A scenic coastal stretch of rocky coves, cypress trees, forest groves, and enchanting beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea is known the world over for its dramatic natural beauty, revered restaurants, art galleries and proximity to luxurious resorts, celebrated golf courses, and the historic 17-Mile Drive that meanders toward Monterey. One of a small collection of estates in this rarefied location, this striking 3,150-square-foot residence designed by Eric Miller Architects is a tour-de-force of contemporary style and sophisticatedly understated scale and elegance.
The residence has been given an especially adept moniker. In a unique trompe l’oeil, walls of glass seem to erase all boundaries between indoors and out, allowing the home to feel at one with its place and turning sky, trees, and sea into dynamic art. From the outside at just the right vantage point, the residence seems to virtually disappear, expanses of glass act as mirrors for the environs. Inside, thoughtful use of warmly hued white oak, Waterworks tile, and stone furthers the sense of harmony with the surroundings.
On the main level, the home is anchored by an open, fluid living, dining, and entertaining space with vaulted ceilings, an august contemporary gas fireplace and media wall, a bar area, and iconic Pacific Coast views in nearly every direction. Tucked at one end is a delightful cook’s kitchen with counter seating for three at its quartzite-wrapped island and streamlined cabinetry and appliances. Also on the main level are the spacious primary suite—which in addition to an enviable outlook features a walk-in closet and a private deck with an open-air spa—and a restful guest suite with a wall of glass offering a picturesque ocean view. Just beyond the glass, embraced by towering mature greenery, is a secluded outdoor living and lounging area that shares that coveted view and includes radiant-heated seats and a fire pit.
Stairways indoors and out lead to the home’s lower level, which affords consummate privacy for visitors in two additional relaxing bedroom suites. Completing this floor is extensive storage space, including room for a wine collection, and a two-car tandem garage with two Tesla charging stations. Private steps lead to two most coveted neighbors—one of the loveliest white-sand beaches in the United States and the majestic waters of the Pacific Ocean.