One of California’s best scenic drives is Highway 1 through Big Sur — and this week’s historical shelter is not only boasting a Highway 1 address, but it was built by one of the foundational members of the Big Sur community.
Back in the day, Big Sur was quite the hotbed of artistic talent, from sculptor Harry Dick Ross, to novelist Henry Miller, collage artist Jean Varda, painter Emil White, poet Robinson Jeffers, writer George Sterling, poet Eric Barker, painter Ephraim Doner, Jack Kerouac, and photographer Ansel Adams.
Big Sur’s pioneer era began sometime between 1821 and 1846 and ended in 1937, with the opening of Highway 1. In the years in between, families that still call Big Sur home today took root — Pfeiffer, Bixby, Post, Trotter, Dani, Notley, Partington, and Harlan.
It was Sam Trotter that built this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home that sits on 2.16 acres off of Highway 1, which it predates by about seven years.
Trotter, who was a larger-than-life homebuilder and Big Sur pioneer, created an enchanted log cabin that manages to be both rustic and whimsical, with an ocean view, yet perched in a redwood forest at the end of a gated road.
The home, realtor Ben Heinrich said, “has the feel of remote old school Big Sur, yet is close enough to walk to Deetjen’s for breakfast.”
With 2,400 square feet, it’s surprisingly large for a 1930s era cabin and is surrounded by lush gardens. It’s clear that Trotter’s craftsmanship has longevity, and that the home has been well-maintained.
It’s listed for $2,995,000, by the Heinrich Team with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Carmel Rancho.
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