Driving south on PCH through Big Sur, you can see a glint of sun coming off an A-frame home that’s perched on the edge of the bluffs 600 feet above the Pacific Ocean.

Recently restored/remodeled and offered for short-term vacation rentals, “Wild Bird” was designed by San Francisco architect, Nathaniel A. “Nat” Owings (Skidmore Owings & Merrill). Following its completion, Time Magazine described ‘Wild Bird’ as “the most beautiful house on the most beautiful site in the U. S.”

Owings built “Wild Bird” as a permanent home at Big Sur in 1958. In the early 1960s, he and his wife joined neighbors in organizing to limit development along the scenic highway of California Route 1. This small step into the world of political activism led to Owings further involvement in conversation and preservation campaigns.

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