Oceanside Meadows
Kirkwood

Kirkwood

Bruce Johnson's sculpture "Osprey Totem" in Kirkwood's meadow patio.

Kirkwood

Kirkwood / Unit 24/Lot 68 / Multi level home / 10 person occupancy including children. 4 bedrooms (1 king, 2 queen, 2 sets of bunks suitable for small children plus 1 twin, crib), 2 1/2 baths. Internet access, solar heat, wood fireplace plus wood stove insert, satellite TV with HD-DVD, stereo, CD, washer-dryer, small charcoal BBQ and large gas BBQ, built in bench seating on deck, garage.

Kirkwood is not just another house. This enchanting early Sea Ranch residence, designed by Paul Hamilton, exists in the realm of inspiration and imagination. The textures of nature literally surround the home from its turf covered roof to it's polished pebble floor. The heavy front door is sheathed in a patinated copper plate. Rough cedar shingle covers most of the exterior. Iron chains replace drain pipes and add their own textures and patina to the mix. Just inside the entrance, a generous hall stretches the length of the home and serves as vestibule as well as providing access to the great room, bedrooms and courtyards. The warmth of natural woods line all of the living spaces and bold art forms rooted in the natural world compliment the relaxed lodge-like atmosphere of the great room. Lovely oriental rugs soften the floors and attractive basketry is displayed throughout the residence. At the core of the home is a magnificent stone fireplace. The great room wraps around this central hearth and has sweeping views to the open meadow and ocean beyond, as well as providing comfortable sitting areas, food preparation and dining spaces. An interior landscaped courtyard provides an alluring spot for an alfresco meal and another lovely courtyard opens out from the great room onto the meadow - the perfect spot for an evening libation or an early morning cup of coffee. (Sunsets and sunrises are equally spectacular.) The three bedrooms can easily accommodate three couples and there are four bunk beds and a crib in two dormitory style children's rooms. Youngsters of all ageKirkwoods are welcome. One bedroom and the two children's rooms are in a self-contained wing of the home that faces out into the interior courtyard. This part of the home includes plenty of play space, indoor and out, that will delight the younger members of your group. Another bedroom is located upstairs with one double bed, one single bed and a large writing area with ocean and meadow views - an ideal spot to work on your novel or catch up on your correspondence. The master bedroom suite is in yet another wing of the home. Here again, nature provides the theme. A dramatic driftwood log stretches across one wall, another wall opens through sliding glass doors to a small patio, and the master bath includes a rock lined soaking tub in the style of the Japanese ofuro. The bath looks out into a diminutive private courtyard. There is television in the great room and in the children's wing of the home. Local and long distance telephone service is complimentary, as is the internet connection. Laundry facilities are available. Ample firewood is provided for the very efficient fireplace in the great room. Cats are not permitted, but one well-behaved dog is very welcome.

In 1997 The New York Times Magazine wrote the following about another of Paul Hamilton's designs: "The house owes a considerable formal and spiritual debt to Frank Lloyd Wright, whom Hamilton admired greatly. I certainly vibrate to his organic principles and his sense of space, says Hamilton. He liberated us from the box. Indeed, there is nothing boxlike about this dwelling..." The same could be said about Kirkwood.

When it is time to go exploring, a very short walk brings you to the Bluff Trail where you have access to the entire Sea Ranch through our network of interconnected trails. Hike as long as you wish, but several wonderful beaches and a major harbor seal haul out are within a few minutes stroll of the front door. $827. two nights, $2,205 seven nights. If you bring your pet please add $15.00 per day.

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