Waterside Retreat: Ocean Views From Hilltop Home

Located on the Sonoma Coast in Calif., this home soaks up spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. To ensure that the owners could really bask in the beauty of their surroundings, the landscape designers installed a bocce court, spacious wood deck and an infinity-edge pool backed by perennials.

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Photo By: Marion Brenner

Pool House and Grasses

The natural look of this home's landscape design allows the structures and the hillside to merge together gracefully.

Infinity Pool at Sunset

This infinity pool seems to sit right at the edge of the world.

Infinity Pool and Guest House

A pool and guest house sit at the edge of the hill, with the infinity pool accentuating the dramatic position and awe-inspiring views.

Pool, Deck and Hillside

Wide concrete steps lead down to the swimming pool and patio. A fire pit makes the space perfect for entertaining as the sun goes down.

Infinity Pool and Perennials

This backyard perches high on a grassy hillside along the Sonoma coast in California. Its infinity pool and perennial garden have breathtaking views out to the Pacific Ocean.

Lavender and Infinity Pool

Here, banks of perennials fade into the glassy blue of the infinity pool.

Green Roof and Ocean Views

This home uniquely blends into the grassy hillside surrounding it, thanks to its green roof. Landscape designers had the challenge of creating usable outdoor areas out of the steeply sloped terrain.

Pyramid House and Ocean View

This 1970s pyramid-shaped house overlooks the Pacific Ocean along the Sonoma, California coastline.

Guest House With Green Roof

The guest house features a green roof that blends in seamlessly with the surrounding grasses and hillside.

Bocce Court and View

On one of the upper terraces, a game of bocce gets a sweeping backdrop of California coastline views.

Bocce Court and Lawn

This bocce court and the native lawn around it is situated on an upper terrace, so it looks out over the landscape.

Steel and Concrete Stairs in Garden

Stairways—both concrete and corten steel—connect this terraced backyard. All around the stairs are a graceful mix of perennials and grasses, with planters helping to soften the transition between levels.

Garden Path With Lights

Thin metal edging makes a subtle delineation between this path and the gardens on either side. There are also petite lights to illuminate nighttime strolls.

Russian Sage and Grasses

For texture and vibrant color, landscape designers planted Russian sage and a range of ornamental grasses.

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