Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Home As Art : : Jim & Allison : : Garberville, CA

Overlooking the scenic Eel River, Jim and Allison's Redwood Grove is a sophisticated refuge embraced by acres of ancient Redwood forests. This historic estate by architect Julia Morgan is now available for sale.

What do you love most about your home?  We love that Redwood Grove is nestled on a landscaped bluff, overlooking the beautiful and scenic South Fork of the Eel River, and is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected ancient redwood forests.  The expansive vistas are complemented by the sensitive renovation of a historic estate for future generations.   

What drew you to your home?  We knew the property was ideal in the first 60 seconds of the walk through. The estate has great bones and history, which provides a wonderful refuge, yet needed new stewards. Re-known architect, Julia Morgan, designed the property in the Tudor mansion style. The manor house represented Julia Morgan's dream of a Scottish manor. The guest and carriage houses coupled with extensive outdoor living spaces provide family and friends a partnership with nature. We also wanted a home that would permit our son to be able to play and to "just be a boy."

What is your favorite thing to do at home?  We love to entertain family and friends, while sharing our wonderful refuge. We love to cook together and spend a lot of time in the kitchen. The gardens provide us with a bounty of produce to enjoy and to share with family, friends, and the local food bank. We also enjoy the natural amenities that surround the property include mountain biking, world class fishing at your door step, kayaking, hiking, golfing, swimming, animal watching, and star gazing. 

When I'm home, I feel...  Centered, removed from the outside world yet surrounded by elegant, graceful living.

What makes your home "art"?  Redwood Grove is a harmonious balance of color, balance, and scale. The property has been meticulously restored to Julia's original intent with historical detail and artisan quality. The redwood forest and river was inspiration for the color palette of the interior. Balance is achieved with indoor and outdoor living spaces.  Scale is bringing the sophisticated interiors including the Great Room with hand-carved old growth redwood beams and rosettes to a comfortable and livable space to relax. We used intelligent design decisions to blend the historical detail with modern conveniences. We view the gardens and outdoor living spaces as an extension of the house… nature's rooms. The expansive grounds featuring a koi pond, a camp fire amphitheater under the redwoods canopy, specimen trees, organic fruit orchard and vegetable garden and English flower gardens are tied together by stone paths with spaces for privacy and entertaining. We believe we are stewards of this amazing historic property, and hope our renovations retain the original spirit and design from the 1920s, yet ensure that a contemporary family is comfortable in this traditional home.

255 Benbow, Garberville, CA
for sale $5,490,000
property details and more photos can be found HERE 

presented by Mike Deasy : : deasy/penner&partners : : 310.275.1000  

1 comment:

  1. I worship anything Julia Morgan built. Working for Hearst she created "Wyntoon", which is a living fairy tale to me.
    I've been walking past the home for years during the many times I stay at Benbow Inn. I remain hopeful it will be sold to an owner with the love and respect that the current owners have given it.


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