Nestled on the flank of the rolling grassy coastal plain in Hollister Ranch, near Gaviota, CA, this modest home serves as a weekend getaway for a busy couple, their adult children and friends. Panoramic views of the ocean, islands, coastal plain, foothills and mountains are absolutely breath-taking.
Restrained plantings take their cue from the glorious setting. Sweeps of native grasses and succulents tie the house to the land. Olive trees provide shade. Dramatic succulents in pots provide a counterpoint to the simple backdrop.
A cedar hot tub is tucked into the hillside and surrounded by fieldstone walls and fish-scale flagstone. A small flash-heater provides a warm water shower under an olive next to the tub for de-sanding before plunging in for a post-surf warm-up. Meandering gravel paths connect the garden spaces. Lyrical fieldstone “tole work” on the floor plane brings movement to the garden and ties the long narrow landscape together. A campfire circle (fueled by propane) and lantern light invite outdoor evening lounging. Driftwood details – surf rack, stools around the fire pit, posts for hanging lanterns – complete this idyllic surf camp. Cowabunga, dude!
Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Merit Award 2013