An American First: Tres Paraguas. The whole world looks and longs for America and its way of life! It follows that California is one of the most desirable locations for internationals to locate – to have a second home – a hideaway.
Between Los Angeles and San Francisco, midway between these two cities is the ideal place: it is the small town of Carmel-by-the-Sea on the spectacular Bay of Monterey. It shares the bay with the famous residential/golf community of Pebble Beach, the coastal resort towns of Monterey and Carmel, and the breathtaking Big Sur coastline.
Carmel is one of the newest, re-emerging destinations, having all the attributes of California: summer climate all year-round, premier golfing, boating and fishing; world-famous art market and restaurants, music and art festivals, the iconic Concours d’Elegance, AT&T National Pro AM, jet center… everything is only minutes away from this small town.
A young Carmel couple, Aime and Bob Carroll, contacted me in October 2004. Aime asked that I conceive a new design environment to be built for her and her family – something new and exciting for Carmel!
My inspiration comes two-fold:
- The Request: “Build something new and modern—create an environment we have not already experienced.”
- Having lived in California for over 50 years, I always wanted to live in not one house, but a compound, a quinta, of individual buildings:
- One building for entertaining and a theater.
- One building solely for cooking and dining.
- One or more buildings, or domiciles, for family visits or friends.
- A building with a library/study, bath, dressing and bedroom.
- A separate spa building, perhaps.
- I was given the opportunity to accomplish this.
The Tres Paraguas are three giant rectangular roofs of corrugated Corten steel mounted on 30″ x 30″ inch columns of Douglas Fir – 26 feet high. These roofs float free, stilt-over, the five buildings below. Quite a sight! The compound’s five houses are clustered around a half-acre enclosed courtyard facing south. It has a sunken lawn rising up to a pool and spa and a cantina outdoor kitchen, lounge and bar with Jacks Peak Park as the backdrop.
The buildings are modern pueblas, self-roofed with heavily stuccoed walls in three earth tones, 18-foot walls and 12-foot high sliding glass partitions, pocketing into the end walls, allowing the buildings to be completely open as pavilions.
Built on its own five-acre pinnacle above all surrounding properties, the home affords 360-degree views of the entire Monterey Bay and the forests of Jacks Peak. This gives you a beginning natural landscape of live oaks and pines, to which I have added Canary palms, Mediterranean palms, a Washingtonian palm, multitudes of agaves, and New Zealand flax as ground cover – all giving a strong visual texture to the hillside terrain.
Enter on Aguajito Road thru the Corten steel ribbon gate and wind up to the house. The five houses span approximately 13,000 square feet with a half-acre enclosed courtyard to the south and a long cast concrete parapeted terrace to the north and the bay. It’s great for lunch or cocktails at night lit by the town of Monterey.
Three years in the planning and four years to completion, this is the master work of a master artist and designer with meticulous attention to detail. The result is well worth it. It is a place that will endure, that only gets better and more cherished as you experience it.
Created by Ron Mann, the entire layout is designed for relaxed time-off living – noise free – for total seclusion and restoration, and every kind of world-class entertaining!
For More Information Please Visit
www.TresParaguasCarmel.com • (831) 214-2545
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Pass through the gallery and you will find the perfect master suite where you will enjoy relaxation and solitude. This home is complete with four additional bedrooms and en-suite baths, each with attention to detail.
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