Design Driven

By: Kevin Daniel Dwyer


27 Woodbine Drive

This contemporary style home with Spanish influences is one of Mill Valley’s most anticipated residences. A collaboration of architects and designers joined forces to convert this south-facing, hillside lot into an oasis, including renowned architect Jared Polsky, KD Works Interior Design and eco-friendly landscaping by Lisa Canepa Garden Design.

Located just steps from downtown Mill Valley with stunning views of the verdant ridgelines, 27 Woodbine features four bedrooms, three and one-half bathrooms, an office, family room and dining area. The property’s open plan living spaces are an entertainer’s dream approached through a welcoming entry. Architectural highlights include: a warm light-filled great room with gas fireplace and a La Cantina sliding glass wall that opens to a large view deck perfect for entertaining; an epicurean kitchen featuring uniquely honed Nesto Marble countertops, Caesarstone island with touch technology faucet and bar seating, and a full stainless steel Viking Appliance suite; wide plank 9.5-inch engineered white oak floors and designer concrete tiles; and French doors in the dining room opening to lawn and a barbeque patio. The master bedroom features a private balcony, French doors, large walk-in closet, and a spa-like bathroom. Smooth exterior stucco, copper gutters and downspouts, and a custom tile roof give the house serious curb appeal, as does the living roof above the garage, cascading staircases, lush garden walkways and established palms.


Susan Hewitt & CJ Nakagawa

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

415.407.8349 | 415.407.2151

CalBRE #00996144 | CalBRE #01913564

Belvedere california

408 Golden Gate Avenue

The ultimate entertainer’s paradise, this contemporary Belvedere residence is designed to impress. Completely private with expansive views of Tiburon and Belvedere Cove, the approximately 4,890 sq. ft. three-level modern home has it all. The architecturally-significant retreat designed by Daniel Hunter, AIA is approached through a lush, tropic-inspired garden and floating entry bridge leading to a dramatic foyer and central staircase with curved glass walls. The home’s interiors feature grand entertaining and living spaces, four bedrooms—including a spacious and completely private master suite—media room, exercise room, pool room, a sleek open-plan kitchen and a detached guest suite currently used as a virtual reality golf course where the grass is guaranteed to always be greener. 

Outdoor living spaces offer a plethora of lifestyle and entertaining options, from a swimming pool with expansive terrace and poolside lounge area, to a verdant garden terrace with al fresco dining area, to a level turf athletic green.  Ideal for a young professional, family or the avid host who aims to please, this rare residence feels a world away from it all just minutes from San Francisco’s tech, finance and venture capital epicenter. For the cryptocurrency investor, the seller will accept Bitcoin, Ethereum or Ripple.


Bullock & Sarkissian Team

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

415.517.7720 | CalBRE #00837358

Oakland california

247 Fourth Street #209

The Jack London Waterfront/Oakland Warehouse District, with its restaurants, shopping, open air markets, AMTRAK train station, ferry service to San Francisco and close proximity to BART is a commuter’s dream. Live-Work Loft #209 is located in the former Western States Grocery Building, designed and constructed by well-known architects Couchot, Rosenwald and Roeth (Oakland Tribune Building) in 1926. The building retains its original “warehouse feel,” while hosting amenities such as the popular Chop Bar restaurant on its street level. 

When the current owners saw the raw space of #209 and the large open floor plan of the square footage (at 1,480 per public records) they approached it with “SoHo Living” in mind. With soaring 13 ft. ceilings of exposed cement imprinted with the original redwood beams used for the pour and mushroom column supports, they knew that their mid-century/art gallery aesthetic would be well represented. The loft underwent remodeling, including transforming the kitchen into an open plan entertainer’s dream and expanding and reimagining the bathroom into a spa-like oasis. Additional highlights include a lofted bedroom, large parking space and immediate access to the epicenter of cool in Oakland, with a walking score of 95.


G. Julia Bivins

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 

510.507.8484 | CalBRE #01212970


3 West Circle

Fleur du Lac, Homewood, CA, listed for $3,749,000

Fleur du Lac, Homewood, CA, listed for $3,749,000

This newly constructed home in Montclair combines modern and sophisticated luxury with green and energy saving features throughout. Situated on a 12,700 sq. ft. mostly level lot, the home is designed for indoor-outdoor living and offers an abundance of level outdoor space ideal for entertaining. Light filled and spacious, the home features four bedrooms and four full baths, plus a powder room on the main level and a study upstairs. 

