Intriguing Enclave in Carmel

MCM property with three structures offers fabulous views and harmony with nature
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The mid-century modern home above, now for sale in the lovely Carmel Valley area, is part of an intriguing compound (of three structures) that looks out over the unspoiled ranchlands and vineyards of the Santa Lucia Mountains. It's a beauty. All photos by Paul Black / Black Sky Photography

The Carmel area near Monterey is among the most desirable destinations in California, with hidden architectural gems dotting its coastline and valleys.

On a recent visit there, we discovered one of those architectural highlights, an intriguing mid-century compound that looks out over the unspoiled ranchlands and vineyards of the Santa Lucia Mountains.

A short drive to beaches and breathtaking Big Sur, the property is conveniently located near shops and wine tasting in charming Carmel Valley Village.

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"This home has very interesting features," points out Kathleen McCrystal, of the Douglas Elliman Realty, who represents the $3,895,000 listing at 350 El Caminito Road, a parcel with three separate structures in Carmel Valley.

"A huge breezeway connects the casita and studio-living room, the floors are the original [wood] parquet, and there are a total of 18 skylights, with almost every room having a beautiful skylight illuminating it."

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"Views of these mountains are so beautiful, and in the valley you get the nice, warm trade winds," says McCrystal, who lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Built in 1967, the home was originally designed by Donald Goodhue, a prominent architect in the Monterey/Pebble Beach area. Goodhue attended Harvard College, as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal.

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Co-founder of Hall and Goodhue Architects (now HGHB) and Goodhue and Haisley Architects, Goodhue earned an ‘Award of Merit for Multifamily Housing' through the 'Homes for Better Living Awards Program,' and acknowledgments by the American Institute of Architects and House & Home Magazine in 1977.

"The whole property, including the three [building] sections, has a beautiful flow. The surrounding land is an almost-flat, full acre of walking paths, drought tolerant gardens, views, flowers," McCrystal notes, adding that 350 El Caminito "is definitely an enclave, and you feel like you're just up there alone, though you do have neighbors."

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