Charles Greene's James House seems to have sprung from the rock. From a distance, it's hard to see where the earth stops and the walls begin. Sea pines line the cliffs above the Pacific.
One of many arched entrances to the main house, this one leads into the kitchen.
An enormous Monterey cypress and a couple of perfectly placed chairs frame a surreal view of the Pacific.
Windows on the World
Fully operable hinged windows bring light and air into a lower guest room, once an office for D.L. James.
Succulents and native plantings complement the natural landscape.
Intricate woodwork and glasswork, crafted by Jed Butler, shelter a room in the greenhouse where Joe and Sharon Ritchie start seedlings. A computerized, mechanical vent system controls roof vents and transoms under the windows to regulate the greenhouse's internal temperature.
Living It Up
Handmade redwood panels designed by Charles Greene adorn the living room ceiling. This large space doubles as a dining area thanks to a long table on the north wall.
A low, stone wall at the edge of the living room patio protects visitors from the cliffs and sea below.
Food for Thought
The James House library captures stunning Pacific Ocean views.
Bunk beds tucked into a hallway often prove handy for a family with nine children.
In for the Long Haul
Intricate rockwork makes up the south wall of the James House. Granite for the walls and foundation was quarried a mile down the coast and hauled to the site by horse-drawn wagon.