There’s always that one house, that one property that you know is out of your price range and a completely illogical choice for your current lifestyle, but you can’t help but falling in love with it anyway.
The Glass House first appeared on my radar a few years ago when I was looking at the photos of Timber Cove Ansel Adams had taken, and it’s been on and off the market a couple of times since.
I became enamored of this house because it’s a fairy tale home; idyllic views, secluded, and with just enough room to share with one other person…maybe. It’s a richly appointed private retreat right on the ocean that’s at the top of my ‘I won the lottery’ daydreams. Take a look at the house that will make even the most dedicated extrovert yearn for some alone time:
22124 Highway 1 None, Jenner – $3,900,000
1 beds, 1 baths, 1,200 square feet. Year built: 1964.
You don’t have a chance to see this house at first. Like a storybook, you walk to the edge of the ocean and take a look at that winding walkway hoping it’ll all be worth it. I’m terrified of heights, so this was a leap of faith.
A seriously huge leap of faith. Especially after this seemingly never ending storm we’ve had in Sonoma County, and how close that walkway lists towards the edge.
But this is promising. The Glass House was designed by San Francisco architect Richard Clements, with rock, glass, and redwood timbers being the main elements.
This one bedroom getaway is only 1,200 square feet, and it looks like the majority of them are in this living room/open kitchen area. The abundance of wall to ceiling glass and a large skylight will remind a homeowner that they’re not in a beachfront property; they’re directly on the ocean.
I don’t know if it’s intentional, but it seems like it would feel that you were on a boat, sailing through the waves even as you sat here to read. Of course, that goes without the movement of an actual boat or the seasickness.
There’s a casual dining table that appears to be the only set of seats that isn’t facing out toward the ocean.
The Glass House went through some remodeling before going up for sale again. The kitchen island is now made of marble, as opposed to the wood and brick as it was a few years ago. From this vantage point, you can see just how large the skylight truly is.
This view of the kitchen shows that it’s the epitome of minimalism. I like this photo because it shows how the windows allow light to touch on every part of the home.
Directly across the marble island is the other side of the living room for when guest come to visit, or you’ve had enough ocean for the day and are ready to sit down and relax with friends.
You can still enjoy a view of the ocean, of course, but on a stormy day the fireplace would make it feel less intimidating.
Once again, you have to really, really, love the ocean to appreciate this home. I can’t imagine a cozier bedroom than this one (which does look like a ship’s cabin).
While this unique home is on the ocean, it does have a small back patio…with a spa, of course. The reinforced glass ‘fence’ is a nice, albeit frightening, addition.
The jets on the spa are set to mimic the crashing of the waves.
…such as the ones seen here.
But for just enjoying the view, there’s a small deck to enjoy the sea air on.
Or anyone who’s dissatisfied with the lack of land or a proper yard, there are stairs that lead down to the rocky shore below.
Just like a true fairy tale, when you walk down the stairs to the shore you find a small waterfall.
The Glass House sits on 3.05 acres of land, so there’s plenty of on-ground hiking when you need to stretch your sea legs.
Here’s a view of the house from a distance.
Though this aerial view does well to show how secluded this house would be from any neighbors.
Architecture aside, this house puts the idea of ‘location, location, location’ into perspective when you’re looking for an oceanfront – or fairy tale – home.