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The mid-century California home is on the market for $1.2 million.

By Marisa Spyker

Some people like their beach homes Craftsman-style, while others are partial to the cozy, shingled aesthetic of New England architecture.

And then there are those who prefer their beach homes unlike anything else. When Palo Alto landscape architect Mary Gordon designed herself a seaside cottage in La Selva Beach (just outside Santa Cruz) as an art studio and vacation escape, she fancied something that was a work of art in itself. 

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Built in 1969, Gordon’s “Sculpture House” is a 700-square-foot white domed structure with curved walls and periscope-like nooks protruding from the roofline. Her work of art and its 5,000-square-foot garden oasis are currently on the market for $1.2 million.

“She wanted to create a piece of sculptured artwork that mimics the free-flowing lines of nature,” Coldwell Banker listing agent Nanette Schuster told Realtor.com.

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Inside the solid dome house—built of concrete and finished with plaster—large windows and high, rounded ceilings make the space feel much larger than its modest square footage. The main level includes an updated kitchen (renovated by the current owner) and open living area with a sculptural gas fireplace. Upstairs, the master suite and roof deck are accessed via a spiral staircase.

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Gorgeous indigenous landscaping walls off the tiny home from the street, making the getaway feel especially private. But, should you want to venture out, the house is just steps from the beautiful bluffside Manresa State Beach and a short drive to Capitola.

See more photos of the artsy escape below:

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