"Once in a Lifetime Opportunity"
Considered one of Marin County's most magnificent, coveted and gated estates, this extremely rare Ross property has a rich history dating back to 1898 and exemplifies classic, traditional elegance, while offering an inviting environment with exceptional indoor-outdoor living.
Remodeled and enlarged in 1998 to the highest building and design standards, the estate features a main residence, guest house, sixty foot swimming pool and separate spa.
Regal lawns, lush landscaping, covered patios and gorgeous stonework carefully blend exceptional privacy with community.
Nestled on 1.62 acres of completely level park-like grounds, the estate is just one block from town, Ross School and close to Katherine Branson School.
The Property and Grounds
The Main Residence
Originally designed by John White of Bernard Maybeck's office in 1898, this property is regarded as one of the most breathtaking and special in the esteemed town of Ross in beautiful Marin County.
Just some of the special features found around the Todd Cole landscaped grounds are: crushed granite and paver driveway leading to a turnabout surrounding a fountain imported from France; Colorado stone patios and walkways; almost all white garden including old wisteria, lavender, roses, and multiple varieties of hydrangeas; trees including two palms, birch, red oak, cypress, redwood, and magnolia; multiple fruit trees, and much more.
The main residence includes: five bedrooms; five baths; two powder rooms; two exceptional offices; media/game room; grand living room with fireplace; formal dining room; outstanding kitchen; large, engaging family room with fireplace; master suite with fireplace, two dressing rooms, large deck with spa, and dramatic bath; temperature-controlled wine cellar; mud room; three-car garage with workshop; and 10,000 gallon private well.
Custom French doors open from all main rooms to the out-of-doors.
The guest house enjoys expansive views of the grounds, a full gymnasium, full bathroom, and one bedroom with fireplace.
The five bedroom main home effortlessly blends old with new, formal with casual, and grand with intimate. Exquisite craftsmanship is found throughout with crown moldings, oversized, custom balusters with cherry hand rails, Paul Ferrante light fixtures, and random plank hand hewn cherry wood floors. The impressive foyer sets the tone for this superb masterpiece. The office to the left exudes an old-world feel with custom built cherry cabinetry and plaid fabric walls. The sophisticated formal living room is anchored by a Rumsford fireplace imported from France, dating back to 1642. Dramatic windows overlook the grounds while French doors open the room to a covered patio and the grounds beyond. The formal dining room also has four French doors opening to the covered patio, for graceful indoor/outdoor entertaining. The formal dining room is perfect for large entertaining or intimate dinners. While the home has many traditional features, it is integrated with modern conveniences such as radiant-heated floors, and a state-of-the-art Crestron system, which regulates all security features, including cameras, heating and cooling, and all sound, media, and lighting throughout the home.
The chef's kitchen and breakfast area benefit from modern-day style and appliances, while still embracing a refined old-world elegance. Features include: a large center island with granite counter top, double ogee edge, copper prep sink, and custom lighting; ample counter seating; Viking range with two ovens, six burners and griddle; Sub-zero custom-paneled side by side refrigerator with refrigerator and freezer drawers; Sub-zero ice maker; Miele dishwasher; reverse osmosis water filtration system; and motorized transom windows over the French doors that lead from the kitchen and family room to the patio, pool, and grounds. The family room, which opens to the kitchen, enjoys a custom fireplace flanked by two window seats and French doors opening to the swimming pool, spa and grounds.
In addition to the bedroom, the master Suite features a vestibule, an expansive spa-like bathroom, two dressing rooms with walk-in closets, and large terrace with hot tub. The bathroom enjoys antique ceramic paver flooring from Paris, custom cabinetry designed by Antonio’s Antiques of San Francisco, and is illuminated by a Paul Ferrante chandelier. An antique marble fireplace is the focal point of the bedroom, complimented by French doors with motorized custom transom windows opening to the Colorado stone patio with jetted spa overlooking the grounds.
On the upper level, in addition to the master suite, there are three en-suite bedrooms, while a guest suite featuring antique terra cotta tiling and Paul Ferrante fixtures is located on the main level. The upstairs bedroom suites enjoy custom built-ins and baths designed using Waterworks fixtures. They range in finishes from beadboarding, topiary shower tiling, Carrera marble floors and countertops, subway tiling, ceramic moldings, to terra cotta floors.
The main residence features a variety of areas for leisure time, recreation and work including two offices, a media and game room, a fabulous laundry room, and a workshop in the garage. The first of two offices is finished with custom cherry cabinetry, and the other located just off the kitchen features beadboarding and antique finish glass cabinetry. The media and game room, complete with grass cloth walls, blends entertainment with functionality and features a wet bar with custom oak cabinetry and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. One end of the room currently houses a billiard table, while the other serves as the media area with a large plasma television. The laundry room will please even the most discerning cleaning enthusiast, finished with beadboarding, front-loading Miele washer and dryer, multiple pull-out hampers, a built-in ironing board, Carrera marble countertops, oil-rubbed bronze faucets, and a stainless steel sink. The mudroom enjoys beadboarding, a large closet, and Colorado stone flooring while a workshop in the garage has a separate entry, workbench, and plenty of storage.
The two-story guest house, which was originally built as a barn for the estate, now enjoys a full gymnasium on the main level, a full bathroom with hexagon mini subway tiling and Waterworks fixtures.
The upper level consists of a lovely bedroom with an inviting fireplace and features an antique brick surround.
Rounding out the grounds is a sixty foot pool and multiple patios, the ultimate place for recreation and relaxation.
Featuring a lap lane, the pool also has underwater speakers.
The nearby patios add to the ambiance, complete with a separate spa, outdoor barbeque and an exterior Rumsford fireplace.