European influence washes over 26156 Ladera Drive in Carmel-by-the-Sea as the home’s soft architecture is tempered by exposed beam vaulted ceilings, oak hardwood floors and rustic wood arched doors for an unassuming, yet elegant allure.
Monterey Peninsula Luxury
Home Sweet Home in the Heart of Carmel
The home sits relatively near the heart of Carmel on a cul- de-sac yet is removed from the hustle and bustle of traffic. The back windows provide a panoramic view of historic Carmel Mission, the Pacific Ocean, and even as far as California’s crown jewel, Point Lobos.
Designed by Chris Tescher, the home sits on a 15,800 square foot lot and features signature floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights that naturally illuminate each room. During the daytime, ambient lighting makes the 3,725 square-foot, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home feel even more capacious. When dusk falls over the neighborhood, rust and aubergine hues dance in sky, chasing after the setting sun and providing a spectacular light show.
The completely redesigned gourmet kitchen by William Ohs acts as a transitional space that helps establish a relaxed mood. It features handcrafted furniture, granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances such as a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele cook top, double oven and wine fridge. This inviting kitchen opens to a dining area featuring a stone fireplace and sweeping views.
Comfortable elegance extends to the master bedroom in the form of French doors, a grand fireplace — one of four wood-burning fireplaces in the home — and a patio with a large Jacuzzi. The home is also equipped with a whole-house water filtration system, water softener and standby generator.
An entertainment center with built-in surround sound in the family room is ideal for entertaining. The audio experience extends into the living room, master bedroom and to the patio via additional built-in speakers. Family gatherings and dinner parties will become customary in this quintessential “home sweet home.”
Captivating Italianate Villa
Uninhibited Spirit of Artistic Charm
This Italianate Villa is painted in the tradition of the famed 13th century artist Giotto. The gardens and interior of the home, which offers ocean views from nearly every room, were meticulously designed by Anthony Ingrao, a designer whose exposure in Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Vogue Magazine and numerous other publications has earned him a reputation for maintaining a portfolio of superlative proportions.
Having captured the home’s uninhibited spirit, Ingrao worked with a team to implement several unique elements, including the cellar room mural and dining room overhead painting and wall carvings by Getty Museum exhibitor Garth Benton. The rooms are painted in unique themes, from the Yellow Suite and Blue Room featuring hand-painted faux tiles, to the master suite with its hand-painted vines and roses ceiling.
Equilibrium between style and function is established via the home’s prodigious 8,300-plus square foot floor plan with six bedrooms, and seven full- and 2 half- baths. Spacious common areas such as the 22-foot by 19-foot professionally-equipped kitchen make entertaining a natural extension of living in the home.
Elegant iron gates featuring Italian greyhound accents designed by a renowned Italian artist act as a sentinel to the more than one acre estate, providing access to the lush inner courtyard. Numerous sun-drenched terraces and verandas offer outdoor dining and lounging options from which vistas of the ocean will tempt the eye.
Just a short excursion to Pebble Beach Lodge and only an eyeshot from the coast, this secluded Bonifacio estate captivates with its artistic charm.
A Timeless Masterpiece
Unsurpassed California Coastal Living
The search for your timeless coastal masterpiece just might begin and end with this incomparable 8,387 square foot California estate on Carmel Highland’s coast. Situated a few steps from a private beach pathway and set above a scenic cove overlooking Yankee Point, this grand estate reveals European elegance with Jacobean influences at every turn. With dramatic ocean views as its backdrop, this home tells a story in exquisite detail with a two-story great room with soaring domed ceiling and hand-hewn beams, gleaming wood flooring, beautiful staircases and railings, decorative iron chandeliers, 12 fireplaces and 14 one-of-a-kind decorative tile murals. The interior offers a flexible arrangement of rooms, including a gourmet kitchen and breakfast area, formal dining room, a library, several offices, 10 bedrooms, eight full baths and one guest bath, and a fully-contained caretaker’s wing with private entrance.
The 1,920 square foot finished basement, accessible from both indoors and out, is where you’ll find the wine cellar, a bedroom suite, children’s play area and game room. The outdoor space is equally impressive with its meticulously-kept gardens, playful statues and fountains, cascading waterfall and pond, meandering pathways, quaint sitting areas and sprawling back lawn that leads to a charming artist’s studio.
And what could be said of thoughtful considerations such as an elevator, garages for five cars, a backup generator capable of running the entire compound and two cisterns with pump and filtration system? The estate also features wireless Internet throughout, a specially-woven slate tile roof, two automatic gates and a beautiful cobblestone driveway with a centerpiece featuring a craftsman’s version of Verrocchio’s tomb slab for Cosimo de’ Medici in 1463.
This is an incomparable estate shaded by mature cypress trees and offering unsurpassed beauty, privacy and California coastal living.
The Ideal Beach Getaway
A Peacful Coveted Corner of Carmel
At the corner of two of Carmel’s most coveted streets you will find your ideal beach getaway.
The unobstructed view reaches beyond the white sand dunes to the waves of the jade Pacific Ocean. Whether sipping wine by the fireplace in the great room or spending quiet time reading on the deck, you will feel the sense of peace that is Carmel.
Stroll just a few short blocks into town and enjoy shopping in the boutiques and art galleries, finding a new favorite wine in the tasting rooms and savoring dinner at a fine selection of gourmet restaurants. Spend an afternoon on the links at Pebble Beach, ten minutes away along beautiful 17 Mile Drive or explore the sunny valley that is home to the central coast wine country.
This 1930s beach home has a laid-back casual feel with vaulted painted wood ceilings and tile floors against a linen-white canvas backdrop. The great room greets you with a water view and is the heart of the home for both relaxing and dining. Through the glass doors you will find a covered brick porch where you can host many dinner parties for family and friends.
With six bedrooms and five baths, including a separate guest house and private stone fenced yard, the property is perfect for a weekend retreat or a place to call home.
This special home truly is reminiscent of the best that Carmel has to offer.