Our charming circa 1903 cottage in Mill Valley is just 9 miles north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge in scenic Marin County. This special home has been featured in American Express’s 'Departures' magazine, Better Homes & Garden’s 'Creative Home', the internationally acclaimed design book, 'California Interiors' and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Home Section. Filled with antiques, books, artwork and a 5 ft. grand piano, this is an elegant, comfortable home away from home close to the culture of San Francisco and the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area and Napa-Sonoma wine country. We’re at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, with many miles of gorgeous hiking and mountain biking trails. Level, scenic bike trails link Mill Valley to the picturesque bayfront towns of Tiburon and Sausalito. Golf, tennis, swimming are all nearby. Muir Woods, sailing and kayaking on San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean beaches are 15-30 minutes. Our home has been a favorite of local families hosting out-of-town relatives, artists seeking a quiet retreat, friends & couples enjoying a Northern California getaway.
COTTAGE DETAILS & LIVING ROOM: The cottage is built with rough old growth redwood plank walls and beamed ceilings enameled a luminous white. Douglas fir floors have been whitewashed to a soft pink glow. Generous windows, French doors and the dining room’s glass solarium ceiling flood the interior with warm light filtered through the verdure of a mature garden with climbing roses & wisteria clambering over rooftops and arbors. The rooms are filled with original works of art, antique furnishings & chandeliers, and hundreds of books. In the living room, a banquette with down pillows, English antique reading chairs & a French Louis XV style love seat circle a wood-burning fireplace. We created the coffee table from a salvaged slab of antique mahogany. Built-in bookshelves house a collection of art & design books; a drop-leaf desk holds trail maps & guidebooks. A wide archway opens on the music room, with a 5 ft. grand piano, velvet chaise, English-style overstuffed sofa & wall-size mirror.
MUSIC ROOM, DINING, DECK, MEDIA ROOM: A step down from the music room is the dining room, with a rough-hewn antique farm table & vintage Chinese Chippendale garden chairs. Two walls of multi-pane steel casement windows, softened with sheer linen and antique Italian lace curtains, wrap around the music & dining rooms. French doors open on an ipe-wood deck with teak furniture and a courtyard garden with a fountain. Dining room & deck share a glass solarium roof covered in roses & wisteria each spring. A half-wall bookcase housing a collection of garden books topped with a vintage floral drape opens the dining room to a small media room/twin bedroom with a twin daybed sofa for watching the 42” HD plasma TV with home theater sound system, DVD, CD & i-Pod jack. There is premium cable (HBO and Showtime) WiFi internet service, a selection of music & videos, Scrabble and card games.
The first floor bathroom with mosaic tile shower is between the media room and the kitchen. Beyond the media room is the laundry with full-size Bosch washer/dryer.
GOURMET KITCHEN: The kitchen has custom mahogany cabinets, pink marble counters & a butler sink. Stainless steel appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, Gaggenau cooktop, oven, French door refrigerator. Small appliances include a microwave, toaster, Francis-Francis espresso machine with pods, Chemex manual drip coffee maker, coffee grinder, electric kettle, Cuisinart food processor, blender, rice cooker, waffle iron, ice cream maker & immersion blender. There’s a full complement of cookware and bakeware, sharp knives and handy gadgets. Tableware includes an extensive collection of vintage English china circa 1840-1940. Spices, paper products, and non-toxic cleaning supplies provided.
The kitchen’s library/breakfast nook is wrapped in white-washed pine bookcases filled with more of our extensive book collection –– here fiction, poetry, cookbooks & reference volumes predominate. An antique pine table is drawn up to a cushioned banquette. Residing over all is a marble Buddha in the window.