Real Estate Report: Warren Callister’s Oceanfront “Tahitian Village” in Seadrift, $6.45M


The Basics: a 4-bed, 3-bath oceanfront compound built in 1983 in Seadrift, a gated community on the Pacific Ocean, next to the better-known— and only slightly more plebeian— surfer destination of Stinson Beach. On a deep, .75-acre lot, the house listed October 25 and went “pending” eight days later.

Not So Basic: Designed by Warren Callister late in his career, just how “Tahitian” it is may be arguable, but the house is basically a 1-bed, 1-bath affair attached to a row of one-room “huts”. Callister took his influences from varied sources— Japanese homebuilding techniques, Frank Lloyd Wright, and and the vernacular carpenter construction that came to California with the Gold Rush. The compound’s entrance is through a gate in a pergola:

The huts (cabins?) are arranged in a line along the path which opens to the pool, patio and the main interior spaces:

In keeping with the “village” metaphor, the chimney acts as a campanile/bell tower.

The main living spaces and master bedroom are nestled up against the dunes.

Above, the master bedroom, and below, the interiors of two of the huts:

Things We Love: that the owners have kept the soft, original finishes on the fir and redwood, plus the reeded panels up in the eaves, and the way the house shelters its occupants, the kitchen windows opening to a bar on the patio. Below, the view south down the coast to San Francisco:

Listing: 172 Seadrift Road, Stinson Beach [Redfin]