317 Western Drive
Located on the water’s edge of enchanting Point Richmond, this distinctive home immediately impresses with its unique design, spacious interior, sensational grounds and stunning Bay views. The captivating eclectic entry design featuring naturally hewn timber beams, antique bricks, terra cotta pavers and an artisan front door announces the sublime coastal ambience that awaits inside. The living room has a distinctive fireplace surrounded by expansive windows that frame dazzling Bay, Mt. Tam and distant Golden Gate Bridge views. Be enticed to entertain in the open dining area that seamlessly blends with both the living room and spectacular kitchen. The inviting culinary hub boasts honey-hued custom cabinetry with glass front upper cabinets, cerulean blue glass tile backsplash, center-island with seating and stainless appliances. Gleaming hard wood flooring and mill wood accents throughout enhance the warm neutral palette that graces the interior. A dramatically framed stairway leads to the captivating lower level. The remarkable master ensuite has expansive glass doors that showcase Bay outlooks and open out to a wonderful deck that provides an ideal place to savor the vistas and sunshine. The fireplace is surrounded by a striking stucco accent wall and a wood ceiling adds a sense of intimacy to an already relaxing retreat. The master bath has a Jacuzzi tub, dual sink vanity, walk-in shower, and a natural wood ceiling. An additional guest ensuite bedroom is generously scaled and the bathroom presents a distinctive vessel sink and sensational earth tones. A lower level open concept office space provides the perfect place for contemplation. Beautiful tile design featuring sensational earthen hued tile and a mirrored vanity present an attractive guest bathroom. The family room has large glass sliding doors that bring in the spectacular outlooks and provide direct access to the alluring decks. A spacious laundry room has a convenient sink and ample built-in cabinetry.
A separate charming cottage, originally built in the late 1890’s, is imbued with an impressive literary history and artistic past, starting with renown author Jack London who spent many nights here while teaching a course at UC Berkeley. Years later the cottage was owned by UC Berkeley Professor Eugene Burdick who wrote with his partner the famed novel The Ugly American, about Americans early ventures in Viet Nam. The current owners purchased the property from two famed film directors and cinematographers, John Hanson and Sandra Schulberg, who created the American Playhouse hit Shimmer while residing in the cottage. Authentic California style featuring rough-hewn natural exposed beam ceilings, hand-made brick walls, hard wood floors and doorways formed by handsome thick wood posts. A fireplace adds to the cozy ambience of this unique dwelling.
Outside, brick laden patios enveloped in lush mature greenery offer seating areas to savor the views. Astonishing sunsets illuminate the night sky with a memorable display of spectacular orange and saturated blue. Be enthralled by the expansive grounds that feature bountiful verdant landscaping that accents walkways throughout the property, creating meandering paths that lead to lovely poetic settings. A detached artist studio will inspire creativity with its breathtaking scenery and seclusion – it was in here Hanson and Schulberg conceived the movie Shimmer. This extraordinary and unparalleled home is a harmonious blend of stunning views, glimmering evening skies, an enchanting interior, water side access and a historic literary heritage.
Offered at $2,100,000 with adjacent lot
Property Features Include:
- 3 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms - Main House
- 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom - Historic Cottage
- Bay, Mt. Tam & Golden Gate Bridge views
- Living room with fireplace & stunning outlooks
- Sensational kitchen with ample cabinetry, center island & stainless appliances
- Open concept office area
- Master ensuite bedroom with fireplace, direct deck access
- Ensuite guest bedroom with lovely bathroom
- Bar area that offers display shelving for your finest glass and bar ware
- Spacious laundry room has a convenient sink and ample built-in cabinetry.
- Enchanting historic cottage with impressive literary heritage
- Detached artist’s cottage with privacy & stunning vistas
- Decks face the Bay waters & have Golden Gate and Richmond Bridge views
- Extraordinary grounds with lush mature landscaping & poetic settings
- Spectacular dramatic sunsets to enjoy nightly
- Secluded private deck with fire pit
- Outdoor Kayak storage racks & direct access to the water’s edge for launching