For those who are looking for ocean views, but want to live closer to nature, in an environment that's a bit wilder, the Highlands may be ideal.

Many artists and writers, including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, established "studio-homes" in the Highlands because of it's rugged scenery and stunning, panoramic views.  Because of its history as an artists' refuge, many homes in the area are custom builds, with a unique history and character.  For instance, 162 Spindrift, which is currently available, was featured in the film "Play Misty for Me".

See why this landscape has inspired scores of artists for decades: