40 Mesa Road
THE LEDDY HOUSE: A STUNNING MODERN MASTERPIECE OVERLOOKING BOLINAS LAGOON
The dramatic presence of this modern design by renowned architect William Leddy is simply breathtaking. This private coastal retreat, ideally sited in a native meadow on 5 acres overlooking the Bolinas Lagoon and Ridge, is the perfect escape from the vagaries of the busy world. It is a peaceful sanctuary in which to relax, entertain, and enjoy the beach town of Bolinas and greater West Marin.
The Leddy House is a true architectural masterpiece. Its plans were selected for the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Its modernist design is characterized by geometric lines formed through Leddy’s judicious use of stucco walls, glass, steel beams, and concrete decks., and yet the home feels warm and inviting. The contrast between its disciplined aesthetic and the natural beauty of its environment creates a gentle balance that is apparent immediately upon visiting the property.
As you enter the property, commanding views of Bolinas Lagoon capitalize on the world- famous splendor of verdant Marin. Tall glass panels and smooth concrete create an understated welcome as you step from the meadow path onto the covered breezeway. Subtle touches—such as the fluid integration of the guest quarters and pool into the landscape’s topography—make the house’s design feel like a continuation of the property’s natural features rather than an interruption.
Once you step into the main entrance, the breezeway continues into the house as a gallery hallway, acting as a harmonious transition between the interior and exterior. The living room, well-appointed kitchen, and family/dining room open up toward the lagoon as you move deeper into the house. 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows in this expansive space optimize the magnificent views and bathe the living spaces with natural light. Double French doors lead from the living room back to the heated salt-water infinity pool flanked by multi-level Ipe decking — perfect for entertaining, exercising, or sunning. There is a detached cabana off the pool patio that doubles as a bar and prep-kitchen for outdoor entertaining.
Three bedrooms and two baths lie across the gallery hallway from the living spaces. The bathrooms both feature Ann Sacks tiles and Vola fixtures, and the bedrooms are cozy counterpoints to the relatively high-ceilinged and open living spaces. The master suite is separated from the other two bedrooms by an enclosed courtyard, and enjoys the same stunning vistas of the Bolinas Lagoon as the communal living spaces.
The large, detached guest suite is off the breezeway and features a full bath and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture the view of the lagoon and ridge.
The property is completely private: not one home is visible. Blue herons and egrets soar overhead on their way to the water; seals bask on the sandbars below; foxes and deer roam in the meadow. At night the distant lights of the cars coming around the lagoon are the only sign of the busy world miles away. And yet you are just steps away from Bolinas’ famous beach and charming downtown, and all the cultural and natural wealth of Marin County is only a short drive away.
BOLINAS: FIND INSPIRATION IN NATURE AND COMMUNITY
Bolinas is a quaint and highly desirable coastal community on the Point Reyes Peninsula, just 40 miles north of San Francisco. It has been long known as a mecca for artists, writers and freethinkers who were inspired by the area’s natural beauty and bohemian spirit.
With world-class beaches and mountains minutes away, the opportunities for outdoor adventure are endless. Within minutes you can be paddling out to the best local surf spot at the Bolinas jetty, or pushing your kayak into the gentle Bolinas Bay past curious harbor seals. Or choose to stay on land, and grab your mountain bike or hiking shoes–there are miles of scenic trails to explore through grasslands, rolling hills, redwood forests and alongside mountain creeks.
If you’re craving a more leisurely day, start your morning wandering down a eucalyptus- lined path to town, stopping for a cup coffee and a pastry before following Brighton Road to the beach. After an afternoon watching surfers carve up the emerald green waves, and dogs and children playing in the sea spray, meander back into town to grab dinner ingredients at the organic market, check out a weekend concert at the community center or pause for a cold drink at the historic Smiley’s Saloon. Get home just in time to watch a bright pink sunset sky from your serene pool deck.
Other West Marin towns, such as Stinson Beach and Point Reyes Station, are a short drive away, each with it’s own unique character and attractions. The adventures you can have are infinite.