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Idyllically situated on a quiet hillside street just above walk-to-town downtown San Anselmo, this stunning industrial-style modern home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, provides an unexpected and astoundingly unique living experience, on a quarter acre-lot surrounded by redwood trees, in a residence intentionally designed to integrate with nature.
Outfitted with striking corrugated metal contrasted against redwood and cedar siding, the 2,052 square foot residence is the result of a meticulous head-to-toe remodel in 2012-13 by the owners, who expanded and transformed the home from a 1958 summer cottage, into a one-of-a-kind, contemporary, magical, light-filled architectural gem.
With numerous highly inventive and appealing features, the house includes a contemporary open great room that combines living, dining and kitchen areas and features exposed steel frame beams and ten skylights overhead, adjacent a state-of-the-art media lounge; a uniquely designed primary suite with 14-foot ceilings and clerestory windows on four sides, and a huge livable roof top deck bordered by cedar topped clean cable railing and the natural world.
In addition to reinventing the house, the renovation included reimaging the outdoor environment, with the goal of habitat restoration and creating a natural oasis at the urban wildlife interface. The landscape now includes a grove of redwood trees, planted 15 years ago, and a system of retaining walls. The distinctive property, which also boasts an intermittent creek, has the added distinction of receiving a lot line adjustment and is poised for permitted expansion to allow for 1,000 additional square feet of prime living space.
Arrive at the property to a visually arresting contemporary street-facing façade, including corrugated steel siding and a modern garage door featuring panes of tempered glass. Head up a poured concrete stairway flanked by gorgeous greenery to reach the front door. Here step into an entrance/mud room. This former porch, now enclosed, is surrounded by windows on all sides and provides a transitional space between the exterior space and interior residence.
From the mudroom enter the great room, through a wall of light filtering interior windows.
With open living, kitchen and dining room spaces, this custom-designed great room reimagines a traditional living space, in favor of exposed load bearing support beams, and multiple natural light sources connecting the outside to the inside.
The open space includes a living room on one side under a series of clerestory windows. On the opposite wall find an industrial-style kitchen boasting “chalk-board black” phenolic resin kitchen counters, and stainless-steel appliances, including Jenn Air gas range, and Bosch dishwasher. A dining area, adjacent the kitchen, includes modern drum light fixture overhead, and sits under a wall of windows, offering pristine nature views of maple and redwood trees.
Adjacent to the dining space, under an exposed wooden arch, step into a sumptuous and plush media lounge room. Fully wired for sound and designed for a film projector, the room is surrounded by mood enhancing curtains, and offers an enhanced setting for entertainment and relaxation.
Bedroom Retreats with Views of the Natural World
A hallway to the right of the great room provides access to two separate bedroom retreats with a modern guest bathroom. The first bedroom on the right faces the street and includes a large, outfitted closet and a private contemporary balcony overlooking the street. The adjacent bath is outfitted with a modern sink over vanity, and shower over tub, surrounded by glow in the dark tiles. A second bedroom on the left offers fully outfitted closet, with large skylights overhead.
Step to the rear of the house to enter a custom-designed and luxurious primary suite. With soaring fourteen-foot open beam ceilings, and a private redwood deck under the trees, this spectacular retreat benefits from light streaming in from five directions, including multiple skylights and windows.
A creatively designed en-suite bathroom sits within the square bedroom space and is surrounded by interior clerestory windows. Outfitted with radiant floors, as well as black phenolic resin counters over modern vanity, the bathroom includes a glass enclosed, deep, two person Japanese soaking tub, situated under a “moonlit” skylight.
This spacious bedroom suite has an adaptive floorplan, with heavy gauge galvanized metal room dividers, hanging from a steel beam, that slide to partition off a portion of the room to create a private workspace. In the corner of the bedroom a pocket door opens directly to the media room for easy access.
Divine and blissful outdoor nature spaces:
Head outside to explore this incredible quarter acre lot where nearly every inch has been developed to heighten the experience of outdoor living alongside glorious nature. Ascend a well-designed exterior set of stairs to discover an incredible and one-of-a-kind roof top deck. Surrounded by modern cable view railing, this large livable deck features sustainable Trex decking, and is outfitted with vegetable garden beds.
Wander the property to find a landscaped seating area to the left of entrance, a beautiful spot for soaking in the morning sun surrounded by nature in a sheltered environment. There are myriad paths to explore throughout the property, including a short cut to Bald Hill preserve, or an intermittent creek surrounded by blossoming plant life.
Walk down to the street level to find a scrupulously maintained garage, with abundant built-in shelving for storage. The garage is adjacent an additional bedroom suite with separate entrance and full bath attached, and a deep walk-in storage closet. From here walk to charming downtown San Anselmo in minutes, top elementary schools, or explore an endless amount of open space and wildlife for hiking, biking, and nature gazing.
Additional Features and Highlights:
Great weather, access to hiking and biking trails, good schools, and a strong, vibrant downtown make San Anselmo a desirable destination for Marin County homebuyers looking to live a little off the beaten track.
The neighborhood surrounding the San Francisco Theological Seminary is a quiet, leafy enclave of large, older houses with well-tended yards. Heading up Butterfield Road will take you to the rolling hills above San Anselmo and sweeping views of the open spaces, grasslands, and oak trees of northern Marin County. Downtown, locals get their fill of delicious food at MH Bread and Butter or Cucina and and shop for clothing, gifts and accessories in many of the downtown boutiques.
San Anselmo is a town made for strolling. Small shops and many restaurants line the main street, which backs onto the active San Anselmo Creek.