“The greatest beauty is organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe.”

– from The Answer by Robinson Jeffers

Surf House sits at the edge of one of the most beautiful, wild, and biologically diverse treasures in the world—the Monterey Bay. Designed by Feldman Architecture and Commune Design, the home fits into the coastline as if created by nature’s hand. Lovingly crafted from reclaimed and repurposed Monterey Cypress, the refined elegance of this two-story, 4,490 square-foot home reflects the natural world, and the culture and values of the world-renowned neighborhood in which it resides.

Heartwood from Monterey Cypress was integrated into all aspects of Surf House’s design. The resplendent floors and cabinetry glow in the natural sunlight that illumines this gloriously tranquil home. The finest grade of wood was used inside—a deep and rich grain that begs to be touched by hands and bare feet. The exterior is clad in resistant, resilient outer wood, making use of the whole tree.

Perfectly suited to the site’s coastal California climate, the exterior’s unique board-and-batten siding weathers to a timeless cinerous gray when left to nature. Other materials in the home—soapstone, plaster, concrete and unlacquered copper and brass—were chosen to accentuate the design and for their tendency to patinate in time, particularly in salt air. Like its coastal environment, Surf House rests in a rapturous state of natural process.

Protected from near-in winds, the reefs directly in front of Surf House generate glassy, perfect, waves that peel into the Bay. The ocean could not be more accessible; Surf House is roughly 700 feet to access stairs leading to the The Hook, one of many nearby crown jewels in the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve. From the front courtyard through the cascading floor to ceiling-high doors of the Great Room, there are stunning views beyond the eye, and vibrant life-affirming rhythms of the Bay—a paradise of solace, an entertainer’s playground, a sanctuary of inspiration and peace.

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Shown By Appointment

Amber Grewer

Realtor®, Broker

(831) 566-0021
Amber@AmberGrewerRealEstate.com
www.AmberGrewerRealEstate.com

DRE#: 01346361

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Jonathan Feldman

Jonathan Feldman and the team at Feldman Architecture’s work highlights the elemental connections between buildings and their surrounding environment—whether urban or rural. It demonstrates that sustainability is an integral part of design. It is not merely an afterthought to solve a problem. 

To wit, Feldman Architecture made reclaimed Monterey cypress a focal point of Surf House’s design. This robust, resilient, regal wood is accustomed to the site’s coastal California climate and when left unfinished, weathers to a sophisticated gray.

“Architecture is inherently an act of optimism,” he says. “It’s a belief that ideas can manifest themselves to solve problems and create beauty that we can all experience.”

Feldman Architecture’s work has been widely published, appearing in hundreds of publications worldwide, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dwell, HuffPost, and Architectural Digest, among others. His recognition includes local, regional, and global awards—notably several American Institute of Architects awards as well as the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award.

For more information, visit feldmanarchitecture.com.

Commune Design

Commune Design principal Roman Alonso brought a haute bohemian vision to the interior of Surf House.

First, the Commune Design team sourced rich Monterey cypress from Aborica, a Marin County sawyer that reclaims and repurposes native Californian timber. To accentuate this warm, rich timber, Alonso chose earthy materials, pieces from George Nakashima Woodworkers and BDDW Fabrics with a mix of vintage and custom designs The result is a nuanced, sustainable space that feels both intellectual and free-spirited.

“Surf House finds the perfect balance between high design and a casual Californian aesthetic, creating magic on an already magical site,” says Alonso.

Founded by Alonso and partner Steven Johanknecht in 2004, Los Angeles-based Commune Design is renowned for its timeless style—from unforgettable interiors to elegant product design.

For more information, visit communedesign.com.

Arborica, Evan Shively

Evan Shively has been described as “the ultimate arborist”, “mill master”, “lumber legend”—even “a poet of wood”. He prefers the simple title of sawyer. For a quarter century, he has specialized in locally sourced, reclaimed timber. Today, his sustainable timber supply company, Arborica, partners with many of the top design firms in the U.S.

Feldman Architecture tapped Arborica for Surf House, impressed with Shively’s vision to use Monterey cypress holistically. From the rough wood to the more polished grades, Shively minimized waste in every way possible. The lowest-grade wood served as the exterior siding and fencing, while the highest-grade delicately graces the interiors—making the home structurally mirror the cypress tree itself. 

The home’s board-and-batten siding was left unstained, which will allow it to weather to a beautiful silvery gray in the salt air. In contrast, the interior Monterey cypress, including the cabinets, is stained to give it a warm tone. A huge log reclaimed from a cemetery in Colma, California—dubbed “The Colma Biggin”—provided beautiful, clean-grained wood for all of the flooring.

“Monterey cypress is about as local and native as it gets,” says Jonathan Feldman. “In terms of materiality and vibe, the wood set the tone for the entire project.”

For more information, arborica.com.

Details

OC Features

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Office
  • 4.5 bathrooms
  • 4,493 sf
    • Main house 4,050 sf
    • Boardroom 443 sf
  • 2 car garage with EV charger
  • Lot Size 13,373 sf
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Courtyard:

  • Private Seating area with an outdoor fire place, featuring an art installation by ceramics sculptor, Stan Bitters
  • Sonance landscape speaker system powered by property Sonos system.

Board Room:

  • Automated bifold aircraft hangar industrial door that opens to the courtyard
  • Wet bar with bar seating, sink with water filtration system and sub zero refrigerator
  • Cork flooring
  • Built-in drainage system in the floor for surf gear
  • Built-in drying system for surf gear
  • Built-in speaker system on same sonos system as the house, courtyard, and back yard
  • Board and foot wash area
  • Two private outdoor showers
  • Infrared sauna

Downstairs:

  • Media/ TV room
  • Copper wet bar
  • Suspended staircase
  • Drop-down projector system in the living room that is hidden when not in use
  • Large sliding doors to the backyard and courtyard

Kitchen:

  • Soapstone countertops
  • Wolfe range
  • Sub-Zero refrigerators
  • Wine refrigerator
  • Walk-in pantry
  • Water filtration system

Upstairs:

  • Primary suite with private balcony, free standing tub and steam shower
  • Bedroom with Ensuite bathroom
  • Office

Backyard:

  • Outdoor kitchen with Kalamazoo BBQ, beverage center, ice maker and storage drawers and cabinets
  • Custom copper hot tub installed in cypress deck
  • Outdoor gas fire pit
  • Automatic, weather sensitive awnings
  • 2 additional Open air, ocean view showers
  • Ocean front bar for viewing the surf lineup and nature

General:

  • Lighting design by Tucci Lighting
  • Lutron lighting system
  • Radiant heating throughout
  • Leon (Family) and Triad interior speaker system all powered by Sonos
  • Sonance in ground sound system throughout the courtyard and backyard powered by Sonos
  • Sonos music control system
  • Lutron homeworks lighting system throughout
  • Great room and Principal bedroom blackout and opaque shades automated by Lutron
  • Alarm system
  • Doorbird system at front gate