Why travel thousands of miles for postcard vistas when you can wake up to them every day?

By Marisa Spyker
July 29, 2019
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With windy roads that snake along jagged cliffsides leading down to the sparkling cobalt Pacific, the 90-mile stretch of California coastline that makes up Big Sur is a memorable one. Long a muse for poets, writers, artists, and musicians from John Steinbeck to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the region has been captured, romanticized, and publicized worldwide for decades.

But among all the snapshots that symbolize Big Sur’s magic, there’s a single image that many would argue is most emblematic today of the coastline’s beauty—and that would be the Bixby Creek Bridge. As an attraction that pins an architectural masterpiece against a staggering natural backdrop, the bridge is one of the first must-stop photo opps for Pacific Coast Highway trekkers heading south from Carmel. Built in 1932, the nearly century-old structure has been showcased in numerous movies, TV shows (Any fans of Big Little Lies?), and auto commercials since its opening.

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But while we can all, theoretically, enjoy the stunning sight from our couches for a brief moment, those with a deep love of the modern marvel (and even deeper pockets) can go one step further by witnessing the spectacle straight from their living room window.

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That honor is reserved solely for the lucky owner of the iconic Bixby House, a 1950s escape perched on an 11-acre peninsula a mere stone’s throw from its namesake bridge. Originally built for film producer Ralph B. Atkinson, the Bixby House is once again on the market for a steep asking price of $16 million.

Ron Bird for Sotheby’s International Realty
Ron Bird for Sotheby’s International Realty

With front-row seats to one of the most photographed landmarks in California, one might say the multi-million dollar views are worth it alone. But fans of mountain-style architecture have much more to swoon over. Sporting a wood-clad exterior that blends seamlessly into its rugged surroundings, the Bixby House exudes just the right amount of rustic appeal without feeling at all campy. In fact, the interiors are downright luxurious, with 5,000 square feet housing five bedrooms and an open great room wrapped in ocean-facing windows. Wood trim and a commanding stone fireplace make the living spaces feel cozy, while vaulted ceilings and a skylight help to brighten things up.

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Outside the main house, private walking paths connect to a personal vista point near the bridge (huge bonus: no waiting in line for that perfect ‘Gram-worthy shot). Steps from the main dwelling, a rustic guest house built in the 1800s provides extra sleeping space for inevitable frequent guests.

Want to call this magical paradise your own? The iconic Bixby House is listed with Sotheby’s International Realty for $16 million. See more photos of the home below:

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Ron Bird for Sotheby’s International Realty
Ron Bird for Sotheby’s International Realty
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