A classic Craftsman home is restored its original glory-and then some.
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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.
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One of many arched entrances to the main house, this one leads into the kitchen.
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An enormous Monterey cypress and a couple of perfectly placed chairs frame a surreal view of the Pacific.
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Windows on the World
Fully operable hinged windows bring light and air into a lower guest room, once an office for D.L. James.
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Succulents and native plantings complement the natural landscape.
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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
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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.
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A low, stone wall at the edge of the living room patio protects visitors from the cliffs and sea below.
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Food for Thought
The James House library captures stunning Pacific Ocean views.
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Bunk beds tucked into a hallway often prove handy for a family with nine children.
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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.
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