Classic mid-century homes incorporate clean lines, exposed beams and oodles of indoor/outdoor elements, such as huge windows, optimizing light and nature! This home is not "modern" but it embodies many of the qualities that architects were incorporating into homes in the middle of the 20th century.
209 San Marino Drive, located in the prestigious Peacock Gap area of San Rafael, is abundant with desirable features and details. This four bedroom, two and a half bath home is perfectly sited on a sunny, huge lot just eight minutes from the 101 Freeway. The long driveway leads to a faux-bronzed gate which increases both safety and privacy.
Once inside the gate, a beautiful citrus garden boasting limes, lemons and oranges greets you on the right, and a healthy avocado tree matches the welcome to the left. A rosebush-lined "green" parking pad provides an extra space as you come down the drive.
Upon entering the home, you will feel immediately uplifted by the sweeping views of China Camp State Park and the Peacock Gap Golf Course. The substantial living room has a pitched, exposed beam ceiling-- the beautiful wood undamaged by painting fads over the years. A majestic column of stacked rock defines the space between the living room and the huge open concept kitchen/dining/entertaining area. A gas fireplace faces the living room and a working rotisserie/grill faces the dining room. Artistic shelving and lighting have been added to the chimney to enhance aesthetic appeal.
The kitchen is 100% remodeled with high end Diamond brand cabinetry, gorgeous Barricata granite and Caesarstone countertops, a Fisher & Paykel double dishwasher, Olivere double-stainless steel sink, six-burner Kitchen Aid cook-top, stylish Zephyr range hood and more... A large butler pantry/service wing keeps coffee and beverage service out of the cooks way, also providing plenty of storage for glassware and pottery, and an excellent place to lay out a buffet!
Rich, wide-plank hickory floors add class to most of the upstairs. And new crystal clear Anderson and Milgard windows throughout allow you to take all of the natural beauty in unobstructed.
There are three bedrooms and two baths on the main floor, with no stairs required to gain entry into the home or access any of the main living spaces.
All of the bedrooms are nicely proportioned with the Master Suite being situated on the northwest corner of the house allowing lovely light to set a beautiful mood in the morning as the sun rise spreads across the hills. The huge window in the master bath gives the effect of nearly being outdoors and the walk-in master closet is fully built out and organized.
Downstairs there is plenty of flexible space ideally suited to address the need of your family as it changes and evolves over time. Whether dialed in for entertainment, exercise and business, or extended family, an au pair or teen-suite, or guest quarters, there are any number of ways to configure and utilize the large family room, library, bedroom and bath.
The grounds on this property are what truly set it apart. On nearly an acre of usable, quiet, sunny land, gardening is an easy hobby to pursue. There is a large, drought-resistant lawn, suitable for volleyball or just allowing your eyes to rest. A fun firepit provides an excellent place for partying and hanging out with friends and family. Unwind in the eight person hot tub then grab a quick shower, outside!
Five raised beds provide ample space to grow a plethora of fresh possibilities, currently: corn, tomatoes, peppers, basil, kale, beets, carrots, radishes, peas, cucumbers, zucchini and a variety of lettuces.
Underneath the house is a very large storage space complete with shelving. This provides a great way to keep the garage from becoming cluttered-- but it would also make a wonderful wine cellar, staying nice and cool year-round.
There is a gated pen area, with a plum and apple tree, and more land and space to leave or develop as you might see fit.
This home is currently priced 4% under the market per square foot of the home and a whopping 61% under value for the price of the land.
This is a great place for anyone who enjoys natural beauty, quiet, privacy and space to pursue their creativity. What are you waiting for? Open Sunday, July 10th from 1-4 p.m. www.209SanMarinoDrive.com