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This property is one-of-a-kind. It's beautiful, private, serene, filled with vintage charm, totally functional for relaxed modern living, and perfectly located. The house is a 1903 Victorian rich with history, lovingly renovated to preserve its character. Windows retain their original wavy glass and a 1950's Wedgewood stove rules over the kitchen. The house has large, light-filled spaces and 10' ceilings throughout. BIg windows look out onto a sea of sunny green: gardens, woodland and redwood groves. There are two wood-burning fireplaces, a hot tub and an outdoor fireplace.
The property couldn't be more conveniently located: two minutes from Kentfield town center, 1 minute from the main thoroughfare Sir Francis Drake, 5 minutes from HWY 101, 20-25 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, 30 minutes from San Francisco, 40 min. from wine country, smack in the middle of the prettiest part of Marin and close to everything.
Stetson House is newly redecorated top to bottom with the highest quality custom furnishings, new beds, fresh paint - and feels absolutely clean, open and fresh.
Best of all - there are so many spaces to gather! This property is perfect for a retreat, family gathering, event or reunion. We've never lived in a house that's better for hosting. Start with a glass of wine on the lawn, move to the dining room for dinner, gather in front of the fire in the living room, end up in the hot tub and the patio for a jam session in front of the outdoor fireplace. Movie night is covered with a full-wall projection system and surround sound. Downstairs can be for the kids, Scrabble at the game table or reading a book by the fire.
There are so many unique, lovely touches throughout the house: the old-fashioned front porch, the sweet cottage garden, the vintage stove, the cozy fireplaces, the clawfoot tubs.
The 4000 sf main house has 5 bedrooms plus office and sleeps 8 comfortably in real beds. Below the main house is a one-bedroom in-law apartment with its' own entrance, that comfortably sleeps 3, available at an extra charge of $120-230 /night. Rent just the main house or both. The entire 5000 sf house can comfortably sleep 11 people in proper beds.
The property is at the dead end of the street, so there is total privacy with no traffic. Parking for two guest cars included in rental. Rent the In-Law as well and you get an additional parking space.
Available for many school holidays:
Winter break: Dec. 19 - Jan 4
CA Ski week and Spring Break 2015
Much of summer 2015
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7 night min stay
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
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Property is centrally located in the charming town of Kentfield, in gorgeous Marin County. Convenient to restaurants and shops, 30 min from San Francisco and 40 min from wine country. The house is walking distance from Kentfield town center, with Ambrosia Restaurant, Half-Day Cafe and Woodland Market. We are two minutes from bike paths and a 10 min drive to gorgeous hiking trails.
So much to do here! Check out the restaurants, museums and shopping in SF, only a half-hour drive away. Rent mountain bikes in the next town and explore Marin the high-adreneline way! Take an all day hike on Mount Tamalpias or Point Reyes, through redwood groves and chaparral and huge ocean vistas. See the sea lions, red-tailed hawks, maybe a bobcat if you get lucky! Kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the Bay. Stroll to downtown Kentfield and have one of the best brunches ever at Half-Day Cafe. Take leisurely walk in the lovely hills behind Kentfield. Take a wine-country tour and ship some of your favorites home. Grab dinner and a show at nearby Terrapin Crossroads, and get your Dead on. Or have an elegant dinner at Insalatas, 10 min away. Truly, this property, in this part of Marin County, is just wonderful.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: I am a native of Marin, and love everything about it! Hiking, beach barbecues on Muir Beach, Mountain Home Theater, burritos in the Mission, Fairfax Scoop, wine tasting in Napa... the list goes on and on. I love Marin even more as I took a long detour from it. Our three children were born and raised in NYC, and I persuaded the family to move back here just last August. Quite the change, brownstone Brooklyn to nature-filled Marin! We love both but are so happy to have landed here. I am an architect, an artist, and a stay-at-home Mom. I love yoga, hiking, hanging with the family, reading on the porch, and dinner with friends. My husband Sandy is a professional musician and teacher. We are a relaxed, creative family. My motto? I guess it would be: 'Don't sweat the small stuff.'
Why the Owner Chose Kentfield:
A huge attraction of this property is Marin County itself, one of the most magical places on earth. Marin is famous worldwide for it's astounding natural beauty and the huge amount of land protected for public enjoyment. There are few places on the planet where you can hike, mountain bike, surf, sail, horseback ride and camp on thousands of acres of untouched wilderness, all within an hour of a major city. The variety of fun to be had in the area is unmatched: all the restaurants, museums and shopping of SF, the stunning beauty and outdoorsy lifestyle of Marin, plus wine country just 40 minutes north. Kentfield is a charming little town in central Marin, an area with the mildest, sunniest, most lovely year-round weather you can imagine. It has several very good restaurants, a gourmet market, bike paths, a school with a big field to kick a ball around, and loads of small town charm. It's one of a string of such small towns along the Ross Valley, all very special. I grew up the next town over, in Ross, and have always wanted to come back. Can you tell I love this place?
The Unique Benefits at this House:
I first became intrigued with this property when I heard of it's unique history. It originally served as a retreat for Catholic nuns and laypeople: pews filled the living spaces, and nuns ate at the long dining table. When I visited, I could feel the serenity that permeates every inch of the property. I fell in love. Such light, open spaces; every window looking out on green; almost total privacy; hummingbirds off the front porch and the garden in bloom; our own redwood grove down the hill. It even came with a cottage for my husband to work out of. Does it get any better than this?
Home Sweet Home
Cheerful foyer with coat and shoe closets
Large, light-filled living room with 10' ceilings and wood-burning fireplace
Cup of tea with a friend?
Downstairs Family Room with wood-burning fireplace, library and game table
Hot tub, between Master Deck and Patio
Large, flat front lawn with oak trees. (Looking out from house at Stetson Ave.)
Bedroom #2 with new queen bed and linens
In-Law apartment private entry
Queen bedroom, surrounded by green!
Old-fashioned front porch. Have a cup of coffee while hummingbirds hover near!
Stunning formal dining room, seats 12, with view of the garden
Living room with wall of windows looking out onto sunny treetops
Eat-in Kitchen with marble counters and new dishwasher
Breakfast on the kitchen deck?
Family Room, wall of windows looking onto treetops. So peaceful!
Master bath with marble vanity and claw foot tub
Cocktails before dinner? Big patio with outdoor fireplace
Bedroom #1 with new twin bed and linens
Bedroom #3 with new queen bed and linens
Spacious, clean and comfy.
Private patio with woodland view.
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