Well, There's Always A Story . . .
Edward Moyer and his wife Florence King Moyer invested in property in Carpinteria,
California, just 12 miles south of Santa Barbara, in 1950.
they owned the entire block on the Northwest side of Oak Avenue, south of 8th Street which included the original Butterfield
Stage Stop at Carpinteria. They purchased all this for the exorbitant sum of $4500.00. It was an investment, and they didn't do much with the property until Edward died in 1960. At that time, Florence and her youngest son, Allan Moyer moved from their home in the Sunland/Tujunga area to Carpinteria. For about 10 years the old Butterfield stage stop was their home. Eventually, though, Florence sold
the stage stop house and, in 1970 decided to move to
the lot next door, where she
had a prefab "A-frame" house built, a whopping 680 square feet. On one side is the old place, and
on the other is a second lot, which was taken from Florence by the State
of California via eminent domain laws back in 1972 as a site of
historical interest. In the middle of that lot is the Sycamore tree
where the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola originally met with the Chumash
Indians in 1769 and named the place "La
Carpinteria," (the spelling is
Spanish and it means "the carpenter's shop"), noting that the Indians were building
a very sophisticated kind of canoe, which they called a "tomol," out of the trunks of the sycamores. Rather than hacking out the center of the logs and floating them like a dugout, as was common to most tribals, they were actually sawing the logs into boards to build what we might call "real boats." So, because of its long-standing history that lot became a monument, and you can see the memorial plaque if you walk down to the tree. On the other side of the lot,
the Amtrack runs along her coastline route (you'll hear the Pacific Surfliner 6 times a day), and then, of course,
Carpinteria State Beach. It's really quite an amazing location. Florence passed from this life in 1974
and left the little 'A Frame' house to Allan, who lived there by himself until 2003. Uncle Al was
getting up there in years and needed a bit more care than he could get
living by himself, so he lived with us in Cherry Valley until he finally passed in October of 2013. The upshot of that is that Al was willing to give
the property to our extended family. We formed a family corporation and
named the property, as well as the corporation "King's End" after
Florence's family name, and
because the property is situated at the end of Oak Avenue, and nobody will ever build
it, since the "Portola Sycamore" is there, on its protected site. The
property sits atop a bluff about 50 feet high, overlooking the Portola
Sycamore, and when you drive in from below, it looks like a huge front
yard. Actually, though, the lot is just enough room for the house and a small yard. In 2003, when Al came to live with us, we
began the process of getting permission to rebuild the old A-frame, which
was falling down anyway. Eventually we decided to demolish the
old place and build something new.
Construction Begins (April 17, 2010)
After having obtained permission in
principle from the City of
Carpinteria to build, we employed an architect, William G. Cooper, who
was himself a native of the area, a Christian man and a well-known
photographer to boot. Bill Cooper designed our house to be in keeping
with the architecture of the area, as what he called a "modified California Craftsman" and drew the plans and rendering you
see at the top of the page. Sadly, Bill also passed away just a week
before Easter, 2008. He was only 53 years old, when, while praying with
his son during their weekly prayer meeting, he experienced a massive
heart attack. King's End was the last house he ever designed. We've dedicated King's End to his memory. Bill's
"graduation" not only rocked us personally, but also set us back quite a bit in our plans to build, but
eventually another architect, Bryan Pollard, of Santa Barbara, picked up where Bill had left off and we
began, again, the process that would eventually lead to building King's End.
King's End Carpinteria is designed as a modified California Craftsman style house, in keeping with the rustic, California beach town in which it is located. Carpinteria, on Highway 101, is often missed by travelers on the way to the bigger cities, but loved by all who take the time to get off the highway and enter the byways of California's Central Coast.
The floor plan of King's End Carpinteria lends itself to flexible vacation living. The ground floor comprises a multi-function suite in the Japanese style, a roomy kitchen, dining room and a spacious living area, connected to an outdoor living room and patio area with its own fireplace. Upstairs a large Master Suite, with walk-in closet, a spacious bath where you can pamper yourself and a private veranda, adjoins, but remains separate from the two-bedroom self-contained suite with its large living-dining area, bath and another private veranda.
Not your typical beach house, King's End sits 400 yards removed from the wind and sand of the beachfront, atop its wonderfully quiet bluff, overlooking the Portola Sycamore.
King's end comfortably accommodates 8 adults, and will easily sleep 12 in more compact fashion. There are plenty of places for futons to accommodate children, as well. It provides a great place for weekend getaways, staff retreats, offsite sessions and small-group celebrations.
With Carpinteria State Beach and campground just a 5 minute walk away, which provides facilities for motor homes, travel trailers, tent camping, and more, King's End can be used as a central gathering place for family reunions, larger group retreats, etc.