HOMEPAGE: Post-Modern in PB
Thursday, October 6, 2005
Realtors can be prone to hyperbole. But there’s something very genuine in Pat Parrish’s tone when she describes the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house she has listed in upper Pebble Beach.
“It’s just a really jazzy house,” Parrish says. “It’s the kind of house you want to have a party in; it has that kind of feeling.”
The home is situated in Pebble Beach’s sunnier area, near the Highway 1 gate, on a large, 12,000-square-foot lot.
“What’s really special about the lot is that it backs up to a greenbelt,” Parrish says. “It’s like its own private forest. Nobody can build behind it.”
Parrish describes the home as an Eichler-type design, referring to the modernist architect Joseph Eichler, who built hundreds of homes across California in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
“The flat-roofed, one-level homes with lots of windows were a dime a dozen when they were built,” she says. “Now they are sought out, multi-million dollar homes.”
Probably the most striking feature of the home, in keeping with its modernist design, is the wall of windows on the back side of the house that looks out onto the large lot. Natural light streams into the living areas of the home without compromising the sense of seclusion.
“I love the privacy,” Parrish says. “You cannot see a neighbor. I think the design of the house makes you feel uplifted because you feel secure.”
But while the home came with great bones, it needed a major face-lift. Last April, two brothers who own a painting business bought the house, and with the help of their wives, did a complete remodel.
“People thought it would be a tear-down,” she says. “Now when people walk in the front door, they go, ‘Oh my gosh.’”
“They are masters of color,” Parrish continues, referring to the Trosky brothers. “They have a technique where the mix the color right into the plaster, instead of using paint. The living room has an old Mission look to it; it’s gorgeous. The color is almost like a mocha.”
The Trosky brothers also added special stains to new fir doors to make them look aged, put in wide-plank oak floors with radiant heating underneath, and created a rustic beamed ceiling in the living room.
To make the house have a better flow, some walls were knocked down, and more windows were put in.
“In the original house, you had to walk through one bedroom to get to the master,” Parrish says. “They took out that bedroom and created a windowed hallway instead.”
The brothers also created an estate-style circular driveway to lead to the house, put in new landscaping, built a new garage, a new fence, put in new wiring, and totally revamped the kitchen.
There’s now a breakfast bar, Jerusalem gold marble countertops, a Viking range, and a nearly silent Fisher-paykel dishwasher. Windows in the kitchen look out to the garden.
“The outside comes in,” Parrish says.
The focal point of the back area is a large Carmel stone patio with an outdoor fireplace. Parrish suggests it would be a perfect area for sunbathing or entertaining.
“I’m crazy about the house,” she says. “It’s one of the favorite houses I have seen. I wish I could buy it.”
Price: $1,499,000. 1318 Chamisal Way, Pebble Beach. Contact Pat Parrish or Wendy Ambrosia, Coldwell Banker Del Monte Real Estate, 624-3613 or 622-4647.