Big Sur beauties

At the request of a reader who is searching for a home in Big Sur, California, I am featuring three Big Sur homes today for comparison. So let’s see which one you would pick!

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House #1

image from: www.trulia.com

image from: www.trulia.com

The first one is a Mickey Muennig designed remodel of a 1977 home.

image from: www.trulia.com

image from: www.trulia.com

[A quick note about Big Sur: Big Sur isn’t really a city or a town, it is more of a sparsely populated area that runs along the California central coast, south of San Francisco. Most of the homes there have sprawling secluded properties, great views of the Pacific Ocean, and are très expensive.]

image from: www.trulia.com

image from: www.trulia.com

This particular home is listed for $2,995,000.

According to the Trulia.com website, the estimated monthly payment at that sales price (with 20% down) would be $13,409 a month!

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

But what a wonderful contemporary home – look at those gleaming dyed concrete floors and the triangular clerestory windows!

image from: www.trulia.com

image from: www.trulia.com

The house has a new kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 4,685 square feet.

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image from: trulia.com

From the listing:

This retreat is very private, situated at the end of the road on the ridge-line plateau which affords incredible mountain and ocean views and lots of rare level ground.

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

The view factor is pretty darn spectacular:

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

Click here for more details on this Mickey Muennig remodel in Big Sur.

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House #2

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

This is the oldest of the three homes I am featuring today (built in 1974) and it is definitely showing its age…

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

The views are even a bit muted (maybe it’s the camera lens)…

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

BUT, the architectural features of this home are noteworthy.

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

It was designed by renowned architect Will Shaw who used reclaimed timber from an old bridge in the construction of the home.

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

This 3,241 square foot home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus a separate guest house.

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

Priced at $3,950,000, your estimated monthly payment would be a whopping $17,685!

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

See here for more details on this Will Shaw designed Big Sur home.

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House #3

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

As you can see, there’s not a whole lot of diversity in the style of homes for sale in Big Sur – at least not in the ones I found. They are all very similar in design: flat roof cedar-sided contemporaries; built into the hillside to take full advantage of the westward views of the Pacific.

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

It seems you have to go up the road a bit to Carmel by the Sea to get the more cottage/vintage architecture. Not that I’m complaining – I’m pretty smitten with the Big Sur style.

Anyway, this home is a Big Sur bargain at $1,899,000.

The estimated monthly payments on a mortgage would be only $8,502.

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

It has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and the interior is finished in a beautiful redwood.

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

The listing says: “Ocean views, redwood trees, blue jays, 5.7 gently sloping acres” – as if the blue jays came with the house!

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

Who knows – maybe they do come with the house. I’ve bought a house or two that came with a mouse or two.  ;)

image from: trulia.com

image from: trulia.com

See here for more information on this Big Sur beauty with Blue Jays included.

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So what do you think?

Which one would you buy if you were in the market for a million dollar house along the Big Sur coast?

 

10 Responses to Big Sur beauties

  • Fran says:

    I would choose #1, the other two seem to need some sprucing up…and I hated the fireplace in #2, and #3 seems too cabin-like( for the price).

  • Michele says:

    I would take #2 – I LOVE funky and the fireplace is AWESOME! Good thing we all have different tastes! :o)

  • Sue says:

    I would buy the first one. Blue Jays are so beautiful, but once you start feeding them, they are such pigs and kind of annoying, not that the blue jays would deter me from buying house #3. This was Sur fun.

  • Sel says:

    Ahhhh Big Sur….home of the fog, cold, and sometimes sun. We, that love that weather is just
    fine with it. Those that don’t…..stay away. Spring brings the wild poppies, and all the herbal
    plants one can find. Nothing like a great drive through that winding road with the sea on one side.

    Warning, take food with you, an over flowing tank of gas…..these things are hard to find along the
    route. Enjoy….By the way, nice post, and most of the ‘beach cabins’ there are very much like what
    was shown. It was the hippie movement that brought it all in for the most part.

    • housecrazy says:

      interesting Sel….. I didn’t realize it was so isolated in that area!

      • Sel says:

        Gorgeous drive along the barren looking hills…..though, there are pockets of forested areas.
        Like the lonesome isolated views of the sea, so the lives of many that share this feeling.

        There are state park areas one could stay for the night. Caveat……no available services.

  • chelsea says:

    Number 1, but house number 3 is a close second. Can’t beat that view from the first house! Plus it is updated and clean.

  • Bev says:

    The first and third homes are gorgeous, but the 2nd house looks dated and dingy. Not my cup of tea.

  • Janet says:

    Number 1! Number 1! And I’d take number 3 if you twisted my arm.

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