Robert Hunter's Fairview
3406 17 Mile Drive,
Historically named the Robert Hunter House, or as he referred to it, Fairview. Robert Hunter, born in 1874, is known for his timeless contributions to the theory and practice of golf course design and being the architect behind the golf courses at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Cypress Point. In 1926, he published his pioneering book on golf course design, The Links. In 1928, Hunter commissioned the renowned Los Angeles architect, Wallace Neff, to design his home located on the 13th tee box of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Neff was known to design homes that were warm, livable, and surprisingly not meant to be impressive. The plan was for these wings to reach out in four directions off of a circular entrance hall forming four outdoor courtyards each with a different purpose whether views, service, or entrance. Another common aspect of Neff’s designs in the 20’s and 30’s was the use of French or screen doors to create seamless indoor-outdoor living, as well as intimate informal living. Later in 1944, Fairview became the location where Elizabeth Taylor filmed her very first movie, National Velvet, directed by Clarence Brown. This property is the epitome of classic Pebble Beach and perfectly encapsulates a moment in time.
ABOUT THE AREA
Pebble Beach is a gated, incorporated community located on the Monterey Peninsula between Pacific Grove and Carmel-by-the-Sea. A community of over 4500 residents in both single family residences and condominiums, it is sited on a forested hillside dominated by Monterey Pines overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It affords spectacular views to Point Lobos, Pescadero Point, and Cypress Point, with several beaches, an equestrian center and hiking trails. There are two public schools serving Pebble Beach residents (Carmel and Pacific Grove), but is also home to Stevenson School, a boarding/day private high school. Different from most gated communities, there is public access to the “Forest” with a toll fee charged to non-residents.
It is also considered a small coastal destination with lodging (The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Casa Palmero Spa and The Inn at Spanish Bay), 8 golf courses and the infamous 17 Mile Scenic Drive which hugs the Pacific Coastline and passes golf courses, mansions and many scenic attractions including the Lone Cypress tree (the logo of the Pebble Beach Company).
Of the eight golf courses, Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and Peter Hay Golf courses are owned by the Pebble Beach Company and are public courses. Poppy Hills is another public course, owned and operated by the Northern California Golf Association. Private courses include the Cypress Point Club, and the two Monterey Peninsula Country Club Courses (The Dunes and Shore Courses).
Two large, major events are held in Pebble Beach each year:
The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has been an annual event since 1947. It has become one of the most internationally recognized stops on the PGA Tour, and supports hundreds of local nonprofit organizations.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance auto show has been held in Pebble Beach since 1950. The event focuses on classic cars, but also includes an auction, a classic car tour, and an automotive art exhibit.