The Story of Sea Ranch

It began with four young architects sitting atop 100-foot cliffs that plunge into the Pacific. They dreamt of creating a new model for coastal development. That was in 1965. What happened next was monumental.

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Photographer Michael Hanson

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These men, along with landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, knew there was magic here. The Mendocino Coast rises out of the Pacific in folds of tall-grass meadows framed by cypress, eucalyptus, and redwood forests. The sense of remoteness is not lost as Highway 1 winds past a few blue-collar-artsy towns and rickety barns hunched in pastures.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.