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Sea Ranch Escape Hillside Pole House


This is a wonderful sea ranch home in California built on poles.

Outside, you’ll notice this house sits on a hill – or rather, above it – on seventeen massive poles. Vertical gray wooden siding envelopes the home’s angular structure, which includes multiple juxtaposed roof levels. You can take in the surrounding tall trees pointing to lovely clear skies while reclining in Adirondack chairs on the back porch.

When you go inside, you’ll find an open floor plan, complete with two bedrooms and one bath. For the self-sufficient types, the house includes a rustic wood-burning stove, but also the luxury of a flat screen T.V. Bright colors and eye-catching paintings, stained glasswork and other art pieces give the house an eclectic flair. Best of all, you can rent it out for a week or a weekend and enjoy the Sea Ranch life.

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Sea Ranch Escape Hillside Pole House

Sea Ranch Escape Hillside Pole House

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Massachusetts.
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  • February 6, 2016, 12:00 pm

    I once rented a small log cabin in Gatlinburg, TN up in the mountains and just loved, loved, loved it. This one reminds me of that vacation. It really looks cozy and warm. I would love to live in one like this, but just a bit smaller.

  • Avatar Jim
    February 6, 2016, 2:56 pm

    This is nice, but does it qualify as a tiny house? Many of us who are interested in the tiny house movement are interested because we are looking for an alternative to today’s consumerist society. We want something that is within reach of the least of us.

    • Avatar Doris
      February 6, 2016, 6:38 pm

      Look at the Menu (at the top of this page) instead of the pretty pictures, and you will see this site offers a multitude of ideas and choices for a wide range of people who prefer to look at possibilities, not restrictions.

      • Avatar Jim
        February 6, 2016, 6:52 pm

        It isn’t about looking at restrictions, it’s about being real.

        • February 6, 2016, 7:48 pm

          Hi Jim,
          What’s REAL to one person’s ideas will always be different to another person’s ideas. Basically, by definition for the small house movement, REAL describes anything on or off wheels, on or off the water, as large as 700 sq feet of living area or as small as the local housing codes permit. If it is designed and outfitted for maximum weatherization, depending on what part of the country where the house/home will be located, could very well up the square footage.

          One could always find a one room shack with no insulation, no electric, no running water, and no facilities and still, perhaps, qualify it as tiny house living even if it has a dirt floor. Now, that is considered, in some parts of the southwest, as being REAL.

          For practical purposes, the word is in the perception of the beholder rather than being something of a mandate for a group of homes. At least, that is how I perceive it. What about your perception?

        • Avatar Sally
          February 7, 2016, 3:55 pm

          Actually, Jim, reality is based on restrictions, like the real estate market. Reality is expecting to pay what the locations demand. Tiny in Paris versus tiny in Ontario versus tiny in Armpit Alabama…
          I’d much prefer someone built a tiny house in that pretty spot, than some ostentatious mega-mansion obliterating the trees (per Colorado, where 6000 square feet is a cottage.). My “reality” is to be comfortable in my old age, after sixty years of working my butt off. I can live small without being in a cardboard box under a bridge, and can and will pay for a decent piece of property.

  • Avatar Eric
    February 6, 2016, 3:07 pm

    Where’s the sea? Where’s the ranch? Doesn’t appear to be either. Seems to be stuck on a hillside out back of beyond.

    • Avatar Alex
      February 6, 2016, 5:37 pm

      I think you can see some water in the very last photo if you look closely. As for the ranch, I don’t know, maybe it’s down a trail somewhere? Lol

      • Avatar lsb
        February 6, 2016, 7:34 pm

        Sea Ranch is an expensive development area north of San Francisco on the coast, started in the mid 60’s by Castle & Cook the big Hawaiian developer and Pineapple Company. I’ve been past it several times, the original area had sod roof houses in keeping with the natural windswept landscape, it is a very environmental conscious area, with lots of building and design restrictions, Lots can range from 90k to 900k Homes from $500,000 to $1.8 million. If I had an extra million bucks that’s the place I would retire in.

    • Avatar Anthonie
      December 25, 2017, 8:09 pm

      Having once lived on Sea Ranch I can assure you that it is on one of the most wild and beautiful stretches of the Northern California coast, just a bit below Mendocino. And yes it once was a Mexican land grant where sheep were raised. It became a “planned community” back in the 60’s on some Utopian premise that the land would be preserved and all building would be in tune with the landscape. Everything is super deed restricted and because of the massive rise in price of coastal property it is now a weekend get a way for the really rich:):)

    • Avatar Alex (Not the same Alex)
      September 12, 2019, 8:11 pm

      A friend’s family has a large cabin in Sea Ranch and I’ve been there a couple times. The other comments have it pretty much right. I would like to comment that the beaches are fantastic, sand 100 yards deep in some spots, amazing diving and snorkeling, and lots of land to hike around in. My friends are strong environmentalists and they enjoy escaping the city to relax up there. I’ve never seen this cabin but from what I can tell, it certainly fits in with the neighborhood.
      I would prefer more photos of the layout and less of their furniture and dog.

  • Avatar vee
    February 7, 2016, 7:04 pm

    lsb is right. Not all the properties have ocean views. The area
    is just beautiful and natural. It has always been highly desirable.
    I think this cabin is just fabulous!

  • Avatar Jim
    March 29, 2016, 10:26 am

    This is for Sally. Why is it that now that the Southeastern United States is fair game for rude comments. Maybe you are from Alabama but I don’t think you have spent enough time here to appreciate the state. There are many very good people living in the state and some very enjoyable places to live here. The tiny house movement could be a trend toward a less expensive lifestyle in well designed and even classy homes. Let’s keep the comments positive.
    Also there is a non-profit organization, HERO, in Greensboro Alabama that is doing some very innovative work in building low income housing.

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