Real Estate Report: Monday Morning Dream House in Big Sur, $4.95M



Most of us have daydreamed about a house in Big Sur. At least once. This very special one is on the market for $4.95M.

The Basics: Three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, built in 2005 on forty acres in Big Sur and on the market for $4.95M. Not So Basic: A much-published pavilion overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this stone, steel and glass house is set into the hillside, partly with a sod roof. Seen previously in Dwell and the New York Times.

Designed by the local architectural firm of Carver+Schicketanz, who’ve built a practice with expensive, ecologically sound and unobtrusive  houses, mostly for clients from San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. In these case, parents and four kids from Venice, CA. People don’t necessarily want to build expensive, ecologically sound and unobtrusive houses, but in this neighborhood, stringent regulations force them to, on a famously scenic coast that’s extensively regulated, and the client here actively (and patiently) supported them.


Yes, that’s a hot tub on the edge of the patio. Plus one of the best-located kitchen sinks on the planet.

More about this house in Dwell, plus the issues of building in Big Sur in the New York Times (from 2007) and the extensive land use regulations. A realtor quoted in the Times article priced this house then at $6M. It’s been on the market over a year and was recently reduced from $5.1M.

Have a look at the architects Carver+Schicketanz.

Listing: 46950 Clear Ridge Ridge Road, Big Sur  [Redfin]