I Could Live Here: A Family Escape in Big Sur
Last night I cooked and served dinner for nine friends in my 500-square-foot San Francisco condo. As always, it was charming, cozy, and good times were had. But by 11pm, I really wished I had a dishwasher. My family was back in Ohio, entertaining a similar amount of folks, but with said dishwasher and a few thousand more square feet. But they were in Ohio. We needed a happy medium. So today I started dreaming of a spacious getaway in one of my favorite places—Big Sur—where I imagine family and friends could make the pilgrimage to once or twice a year. We would hike through the redwoods, cook huge meals, watch the sun set into the Pacific, and huddle around the fire late in to the evening.
And here's where I would like to do it. Usually, square-footage doesn't top my list of necessities, but this place would seldom be enjoyed alone, so I want plenty of space for visitors—from the young and rowdy to the middle-aged and mellow. This beauty clocks in at 3,180 square feet, with four bedrooms and three baths. Not obscene, but accommodating for at least 10, if we figure one bedroom is the kids bunk room and I take a cue from architect John Maniscalco and build something incredible like this.
The architecture is simple rustic modern. Nothing too stand-out, but considering the other options out there for woodsy getaways, this is fabulous. The hardware is well-designed, the baths just luxurious enough, the windows and fold-away doors are ideal and there is not a wrought-iron pine cone in sight.
Did I mention the house sits on 60 acres? Knowing a little about Big Sur development regulations, I'm sure it wouldn't be simple, but building a small additional guest cabin on the property—or even erecting a luxe yurt or lean-to—would complete the picture perfectly. And if not, I can imagine hosting a big event like a wedding or reunion where folks bring their tents and set up wherever they please. I would have breakfast ready for all come sunrise, no problem, thanks to that little stainless-steel savior (and two sinks!) in the corner of the kitchen. Happy Holidays! And may your wishes, real estate and otherwise, come true in 2013.