Property Crush

Look Inside: This Modernist Masterpiece Sits Pretty on the California Coast

published Mar 18, 2020
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The details

  • Address: 21668 Heron Dr., Bodega Bay, Calif.
  • Price: $795,000
  • Size: 885 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
Credit: Jack Journey

Why we have a crush on this property

All it takes is one quick glance at this 1970s stunner north of San Francisco to know it’s something special. Designed by architect J. Carson Bowler, who dreamed up many of the modernist houses in Sonoma County’s iconic Sea Ranch, this one-of-a-kind one-bedroom is not only a rare find, but also a piece of design history.

Credit: Jack Journey

Its sleek, wood-shingled portico, dramatic overhanging eaves, and sloping walls and rooflines dazzle from the outside. Inside, a bevy of upgrades, including a renovated kitchen, a new bathroom, and an updated electrical system, make the 885-square-foot house shine. What the place lacks in square footage it makes up for with soaring ceiling and open, airy living spaces, not to mention a wood-burning fireplace and a door to a breezy deck and hot tub.

Credit: Jack Journey

Beyond its out-of-the-box design, the property takes two of the loveliest natural features of California—its stunning coastline and those vivid orange California poppies—and combines them to make the ultimate seaside escape.

Credit: Jack Journey

“It’s a really unique property in Bodega Harbour,” says Steven Hecht, one the home’s listing agents. The Bodega Harbour community is a subdivision built around a golf course, and offers a full gymnasium, a heated pool, tennis courts, a sauna, a bocce court, a playground, a restaurant and bar, and easy access to the beach.

This unofficial landmark is listed for $795,000 by Hecht and John Chute of Artisan Sotheby’s International Realty.

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