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Live amongst glorious nature in total seclusion in this ultra-modern, newly remodeled 4-bedroom 3.5 bath showcase residence and compound, inspired by Zen minimalism and Scandinavian sensibilities, with sensational Tomales Bay, Black Mountain and wildlife views. Nestled on four acres of mostly level land, this museum-worthy home—is the result of four years of meticulous high-end design by a visionary danish artist, clothier, and photographer, who took up residence here, while conceiving and designing the finest modern living experience imaginable, in a gorgeous, sheltered setting, with breathtaking indoor and outdoor amenities throughout.
With 4,036 square feet of living space, the original house, redesigned by Alex Riley in 1993, was deconstructed and opened up; walls were taken down, ceilings and doors were raised, trim and decor removed, to create a stunningly contemporary and streamlined vision. Here traditional residential convention is turned on its ear in favor of open spaces, minimal clutter, and integrated sight lines, all in alignment with a focus on the natural world.
The resulting home reimagines functional rooms to such a degree that they become a “thing of beauty” and may not be recognizable. For example, there is a bathroom that so resembles a hang-out lounge, complete with a couch and a view of a forest, that you’ll forget it’s a bathroom, or a communal kitchen where the materials and cooking accoutrements are so gorgeous and blended within the space, you might not realize you’re standing in a kitchen.
To better capture the views of Tomales Bay, the thoughtful redesign included returning the land to native landscaping and replacing growth with low maintenance indigenous plants. Outdoor spaces offer over 1,500 square feet of IPE wood decking, with hot tub, and gas firepit. Bonuses include a gym, a mud room, two separate garages, a carport, and a new water tower that sustainably nourishes the native landscape year-round from a private onsite creek.
Minimalist Common Spaces:
Enter the main house by way of a pergola covered outdoor stairway. Step into a modern, light-filled entrance hall, underneath a soaring wall of double height windows, with wide plank white oak floors–stained a custom chocolate tint–below and a vintage Verner Panton 1973 light fixture overhead.
To the right of the front door find a dramatic and inviting living room. With open beam ceilings rising twenty-five feet into the air, the room is capped at the highest point with an atrium strip of skylights, casting light into the sophisticated living space. Overhead a bespoke Olafur Eliasson light fixture accents the room and a Rumford fireplace with modern stone surround provides a visual focal point. With museum scale walls for hanging fine art, light here comes from four directions, including two sets of exterior glass doors, with sparkling views of Tomales bay through Douglas fir trees at one end.
Step through the living room to the left and find an ultra-minimalist kitchen/eat-in dining room, which raises the concept of kitchen as “communal gathering” space to a new height. Designed to be a “working ranch” kitchen the room offers gorgeous outlooks onto Tomales Bay and pivots around a large artisan-crafted white oak and steel “March” worktable with hand-blown glass light fixtures dangling above.
Here, the minimalist table replaces the monolithic kitchen island and includes accessories below, such as bins for storing root vegetables and hanging leather satchels for knives and tools. With local Blue Slide Art Tile as a backsplash, and industrial-style gray cabinetry from Bulthaup, alongside understated appliances such as Viking gas range, and Miele refrigerator, the kitchen design effectively acts to make the kitchen disappear, allowing stunning nature as the color in the room. In a loungy corner a Jøtul wood burning fireplace from Norway with black firebrick surround and a whiskey bar invite warm inclusion and conversation.
Head out two sets of French doors from the kitchen or living room to experience seamless indoor/outdoor living on fantastic IPE wood multi-leveled entertaining deck, offering breath-taking nature views from every angle. On various levels the deck includes an outside dining room with collectible Louis Poulsen light fixture under a canvas awning, a sumptuous gas fire pit alongside a deep soaking hot tub, surrounded by vistas of water views and Black Mountain.
Step past the living room into an enormous office/workspace, offering peaked open ceilings with gallery quality Zamboni industrial lighting overhead, boasting views of Tomales bay on one end, and on the other, a skylight atrium ceiling sits over a nook with built-in shelves. Through French doors here find a peaceful, trickling fountain.
Sublime bedroom retreats with views
Adjacent the office find a hall with a primary bedroom on the left, designed with an intimate and soothing dark color palette that offers a dramatic contrast to the bright sparkling water views out the picture windows. With an angled ceiling, and cozy wool carpeting below, the bedroom features designer wallpaper, as well as floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases.
