Above Image: A Santa Cruz residence by Jon de La Cruz. Photo by Matthew Millman.
“This amazing wine country estate blends seamlessly into the natural environment, complete with a Zen rock garden. The large, polished stones guide the homeowners and their guests through a calm and meditative walk perfect for starting the day or watching the sunset. Cue a cup of herbal tea or a local wine.”
“The dining area and adjoining terrace highlight where the California hills meet the natural lagoon that flows into the Pacific. The sounds of birdlife and ocean waves are a soothing backdrop for this family retreat.”
“For our “surf shack” near Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, the east-facing house greets the morning sun, protected by a tree house and surrounded by breaking waves on all three sides of the property. We perched a double-sized round daybed at the very tip of the landscape to create the ultimate restful and organic soundscape.”
“Inspired by the artwork of Donald Judd, this meditation cube is open to the sky. Set in the middle of the house, it’s perfectly quiet, as you can only hear sounds from above, like the birds.”