891 Marin Drive, Mill Valley
Engineered slate tile roof (with a rated 50 year life)
7.3 Kw BIPV (“Building Integrated Photo Voltaic”) advanced solar tiles on the south and south east roof slopes with twin inverters located in the garage
25 Kw natural gas (or propane) powered automatic back-up generator
“Pet Wing” with outside Dog Kennel and Chicken Run both with built in water supply, drainage and electricity for easy cleaning,
An integrated storage locker for all feed and supplies
The cutest ever children’s play cottage with its own lighting and electrical power
Steps to world Class Hiking
5+ Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths / ~4,100 Sq. Ft. / .49 Acres Lot
Features and Amenities
Built in 2002 and impeccably maintained and upgraded over the years, this great Tam Highlands 4,100sqft home has soaring 2 story ceilings in the foyer, and wonderful volume in the kitchen, living, dining, and family rooms with generous pantry and utility closets. 2 car garage is 10 steps steps from kitchen, with a private office slightly separated from the hullabaloo. Upstairs offers 4 bedrooms and three baths including huge master suite with views over Richardson Bay. The floor plan, general build quality and architecture is superb. A legal separate guest cottage with full bath doubles as a fully separate home office, in-law, or Au Pair suite. Under 5 minutes to Good Earth, 7 minutes to 101, 8 minutes to Mill Valley, and 20 mins or less across the GGB. This is a very private and serene location steps from world class hiking, biking and trail running.
The Woodlands combines a private and tranquil setting with high-end, modern architectural style, extensive craftsman details, and numerous improvements and enhancements. The result is an extraordinary family environment that epitomizes graceful and distinctive modern family living.
Families with younger or teenage children will love this home. The four upstairs bedrooms all have excellent proportions. The expansive Master and Second bedroom, both with private en-suite bathrooms, feature outdoor decks overlooking the lush, manicured garden, and enjoy panoramic views of the Bay and Mt. Tamalpais. The current Home Office suite could easily become a wheelchair-accessible or mobility-restricted lower level 5th bedroom with private en-suite bathroom. A 6th bedroom and bathroom is nestled just steps away in the comfortable and private Guest Cottage.
The Woodlands was built in 2002, and has been enhanced by the present owners with solar panels and a full back-up generator. There is over 3,900 square feet in the main home and 250 square feet in the Guest Cottage. The design is bright and airy, with high ceilings throughout, large double-paned windows, and arched open walkthroughs. There is excellent “flow” throughout the entire downstairs area. Feng Shui details have been incorporated throughout; for example, all walls have rounded edges - there are no sharp corners in this home!
The main living areas on the lower level open out directly on to an amazingly landscaped English-style garden. There is something for everyone to enjoy: a swing set and slide; a children’s play house; a large sandpit area; a deep and mesmerizing Koi pond with a wide and strong flowing water-fall; a gas fire pit near the built-in BBQ and wet bar; a 4-person hot tub; and sunny, sweeping, semi-circular, multi-level Ipe decks, all surrounded by arbors and mature shrubs. In the “Orchard” you’ll discover an abundance of fruit-producing trees. There is a carefully tended rose garden. And all of this is surrounded by an array of distinct and carefully chosen trees, shrubs, hedges and redwood fencing. This is a mature garden for you to discover, linger and savor …
The lower level of the The Woodlands features a dramatic grand entry way through two substantial wooden doors into a foyer with a towering vaulted ceiling that is ready for almost any size and type of chandelier you can imagine.
The Family Room and Living Room both feature convenient gas log fire places with glass safety doors and polished limestone surrounds. Miniature LED spotlights with dimmers effectively and efficiently light all the downstairs rooms.
