Grand And Modern In Tiburon, $12MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 1925 Straits View Drive
What: An elegant composition of stone, wood and glass with framed views by Mill Valley’s Sutton Suzuki Architects. Cleverly laid out on its long narrow lot, the 4-bed, 4-bath home is set on a podium with parking, utilities and staff quarters, lifting the main living spaces to enjoy the view.
One can enter from the lower level directly (there’s also an elevator) or up a series of steps and across the terrace to the living/dining room.
Open to the sky, the reflecting pool is a calming central element, echoing the classic, banded stone walls that extend indoors and out.
What We Love: The classic, conservative architecture– with a few influences from Frank Lloyd Wright and Post Modernism– is still fresh a decade after it was designed, though a subsequent owner will probably happy with less clutter. The elevator allows for “aging in place”, plus it’s handy for bring more pinot noir up from the wine cellar.
The open kitchen (backed up by en extensive pantry and storage) is elevated above the media/family room, taking in views in three directions. We can’t think of better place to share a meal than the small adjacent dining area and patio.
Superb cabinet and window frame details throughout, plus outstanding details in places few will see– like the long gallery to the bedroom wing.
The multi-level site is broken up with intimate, curvilinear gathering areas and paths looking out onto the sweeping views; mature landscaping skillfullyconceals the neighboring properties.
The immense master suite forms a wing of its own, with an intimate stone patio and spa looking out onto the protected coastal meadow.
More: Go to the dedicated website for additional images, floor plans and details, plus a video that really captures the spirit of the place. Represented by luxury specialists Bill Smith and Ann Alwyn at Pacific Union International.