With 33 acres and never-ending ocean views, this place is a total gem.

By Marisa Spyker
May 22, 2019
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It might seem like, these days, you have to strike gold to score a swoon-worthy home in California. (Exhibit A: This one-time $350 million Bel Air listing.)

But, on the rare occasion, gold just comes with the territory. Such is the case with this breathtaking 33 acre plot of land situated along the dramatic Big Sur coastline. More than 100 years ago, the land was mined for its precious resource—gold—until it fell into private ownership. Now, for the right buyer, there’s an opportunity to strike gold here once again.

Instead of carats, however, the treasure is in the form of a gorgeous 2,400-square-foot home surrounded by forested mountains and miles of Pacific Ocean views. Listed with Compass for $2.25 million, the rustic escape is ready to dazzle a new owner with its dramatic architecture and smart, sustainable features.

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While its angled rooflines and walls of windows give the mountain house a contemporary vibe, the structure itself dates back to 1920—and nods to its heritage are everywhere. In the great room, columns and ceiling beams are crafted from coastal redwoods harvested and milled directly on the property. The wood-paneled kitchen, meanwhile, is the revamped remains of the original gold miner’s quarters.


The actual mine shaft, which was still in use until about 1960, according to Curbed, is another remnant of its gold-flecked past. And that’s not the property’s only notable feature to explore: Just steps from the house, says the listing, is a magical private waterfall that flows much of the year.

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With 33 acres on one of the most famed coastlines in America, owners score an off-the-grid hideaway in every sense of the phrase. Aside from the home being secluded—and practically within the confines of a national park—it also functions almost completely independently, with an elaborate solar system for energy and natural springs for water.

Sound like a California dream? You can snatch up this golden opportunity by contacting the team at Compass. See more photos of the Big Sur escape below: 

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