Carmel may be best known for its charming seaside cottages and awe-inspiring Spanish villas, but there are always modern treasures waiting to be discovered among its white sandy beaches and rugged coastline. Enter this inspiring steel, stone and wood contemporary in Carmel’s Golden Rectangle, located only steps from the beach and close to town.

The exterior subtly shifts texture and color, from burnt umber to copper (on the roof) to rich chocolate and finally to sandy gray, as you encounter the 2,333 square-foot home for the first time.

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Inside, you are welcomed into a gallery of indoor/outdoor splendor. Bathed in natural light, the interiors reveal high ceilings and white water views, which unfold from the wall of windows, which opens up to the fresh sea air and sky. Its clear that the sunsets will be the art in this house….

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Every room is a showcase of the finest in construction and design, as seen in the sleek, state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen opening up to the dining room.

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A stunning glass staircase offers another chance to enjoy the beautiful stonework throughout the house — and explore the three bedrooms and two and a half baths.

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The luxurious master suite is a haven unto itself with a spa-worthy soaking tub, while two other bedrooms offer enough space and privacy for guests.

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Envisioned for the modern entertainer, there is even a large movie screening room. A sunny and private garden touched with the element of water — from ponds to fountains — offer the final touch of Zen for this not-to-be-missed residential oasis.

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Listed by Tim Allen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Carmel-by-the-Sea for $6,950,000, this home is one of those rare Carmel jewels that will not last. For more information, contact Tim Allen at (831) 214-1990 or timallen1@aol.com.