This modern ranch house by Feldman Architecture sits on a knoll in the Santa Lucia Preserve, engaging a majestic Valley Oak in its central court. A series of stone ‘strong walls’ form the structure of the house and central courtyard. Beyond this, refined board form concrete walls help frame various outdoor spaces for entertaining and pool play. Inside-outside living is afforded through generous portals opening through the house walls with sliding panels giving way to landscape and inviting living spaces. The various proximities to oak woodland are a dynamic part of this landscape: a seasonally changing Valley Oak as a central feature, a grove of Coast Live Oaks on the knoll, and the ever changing hillside to the south, with sunlight playing on canopies throughout the day in the distant hills. Dynamic connections from west to east, knoll to saddle, micro to macro, native and lush, offer surprises at every turn.