Big Sur’s dramatic vistas entrance residents and day-trippers alike. In 1912 or so, watercolorist Francis McComas described the landscape as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world.”
So says The Smithsonian–and nearly every person who has ever passed through the storied area between Carmel and San Simeon.
Over the years, Big Sur has continued to hold onto the mystique that, during different points of history, made it a hippie hideaway, a de facto artist’s retreat, a tourist hotspot, and, finally, a serene homestead. Those who came and never left, captivated by the tranquility, the scenery, and the privacy, would add that while the Big Sur of today is part carryover from the days of “poets, artists, and beatniks,” as The Smithsonian puts it, its serene seclusion and rapturous natural beauty offers an incomparable lifestyle.
Within the community, estate properties and artist’s retreats alike are carved into the landscape—properties that showcase the unbridled power and peacefulness of the sea below, the towering grace of the redwoods, the dramatic curve of the coastline, the harmony of land and lifestyle.
Like 48124 Highway 1 in Big Sur, known as The Voss House, and originally designed in 1931 by renowned architect William Wurster. A recent restoration has introduced updated materials throughout the three-bedroom, three and one-half bath, 3,200-square-foot home and modern amenities including a pool and spa. The resulting home blends nature and structure, not surprising given Wurster’s reputation for capturing “both the spirit of modern design and the essence of life in the Golden State by creating simple, understated homes…that take advantage of the Bay Area’s natural beauty,” said Metroactive.
At The Voss House, comfortable interiors also manage to be richly elegant. Simple yet sophisticated design puts the focus on the home’s clean lines and showcase the natural surroundings. Sited so as to take in the incredible south coast views afforded by the prime Post Ranch Inn-adjacent location, the home features extensive outdoor space and interiors with wide expanses of glass, just as a home whose landscape offers lush surroundings leading to dead-on views of the Pacific should be designed.
In fact, every aspect of this home seems to have followed the mantra of “just as it should be.” Gleaming woodwork lines the enormous great room’s floors and walls, establishing a foundation of warmth and beauty. Here, a large lounging area in front of the fireplace and a gracious dining area sit underneath a painted wood ceiling overhead, capturing an appropriately beachy moment.
The master bedroom is equally contrasted, private and cozy with a wall of wood framing a double-sided fireplace; on the other side, a luxe spa tub offers a view to remember, a glass-enclosed shower, and a modern trough vanity. In the designer kitchen, custom cabinetry, stone countertops, and high-end appliances afford a gourmet experience. The inspired landscape offers all the natural wonder you would expect from Big Sur.
The new pool and spa hold court in the large grassy yard, surrounded by grand trees, stone pathways, and covered patios, all before a dramatic view of coastline and water.