Palatial San Rafael Property with Endless Bay Views
May 19, 2017 | SF Chronicle
Sumptuous design and superlative living await at San Rafael’s 255 Highland Ave.
Set on roughly 2.5 acres, the lavish estate exudes elegance with a sprawling pool patio and virtually endless vistas to Mount Tamalpais and the Bay Bridge.
“This is one of Marin County’s most architecturally significant estates,” said Tracy McLaughlin of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is listing the Hamptonesque five-bedroom for $3.995 million.
The home opens to a two-story foyer punctuated by a curved staircase and stone floor. An Ironies chandelier illuminates the space finished with coffered wall paneling. A wide entryway leads into a sumptuously appointed living room framing views of the Bay Bridge and water. Richly hued hardwood flooring graces the space that includes a curved window and a high ceiling.
Even the powder room basks in luxury. Here, a custom wall covering drapes the interior as a Caesarstone vanity stands beneath a high ceiling.
The office/library has floor-to-ceiling built-ins that bathe in sunlight. Oversize picture windows frame the surrounding landscape.
A dining area stands between the living room and kitchen. There’s a bay of windows overlooking the water as a modern chandelier lends additional character and texture to a ceiling studded with recessed lights.
An office nook tucked in the corner provides a discreet place for kids to do their homework or adults to sort through the mail. This nook acts as a pass-through into the kitchen, a pristine oasis of stainless steel appliances, Calcutta marble and Holly Hunt light fixtures. The freshly remodeled kitchen includes a spacious dining area and opens to an east-facing pool patio.
Off to the side of the kitchen stands a welcoming great room with a custom Oly light fixture, a resurfaced fireplace and custom cabinetry.
Indoor/outdoor living reigns supreme in the Bay Area, and 255 Highland Ave. delivers with a stunning pool patio directed toward Mount Tamalpais. The estate’s rolling acreage descends down a hillside as the pool and spa shimmer in the sun. A covered patio houses a built-in grill and the patio stands beside a verdant lawn.
A resort-caliber master suite with a palatial spa bathroom dominates the upper level. There’s a walk-in steam shower beside a jetted soaking tub in the bathroom, while the sleeping quarters includes a vaulted ceiling and raised fireplace. Dual doors off the bedroom open to a private deck overlooking the pool and surrounding landscape.
Learn more at www.gatedcountryclubestate.com.
Listing agent: Tracy McLaughlin, Pacific Union Real Estate,(415) 699-6680, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 255 Highland Ave., San Rafael.
Price: $3.995 million.
Features: Set on 2.5 acres, this Hamptonesque five-bedroom enjoys refined finishes, custom detail and superlative indoor/outdoor living. The home features a newly remodeled chef’s kitchen, a two-story foyer and a dramatic master suite with a spa bathroom and private deck. The backyard has a pool, a spa and a verdant lawn beside a covered patio with a built-in grill. The home’s virtually endless views look out at Mount Tamalpais and the Bay Bridge.