Overlapping views, interiors make for a breathtakingly special enclave.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Ed and Barbara Childs are so irrefutably enthusiastic about their house and where it’s located in the Highlands that sometimes they talk about it in overlapping sentences.
“It’s a unique living experience here… ,” Ed says. Barbara says, “… experiencing the calming effect of this house and the neighbo… ,” Ed says, “..nature is artistic here. Whale migrations, fox… ” Barbara says, “… we see the whole point of Point Lobos, the bay… .,” and so it goes, the truly delightful couple enjoying it all, periodically even speaking just one at a time.
The Childs’ property (3,266-square-foot house, two and half baths, three bedrooms on nearly an acre) is enviably located on Spindrift Road, which that defines the enclave around it and hews through its center. The road is locally famous for its serpentine configuration wending through cartoon-movie turns starting at one entrance to Highway 1 to the one further south: the ultimate Dali horseshoe. (Spindrift is the name of the heavy spray blown backward off the crest of waves).
Other enviable aspects of the house are the huge windows, fourteen skylights and three sets of double sliders (living room to very big terrace, dining room to maintained gardens, master to private terrace) though none could be anticipated from the outside.
Barbara says, “When we first saw it I thought the house was too plain and probably dark inside but Ed kept saying, ‘I bet it has great views.’ Finally he convinced me. He was so right. We could hardly believe we were seeing the ocean and Point Lobos.”
Rooms facing the world-renowned sights are the formal foyer, formal living room, master quarters and master bath. Although there’s less than absolutely nothing to complain about over any of the views, the master bath actually wins Best of Show. There’s a 5’ high, 8’ wide window along one side of a mighty impressive Jacuzzi, allowing a person to simply soak to fully enjoy what there is to be seen. Room measurements weren’t available but curiosity about the Jacuzzi size could conceivably lead one to get in it and count paces: Seven feet long, three feet wide.
The Childs say the master bath is a favorite room. Aside from five windows, it paces at 20' by 14" and has a shower as big as many walk-in closets with showerheads at either end. There’s also a separate steam shower across the room. Gorgeous solid birds-eye maple cabinets sweep in a circular concave form beneath the same shape of granite counter with double sinks at opposite ends (sinks are hammered stainless, very good looking). Very special.
The Childs’ master quarters include two rooms for whatever they’re needed to be on one side of a wide foyer-esque space, the bedroom and sitting area on the other side down a few steps and the master bath at the end where it is seen from a distance as if on display. The master has a gas and log fireplace, the sliders to the private terrace and a view directly from the bed.
At the opposite side of the house the family room (fireplace) gourmet kitchen with lots of counters of sandy-warm granite, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, Viking six burner, Viking wine cooler, three Viking ovens, cherry cabinets and fascinating “Keyhole sink”, the circular end designed to hold stock pots.
Mahogany trims everything, the walls are clear heart redwood, as are the vaulted beams, Douglas fir floors carpeting, Niagara glass front door and sidelights; the details are great. So are the gardens. So is the ambiance.