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Surrounded by incredible natural beauty and sitting on nearly 10 acres, 2000 Bayhills Drive offers the ultimate in privacy, luxury, hand crafted comforts, along with the serenity of living in a park.

It’s country living - yet minutes to town. Perched on Mount San Pedro Ridge, there are expansive views over forested hillsides to Mount Tam. And right outside is all the recreation Marin County has to offer: miles of hiking trails, world class mountain biking, renown bird and nature habitats, your own mature organic landscape and garden, and just down the road, you can put your kayak out onto the Bay. This 3-bedroom 3-bathroom hillside retreat even has your own private walking trail. The home is surrounded by 2000 acres of open space parkland and is the last private property adjacent to permanently protected parks. There are no visible neighbors, and the area is fully gated.

Some of the luxury amenities including sweeping decks constructed with 100 year old heart redwood taken from wine tanks, perfectly positioned salt water pool and custom spa, milled Ash hardwood floors, a Chefs kitchen with a large center island, 2 sinks, 6 burner Dacor stovetop, Viking Oven, and the formal living room with 12 foot ceilings looks out over the forested hills for entertaining and or enjoy a quiet drink in front of the river rock fireplace built by a 3rd generation West Marin stonemason. The house is a seamless mix features of a classic home that also has a clean modern feel. Life can be lived inside and out. The primary bedroom and bath are in an attached suite of rooms constructed in traditional Japanese style including a cedar soaking tub and windows overlooking the forested hillside. It’s minimalist perfection includes the silky hand-planed cedar floors and woodwork meticulously built by Len Bracket and featured in the book Building the Japanese House Today. The walls were done by a National Treasure craftsman from Japan and the sliding doors open on to a private deck.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES 

Main Level

Entry

  • Large Japanese wood slat sliding glass front door
  • Slate tile entry
  • ramma transom interior windows
  • Built-in floor to ceiling library
  • Steps down to living room

Living Room

  • Fireplace set by 3rd generation West Marin stone mason with slate tile hearth
  • 3 sets of double 8-foot French patio doors opening to redwood decks
  • Custom milled Ash hardwood floors
  • Built in cabinets in living and dining areas

Dinning

  • Open to living room
  • Built-ins
  • Custom milled Ash hardwood floors

Kitchen

  • Marble tile and maple wood counter tops
  • 6 burner Dacor stove top
  • Viking oven
  • Farm sink
  • Built-in bookshelves and extensive cabinets
  • Large central island with sink
  • Walk-in pantry
  • Bay window seat with built-in storage
  • French doors to deck

Primary Bedroom and Bathroom

  • Built by Len Brackett, as featured in the New York Times reviewed book: Building the Japanese House Today*
  • Access by short passageway open to garden
  • Shoji doors
  • Handcrafted traditional style Japanese rooms
  • Hand planed Hinoki Cedar wood floors and woodwork
  • Exposed post and beam construction
  • Engawa - Window seat with view
  • Built-in storage
  • Walk-in closet with window
  • Sliding door to private deck
  • Primary Bath
    • Large step in tiled shower
    • Furo - Japanese soaking tub
    • Vanity with sink
    • Linen /toiletry closet
    • WC with toilet and sink

Bedroom #2

  • French doors
  • Closet with light
  • Carpeted
  • Access to hall bath
    • Stand up shower
    • Custom milled Ash hardwood floors

Lower Level

  • Custom fir stairs down
  • Carpeted antechamber used as game room

Bedroom #3

  • Glass true divided lite door
  • Carpet
  • Closet, lighted
  • expansive corner windows

Bedroom/ Used as Office

  • Glass true divided lite door
  • Closet
  • Carpet
  • French patio doors open to lower deck
  • Views of oak trees

Laundry room

  • LG washer / dryer
  • Utility sink with Italian faucet and Corian countertop
  • Door to deck and exterior steps to garden

Storage room

  • Ample finished and unfinished storage space
  • Exterior access

Garage

  • 2 interior parking spots
  • Room for exercise equipment and storage
  • Man door exit

Detached Office

  • Bamboo flooring
  • Finished entrance door
  • Lighted storage area
  • Dutchdoor exit onto patio

