A tasteful townhouse with a Riviera feel.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
T the finger tip of Pebble Beach points across to the Santa Cruz shore pointing back – distant lovers within reach though they cannot touch – cradling treasure so many seek.
Romantic rhyme can come upon a person unexpectedly when suddenly faced with a view that swoops from a hill with the casual assurance of a pelican skimming waves, a view encompassing so much it could have been taken through a modified fish-eye lens. Panoramic is just not sufficient since, in this case, the sky domes high and the full breadth of topography throughout Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, Sand City plus all dimensions of the Santa Cruz Mountains and shoreline from here to there are in plain sight. In the brilliant, clear color of today, the only linear element is the line between the lovers’ fingertips where the horizon is stretched to the ultimate definition of straight, the midnight blue edge of the bay where perhaps infinity begins.
Whether the bay is a blue meadow or a raging storm, all is available for day/night shows at 1051 Highlander Drive in Seaside. It’s found on a curving drive through the neighborhood of Pacific Heights, among manicured but informal landscaping with the maturation of the wise, discreet homes with cream facades/red-brown roofs and all manner of trees woven like course wool through macramé.
The front door of 1051 is reached via a wood deck-way along the side of the house, quietly, privately.
Oak floors greet and lead throughout the entire home but it’s the views that stop people in their tracks. The living room windows (with an upholstered L-shaped window seat), the dining room sliders and substantial balcony, the master bedroom, second bedroom and the kitchen are all privy. This is a reverse floor plan with entry level at the top floor and thus the gasp-inducing sights. No use writing off the downstairs bedrooms, though, since they have the same full-on privileges as above. A person has to be ensconced in one of the two baths or a closet to miss the show.
Closets and storage are no concern; they’re everywhere. Aside from the double garage there are specific storage spaces within the construction, many specific built-ins; the closet in the master appreciated for its generosity in particular.
There’s a media room on the lower level (and separate laundry room) that’s entered through glass-paned French doors by the stairs, there’s a wall of built-ins plus a big square window.
The townhouse was built in 1982 and has been owned by the same couple for over 10 years. They upgraded with various means that added to the handsomeness of the place and substantive atmosphere. Crown molding traces the ceiling all the way up the sides of the cathedral design. The baseboards are hardy. The walk-through between the living room and dining room has been buttressed with deep framing in accordance with the window seat structure, tasteful and balanced.
The fireplace in the living room is set ideally for enjoying its offerings and the unobstructed views at the same time. (No power lines, no roofs to crane one’s neck around.)
The kitchen has been done in all white, the concept of a fresh canvas, a particularly pleasing effect not in the least disturbed by bright windows and the wide-open view through the dining room sliders.
Light and the calm disposition of the house are reminiscent of surroundings and views on the French Riviera. One imagines a foggy day has no dominion here.