Legacy Modernism In Seadrift, $7.5M


A paragon of elegant reserve and simplicity, this spectacularly modest oceanfront retreat has remained in the same family since it was built in 1962, well-maintained and almost unchanged over the decades. The work of architect James Hahn, it’s situated in the Seadrift Association, a private, gated community on the Pacific Ocean that has long been a sanctuary for wealthy San Franciscans. In 1962, architect James Hahn created a sublimely simple paviliion in redwood and glass that is still remarkably fresh today.

Entry is through a patio, fenced for privacy but with a view of the coastal foothills; a sheltered space for outdoor dining has a window on the ocean. All the outdoor spaces are paved in a simple concrete aggregate set with smooth pebbles– in the ’60s, a durable commercial application– that endures, as does the irreplaceable, old-growth redwood plank exterior.

What We Love: The way the roof floats effortlessly , as if resting atop a clearly defined but minimal structure.

The fireplace is a re-purposed ship’s smokestack set on a pair of massive blocks, polished but cast from the same aggregate that paves the outdoor spaces. Hahn could have used more new redwood on the interior walls, instead he chose salvaged redwood, rough-sawn from logs that had been submerged in a lake for over forty years, giving them a uniquely distinctive grain. And despite its apparent simplicity and effortless appearance, this is a structure where nothing was left to chance.

Below, the master bedroom faces the sea with a framed, but ever-changing, view.

More: Go to the dedicated site for additional images, details and a video of this extraordinary and irreplaceable property. Asking $7,495,000, 288 Seadrift is represented by veteran agents Butch Haze of Compass Real Estate and Sarah Butler of Oceanic Realty.

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