How a luxury family retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains meets the challenges of a changing climate
Above the sunny necklace of beaches that foreground Monterey Bay, enjoy this luxury family compound with 3.8 acres of panoramic ocean views.
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 is stunning: cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, contemporary open floor plan, radiant heat, and luminous views from French doors leading to a large deck.
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One of the underlying values of a home lies in construction foresight. The property incorporates 21st-century construction principles to adapt to the challenges of a changing climate.
Engineered to exceed fire and earthquake mitigation standards, the house has metal “Galvalume” siding and roofing over a double wall exterior and interior sheetrock-sheathed shell.
Importantly, as a majority of homes in wildfires burn from the inside first by sucking in burning embers through soffit vents, the owners purposely designed an unventilated sealed roof - a building practice that has now become a UWIC building preference.
An automatic fire sprinkler system, 10,000 gallon water storage, and a private hydrant provide structural protection as do defensible space around structures and established fire-resistant drought tolerant landscaping. Working with the land management of neighboring timbered land, undergrowth has been contained, and trees limbed above the forest floor. In addition, Cal Fire also maintains the tree maintenance and trimming along the county road leading up to the property from both the summit of Highway 17 and the short drive up from the Corralitos Market.
A significant part of its green construction is its independent solar energy. Not only does this mean there are no utility bills, but it’s independent power for the super-fast internet and electricity is immune to PG&E power outages.
In addition, this site includes three outbuildings that provide guest bedrooms and a workshop. The site and its remote beauty provide an unspoiled sanctuary and yet has easy access to Santa Cruz and to Silicon Valley.
Workshop (with integrated storage)
Learn more about your dream home in the Santa Cruz mountains!Contact Celeste Faraola Perie, Broker & Owner of Schooner Realty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-239-4646 to schedule a private viewing.
I love my hometown. As a 5th generation Santa Cruzan, my passion for and commitment to the community runs deep. Though geographically small, Santa Cruz has many diverse neighborhoods that I have explored and know where all the “hidden gems” are located: be it a surf spot, taqueria, or neighborhood that is right for you!
Decades of Experience
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Licensed Realtor® since 1991
Real Estate Broker since 2010
Joined Schooner Realty in 2007
Became a co-owner in 2010
Full owner in 2014