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The Pacific Northwest is a hotbed for gorgeous homes in equally gorgeous locations, and it looks like the rest of the country is about to discover our secret.
In 1947, Judy bought a Malibu beach house, a retreat where she could relax to the repetitive soft sounds of the surf and bask in the sunshine with all its healing properties. It was a valuable escape in so many ways.
Offering six bedrooms and nearly 8,000 square feet of living space, a mountainside mansion in the Sierra Nevadas beckons to all those in search of a high altitude high life. “It’s a sleek, savvy, sexy home,” said David Gemme of the Gemme Group at Oliver Luxury Real Estate, who is listing 19040 Glades Place in Truckee for $6.9 million. “It’s the coolest house I’ve ever listed.” During winter, the home’s position on the mountain allows residents to ski out their front door and hit the nearby lift. Jaw-dropping views dominate the landscape as the entryway looks through to floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of Martis Valley.
Builder Joe Sherer designed the home on the shores Tiburon’s Lyford Cove for himself. But virtually anyone can appreciate the refined material palette, endless views and thoughtful built-ins at 2070 Paradise Drive. Five years after acquiring the land and making his first drawings, Sherer finally developed the waterfront property that’s now on the market. “It was a really arduous building process,” he said. Sherer obtained the land for the property late in 2011. He immediately set out sketching a design with sleek details like five sets of corner windows. The freshly completed home overlooks the water through floor-to-ceiling windows on all levels.
Mortgage adviser: John Holmgren. Property: Single-family home in Oakland. Purchase price: $1.4 million. Loan type: 30-year fixed. Loan amount: $1.04 million. Rate: 4 percent with no points. Background: John Holmgren’s clients had been looking for a home for a number of months but had been frustrated by the competitive market in the East Bay. Their original goal was to buy a home for $1 million or less and to put 20 percent down to avoid mortgage insurance.
Hardwood finishes grace this stylish view home in Sleepy Hollow. In addition to the four bedrooms, the home also includes an office and library. Vistas of tree-studded foothills await from the decks and patios of this home built in 1971. The open floor plan features large windows and a kitchen finished with custom cabinetry and stone counters. A covered deck waits off the living room, and the garden offers built-in benches and a tall planter box. Listing agent: Stacy Hart, Vanguard Properties, (415) 244-8785, stacy@vanguard properties.
A: Buyers are visual and one of the first things a buyer does is go online to begin their home search. It’s essential to have professional photos of the exterior and interior of the home. Have the photographer shoot up close, showcasing architectural details. Drone aerial footage of the home, views, neighborhood and local town is another excellent way to market a property. Buyers like to see the surrounding area and get a feel for the community. You should always have a property website with a professional video showcasing the home and walking the buyer through the front door and around the home and garden. This gives a buyer a wonderful perspective of the home as they go room to room.
Tommy and Natalie Schnuck adore their Novato home. They love hosting guests on the patio and watching the wild turkeys plod along the 1.6-acre estate. They wouldn’t even be putting 116 Oak Shade Lane on the market if it weren’t for their jobs requiring they relocate elsewhere in the Bay Area. “The yard is really special. I didn’t know something like this could exist in Marin,” Tommy Schnuck said. As the street name implies, oak trees pepper the rolling landscape. Pathways meander about the lot as mature rose bushes accent the grounds. “It’s like a private park,” said Radhi Ahern of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is co-listing the home with Scott Kalmbach for $2.3 million.
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 2 Cameron St., Inverness Asking price: $1.895 million Description: This shingled three-bedroom home that stands between the Point Reyes Shipwreck and the Point Reyes National Seashore offers original built-ins amid inviting grounds. Original redwood paneling, hickory cabinetry, and a clinker brick fireplace finish the spacious living room, while the open kitchen boasts a Wolf range, butcher block counters, and a tile backsplash.
While the rental market in the Bay Area's biggest cities is cooling, that's not the case for one city on the outskirts of the region.
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 1212 Apple Tree Court, Sonoma Asking price: $3.995 million Description: Fleetwood retractable glass walls, white oak flooring and European tile are among the finishes found in this refined home set in a cul-de-sac in Sonoma’s Eastside neighborhood. The listing includes a three-bedroom main house and a detached, one-bedroom guesthouse. Both open to a landscaped backyard with a concrete patio, a pool, a lawn and low-maintenance plants.
Designed by celebrated architect John Hudson Thomas, this home sits on more than half an acre with dramatic views of San Francisco Bay. More than one million dollars worth of renovations were put into the home 12 years ago, including new systems and a state-of-the-art foundation. The home includes a separate guest suite with a kitchenette. An open kitchen and family room leads to a patio and gardens, and the home retains traditional spaces like a formal living room and dining room. Listing agent: Bebe McRae, the Grubb Co., (510) 652-2133, ext. 415, bmcrae@ grubbco.com. 683 Santa Barbara Road.
NORWALK — For all that is elaborate about Norwalk’s famed Tavern Island, it’s the simple features that represent its aura best. The empty room with nothing more than a yoga mat in the caretaker’s house, the spot on the dock where a friendly black dog named Geisha waits for that same caretaker to return, the impressive 300-year-old Copper Beech Tree that’s outlived every other being who’s called the island home, and the soft breeze that never stops but carries in the salty scent and peaceful sounds of the water lapping at its shores. Though the Manhattan skyline looms in the distance on a clear day, Tavern Island couldn’t be further removed from the city. “It has restorative powers ...
Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 2985 Wild Turkey Run, Santa Rosa Asking price: $7.8 million Description: Grand proportions and scenic views define this nearly 23 acre estate in the hills above Glen Ellen. The Italian villa at the heart of the landscape revolves around a palatial living room with a soaring beamed ceiling and clerestory windows. Here, a two-story picture window frames views of mature oak trees and the 10-acre vineyard.
Multiple cities in the Bay Area have again been named in Forbes' ranking of the most expensive ZIP codes in the United States.