Thursday, December 11, 2008
The house is on a hill on a nice wide street of good repute with bay views in a great neighborhood located in northern Seaside. It stood as a ’70s house” until only four years ago when something of a Fairy Godcouple bought it, bringing transformation and enduring magic. With so few wands to be had, they relied on hard work and time.
In this case, though, time switched allegiances and ignored the cliché-driven credit it gets for endurance. In the few years between the Fairy Godcouple’s dedicated remodel and the tragic sound of mortgages crashing with the economy, time ran out and took the money with it. As in so many instances across the country, a bank must sell this house but in the meantime, it remains the couple’s home.
There are 8,000 square feet of impeccable property here seen, in the front and backyard (big, verdant, fire pit and fenced with seamless high, wide boards fairly encasing the privacy), the totally resurfaced exterior stucco and throughout the 2,100-square foot, two-story, five bedrooms, two bathroom house. Style and ease of living were considered and blended in with everything.
The multi-car driveway includes a 90-degree right curve to the fully finished double garage where the floor is warmed with radiant heat, the ceiling dimpled with recessed lighting, the walls solid with sheetrock and a door that opens into the kitchen (granite counters, abundant maple cabinets, travertine floor, two windows over sinks) that becomes the dining room beyond.
The calm friendliness of the house is palpable no matter which entrance is used because it’s designed with big, relaxed areas that the rooms connect with. It starts in the foyer (travertine floors continuing to kitchen, dining room and open areas). It’s fully open and contiguous with the wide dining room (currently easily accommodating a table/chairs for eight) and kitchen beyond. The foyer morphs into an irregular and wonderfully shaped large space, the hub of the house offering five directions: directly across to the other side of the house is a paned-glass door to the backyard; the staircase to the second floor (huge arched window soaring above the middle landing); a broad, short hallway to the bath and two bedrooms meets the living room, where the entire far wall is a handsome, hand-built fireplace.
It’s the expert work of D.B. Coopersmith, designed to go from corner to corner and floor to ceiling. He handpicked naturally shaped Carmel stone, each piece placed with taste and precision. Instead of ending the stonework at the wall, he coved the corners, effectively softening the edges and bringing the rest of the room into the embracing mood the design inspires.
The upstairs is perfect for a fully separate part of the house, a sort of official Master Quarters, perhaps. The master bedroom and bath (Jacuzzi tub) are on the left side of a big square landing and a full wall’s worth of closet is across from the stairs. Two side-by-side rooms face the master and are potentially offices or a library and studio or any number of ‘work-away-from-the-rest-of-the-house’ ideas.
The views here are across Seaside to the bay, fully seen from both levels of the house but delightfully from the big balcony to the master and one smaller to a room across the hall. It’s imaginable that even if the days were foggy the beautiful light in this house couldn’t be discouraged.
$699,000 2015 Yosemite St., Seaside • Contact Todd Porteous 277-2380 • Coldwell Banker Del Monte Real Estate.