Square Footage: 2,401
Lot Size: 5,564
Money Magazine ranked Belvedere as one of the top ten places to live in the world, and this home exemplifies the reasons why.
Belvedere Island was originally settled by the wealthy of San Francisco in the nineteenth century as a summer retreat from the fog and chill of the city. The island is now connected to the Tiburon Peninsula, though it retains its own feel with its verdant hillsides, secluded winding roads and hidden walk-street stairways.
Beau Rivage is the most private of the three celebrated "Heidelberg Homes" on Belvedere Island, featured on film and in print over the past century. The atmospheric three bedroom, two and a half bath brick and stone cottage nestles on a lush, landscaped waterfront lot, with a separate studio, multiple water-view decks, sheltered garden patios, a private boat dock, beach access, and expansive Tiburon, Corinthian, Angel Island, and San Francisco Bay Bridge views. The sounds of the tide mix with magnificent views from every window to provide a sense of true serenity.
Every window of this exquisite home frames water or garden views. The morning sun welcomes the day through the bedroom windows, the evening twilight illuminates Raccoon Straight and Angel Island, and the moon shines across the water as the sounds of the surf waft up from below.
Rough hewn beams, a cathedral dining room ceiling, a cozy Cotswold kitchen, and the living room's corner copper-hooded fireplace are European cottage craftsmanship at its best. A separate lookout off the living room is the perfect venue to watch the sailboat races and the ever-present tableaux of sea and birdlife. The curving stone and brickwork walkway near the front door surrounds a sheltered outdoor patio off the kitchen and living room, perfect for barbecuing year-round.
The upstairs suite consists of two bedrooms and a full bath. The Bay bedroom includes a fireplace, walk-in closets, magnificent views, and sounds of the tides on the beach below. The garden bedroom includes French doors that open to an ancient fruit-bearing avocado tree and a hillside of mature hydrangeas. The downstairs master suite has a sitting area, elevated bed, bath, laundry room, and wine cellar. The hallway opens onto the decks that lead to the dock below.
The two car garage is at the top of the lot. Attached beneath is a separate studio apartment with ample space for a bed, desk, and sitting area, and a huge window overlooking the Bay. Its spiral staircase leads down to a landing with a refrigerator and full bath.
Life at Beau Rivage is a charmed one, offering the ultimate southern Marin indoor/outdoor lifestyle. In addition to the endless opportunities for entertainment at the home itself, the San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere Park, and downtown Tiburon's restaurants, shops, award-winning schools, and ferries to San Francisco and Angel Island are all a short walk away. The world-class city of San Francisco is a short ferry ride or beautiful drive away via the Golden Gate Bridge.