LOOKING FOR A TRUE RETREAT? You'll love this Japanese-style custom 2br/1ba home on 1.6 wooded acres overlooking a year-round creek near Yosemite. Designed by award-winning Architect Craig Burdick of Studio 1030 Architects in Santa Barbara, CA, care was taken to site the home for views, location of the creek, and seclusion, as well as an organ natural aesthetic throughout the house for a sense of refuge & serenity. You'll start by entering the "genkan" or entry room, featuring a shelf for shoes and a step up into the home, which allows a moment of transition to shed the outside world. You'll be greeted by lovely wood, paper, stone, and glass as you enter the open living room with its woodstove, shoji screens, vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows for light, and views of the creek & greenbelt. Separating the entry area to the deck from the living room, a wall of shoji screens allow light, privacy & thermal buffering on that side of the home. More recently remodeled, the lovely kitchen offers granite counters, newer stainless appliances, slate floors, a gas stove & a butcher block counter area... while the dining room has beamed ceilings & lovely views. A small deck off this side of the house is a perfect place for an afternoon cup of tea. From the living room, step up into the atmospheric tatami room, w/closet storage for futons, bedding & furniture, and wonderful views. Down the hall you'll find the "tower" bedroom w/an office area, closets and a "tokonoma," or Japanese traditional display niche downstairs. Up in the loft, a unique corner window & clerestory windows light up the room. Lastly, you'll find the toilet separate from the bathing room, which is dedicated solely to cleanliness, with laundry area, sink & gorgeous stone-tiled shower for bathing before soaking in the deep stone tub w/corner window. Stepping outside, you'll find rock walls, steps & mossy decorative rocks and a large back deck & stairs down to year 'round Whiskey Creek (which is not on the property, but in the adjoining community greenbelt). The large lot offers notable seclusion, with towering pines & cedars, privacy fence along the back & greenbelt buffer. Located ~20 min drive of Bass Lake, 40 min to the South Gate of Yosemite National Park, and just a few miles off the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, the neighborhood is surrounded on 3 sides by the Sierra National Forest, with nearby waterfalls, hiking trails, and miles of USFS roads, creeks, mountain lakes & peaks, campgrounds and more.
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