East of California's famed Monterey Bay, overlooking gateway to Monterey County's historic “River Road Wine Trail" -- and nestled within the dramatic world of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" -- reigns the elegant, 20-room Hiram Corey House. Built in 1891, sheltered within a serene Santa Lucia canyon and framed by towering Empire palms, the opulent, old-growth redwood mansion served as family residence for the Quebec native who, in the mid-19th century, sailed around Cape Horn to settle in the "Promised Land" of California. Corey eventually became owner of the vast and richly fertile 8,444 acreage then known as Rancho Buena Vista and, later, Rancho Las Palmas where he operated one of Monterey County's most respected ranching establishments, supplying the finest butters that "commanded the most fancy prices" from discerning, San Francisco patrons. In 1978, the landmark River Road estate, designed by Architect Carlton Bassett in the fin de siècle "Chateauesque" style, became listed on The National Register of Historic Places and now is eligible for Monterey County MILLS ACT PROGRAM property tax reduction.
Other detached, period-style structures also situated within the fully-gated, 1.59 acre parcel include an upscale day spa/salon (carved from the original Carriage House), charming Princess Anne playhouse, secluded gardening tool shed and special events gazebo with separate gated entry. Towering ancient shade trees dominate the well-manicured verdant lawns that, along the west, are framed and protected by tall forests of dense evergreens. Generous off-street, “marked” guest parking, including for "physically-challenged," are interspersed within this unusually private and secluded, gated retreat.
Interior amenities exude elegance, comfort and convenience. All bathrooms, including those found in the owners’ quarters, sport the latest in high-end fixtures, jet tubs, walk-in showers and TOTO water-conserving commodes. Each guest suite offers its own individual climate control panel and flat screen while many provide elegant writing desks perfectly placed within light-drenched, bay window alcoves. Per code, regulation sprinklers and smoke detectors are installed throughout.
Yet, original period architectural details, such as the "Queen Anne-hallmark" turret, gabled and hipped roofs, decorative "fish scale" exterior shingling, squared bay windows, fireplaces and door frames remain preserved throughout; wonderfully wavy window glass panes – always testaments to "original" architectural integrity -- encased by original wood sash frames and “balances” further confirm respectful professional preservation. Even Hiram Corey's initials "H.C." and the year "1891" remain inscribed in concrete along the front stoop of the House looking southwest.
Indeed, the Hiram Corey House on Historic River Road now blends quiet charm and luxurious ambience of bygone eras with comfort and welcome conveniences expected by today's most discriminating guests. Its extraordinary secluded privacy makes the property an ideal candidate for a corporate retreat or university-owned guest house.
This landmark further benefits from an ideal year-round temperate climate and coveted proximity to "Wine Trail" estate vintners, world-class Pebble Beach golf, tony Carmel-by-the-Sea shopping, internationally-recognized Silicon Valley and, of course, the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Historic River Road (also known as "River Road Wine Trail") offers ready access to and from US-101, California’s major North/South Corridor that, in turn, leads directly to both Silicon Valley (1.5 hours) and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge (2 hours). Three nearby airports accommodating private planes wait only 6-18 minutes away. The landmark sits near CA-68 and is 9 miles south of the City of Salinas.
For further information or to schedule a tour, please call Broker Johanna Welty at 925.708.4505 or email: BoutiqueHospitality@hotmail.com (Co-brokered with KW Joy Jacobs)