San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2011
Pacific Union International (PUI) announced today the company is listing 32 Shady Lane, a rare gem in Ross. Even in California, where show-stopping properties are plentiful, 32 Shady Lane is a true standout. Considered one of Marin County’s most magnificent gated estates, this rare, John Maybeck-inspired home located in the tony enclave of Ross in Marin County exemplifies classic elegance—yet is wonderfully tuned for today’s indoor-outdoor living.
Coordinates: 32 Shady Lane, Ross, California
List Price: $20.5 million
Architects: John White of Bernard Maybeck Architects (and Maybeck brother-in-law)
Year Built: 1898—remodeled a century later to exacting historical standards
Style: Swiss Chalet Revival
Features: Nestled on approximately 1.6 acres of completely level park-like grounds, the 7,061 square-foot main residence boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and 2 half-baths; a master suite with fireplace; two offices; a culinary dream kitchen; a grand living room with a fireplace imported from France; wine cellar and media/game room. French doors from every room leading to patios and decks ensure easy access to the bucolic views of the rolling lawns and 60-foot swimming pool. A separate spa is equally enticing. Hobbies—easily done in the workshop, located adjacent to the 890 square-foot three-car garage.
Why Sell? The owner’s children are growing up—and going off to college. It’s time for a smaller home.
What Will Be Missed Most: Serenity. The natural indoor/outdoor flow, and the surprisingly intimate feel for a large home.
Company Coming? No problem. Guests can relax in their own two-story “cottage” (once the property’s foot barn) complete with one en-suite bedroom with an inviting fireplace, which features an antique brick surround. The 1,140 square-foot cottage also boasts a full gym on the main floor.
Landscape & Hardscape: Regal lawns, lush Todd Cole-designed landscaping, covered patios and gorgeous stonework. The estate’s almost all-white garden includes old wisteria, lavender, roses, and multiple varieties of hydrangeas. Mature trees include palms, birch, red oak, cypress, redwood, and magnolia, along with multiple fruit trees. All benefit from the 10,000-gallon private well on property.
The Neighborhood: Large properties in park-like settings are what define Ross—in part because residents need approval from the town council before cutting down any trees.
Located a block from the town of Ross, California—population 2,288—the Ross School and Katherine Branson School are minutes away. The town is centered around the Ross Common, a quaint commercial area featuring restaurants and shops. The estate is located a stone’s throw from Mill Valley (and its annual film fest) or a picturesque drive for abalone hunting along the rugged California coastline. Craving urbran life? San Francisco is a 20-minute drive.
California Legacy: Coast Miwok Indians first occupied the land, followed by missionaries (San Raphael) and eventually those benefitting from an 1821 “land grant”. Originally an 8,777-acre grant to Juan B.R. Cooper, the land where the town of Ross stands today (some 297 acres) was purchased for $50,000 in 1857 by James Ross.
Old World/ New World: Built at the turn of the century for George and Laura Roe, the estate was later home to the Seward Baily McNear family for many decades. The original street name was Wordsworth Avenue.
While keeping its century-old charm, high tech convenience have been strategically added for modern-day comforts, including radiant-heated floors, a state-of-the-art Crestron that controls security, heating and cooling, as well as all sound, media, and lighting throughout the home.
Pacific Union Christie’s International Real Estate
Carey Hagglund Condy: 415-461-8609; carey(at)luxurymarinhomes(dot)com
Marilyn Rich: 415-461-8608; marilyn(at)finelivingmarin(dot)com
What the Agents Say: Spectacular—a rare gem. A home with a rich, century-long history that exemplifies classic, traditional elegance—California-style.
EDITORS NOTE: Additional images available upon request.
About Pacific Union International (PUI): PUI is the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier international luxury real estate brand operating in six counties including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco and Sonoma for 35 years. Locally owned, PUI leadership operates with an entrepreneurial mindset and unwavering commitment to invest in the right people, processes and tools to ensure deep, long-standing client and agent relationships. In 2009, its team of over 425+ brokers achieved #1 ranking in average sales price and #1 ranking for professional productivity in all six counties. Through its exclusive relationship with Christie’s International Real Estate in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pacific Union delivers international reach in its property marketing programs and provides clients with access to international investors.
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