28495 Big Basin Hwy, Boulder Creek CA 95006
28495 Big Basin Hwy, Boulder Creek CA
Residential – Offered at $2,497,000
This gated Country estate 14 miles above Silicon Valley, via Highway 9, provides a front row seat to mother nature with sweeping ocean & forest views, resort like living, fresh mountain air and complete privacy. Offering direct access to “Skyline to Sea Trail” & 30K acres of state parks, the property also boasts stands of cathedral redwoods surrounding a 6 bd/4.5 bath main residence, a 632-sf Guest House, 664-sf gym, saltwater pool, spa, 1/1 sunlit cottage, 5-stall barn with outdoor arena and miles of riding trails perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. The Great Room showcases vaulted ceilings surrounded by french doors to a veranda with views of Monterey Bay adjacent to the chef’s kitchen, large dining area, & luxe master suite with spa-like bath, fireplace, & private deck. The home features a large office to work from home, plus a media room, billiards & library to provide entertainment. The property generously hosts everything from family BBQs to large-scale galas.
The picturesque community is situated at an elevation of 1,900 feet in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. As mentioned, living in the neighborhood provides direct access to the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail, yet maintains a close distance to a bustling urban lifestyle for residents who enjoy access to broader entertainment and travel. Just forty minutes northeast residents access Silicon Valley, home to the expanding tech industry; including HP, Netflix and Apple Park, also known as “Apple Spaceship” due to its unique design. Offering some cultural contrast would be to drive forty-five minutes south of Big Basin Community, where residents visit the city of Santa Cruz, a world-renowned surf spot known for its beaches, diverse restaurants, and laid back community.
Upper Big Basin community is part of Santa Cruz County, a coastal county that runs south of the San Francisco Bay Area. Established in 1850, it is one of the first counties of California and is also home to one of the top colleges in the nation, the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). With strong offerings in education and the ability to support a diverse array of active lifestyle, few residents find Upper Big Basin a lacking environment. There are not many places in the United States that offer the combination of immense biodiversity, breathtaking views, and flavorful eateries that make Santa Cruz County a unique and highly desirable place to reside.
The Upper Big Basin community offers its residents a lifestyle that prioritizes living in harmony with the natural world away from the choked streets of urban life. Nestled among the Santa Cruz Mountains and their ancient Redwood trees, Upper Big Basin is a locale known for its laid-back culture, good food, and its connection to breathtaking landscape that surrounds it – just a few miles away lies Big Basin Redwoods State Park, which hosts unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and access to nearly 2,000-year-old Redwood trees; life here provides a connection to natural roots and an escape from the breakneck speed of modern life. Residents of the community are steeped in outdoor pursuits including cycling, hiking, backpacking and equestrian activities.
A particularly proud point among outdoor enthusiasts in the area is the famous Skyline-to-the-Sea trail, a 30-mile trek that hikers from around the nation flock to for its access to over 30 acres of iconic views and its traverse through five beautiful state parks. The trail, which starts in Castle Rock State Park at Saratoga Gap, descends along the winding mountainside, ending at Waddel Beach.
While rugged outdoor pursuits account for some of the area’s appeal, the long growing season and fresh local foods have been known to also inspire those who are passionate about cuisine and wine. Upper Big Basin is home to Big Basin Vineyards and nearby unique eateries, antique stores, and other local wineries situated along the winding roads and glittering views of the Santa Cruz mountains. Foodies should know that an outing for finding locally grown and ethically-sourced food is not complete without a visit to the Wild Roots Market in the neighboring town of Boulder Creek. The basin and mountains have also long held a draw for those seeking a spiritual experience, clarity, or peace, and the surroundings here instill the kind of awe and the unfiltered experience that many are looking for. It is no surprise, then, that the area has long been home to the Vajrapani Institute, a retreat center that offers the teachings of Tibetan Monks. The institute provides guests an opportunity to embrace silence, practice contemplation, and try a vegetarian lifestyle.
With access to long treks through stunning landscapes, fresh local food, and the inspiring, thoughtful quiet of the mountains, Upper Big Basin community offers residents refuge and an opportunity to center themselves while living active, engaged lives. Residents of all ages find the adventure, the peace, and the beauty in Upper Big Basin community.
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