Fire-resistant concrete house on the market in Occidental for $1,995,000
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16105 Coleman Valley Road, Occidental - $1,995,000
3 beds, 4 baths, 3,671 square feet. Year built: 2007
Safe and sound: Surprisingly bright and cheery, take a spin around the concrete castle built by local contractor Joe Manning. (Photos courtesy of BAREIS. Property listed by Sandra Gable, Vanguard Properties)
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Let there be light: With a large skylight at the ceiling's apex, the living room is flooded with light.
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Fire-resistant: Built of non-combustible concrete, homes like these are built to survive wildfires and earthquakes.
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Exterior: Kick back by the fire-pit and enjoy forest views.
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Fit for a king: A castle-like main entrance to 16105 Coleman Valley Road.
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Interior: Exposed support beams become works of art intermixed in with the concrete walls.
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Exterior: Gaze at the Occidental woods while washing dishes at 16105 Coleman Valley Road.
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Foodie heaven: The focal point of the kitchen is a massive island with Grigio Capraia Slate counters.
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Chef's kitchen: Preparing holiday feasts will be a cinch with two ovens and a Sub-zero fridge.
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Simply elegant: Cathedral ceilings and a sense of grandeur to the sunken concrete living space.
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Double the fun: A two-sided fireplace does double duty warming the living and dining rooms.
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Contemporary design: Clean lines dominate the the formal dining room with an exposed beam ceiling and modern glass doors.
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Bedroom: Two-toned concrete adds an artistic flourish to the sunken master suite.
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Room for two: A pair of vibrant yellow sinks and a bit of color to the master bathroom.
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Interior: A second spacious bedroom with wood floors leads to...
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...a private ensuite bathroom.
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Artisan details: Hand-cut limestone counters in the bathrooms adds to the custom appeal.
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Interior: A gallery-style corridor with a row of skylights showcases artwork hung on the walls.
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Interior: A cool modern combination desk/bookshelf in an office at 16105 Coleman Valley Road.
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Bedroom: An attic suite ideal for wee ones.
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Interior: A third upstairs bedroom features modern subway and honeycomb tiles.
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Interior: An attic office is a great place to hit the books.
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Exterior: Kick back with a glass of pinot on the sunny central courtyard at 16105 Coleman Valley Road.
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Gardener's delight: Rows of raised beds for fresh veggies year-round.
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Room to roam: Explore the three sunny park-like acres surrounding the hilltop Occidental estate.
“Indestructible” and “everlasting” are adjectives you might use to describe a super hero instead of a home, but this unique Occidental residence built from fire-resistant concrete claims it will last a millennium – or at least through earthquakes and forest fires.
We wrote about the estate back in 2015, after Lake County’s Valley fire destroyed 1,280 single family homes and residents were looking for durable solutions for rebuilding in forested areas.
The property is the brain-child of local contractor Joe Manning, who built the home to endure natural disasters.
Although the structure is not fire-proof it is fire-resistant. Concrete is a non-combustible material which has a slow rate of heat transference and may endure longer as flammable materials burn around it.
With the super hero job this residence claims to deliver, you may expect the property to look like an impenetrable fortress, but it is surprisingly light and airy with elegant lines reminiscent of a Zen monastery instead of a concrete block prison.
The spacious 3,600-square-foot home is built for four seasons of sunshine with an indoor/outdoor design that centers around an open courtyard for dining al fresco.
Inside of the artistic estate you will find a chef’s kitchen with two ovens, a Sub-zero fridge and Grigio Capraia Slate kitchen counters. The elegant living room features a cathedral ceiling with a massive skylight and a double-sided fireplace that warms the parlor and dining room.
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