When you have the pedigree of architect Robert Farquhar (Beverly Hills High School, downtown L.A.’s California Club, The Pentagon) and international designer extraordinaire Juan Pablo Molyneux (noted designs around the world), you would expect something exceptional. And exceptional is precisely what you’ll find at 1658 Crespi in Pebble Beach.
The five-bedroom, 10,136-square-foot Mediterranean estate known as Casa Ladera is a landmark property on three acres of bluff-top land overlooking the coastline. It would be remarkable for its iconic location, impressive stature, and panoramic ocean views—and, in fact, it was—without Molyneux’s touch.
But post-restoration and re-imagination, the home has been transformed into a “baroque fantasia,” so named by Architectural Digest in its August 2014 feature, and a standout showcase of artistic vision.
Graciously scaled formal rooms like the dining room proved the ideal canvas for Molyneux’s unique touch. In this space, the designer covered the walls in blue and white tiles in a mural depicting the San Francisco Bay and other northern California landmarks, all inspired by and digitally created from an engraving he had found. The dining room also features a stately fireplace, pastoral views through multiple picture windows, and direct access to the courtyard.
In the living room, expanded windows, Venetian plastered walls, and ceilings of antiqued beams and ornate paintings create a space that is hard to leave. Molyneux’s passion for distinctive wall coverings is also expressed in leather embossing, wallpaper imported form Istanbul, and sisal in other rooms.
Perhaps the most awe-inspiring room in the home the master bath, where a Calacutta marble soaking tub and walls clad in distressed oak, gray onyx, and red marble create a stunning scene. No space escaped his touch; an interior hallway adorned by Portugese-style tiles makes even the journey from room to room an event.
This Pebble Beach landmark property located minutes from both The Lodge and Carmel also offers a guest house, a large motor court, and lush grounds offering a front-row seat to inspired vistas, with a refreshing pool, abundant greenery, and an ocean-view veranda.
In addition to the expansive yard, a large courtyard extends the opportunity for indoor-outdoor living. Here, a fountain, lush gardens, and intricately tiled archways create a beautiful backdrop for dining al fresco.