Hillside Haven in California

Just overlooking the West Coast, this hillside home in Hollister Ranch, Calif., easily encourages rest and relaxation. Visitors can gather around the fire pit, or unwind in the cedar-framed hot tub, complete with views of the ocean.

From: Margie Grace

Photo By: Lepere Studio

Photo By: Lepere Studio

Photo By: Lepere Studio

Photo By: Lepere Studio

Photo By: Lepere Studio

Photo By: Lepere Studio

Photo By: Lepere Studio

Rustic California Patio With Fire Pit

Large fieldstones are used to create a rustic patio that overlooks the California coast. A propane-fueled campfire circle is surrounded by comfortable Adirondack chairs for a cozy spot to gather during the day and night.

Flagstone Walkways Through California Garden

This small weekend retreat on the flank of the rolling grassy coastal plain in Hollister Ranch, near Gaviota, Calif., looks out on breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean and mountains. Meandering gravel and flagstone paths bring movement to the outdoor space.

Rustic, Cozy Fire Pit With California Coast View

This small weekend retreat on the flank of the rolling grassy coastal plain in Hollister Ranch, near Gaviota, Calif., looks out on breathtaking panoramic views of ocean and foothills. The flagstone and gravel patio leads to a cozy fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs.

Rustic Fire Pit With Ocean Views

Adirondack chairs surround the propane-fueled campfire circle with stunning views of the California coast. A low stone garden wall defines the space.

Cedar Hot Tub With Beautiful Ocean Views

The cedar hot tub is tucked into the hillside, surrounded by field stone walls and a cozy flagstone patio. Restrained plantings take their cue from the stunning natural setting. Sweeps of native grasses and succulents dot the garden; olive trees provide structure and shade.

Cedar Hot Tub With Beautiful Ocean Views

The cedar hot tub is tucked into the hillside, surrounded by field stone walls and a cozy flagstone patio. Restrained plantings take their cue from the stunning natural setting. Sweeps of native grasses and succulents dot the garden; olive trees provide structure and shade.

Native Grasses Highlight Fieldstone Wall

A painterly approach to landscaping really enhances both the man-made and natural landscape. The fieldstone wall echos the horizon line where water meets sky, tying the two spaces together in a unified composition. The garden palette repeats the colors of the backdrop, but with more intense hues.