Earth & Home – Tour a Remarkable Marin County Compound

0087426-800CorteMaderaAve-1This remarkable custom Marin County home is unprecedented in its dedication to ecological responsibility, sophisticated style, and green technology. The esteemed Sim Van der Ryn — who prefers to see a home as “an organism that’s flowing in a landscape” — designed this architectural tour de force with a unique silhouette and a footprint echoing the shape of a guitar.

An unparalleled celebration of form and function, it required more than five years to complete. Displaying a sincere reverence for the environment and honoring its location, the home was conscientiously constructed using rammed earth construction as well as numerous recycled, reclaimed, and salvaged elements.

Its rammed earth columns display striking sedimentary layers and a finish reminiscent of very high-quality stone. Water and light are used thoughtfully throughout — the latter for both illumination and heating. Technological systems throughout the house work as a holistic group.


Consisting of approximately 9,725 square feet, the main residence is magnificently appointed and arranged over two levels. The living and dining spaces are chic and have a gracious flow, while the welcoming chef’s kitchen includes an oversized island and a family room.

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A superlative master suite with a library and private terrace is secluded in its own wing. Three other luxurious bedrooms are located in another wing, and the separate two-bedroom guesthouse accommodates visitors in consummate privacy and comfort.

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Staff quarters, professional office space, a fitness center, a wine cellar, a music room and home theater, a recreation room, and a regulation racquetball court add to the home’s bountiful appeal.


A sun-swept swimming pool, an open-air spa, and a sports court allow relaxation, living, and entertaining to continue outdoors.


The property consists of 11 sustainable, entirely organic acres planted with towering eucalyptus trees, other native California flora, flourishing flower and vegetable gardens, and an orchard accompanied by a greenhouse, a chicken coop, and beehives.


Paths meander through the land, which enjoys verdant views across rolling hillsides toward the iconic San Francisco skyline.

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While feeling serenely remote, the location is remarkably convenient, a mere 10 miles from the city. The local community is one of the most prestigious in the area, offering shops, restaurants, parks, open space, and other amenities and conveniences that are moments away.

Marin County, CA |  Danielle Chavanon 415-706-5804 & Isobel Wiener 415-730-5556


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