Perched 250 feet above the Pacific Ocean on the southern most tip of the Baja Peninsula, Casa Finisterra boasts sweeping 180 degree views of one of the rare places in the world where the desert meets the ocean. The approximately 7,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home designed by Steven Harris (AIA) is undoubtedly the region’s most architecturally significant residence.
Designed to optimize sunlight, views and open-air living, the balance between architecture and nature is evident in the home, with the structures displaced to the perimeter of an irregular courtyard with landscape designed by Margie Ruddick.
Natural light guides movement throughout the house with inviting interiors designed by Lucien Rees Roberts. Hidden skylights, walls of glass rods, slender clerestories and floor level windows paired with reflecting pools that play with sunlight during the day also let interior light escape to illuminate the exterior at night.
Composed of reinforced concrete and high-strength laminated glass, the house is defined by two retaining walls that establish the public and private wings. The master suite, media room and gym, share a floor in the private L-shaped east wing. The public west wing is comprised of the living room, dining room and kitchen. Between the two wings, an outdoor living room floats within a small pool and frames a view of the ocean.
The open air living room overlooks the 50-foot pool that cantilevers out across the cliff toward the Pacific. Framed by walls of stone and concrete, the pool feels almost completely private from the other parts of the house.
The guest suites, each with its own recreation area, make up the lower levels of each wing.
Director of Architectural Properties, Desert Communities