ENCHANTING VIEW ESTATE
5 Beds • 5 Baths • 4791 SF • 29,413 SF Lot • $6,995,000 SOLD
35 Belvedere Avenue, Belvedere
Welcome to "Miramare", a one of a kind, private gated estate on the sought-after West side of Belvedere Island
Originally built in approximately 1940, designed by famed San Francisco architect Henry H. Gutterson and since, beautifully renovated by the current owners of 36 years, keeping with the rustic, elegant style, quality, and offering the comforts of today's modern day amenities. Perfectly sited down a private driveway offering a feeling of serenity and privacy, with unobstructed views of the San Francisco bay, city lights, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Richardson Bay and Mount Tamalpais. This magical estate comes alive at night with enchanting gardens and breathtaking sunsets .
The original owner, in the 1930’s, specifically purchased this perfectly sited parcel for its spectacular setting, with a dream in mind. They engaged Henry H. Gutterson to design the ultimate indoor/outdoor ‘garden home’. A design clearly inspired by early European architecture.
The main residence offers 4 bedrooms, an office/den, and 4 full bathrooms.
A detached legal 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom cottage is located above the garage offering picturesque views across the bay, volume ceilings, a fireplace, kitchenette, sitting room, hardwood flooring, full bathroom, an elevated loft style bedroom and private terrace.
This special residence offers intricate craftsmanship, special stone and brick work, artisan woodworking including old world custom hardware, trim work and artistic window detail.
According to Hundley Hardware of San Francisco, the original bronze Fleur de Lys hardware found in most of the rooms in the main house was believed to have been made in Switzerland int the 1930’s and 1940’s.
The light filled living room features dramatic, high vaulted beam and truss ceilings, and a stunning stone fireplace with cobblestone surround and custom copper hood with French doors opening to a custom mahogany and glass entertainment terrace.
The unique and custom kitchen offers new Caesarstone counter tops, updated stainless steel appliances including two ovens and Uline wine refrigeration, custom Honduras mahogany cabinetry, adjacent casual dining area with built in window seating, custom brick fireplace, with an artistic brick archway leading to the charming private patio overlooking the bay.
The magnificent dining room with sand blasted beam ceilings and leaded glass windows, radiates with charm; perfectly designed for optimal entertaining
The gracious and private master suite offers mesmerizing views across the bay, a wood burning fireplace, and opens to an inviting view terrace. A private office/den or optional nursery is conveniently located above the master suite offering picture perfect views of Mount Tamalpais
Two of the four bedrooms each offer a private bath, and are located on the lower level, both with access to the spectacular outdoors. The 4th bedroom is located off the entrance hall on the main level and offers picturesque views across the bay
This stunning gated estate is graced with mature groomed landscaping, designed by landscape architect, Pete Pedersen. A curved brick stairway leads to a large level patio, fireplace, lush lawn, and entertainment area surrounded by picturesque gardens and meandering walkways.
Located below the guest cottage is a 3 car garage and a gym.
A private motor court offers ample off-street guest parking.
Vacation at home overlooking the San Francisco Bay where the view of the sailboats , yachts, ferries and magical sunsets change daily.
This magnificent estate is located in a premier Belvedere location offering close proximity to waterfront pathways, Belvedere park, San Francisco and Corinthian Yacht Club’s , the best local schools, downtown Tiburon’s charming restaurants and trendy shops, and the Boardwalk shopping center with the popular Rustic Bakery and Woodland Market. Whether it is site seeing, dining or commuting to the financial district, San Francisco is only a short 25 minute ferry ride away.
35 Belvedere provides the ultimate California living. Whether grand scale entertaining or simply relaxing on your private terrace listening to the sounds of the water, you are sure to enjoy the magical seaside lifestyle of the Belvedere-Tiburon peninsula.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND IMPROVEMENTS:
- Hand-pegged white oak hardwood flooring in entry, living room, dining room and stairway
- Fireplaces in the kitchen, living room, master suite, guest house and exterior entertainment area
- Private, gated, sunny estate
- Newer heavy cedar shake roof installed on the main residence in 2017
- Custom woodwork renovations by local Marin contractor, Peter Senter, who specialized in custom built furniture and is known for his high-quality craftsmanship
- Custom original tile work by Judy Burkey Skye
- Living room and dining room ceilings offer special lighting for night time ambiance
- Original living room windows were replaced with large, double paned, mahogany windows and French doors
- Architect Tim Casey and Robert Federighi Design, redesigned the lower level living area and created a new family guest suite/bedroom/ office, bathroom and sperate laundry room in 2000
- Mature landscape surrounding the residence with meandering walkways, picturesque gardens
- Landscaping improvements include: small scrub trees with Ficus Nitida and boxwood hedging, Camellia, Boxwoods, Magnolias, English laurels, Ferns and other indigenous vegetation
- Concrete steps and walkways refaced with Arkins Park cut stone slabs
- New GE Monogram oven, U-line Wine Cooler, Caesarstone kitchen countertops, brushed nickel kitchen faucet, stainless steel sink, Emtek bronze hardware in kitchen and master bathroom, and blinds in the living room installed in 2018
- New Viking oven, Bosch dishwasher and LG washer and dryer installed in 2017
- Newer water heater and newer energy efficient furnace
- A good portion of the interior of the main house as well as garages and gym painted in 201
HENRY H. GUTTERSON, ARCHITECT:
THE SELLER'S STORY.......
