Tres Paraguas means “Three Umbrellas,” and it’s not hard to figure out why this Ron Mann-designed contemporary architectural Carmel estate adopted that moniker. Stand on the expansive grounds and gaze at the architecture. Along with the heavily stuccoed pueblos that comprise the estate’s living space, three of which are connected by glass atriums, you’ll see “three giant roofs of corten steel (that) float free over the five buildings,” Mann said on his design website.
Mounted on 30×30-inch square columns made of Douglas fir, the roofs soar 26 feet in the air, providing sufficient drama to complement the home’s breathtaking location in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula. Like nearly everything else on the property, they were chosen with a dual focus in mind: for their aesthetics, naturally, and also to provide shade to the pueblos.
Because in all things Mann designs, there must be beauty. And function. And they must also be interesting, architecturally and geographically speaking.
The owners of Tres Paraguas “wanted to experiment, to create a one-of-a-kind living environment for the Monterey Peninsula— something really new and innovative,” Mann noted. It was a challenge the award-winning designer readily embraced. “All I need to hear is the word ‘impossible,’” he said. “I like a design challenge and the freedom to execute a new vision.”
Tres Paraguas certainly presented that opportunity. The location at at the top of Gentry Hill, with “Jack’s Peak as the backdrop on the land side and a panoramic view oceanside, all the way to Santa Cruz,” he said, gave Mann the ideal setting within which to create an exquisite 12,482-square-foot residence that was inspired, not surprisingly within the Mann design context, by someone else.
“I get help from the greatest designer: Mother Nature,” He told Architectural Digest as part of his 2010 AD100 feature. “I’ve always advocated going with natural materials and fabrics. Design is a reflection of the world around us and also creates the world.”
“El Escondite” (The Hideaway in Spanish). This also would have been a fine name for a home that sits up on a summit, surrounded by preserved trees, ensconced within nearly five acres of land and with majestic vistas from nearly every viewpoint.
Between the natural landscape and the home’s careful siting, both sightlines and privacy have been addressed. The home drinks in some of the area’s most awe-inspiring vistas while remaining out of sight of prying eyes. And the spaces have been designed in such a way as to also make the home comfortable, livable, and also an entertainer’s paradise.
Case in point: the large dining area, which begs to host a dinner party on its 15-foot table—a steel base topped by a tiger-redwood live-edge piece of art. The view from here grazes the Brewster Brockmann terracotta figures in the courtyard, out to lush greenery, and the ocean beyond. The home also offers an entertaining room with bar.
Enter the kitchen, and it takes the eye a beat to settle. From the pink-stained Douglas fir wood floors, to the pantry hidden behind a montage of sliding photo panels, to the concrete countertops with inlaid metal beams (Inlaid details are not unique to the kitchen; the master suite’s concrete flooring with patches of inlaid carpet designed to resemble leopard spots is another standout feature.), the space offers an eyeful of detailed artistry. Don’t be surprised if your eyes rest on the wall of 12-foot disappearing glass walls that slide aside to remove all barriers between indoors and out and highlight the coastline and forest views.
Those sliding glass walls are found throughout the house, giving the residence the type of indoor-outdoor potential a setting like this deserves. The outdoor spaces are equally inspired, with the one-half acre, enclosed courtyard terracing down to a lush lawn, a luxury pool and spa, a cantina with kitchen and bar, and extensive terraces that do eventually stop; thankfully, the views do not.
Offered on the market for $14,995,000, Tres Paraguas is a true wonder to behold.
566 Aguajito Road is listed by Tim Allen of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Carmel-by-the-Sea/Junipero and Canning Properties of Sotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Rancho.