East Meets West At A Modernist Estate In Ross, $43M


Ross is a small but legendary Marin County town, set in the forests just west of Mount Tamalpais and a haven of large properties occupied by discreetly illustrious residents. Quail Hill is one of those properties, a sprawling compound of interconnected pavilions built in 1969 and cantilevered out into a 20-acre setting dotted with native redwood, laurel and live oak.

Looking not unlike a beautifully composed Japanese woodblock print, the stucco and timber house provides a splendid backdrop for the property’s extensive Japanese gardens, with specimen plants silhouetted against the structure and looking inward to a series of intimate courtyards dotted with maples, mosses and water features. Originally created by the eminent  landscape designers Nagao Sakuri and Casey Kawamoto, the now-mature gardens have been scrupulously maintained over the intervening five decades.

Like any Shogun’s castle, Quail Hill is profoundly secure and private, providing a serene place to remain securely sequestered at a time when that means so much, and spacious enough to shelter family with a maximum of comfort and the ability to work and learn from home.

What We Love: With it’s composition of soaring volumes and intimate spaces, Quail Hill is the perfect venue for serious collections both of Mid-Century Modern and Asian furniture, objects and works of art. Below, the 44-foot long great hall with 13-foot ceilings.

The principal bedroom suite looks out across a panorama from Mount Tamalpais to San Francisco. There are three additional ensuite bedrooms, two bedrooms that share a Jack-and-Jill bath, plus fully equipped staff living quarters with 2 additional bedrooms. 

The deep blue pool was designed by Sakuri to reflect the sky; it’s anchored by an exquisite pool house.

More: Go to the website for additional images and details. An extraordinary opportunity to possess one of Marin County’s premier estates, represented by Neal Ward.