Sea Ranch Condominium One
The Sea Ranch development, along Highway 1 in the northwesternmost corner of Sonoma County, may appear to be little more than a resort community with a few hundred permanent residents, a few hundred vacation homes and a few hundred more used for short-term rentals. It began in the early '60s, however, as an experiment in architectural harmony. The famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin was responsible for its master plan, and Condominium One, designed by a team of architects led by Charles Moore, was an attempt to promote a new form of modernism rooted in local vernacular and the landscape -- the exact opposite of brutalism. Fences and landscaping are also prohibited. Of course, the development also limited public access to the shore, leading to establishment of the California Coastal Commission in the '70s.