“She wanted to design something back then that would be her studio and an escape from the outside world,” says listing agent Nanette Schuster of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “She wanted to create a piece of sculptured artwork that mimics the free-flowing lines of nature.”
Just 700 square feet, the home is located between Monterey and Santa Cruz. It features multiple windows, reading nooks, a fireplace, and spiral staircase. Gordon was reportedly so delighted with the light-filled space, she decided to make the one-bedroom beach retreat her second home.
And don’t be fooled by the irregular shape—the home is solid. It was constructed with concrete reinforced with rebar, and finished with plaster.
“The structure is extremely sound. It withstood the  Loma Prieta earthquake,” Schuster says. “It’s not going anywhere.”
Current owner Cynthia Williams bought the home from Gordon’s family in 2013 for $560,000.
She embarked on a top-to-bottom renovation and refreshed the kitchen with custom cabinets and concrete counters. She also modernized the spiral staircase, converted the fireplace to gas, added double-pane windows, and put in a standalone tub in the master bath.
The home’s curved walls and rounded ceilings make the space seem larger than its modest square footage suggests. The main level features floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. Upstairs, the master suite also has outdoor access, along with portholes with views of Monterey Bay.
The exterior space includes lounge areas, pathways, and colorful and exotic plants. The 5,000-square-foot lot offers space to build a second unit, notes the agent, perhaps a small guesthouse.
The home is one block from the La Selva Beach bluff, and in walking distance to Manresa beach. The furnishings are included in the sale, and the property may be listed on Airbnb or kept as a long-term vacation rental. Either way, this livable work of art paints a lovely picture.
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