. In fact, Hall calls one of the storage rooms his “Costco Room” since there is so much extra space. The garage also holds a water softener and the security system.
The remainder of the main level consists of two smaller bedrooms that share a newly-remodeled bathroom. One bedroom has the ocean view, while the other looks out into the forest. In addition, there is a powder room just inside the entry with granite countertops that match the kitchen.
Upstairs, every inch of space is used creatively. The master bedroom has a wall of windows creating the best view in the house. From the bedroom, guests have access to the spacious deck, master bathroom, and an extra den that overlooks the living room. There is plenty of closet space and additional storage space above the closets. The bathroom is freshly tiled with a shower and separate tub looking into the treetops. Also on the top level is an extra bedroom with a walk-in closet and a view of the greenbelt.
“Living here is very quiet, even with Skyline Drive nearby,” Hall says. “What I will miss the most is the view and the spaciousness of the house.”
Price: $1,400,000. 9 Windsor Rise, Monterey. Contact Pearl Grissim of Coldwell Banker at 372-1733.