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Famed Hines House in Sea Ranch drops price

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Winner of the Sunset/AIA Home of the Year Award in 1970

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Update: The noted abode along the coast has pruned $175,000 from its original asking price, bringing the new offer to 2,275,000.


Designed by Northern California architecture icon William Turnbull, who helped conceive the Sea Ranch community, the Hines House, one of the area’s first private residences designed by Turnbull, has landed on the market.

Listed for the first time publicly since 1972, the Hines House comes with four beds, two and a half baths, and 2,382 square feet.

One of home many swoon-worthy features is a vertical terrace in between the two structures that make up the property. According to the listing, “The plan’s dual program of ‘big house’ and ‘bunk house’ provided a gathering place for family, friends, and visitors.”

The architect reportedly worked on the house for the duration of his life, designing a kitchen expansion, library, view deck, and new skylights.

For architecture nerds, the Hines House has been a go-to on Airbnb, where it rents for $450 a night.

Asking is $2,450,000.

Below are some shots of the home shortly after its completion in 1968. It even appears to have had an original Barbara Stauffacher Solomon design at one point.

Photos courtesy of Listing provided courtesy of Ilana Gafni, Crosby Doe Associates; via the Special Collections University Library at the University of California Santa Cruz, Morley Baer Photographs
Photos courtesy of Listing provided courtesy of Ilana Gafni, Crosby Doe Associates; via the Special Collections University Library at the University of California Santa Cruz, Morley Baer Photographs