Monday, February 12, 2007

Mendocino musings

This past weekend I wandered up to the Mendocino coast.
Our sojourn took us through the architecturally iconic town of The Sea Ranch where we stopped to take in the sights and sounds of this utopian enclave.

Those of you who may not be familiar with this town may find it a bit peculiar albeit intriguing.
The 10 mile long stretch of The Sea Ranch resides on northern most end of the Sonoma county coast. It was developed back in the 60’s by Castle and Cook who had the visionary foresight to hire the MLTW group and notable landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, to master plan a community that would seamlessly blend into the rugged Pacific Coast naturescape.

There are stringent codes and home owner association laws that must be adhered to in order to make The Sea Ranch The Sea Ranch.
Over the years some have found these laws excessively restrictive while other have found them to be necessarily protective.
I guess it all depends on what side of the fence you are standing on.

Despite its rough, rugged and wild landscape , TSR likes things soigné.
Top on their check off list when approving a house for construction is to make sure that the parking area for the residential vehicle(s) is screened from view as much as possible.
This has spawned some very innovative solutions but to my minds eye it is the use of berms that has been quite effective in addressing this challenge.

Some of the best examples of man made berms can be found on The Sea Ranch.

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1 comment:

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Way cool. I'm a huge fan of garden porn, and I like that funky roofline...