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

Natural Tradeoff

The Sea Ranch has its detractors: Some view the architectural guidelines as a hassle; others lament the exclusivity. But not many communities appreciate why people love the coast so much in the first place. The Sea Ranch understands that it’s not only the beaches and ocean view but also the abrupt bluffs, the subtle hills covered in windswept grasses that rise into forests, the big sky, and the respectful community that create place. And above all, it’s the sense of restraint―informed by this landscape and its history―that makes it timeless.

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