Grounds

  • 9.21 acres
  • Private driveway
  • Ample parking
  • Fenced organic garden with 22 heritage roses
  • Fruit trees and heritage oaks
  • Birdseye gravel pathways
  • Stone walls throughout landscape
  • Drip irrigation


What We Love


The incredible natural beauty, spectacular sunsets, the serenity of being in nature (along with the convenience of central Marin) the absolutely unparalleled privacy (really, one gets spoiled!) and the constant play of light in the surrounding forest and view of the wide-open sky, the moonlight through the twisted oaks with the owls calling, sitting in our spa under the stars (our outdoor spa is custom built and the jets are much stronger and temperature hotter than commercial hot tubs.) I love the birds as they nest and migrate through here from the tiny titmouse to gracious golden eagle.

Most of the time it is serene and quiet and feels like a refuge - a place of one's own. I love the blossoming trees in the spring and the fall colors, the sound of rain on the roof in the prime bedroom or sitting by the river stone fireplace with a good book and cup of tea and knowing you will not be disturbed. I love making jam with the delicious (organically grown) Blenheim apricots or Christmas fig chutney.

It always feels totally safe here, day and night. Swimming in the salt water pool and eating outside in the summer, it is an amazing place for entertaining.

Really, this is not "like" living in the country, it IS living in the country. And we have, over the last 30 years, even enjoyed doing the work this place needs as we became part of the place. Yes, there is some "deferred maintenance" but only in places where it would be nice for a new owner to make it their own.

Custom features: custom milled ash lumber hardwood floors, river stone fireplace set by third generation stone mason and all the stories that go with features like the top deck built with 100- year-old heart redwood from wine tanks we recycled (Richard was in the wine business when we built this house.)

And of course we really love the handcrafted "temple" traditional style Japanese rooms - separated from the main house by a short passageway that looks out on to a large Japanese maple - walk up 5 steps into another world. When you slide open the shoji doors to enter ensuite master bedroom, you smell the sweet hinoki cedar wood of the floors and woodwork. The walls of the room are traditional done by a National Treasure craftsman from Japan. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and window seating area (engawa) with a view of the private glen (land set aside by Marin County as wilderness) and Mt Tam. The hand planed wood shines silky in the light and the exposed beams and red cedar roof all have a story to tell--in the bathroom with a large step in shower there is a furo, or cedar Japanese soaking tub, a separate WC, or step outside to the deck for yoga. Sit in the sunken soaking tub (large enough for two) at night, candle light on the burnished wood, and slide open the large windows to be both inside and outside.

Floor/Site Plan


Neighborhood


The county seat of Marin, San Rafael is large, diverse, eclectic, and historic. That history stretches from California's beginnings, with the 1817 founding of Mission San Rafael on the old El Camino Real, to the construction of the eye-popping Marin Civic Center in the 1960s. Designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Civic Center was completed in 1962 and is so futuristic that it pops up in science-fiction films. San Rafael still looks to the future thanks to a vibrant downtown redevelopment effort. The focal point of downtown is the Smith Rafael Film Center, which features a state–of-the-art multiplex cinema that screens independent and foreign films.  Cuisine is eclectic: within a few blocks of 4th Street diners can find sushi, Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Puerto Rican food. Thursday afternoons in the spring and summer find 4th Street hosting a farmers market, which features live music. The neighborhoods of San Rafael are equally distinctive. From the sought-after midcentury Eichler homes of Terra Linda to the Victorians that surround Dominican College and the custom homes of Lucas Valley, San Rafael provides diversity of price and style. It's also easy to get away from it all in San Rafael. Nearby China Camp State Park is a jewel by the bay, offering: a kid-friendly, walk-in campground for tents only; a shallow, protected swimming beach; and biking and running trails.

Schedule

Showings by Appointment only:

Showings by Appointment:
Contact Mia Anderson
(415) 464-7494
[email protected]

Showings by Appointment:
Contact Sarah Kowalczyk
(415) 464-7484
[email protected]

Contact Lotte Moore
(415) 412-7471
[email protected]

Contact


Sarah Kowalczyk

RealtorCompassDRE# 01742287415.464.7484 mobilewww.LotteandSarah.com

Lotte Moore

Realtor®CompassDRE# 01744042(415) 412-7471 officelotteandsarah.com/

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