Many coastal single-family homes in California have neighbors in close proximity—but not this one.
Within a 480-acre plot perched on a rocky cliff hugging the Pacific Ocean, and just off famed Highway 1, where it meets Highway 46, this sprawling luxury ranch in Harmony, CA, seeks a nature lover to move in. The cost? Just $8.79 million.
Never heard of Harmony? There’s a very good reason why. This town, 30 miles north of San Luis Obispo, has only 18 residents. Until it closed, in 1955, Harmony Valley Creamery employed many of the town’s Swiss immigrants. In 2015, Texas dairyman Alan Vander Horst bought the tiny town with plans to preserve it.
If you snap up this beauty of a residence, custom-designed in a Craftsman style, you’ll soon be whisked into a blissful state of seclusion.
Listed with Carolyn McNairn of Re/Max Parkside Real Estate, the 4,076-square-foot home—with four bedrooms and 4.5 baths—was built in 1992.
Behind those cedar-shake shingles are walls of windows that emulate being on board a luxury ocean liner, along with tons of custom detailing.
Doors leading to the deck feature stained-glass windows, further accented by a panel above. Another example of a stylish, smart use of space is the kitchen island with built-ins for wine storage and a sink, too.
Another interesting aspect? The retro-inspired stove.
High ceilings throughout—including the living room’s vaulted ceiling—let in even more natural light, particularly with the embedded silo that houses an intimate seating area on the main level (a sweet reading nook, perhaps?). On top of the silo is a charming whale weathervane, in acknowledgment of the waters below.
Included with the listing is a caretaker’s cottage, the aforementioned land (which is largely undeveloped) and a quintessential red barn with a delightfully weathered exterior.
The current owners ride horses on the property. A walk constructed on large, flat stones leads from the home to an observation deck overlooking the beach. There’s also an expansive terrace wrapping around part of the home—perfect for sunset cocktails, alfresco dinners, or entertaining. Which sounds like sweet harmony to us.
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