A large central island welcomes you to the showcase Kitchen - a comfortable and inviting space that so often becomes the gathering point for informal conversations and drinks among family and friends. Custom marble slabs top the extensive white wood cabinetry. A breakfast nook occupies the bay window. Top-of-the-line appliances include a large Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, a separate Sub-Zero wine cooler, a 48” Thermidor range and double oven, a large Bosch dishwasher for entertaining, and two Fisher-Paykel single drawer dishwashers for every day use. A double sink unit and a bar sink both have high-end Franke faucets and waste disposal units with air switches to protect young hands. A separate but easily accessible, walk-in pantry right off the kitchen, with built-in units and shelving, is an excellent additional feature that will be appreciated every day.
The Kitchen, Family Room, Living Room, Dining Room and Home Office all have broad, tall, double-pane security glass windows to enjoy the garden views, let in abundant light and sunshine, and to be able to easily monitor young children at play.
The upstairs Master Bedroom Suite is expansive. Entered through double doors off the main hallway, it features a high tray ceiling that gives a wonderful sense of both volume and scale. Through separate double doors is the walk-in closet with built-in units, and a large bathroom with over-sized bath (“Tea for Two”), a separate two-headed shower with built-in steam unit, dual sink units, and an amazing Toto Neorest electronic toilet/bidet with heated seat and automatic flush! Rich, deep veined, carefully chosen Emperador Dark marble slab is used on all counter tops, bath surround and back splashes, together with polished limestone tiles throughout.
Additional important and major features of The Woodlands include, but are by no means limited to, the engineered slate tile roof (with a rated 50 year life); the 7.3 Kw BIPV (“Building Integrated Photo Voltaic”) advanced solar tiles on the south and south east roof slopes with twin inverters located in the garage; the 25 Kw natural gas (or propane) powered automatic back-up generator; the “Pet Wing” with outside Dog Kennel and Chicken Run, both with built in water supply, drainage and electricity for easy cleaning, plus an integrated storage locker for all feed and supplies; the cutest ever children’s play cottage with its own lighting and electrical power; the large, separate children’s sand box with low dust, crushed marble, white sand; there are 6 hose reels and outdoor faucets surrounding the house as well as a centrally-controlled irrigation system behind the Guest Cottage. Indoors there is a “fairy tale” children’s “office” created as an extra room under the main staircase with spot lights and electrical power. The garage has a large butcher block workbench for the most discerning home improvement enthusiast. There is also a large “farmhouse sink” in the garage for those dirty children (or dogs) who would otherwise come rushing into the house. The property has fire sprinklers throughout. There is cable, satellite and internet wired to every major room, all originating from a single upstairs cabinet. The Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room and Office all have inter-connected music speakers. Heating is by forced air (two levels) and central air-conditioning has been retrofitted and supplies every room. There is a solar-powered attic extraction fan to help control the temperature on extremely hot days. The interior climate is more generally controlled both locally and remotely by two internet-connected Nest thermostats.
Every door and window downstairs, and every door and some windows upstairs are connected to the central alarm system operated through 3 separate keypads. There are 11 motion-triggered flood lights around the house that are activated in the evening, including two high intensity spots that shine up the main driveway. There is a discreetly located, separate pump and filter house for the Koi pond and waterfall, including timers and cleaning tools. There are numerous outdoor electrical receptacles for Holiday lights. The driveway and garden lights are controlled by timers. The entire garden has an advanced irrigation system with 15 separate channels, including drip, spray and sprinklers. An electrical engineer by training, the current owner has designed and engineered everything for ease of use, simplicity of maintenance, yet sophistication in its application. During vacation times, house sitters will easily be able to learn the major tasks to be performed weekly or on demand, and the owners can monitor or control the key systems remotely.
The entire property has been meticulously maintained, enhanced and improved since the current owners purchased it in 2007. More than $750,000 has been spent on improvements and upgrades, and they are very evident throughout … the list is extraordinary. This will be a truly wonderful living experience for the right buyers: ones who love the outdoors, insist on privacy and tranquility, and are able to appreciate and utilize the luxury and utility of this exquisite estate located right on the edge of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.