Surrounded by towering redwoods and built into the rugged cliffs of Big Sur, California, the personal home of the late and influential architect Mickey Muennig, the man “who built Big Sur,” hit the market Tuesday for $6.95 million.
The utterly distinct compound, perched above the fog line on Partington Ridge, comprises three unique residences: a main house built into the mountainside with an arched skylight and sod garden roof; the standout glass house; and the multilevel caretaker’s house with ocean views from every level, according to the listing with Jeannie Ford of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.
“In the world of art and priceless things, this property is its own category all together,” Ms. Ford told Mansion Global. “It’s a very magical experience.”
The first property encountered after emerging from the surrounding redwoods is the glass house. True to its name, the structure has a glass ceiling as well as a suspended bed—seemingly floating in the space—and a wood-burning fireplace.
“The glass house is so exquisite,” Ms. Ford said, and was the first that Muennig built and where he would reside while the rest of the property came together. Muennig died in June at the age of 86.
“This was the home that [Muennig] built for himself for what he thought was going to be a short time,” Ms. Ford said. “He wanted to spend time on the land and get to know it. How the stars moved across the sky, where the winds came from.”
The architect acquired the nearly 30-acre swath of land in 1973 for $65,000, listing records show, and completed his retreat in 1985.
Muennig “has defined the architecture in Big Sur,” Ms. Ford said. “His shapes and the way he works with the views and the land, he’s responsible for what people think of when they think of architecture in Big Sur.”
The three homes on the compound, each utilizing glass and wood, are distinctly different, according to Ms. Ford.
“The main house, the way it flows organically with the land is amazing,” she said. “Most of it is underground, but when you’re inside you have no idea—the whole roof practically is glass.”
The circular caretaker’s house feels cozy and boasts a spiral staircase and glass skylights in the front with expansive views.
The compound benefits from a “beautiful balance of community and ultimate privacy,” Ms. Ford said, noting that Muennig’s daughter told her that the only things you hear at night are the native animals and the waves crashing below.
“The property needs someone to come in who wants to roll up their sleeves and make it their own, at the same time preserving and protecting,” Ms. Ford said. “Somebody who really wants to bring everything back to the vision the architect had.”
“This is a legacy property, without any question,” she added. “Something you would make your own and keep for generations.”
Article Source: Mansion Global