Green design features include energy efficient western metal windows and doors throughout; walls, ceilings and floors made of EPS panels which use ICF and ISF technology making them sound insulating and energy efficient; 6.96 kW solar system on a white single ply cool roof which is energy efficient; and all LED lighting. A floating modern staircase, hardwood flooring, outdoor water feature, three-car garage and luxurious master suite with balcony overlooking the garden further the allure of this chic, efficient home.


Dev Parikh

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

415.812.3777 | CalBRE #01815439

oakland california

6033 Skyline Boulevard

Situated majestically in the desirable Oakland Hills, this contemporary masterpiece was designed by David Stark Wilson who executed a brilliant architectural plan to perfectly balance the gorgeous natural setting with the stunning views. This home recently underwent a year-long renovation where the visionary owners meticulously sourced materials and finishes to make it an “Organic Modern” property. Renovated with incomparable quality materials, luxury finishes and refined craftsmanship, this 3,675 sq. ft., five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is a modern-day elegant yet comfortable living experience, come to life.

The home is captivating, from the striking details of the entryway, the Venetian plaster walls and ceiling finishes, gleaming maple floors and dramatic spaces with walls of glass framing breathtaking bay and city views. On the main level, you will also find a chef’s kitchen with white oak cabinetry, custom features and a counter top with a  specially sourced rare 150-year-old slab of cedar. Additional highlights include a private patio with textured concrete flooring, an outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen and a master suite featuring a spa-like luxury bathroom with heated floors and a steam shower.


Dev Parikh

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

415.812.3777 | CalBRE# 01815439

Berkeley California

1960 San Antonio Avenue

This mansion was built by John Hopkins Spring, an entrepreneur who developed much of North Berkeley and Albany, and was instrumental in the building of Berkeley’s Claremont Hotel.  In 1912, Spring commissioned John Hudson Thomas to design a grand residence to promote his development of the Thousand Oaks area. Thomas is noted for his deliberate over-scaling, and the Spring mansion is built on a grand Roman scale. The mansion features many of Thomas’ signature elements: bays, multi-shaped windows, and the eclectic and romantic mixture of visual influences. 

The current owner of the historic home commissioned a tasteful update of several elements of the 12,000 sq. ft. main house that successfully demonstrates how the majestic Beaux-Arts Mansion can be brought back to glorious life. Listing agent Herman Chan enlisted HGTV host and Berkeley native celebrity designer Cora Sue Anthony to revamp the landmark estate. The Mansion’s exterior was repaired and given a coat of gleaming white paint. The result returns the exterior close to the original state and it is easy to see why, in the days before the hillside was forested, the mansion resembled a glittering jewel visible from San Francisco across the bay.


Herman Chan

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

415.787.3450 | CalBRE# 01988025

Ross California

104 Laurel Grove Avenue

This stunning Ross estate features modern farmhouse design and an open concept floor plan for seamless indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.  The showcase estate is located on the flats of the prestigious Town of Ross, situated on 2.2 level acres of resort-like grounds with bluestone terraces, pool, expansive level lawns, turf sports court and a separate guest house.

A custom designed floor plan offers grand rooms with high ceilings, French doors to the park-like grounds, wide plank flooring and meticulous craftsmanship.  Architectural highlights include vaulted exposed beam ceilings, a gourmet farmhouse kitchen with an eight-burner gas range, gracious formal living and dining rooms ideal for entertaining in style and an expansive veranda with an arbor covered in wisteria.  Two separate office areas and three generously sized bedrooms are also offered on the main level.  The luxurious master bedroom suite is located on the upper level and features a spacious, sunlit bedroom, expansive walk-in closet with built-ins and a sumptuous marble master bath.

The separate guest house offers a large living area, full kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths and garden.  This is truly one of the most magnificent settings in Marin.


Alva Falla & Jennifer Falla Firkins

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty

415.518.1930 | 415.602.5768

CalBRE #00628712 | CalBRE #01255172