The “Prow House” designed by the renowned Seatle-based architectual firm Adams, Mohler and Ghillino, sits atop a one-hundred-eighty foot bluff on the Pacific Ocean in picturesque Mendocino County, California, just a mile or so south of Elk. It's design is simple, dramatic and comfortable. This 4000+/- square foot house is bounded on three sides by the ocean and on the fourth by the Pacific Coast Scenic Highway. Major views are to the northwest, where coastal rocks provide a dramatic foreground to the distant ocean outlook. This one story home takes the form of a low-slung, windswept "L." The glazed, projecting corner, or prow of the house, is aligned to the northwest, facing the rugged rock outcroppings, taking full advantage of the exhilarating views in that direction. In contrast, the leeward, southwest corner of the house is a serene courtyard which is enclosed by the “L” of the house. This protected space includes a lap pool, a hot tub and a patio all shielded from the winds that buffet the site. The home offers three en-suite bedrooms, each with its own ocean view. They are connected to the common living area by a grand, linear art gallery. The living area is centered by the great room with floor to ceiling windows, enclosing the living room, with a wood burning fireplace, a dining room, with a Jack and Jill balcony and a home office-library. The materials and finishes used to build this home are high quality, including a standing seam metal roof, Hardy Plank exterior cement board siding, a solar-heated swimming pool and hot tub and a world-class Protea garden. Inside, maple floors cover radiant heating. The galley style kitchen includes both a SubZero refigerator and freezer, and a professional grade Viking range. The butler’s pantry includes a stacked washer and dryer. The house has a minimal impact on views from the highway as required by the California Coastal Commission. It is sited at the lowest portion of the site and maintains a low profile of 18' above average grade.