Your Moment of Zen in a Modernist Tree House, $4.2MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 238 Summit Drive, Corte Madera
What: One of Marin County’s most radical Mid-Century houses, designed and built by architect Robert Overstreet and landscape architect George White in 1968, and their home for two decades. An elegant composition of boxes hung on immense redwood poles, it’s a fascinating synthesis of the ‘60s urge to cantilever one’s home into space and connect to the outdoors, and 12th Century Japanese wooden temples.
Rooftop pavilions let light into the main level.
The house is arranged over four levels with a flexible floor plan, plus a guest house.
Throughout the interior and exterior, simple repeated patterns mimic the beam heads and joinery of Japanese wooden structures, subtly contasting with the massive timbers.
One of the master suites, below.
What We Love: The current owners, who purchased the property twenty-one years ago directly from Overstreet, gave it a loving and comprehensive overhaul over the course of three years, guaranteeing its survival.
More: Check out the property’s outstanding dedicated site, which includes aditional images, full details of the renovation, floor plans and a video. Represented by Tamara Goldman at Pacific Union International.