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A playful, green family retreat that brings a love of the ocean into view

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Living the California dream has always meant being in touch with nature. With spectacular ocean views from Santa Cruz to Big Sur to the San Andreas mountains, this family home for sale by Schooner Realty is stunning: cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, contemporary open floor plan, radiant heat, and luminous views from French doors leading to a large deck. Welcome home!

“Our dream was to live in a house that was fun!” the homeowners said as we stood on the deck of their energy independent home. Floor to ceiling windows reflected a broad ocean view above the blue expanse of Monterey Bay. “After traveling in an off-shore sailboat for thirteen years, we had learned that the adventure of independent living opened up a world of exciting advantages along with efficiencies and comforts that made anywhere in the world a potential home.”

Property Highlights

Offered for $1,690,000

o Buildable property on a Corralitos ridge top with 180-degree panoramic ocean views over Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay, to Big Sur and the San Andreas Mountains.
o A gorgeous contemporary (fully-permitted) 876 sq. ft house built 2010 sits on the west perimeter of site.
o Possibility to build a second larger home, rental, in-law unit, or “home base,"or expanding the existing main house in this family compound (property is approx 3.85 acres per survey)
o Septic, independent-solar, and well (delicious water) and auxiliary buildings already exist
o County maintained road

Contact Celeste Faraola Perie, Broker & Owner of Schooner Realty at or call 831-239-4646 to schedule a private viewing.

The architect/owners had completed a 40,000 mile leisurely sailboat voyage around the world and then, trading the blue wilderness of the world’s oceans for the green wilderness of the Santa Cruz mountains, they brought the energy efficient technologies and green thinking of a self-sufficient sailboat to a sunny ridge above Aptos. The result is a sustainable home, engineered to include the direct functional design and - here and there - hardware of an off-shore sailboat, all in a playful and efficient variation of mountain-cabin vernacular that typifies Santa Cruz.

“The simple technologies that save energy in a free-traveling boat are easily transferable to a land-bound home,” the owners explained. “Everything on board has a function. Services like electricity, water, cooling, heating, communication, emergency mitigation are a few of the needs that all need to be sustainable and efficient. Happily, the solutions are readily available, and they are fun!”

Like a sailboat, design decisions looked to materials to withstand the elements and contribute to the near-net-zero carbon footprint of sustainable living. A galvalume roof engineered for solar, protective corrosion-free and heat-reflective siding, strategically placed doors and windows that capture Monterey Bay breezes, eave overhangs dimensioned to shade windows in summer and generate passive solar warmth in winter.

Bonelli commercial doors and windows for decades of structural protection and freedom from leaking and corrosion, hands-free foot valves to eliminate water waste and, with a whimsical nod to sailing hardware, simple block and tackle yacht hoists for lifting a loft ladder. A stainless swimming ladder for deck egress, and a sea green spiral stairway leading up to a “crows nest” guest room - these are a few of the ingenious strategies cleverly transferred by this architect-couple from their ocean based sailing home to their playful mountain top home in Santa Cruz.

Living in this super-cool modern home is a green adventure that delightfully opens the door to the future and delivers endless sustainable comfort and pleasure.

Video by Kate Falconer Photography

In addition, this site includes three outbuildings that provide guest bedrooms and a workshop.

Guest house


Workshop (with integrated storage)

(Schooner Realty)

Contact information
  • Learn more about your dream home in the Santa Cruz mountains!
    Contact Celeste Faraola Perie, Broker & Owner of Schooner Realty at or call 831-239-4646 to schedule a private viewing.

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Celeste Faraola Perie, Owner - Schooner Realty
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Real Estate Broker since 2010
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