44 Makin Grade, Kentfield
Known as "White Pillars", 44 Makin Grade was designed by Warren Charles Perry, a noted architect who was also Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Architecture. Completed in 1932/1933, the estate was designed and built for E.W. Maggard, the then President and CEO of Northwestern Pacific Railroad. Only four families have occupied the house since its development, making this a truly rare offering. The grand scale columns that grace the rear of the residence are uniquely distinctive to 44 Makin Grade; thus the name "White Pillars". Large, formal spaces, period architectural details, high ceilings, and gracious milled woodwork are evident throughout the 7,437 total square feet of living space. The residence has had three substantial renovations since the current owners acquired the property, creating a one of a kind compound that offers a rare combination of iconic architectural antiquity with the benefits of modern day renovations. The main house offers +-6,157 square feet of living space with 4-5 bedrooms, and 3 full, plus 2 half baths. The +- 616 square foot guest house offers a one bedroom, one bath suite. The gym/au pair unit, located below the guest house, offers 484 of living space with one bedroom and one bath. The residence has played host to a myriad of large community events, and is ideal for grand scale entertaining and hosting smaller family events. The magnificent grounds were fully renovated by nationally noted landscape architect Michael Yandle (www.mbyandle.com). Beautifully executed stone walls, bluestone paths and terraces, an outdoor fireplace with bluestone terrace, sweeping level lawns, old growth trees, mature gardens and plantings, and an in ground pool grace the 1.08 acre grounds. The home is perfectly site placed to take advantage of complete indoor/outdoor living. The home's main spaces all open to a sweeping level lawn with extraordinary Mt. Tam views, which are enjoyed from most rooms in the house. The residence is gated and very private. Additionally, the residence and grounds are south facing, with all day sun and long, light filled days. Located just off the coveted flats, in a bike to school location, 44 Makin Grade is located in the award winning k-8th grade Ross School District.