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Alhambra House,
Aptos, CA

Nestled in the rolling hills of Aptos, CA, and situated to emerge from the surrounding woods, Alhambra House's stepped-back massing belies its actual 4,100 square foot area. Designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, this comfortably contemporary home draws inspiration from the iconic works of famed California architect George Washington Smith (active 1917-1929). Enjoying commanding views of Monterey Bay, the residence seamlessly integrates timeless design elements including sculpturally decorative chimney features, multi-layered arched openings, cast stone and wrought iron accents, and Mission-style clay tile roofing. Thoughtfully crafted, the home features five bedrooms, four and a half baths, and an attached Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU), providing versatility for various lifestyle needs. Alhambra House not only pays homage to the Spanish Colonial Revival tradition but also interprets the enduring vision of George Washington Smith for a contemporary audience. From its spacious, functional interior to its meticulous detailing, Alhambra House stands as a testament to architectural excellence, offering its residents a harmonious blend of elegance and functionality in a breathtaking natural setting.

The contractor's time-lapse video capturing the construction from initial foundation work to final completion can be seen at

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