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Built close to the street, this hacienda rambles along its curved lot, slowly unfolding picturesque architectural features – windows behind grilles, wooden doors with a raised zigzag pattern, a shapely chimney – to anyone passing by. It is an especially good example of making the most of a site and the quality that May called “ground contact.” In other words, the house seems to grow directly out of the earth, but to a limited height due to the visual weight of the heavily rusticated tile roof.


Closer inspection reveals a two-story rear section of the house with a romantic balcony overlooking the courtyard. This home is the first home in which May utilized a second story, he only built a small number of Monterey style homes.


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