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This extraordinary estate, designed and built by an architect for his personal residence, has all the elements of a personal resort. The bespoke 6,110 square foot home encompasses a 100+ year old hunting lodge on an acre and a quarter of private, lushly landscaped grounds, bathed in sun and views of the San Francisco Bay. The stunning home features four bedrooms and four and a half baths, two multi-room office suites, an exercise room and an indoor basketball court, a soundproof music room, wine cellar, workshop, multiple storage rooms, detached studio, gazebo, expansive patio with outdoor kitchen and fire pit, hot tub, large level lawn, fruit trees, flower and vegetable gardens, sporting range, myriad artistic touches, and more. Quiet and secluded, yet minutes from shops, restaurants, parks, yacht clubs, award-winning schools, Highway 101, and frequent ferries to San Francisco, this spectacular home is the ultimate sanctuary.
The current owners, an accomplished architect and his family, purchased the home from the Bartalini family, who acquired the property in the 1860s. The Bartalinis were designers and manufacturers of commercial lighting fixtures that were prevalent on the streets of San Francisco in the early 1900s. A few of these fixtures are on the house exterior today.
For many years, the Bartalinis and extended family would travel by boat to Marin and set up a large summer encampment. At that time, the nearby waterfront neighborhood now known as Paradise Cay was a bay marsh popular for duck hunting. In the early 1900s, the family built a 640 square foot hunting lodge that is still in its original form and serves as the entry and living room of the current home. What became known as “Paradise Lodge” served for years as a family retreat and summer getaway. In 1950, a kitchen, bedroom, and bath were added to the Lodge and it became a permanent residence for several generations of the Bartalini family.
The entire property is studded with large and rare Lawsonite boulders dating back to the Jurassic Period. Lawsonite is an extremely dense stone filled with quartz crystal and garnets, and found in only a few places in Northern California and in Ireland. Miwok artifacts, including arrowheads and adz and hatchet heads, have been found on the property, as well.
Picturesque winding roads lead up and over the Tiburon ridge to the secluded eastern flank of the Tiburon Peninsula. Just minutes from the heart of Tiburon, private estates are tucked into the hillside overlooking the sparkling waters of the San Francisco Bay. A sweeping drive leads up to the expansive house and grounds of Paradise Lodge, with parking for ten cars, in addition to the oversized two car garage.
The main entrance opens onto the bright and airy living room, dining room, and kitchen, with panoramic views of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the East Bay. Top-of-the-line appliances and custom handmade copper-faced cabinetry grace the gourmet kitchen and the adjacent butler’s kitchen, walk-in pantry, and half bath.
Upstairs from the kitchen is the main office suite, featuring panoramic views and vaulted ceilings. This exceptional work space connects to a full bath, an exercise room, and a large, sunny rooftop terrace. Across from the main office is a lovely bedroom with bay views and an en-suite bathroom.
Stairs lead back down to the library, which is located to the left of the main entrance of the home. The library connects to a bonus bedroom / nursery and the premier bedroom suite, which features a massive walk-in closet, dual vanity bathroom sinks, a jet tub, and shower.
The southern wing of the house consists of an indoor basketball court / gym area, laundry room, mud room, and a separate en-suite guest bedroom with a sitting area, balcony, and separate entrance.
The lower levels of the home consist of extensive working areas and storage. On the north side of the garage is a second full office with an attached bonus room, a 725 bottle wine cellar, and two large storage rooms. A large workshop is connected to the other side of the oversized garage, which is currently configured for two cars, but could easily be converted to three. At the northernmost end of this level is a soundproof music room and another large storage room.
Multiple outdoor entertaining areas are located throughout the one and quarter acre property. An idyllic gazebo, a generous patio with built-in grill and sink, a hot tub, a custom fire pit, a large level lawn, a sporting range with pitching mound and plate, bocce ball, and horseshoes, and a separate finished studio allow for endless possibilities.
One-of-a-kind exterior lighting illuminates the majestic landscaping and magnificent flowering gardens that carpet the verdant grounds. Oak, olive, redwood, palm, pine, apple, lemon, lime, orange, pomegranate, fig, quince, and plum trees dot the property, along with rare Jurassic stones filled with garnets and veins of quartz.
Sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay are visible from every vantage point. Within a few minutes’ walk are the hiking trails of Ring Mountain Nature Preserve, the bountiful fishing opportunities at the public Paradise Cay jetty, and the Tiburon Yacht Club, with ample docking and direct access to the bay. San Francisco can be reached in as few as fifteen minutes by private boat or by car across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Tiburon’s waterfront location makes it a prime destination for Marin County homebuyers. For a town of less than 10,000 residents, Tiburon offers a variety of activities that belies its small size. The annual Tiburon International Film Festival brings films from around the world. Residents enjoy shopping in the elegant boutiques along Ark Row, a leafy, block-long enclave of tiny shops that were once floating arks, and dining at the excellent restaurants along Main Street. For the nautically inclined, Tiburon's Corinthian Yacht Club hosts races on the bay. Ferries to San Francisco and Angel Island State Park leave from the dock at Tiburon. Tiburon's parks are strung out like pearls on a necklace along the water’s edge. Blackie's Pasture, named after an old swaybacked horse that once lived here, is a popular spot for hikers, joggers, bikers, moms with strollers, and dog walkers. On weekends, the parks fill up with soccer players of all ages.