The coastal village of Bolinas, located in Marin Country, about 27 miles north of San Francisco, is paradoxically famous for its long-running campaign to remain obscure, as illustrated by the local tradition of stealing roadside signs alerting Highway 1 drivers to the route into town. In recent decades, of course, phone apps such as Google Maps and Wayz have rendered such signage unnecessary, and as has happened with so many other small, charming towns within a few hours drive from the Bay Area, people who work for the app companies have set their well-compensated sights on the quaint community, making home prices skyrocket predictably.
Currently on the market with an asking price a shade under $5 million is a striking seaside property handcrafted from a bohemian grove’s worth of wood, including black walnut, cypress, teak and timbered driftwood collected from the Gualala River. Per online marketing material, the rustic residence was a collaboration between Bolinas craftsmen and Sausalito boat builders.
Set on a verdant 3.7-acre blufftop lot, the property contains two structures, — a 3,480-square-foot main residence and a detached studio. In the main house, two bedrooms, four bathrooms, and various communal and private spaces are spread across three floors. Dominating the entry level is an open-plan living/dining room, the outward side of which is bordered by a heated lap pool plus 65 feet of sliding glass doors. The dining area flows to the rusticated kitchen enclosed by posts of driftwood and featuring radiant-heat tile floors.
Also on the entry level is the primary bedroom suite, which includes a dreamy atrium bath and a superdeluxe cypress walk-in closet with built-in vanity and rotational copper lifts. Above the primary bedroom is a lofted lounge that leads to a constellation rooftop deck.
Wood-lined corridors lead to another upstairs wing of the home, where a second bedroom and bath, a teak sauna, and an office with wraparound windows and built-in furniture can be found. Downstairs, there’s an open-plan studio apartment with kitchenette, full bath, and built-in seating and cabinetry, as well as a wine cellar.
Outdoor amenities include a lush garden abundant with fruit, vegetables, and wild flowers, along with multiple decks and patio areas perfect for immersing oneself in the spectacular natural surroundings. There’s also a hot tub, but rather surprisingly, considering the material makeup of the rest of the house, it’s not made of wood. Go figure!