Entering through the custom designed wrought iron gate, one discovers fabulous low maintenance succulent gardens, planted fountains, a meandering path around a stately oak tree and the privacy of this spectacular hilltop single level, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home on 1.3 acres in the city limits. The 2994 square foot home is surrounded by the magnificence of nature with views of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range, the city and the Monterey Bay. A William F. Hempel designed home has a multitude of windows and sliding glass doors to let the outside in.
From the dramatic double doors which open to an elegant slate entryway with an exposed beam ceiling and skylight, one looks out through one of the 9 sliding glass doors to a vista of another succulent garden, oak and redwood trees, the city and the Monterey Bay. The living room has the continued vaulted ceiling, with three skylights, and two sets of sliding glass doors opening to the inviting large deck outside. An elegant travertine fireplace and mantle and oak wood floors add warmth. The oak hardwood floors flow into the formal dining room, which has a recessed lighted soffit ceiling, an elegant built-in floating walnut buffet with marble inlay and a wood-burning stove on a
marble hearth. The dining room has mountain and forest views and a sliding glass door that opens to the large deck.
The spacious gourmet kitchen lets in more light from a trio of well-placed skylights, recessed lights and a bank of windows. The 4X6 foot butcher block island and breakfast bar has cabinets and drawers. It adds additional space for prepping and informal entertaining. The two separate stainless steel sinks, one a double and the other a pot sink are surrounded by Corian counters which look out onto the deck, forest, and a magnificent staghorn fern. The stainless cook center features a commercial 6-burner Wolf gas range and an electric Jenn-Air grill with a stainless steel vented hood over both, stainless steel wall back splash and counters. The kitchen also has a stainless dishwasher and double ovens, two separate stainless Sub Zero refrigerator and a freezer. The oak wood floor kitchen has a separate informal eating
area with a desk/office space, built-in counters and cabinets. The back porch and pantry, laundry room with a utility sink, cabinets and counter, LG washer & dryer, and the half bath are off the kitchen.
The carpeted master suite occupies its own wing. Through its two sets of glass sliding doors are views of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range, the city, redwoods, and the bay. A wood burning fireplace and mantle add elegance and warmth. The master bath has dual sinks, tile counter, a glass-block window, separate tub and stall shower. A hallway connecting the bedroom and bath has a built-in bank of drawers and cabinets and includes two separate closet areas with its own natural light and views.
A second bedroom suite has two built-in window box seats overlooking the stunning views and built-in bookshelves and desk tucked under the angled ceiling. The third bedroom currently used as an office has walls of windows also, and a sliding glass door to the shared deck, A cozy den has walnut paneling, built-in desk and bookshelves, a brick enclosed fireplace, and two sets of sliding glass doors to the outdoors.
This unique property offers the ultimate combination of natural beauty, stunning bay and
city views, privacy, and casual elegance, all conveniently close to UCSC, Westlake School, downtown Santa Cruz, and the beaches.