Big Sur cliff­side home is off the grid, on a for­mer gold mine

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY SARAH LINN [email protected]­bune­ Sarah Linn: 805-781-7907, @she­likestowatch

One lucky Big Sur home buyer is about to strike it rich.

But that’s not because their new clifftop re­treat, listed at $2.25 mil­lion, is built on a for­mer gold mine. The prop­erty’s real value comes in the form of breath­tak­ing coastal views and a se­cluded nat­u­ral set­ting.

Lo­cated at 29141 Plas­kett Ridge Road, the 33acre prop­erty boasts a cliff­side house with its own pri­vate wa­ter­fall and “panoramic views of the Pa­cific Ocean and the forested moun­tains of Los Padres Na­tional (For­est),” ac­cord­ing to a list­ing by Dana Bam­bace, Mark Peter­son and Melissa Rad­ow­icz of Com­pass Real Es­tate in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

“It’s really pretty unique,” Peter­son said, not­ing that the prop­erty was a work­ing gold mine for “over a cen­tury.”

Mine shafts can still be spot­ted around the site, which ceased pro­duc­tion in 1960, he said.

The 2,467-square-foot main house, which be­gan life as a miner’s cabin, has three be­d­rooms, two bath­rooms and “ex­pan­sive win­dows in ev­ery room that cap­ture views from ev­ery an­gle,” the list­ing said. One sec­tion boasts 20-foot-tall ceil­ings made of red­wood har­vested and milled on the prop­erty.

Al­though it’s “hard to pin­point” when the struc­ture was orig­i­nally built — the Com­ list­ing says 1920 — Peter­son said the re­mains of the miner’s cabin now con­sti­tute the home’s mod­ern rus­tic kitchen and two of the be­d­rooms.

Ac­cord­ing to the Re­al­tor, the kitchen boasts an­other fun his­tor­i­cal fea­ture: an is­land made out of wood from an old bowl­ing alley.

The home has a media room, but it’s more likely buyers will want to spend their time outdoors ad­mir­ing the scenery.

They can soak up views of the Pa­cific Ocean and the for­est from a red­wood hot tub on the deck be­fore rins­ing off in an outdoor shower lo­cated out­side the mas­ter suite.

Up the hill from the main house is a one-bed­room, one-bath­room home that could serve as a care­taker’s cot­tage or guest house. “It’s al­most like a tree house” sur­rounded by tow­er­ing red­woods, Peter­son said.

Peter­son said the prop­erty, lo­cated off High­way 1 about five miles north of Gorda, is “com­pletely off the grid,” with so­lar power, nat­u­ral spring wa­ter and a sep­tic sys­tem. There’s also a fire sup­pres­sion sys­tem on site.

“Those look­ing to es­cape it all in style will fall in love with this phenom­e­nal prop­erty,” the Com­pass list­ing said.


The house off High­way 1 has three be­d­rooms and views of the Pa­cific Ocean and Los Padres Na­tional For­est.


The 33-acre prop­erty is at 29141 Plas­kett Ridge Road.

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