How we found 35 Belvedere Avenue....
Many years ago, while living and working in San Francisco, we would drive on the week-ends to Marin County with our two young boys to bike around and explore. Once while biking around Belvedere Island, I spotted a long private driveway off Belvedere Avenue with so much privacy, you could easily miss it from the street. I was so intrigued and wanted to find out what was down there, so I biked down the drive. What I found was a magnificent and unique architectural structure of outstanding character and old-world craftsmanship. This beautiful residence was perfectly situated with dazzling southwesterly views. This was the house of my dreams! When I went back up the driveway, I told Susan, “It looks like a country estate! Someday I am going to have that house”. About 10 years later, Sue and I bought 35 Belvedere Avenue.
We both have always loved boating, harbors, and the water. When we started looking for a home, we had specific needs and wants. We wanted a home with tons of charm, that only the highest quality older homes seemed to have, and we wanted a lot of privacy and warm weather. We were looking for a West/ Southwest facing location for a lot of sun and sunsets. We wanted our boys to be in a great school district and be near enough to a small town with many activities, so they could easily bike or walk everywhere. And we wanted to be by the water.
Our whole family has loved living here...
Our children biked to school every day, and to their friend’s houses. They joined Angel Island Day Camp for the summers, as well as raced in the Junior Sailing Program at the San Francisco Yacht Club. When our oldest son was 9, he used to fish off Elephant Rock and sold his “catch “to the cooks at Tiburon Tommy’s Restaurant. He also swam on the TPC swim team. Both boys played on the soccer teams, and generally had the freedom to roam & bike everywhere. They have made many lasting friendships over the years through their activities here.
Susan used to take the SF Ferry to the City to meet me for dinner, which was easy because she could walk from our house to the Ferry Terminal. On weekends, we would all take the Angel Island ferry to spend a day hiking and picnicking. When we had our sailboat, we moored on weekends in Ayala Cove, fishing, swimming, and relaxing.
What we love about our home and property....
We love the charm and high-quality workmanship of the house, and the privacy and West/Southwest facing location of the property. Also, we wanted a home close enough to this end of the island, that we could all easily walk to town.
Our house was obviously built by artisans, as seen in the massive brick chimney structure with stone adornments, the painstakingly-executed rear brick arched entry, as well as the custom made cobblestone Rumsford Living Room fireplace. We were told by a previous owner, that the cobblestones were barged over from S.F. when they were tearing up the original cobblestone streets. The vaulted and trussed timbered living room ceiling is another example of the high quality of craftsmanship of the house. Every Christmas, we would bring in an enormous pine tree, and hang boughs of holly from the trusses. Hundley Hardware in San Francisco told us that the bronze Fleur de Lys hardware in most rooms of the house was probably hand-forged in Switzerland in the late 1930’s, early 1940’s.
The house already had the incredible quality we were looking for, and our challenge in remodeling and building was always to meet or match that quality, so we enlisted the help of artisans for each task. For example, our solid Honduras Mahogany cabinets and hutch were hand made by master cabinet maker & contractor, Peter Senter. We had custom tiles created by Judy Burkey Skye made for the kitchen and master bath. Judy is noted for creating all the tile work for Steven Spielberg’s’ studio and home.
The property has been owned by only four families ....
Years ago, when we were given the original architecture drawings by Henry Gutterson of this house, we had no idea how famous he was. As previously stated, when remodeling or building, we tried to incorporate his rustic, yet elegant style in everything we did. In the guest cottage, we copied his concept of one room (dining room) sitting above the lower room (living room), so that both rooms would have water and city lights views. In the case of the guest cottage, we had the bedroom sit above the living room for that same purpose and copied the high vaulted and trussed ceilings that are in the main house.
Henry Gutterson was noted for his seamless indoor/outdoor designs (a garden home) and for his knowledge of building on hillsides. He did much of his work in San Francisco, Claremont Hills, St. Francis Woods, and other locations throughout the Bay area.
Our Belvedere house was included in an article about Henry Gutterson in “Architects and Engineers”. We were told by a previous owner, that the original owner, Mr. Carl Rebmann, hand picked this lot for Mr. Gutterson to build on, and that Gutterson placed the house where it is today because it was either on or very near bedrock.
What we love about the property and location...
We both enjoy sitting on the living room deck or the side patio at days end, and watch the Sausalito Ferry come and go, and the city and Golden Gate Bridge lights turn on. We love listening to the fog horns at night and hear the water lap below us along the West Shore. Because of this location, our house enjoys a real “close water” feel to the Bay below. Our gardens thrive because we are lucky enough to have such a sunny exposure, with unlimited use of spring water, thought to originate in the Sierras. We value the privacy, stillness, and peace we experience on the property; we are part of the community yet tucked away in our own little oasis.
Ernest and Sue Chamberlain, Owner