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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Sea Ranch architecture
Photographer Michael Hanson

Blending In

The houses needed to blur into the setting. Strict architectural guidelines calling for low structures and natural wood materials govern the construction practices, though there are a variety of house styles here, especially in the newer phases. This design restraint, as much as the original landscape plan, explains the sense of architectural calm that pervades Sea Ranch’s coastline.

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