Grab One of William Turnbull’s Binker Barns in the Sea Ranch For $1.33M



Nestled on a wooded bluff along the Pacific Coast in California, two classic Sea Ranch structures are connected by a catwalk.

A view of the Abel House and its classic Sea Ranch design. With sloping rooflines and a naturally aged wood exterior, the minimalist aesthetic is meant to blend with nature.

About two-and-a-half hours north of San Francisco on a 10-mile stretch of California’s famous Highway One lies the Sea Ranch. This cluster of modernist homes was first conceived in the 1960s by a group of architects who envisioned an idyllic community among the rocky Northern California coast. One such architect, William “Bill” Turnbull, Jr., designed many of the area’s homes, including 17 called Binker Barns, one of which just hit the market.

A drive through the redwood forest leads to the home’s entrance. The home sits on 1.6 acres with permanently protected forest and ocean views.

A drive through the redwood forest leads to the home’s entrance. The home sits on 1.6 acres with permanently protected forest and ocean views.

Photo by Paul Kozal

Turnbull was a key figure in the establishment of the aesthetic known today as the Sea Ranch architectural style. His designs helped to set the moody tone for which the area’s homes are known—generally, structures with sloping roofs, wood cladding, and finishes that adhere to strict guidelines for minimizing impact on nature. Overlooking rocky cliffs and the Pacific Ocean, each of the homes are nestled among rolling hills and timber forests.

A view of the Abel House and its classic Sea Ranch design. With sloping rooflines and a naturally aged wood exterior, the minimalist aesthetic is meant to blend with nature.

A view of the Abel House and its classic Sea Ranch design. With sloping rooflines and a naturally aged wood exterior, the minimalist aesthetic is meant to blend with nature. 

Photo by Paul Kozal

The Binker Barns were designed to resemble their namesake in a classic post-and-beam style with exposed framing and meticulous joinery. Known as the Abel House, this 1968 Blinker Barn is the only home in Sea Ranch that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 2,500-square-foot home has been meticulously maintained, with some recent modernizations in the kitchen and bathrooms. Scroll ahead to take a look at the masterfully crafted redwood interior.

A look at the living and dining room, with barn-style doors and openings. Shown here, the original 1968 redwood interior was completed by master craftsman Matthew Silvia.

A look at the living and dining room, with barn-style doors and openings. Shown here, the original 1968 redwood interior was completed by master craftsman Matthew Silvia.

Photo by Paul Kozal

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