Through an enormous floating Hӓfele barn door to the right of the bedroom, enter a divine and sumptuous bathroom. Here vaulted ceilings, dark stone floors with radiant heat, and a sustainable eco-plaster shower, overlook the forest canopy through floor-to-ceiling windows. With gold teardrop pendant lights, a large modern vanity and sink, and curated fixtures–all from Restoration Hardware–this stark and beautiful space redefines our concept of bathroom.
Beside the bathroom find a second large corner bedroom/media room with large skylight overhead, gorgeous nature views and light coming from three directions. A cozy wood-burning fireplace sits in the corner, anchoring a space that includes two striking paneled walls using reclaimed wood from a former redwood fence on the property, and light fixtures from Eleanor Home.
Head upstairs via a modern stairway near the front door to find upper floor living spaces. Here an open landing, provides a library study nook, with floor to ceiling built-in bookcases, and an overlook to the living room below. This upper wing offers a gorgeous third bedroom featuring peaked ceilings and gorgeous windows framing idyllic views of the water and West Marin hills; adjacent a large bathroom, with deep soaking Japanese plunge bathtub, separate glass enclosed shower and attached cedar-lined sauna with bench and window.
Step outside to the main deck to access a lower deck with a private en-suite fourth bedroom retreat. With water views and a full bathroom behind pocket door, this secluded suite boasts its own deck for star gazing, through a pair of French doors.
Exquisite amenities and outbuildings:
Adjacent the kitchen a fully-equipped laundry/mud room boasts a large skylight overhead, with Whirlpool Duet washer, Maytag dryer, a sink surrounded by cabinetry, and two exterior glass doors for easy access.
Beside the mudroom enter a gym/studio, with peaked ceilings sporting soaring windows and two sets of French doors to the deck, the room is fully loaded with a wired speaker system, storage for gym accoutrements, padded floors, mini-fridge and wet bar.
Meander through multiple exterior doors, from every common room, to explore the gorgeous grounds and outbuildings of the four-acre property, bursting with colorful wildlife. Wander down multiple paths that stretch all the way to the street below, and find a 200-year-old grove of Douglas Fir trees, an apple tree, lemon trees, maple trees, and a creek which irrigate the property. A brand new four car garage is accessed at the entrance, a second “project” garage includes several storage rooms and there is a separate carport with storage. With brand new systems in place throughout, this property provides a rich and ample tapestry to support a wonderful and wholistic lifestyle, coexisting alongside nature.
Additional Highlights and Features:
Located along the lapping shores of Tomales Bay, the historic community of Inverness –originally a retreat for summer homes – is a quiet town surrounded on three sides by Tomales Bay Park and the water. With a population of just over 1,000, Inverness is now a coveted location for those looking to escape the bustle of the Bay Area and live mindfully beside unadulterated nature with access to local organic food. A few small local businesses provide locavore food in town, including Salt Water Oyster Depot, or mainstay Vladimir’s Czechoslovakian Restaurant. Residents appreciate the small-town charm of the annual Inverness Fair, Western Weekend in nearby Point Reyes Station and the landmark Pt. Reyes shipwreck behind the local Inverness store. Inverness is located 48 miles from San Francisco within the Point Reyes National Seashore with close proximity to the communities of Stinson Beach and Bolinas; the dairy farms of Olema, Point Reyes Station, Tomales, and Nicasio; and is an area of unrivaled natural beauty.
The wide-open, picture-perfect spaces of West Marin include the coastal communities of Stinson Beach and Bolinas; the dairy farms of Olema, Point Reyes Station, Tomales, and Nicasio; and the forest glens of Lagunitas, San Geronimo, and Woodacre.
Uniting all West Marin communities is a love for the land. That’s not going to change soon, thanks to the efforts of Marin Agricultural Land Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving farmland through voluntary conservation easements.
Outdoor recreation ranges from surfing at Bolinas and Stinson Beach to mountain biking on Mount Tamalpais and the annual Dipsea foot race to Stinson Beach. West Marin is an area of unrivaled natural beauty, one that can lay claim to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Beach State Bark, Stinson Beach State Park, Muir Woods National Monument, and Point Reyes National Seashore.
Of course it’s not all about the outdoors in West Marin. Devotees of inner peace turn to the Green Gulch FarmZen Center in Muir Beach and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre. And for those who need to feed the belly as well as the soul, Point Reyes Station has become a destination for the locavore movement. The town is home to Marin Sun Farms, purveyor of ethically raised and butchered meat, and Cowgirl Creamery, which makes its award-winning cheeses using organic milk from nearby Straus Family Creamery.