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Tony & Ian on the Highline in New York…A long way from Big Sur

I built the main house, of which El Apartamento is a part, originally with my son, Ian, trying to honor the spectacular location of the property. Since food has always been a focal point of connecting with friends, I hoped that feeling would be reflected in the home, and later in La Casita. Ian was a founding partner of the Blue Plate Restaurant in San Francisco, and was  Wine and Spirits editor of La Cucina Italiana, so I guess it runs in the family. Speaking of which, my niece and nephew are owners of All Spice Restaurant in San Mateo. It’s a Michelin star spot not far from San Francisco airport, so if your travel plans have you in or out in the evening, let me know and I’ll make the connection. And my cousins are proprietors of San Francisco Cooking School. If you’d like to attend classes, call Jodi and tell her I sent you.

I’ve enjoyed combining my homes into vacation rentals and try to give my guests the feeling of coming home rather than to a rental. I hope you’ll feel familiar and welcome as that is my goal. I teach yoga but mostly spend time here in Big Sur with my soon to be wife, Johanne.


We call this photo, “Canadian Gothic:” Johanne is from Montreal, also a long way from Big Sur

I hope you experience the same combination of tranquility and creative energy I find each time I come home. Some days I want nothing more than to just sit and watch the hawks. Others I can’t wait to sit at my writing table and see what comes.

I have been lucky enough to travel extensively, but have never found a place quite like this one. I’ve tried to bring a few of the fruits of my travels to grace the walls of my home, but lately I’ve been on a “less is more” path. So while there are paintings from some of my favorite artists, I hope you will enjoy the elegant simplicity I’ve tried to create.

“start slow….then taper off”