65 Brighton Avenue

Bolinas, California

$2,800,000 SOLD

Four Building Compound for the Nature Lover


Restored historic property located in the heart of town. Four units built on a gated and lushly landscaped side-by-side double lot ensuring privacy. 100 yard walk to the main surf beach and short walk to shops and restaurants. Enclosed parking for 7 cars means no dealing with increasing beach traffic and parking problems. Huge indoor and outdoor entertainment space including three outdoor showers and a handcrafted stone patio. Main house includes old growth redwood walls, gourmet kitchen flowing into an open, 15 person dining area, sunken living room, loft and a bonus room currently used as office but plumbed for bathroom. Separate units include cottage with handcrafted woodwork throughout, vintage surf shack and a chill out rec room for family and kids.

The Property

The property consists of a historic main house, originally built in 1909 using coastal redwood and since restored with modern amenities while retaining its hand hewn character, two standalone cottages, and a separate playroom and carport all situated on a double side-by-side lot 100 yards to the ocean. All structures enjoy a significant setback from the street to eliminate noise and ensure privacy. The grounds are landscaped with native gardens that twist around the property and structures. The property also has three private outdoor showers that allow for washing the salt and sand away before entering the home.

A Peek Inside the Main House

The main house interior spaces flow seamlessly and connect with illuminating light and welcoming energy, to make for a romantic and playful setting. The gorgeous, exposed-beam, peaked ceiling over the dining room opens the space graciously, while the sunken living room, with its stone fireplace, and bedrooms feel appropriately more intimate and cozy. The living room features built in shelving with gorgeous exposed wood that is classy yet rustic. The kitchen has been appointed with state-of-the art appliances and granite furnishings to easily handle cooking for a crowd. The bathroom is charming with its free-standing tub, surrounded by original bead board. Another room, previously used as a nursery and currently used as an office, is plumbed for a second bathroom if desired.

Outside the Main House

Two cottages sit outside the main house and serve as quiet retreats for family and guests. The main cottage, located directly across the driveway from the main house, is a chalet structure featuring beautiful hardwood floors, a high vaulted ceiling and generous natural light. In the past, this structure has been used as a full time home for a caretaker of the property. The second cottage, affectionately known as the “Surf Shack,” is an original, early century wood structure which has been retained in its original condition and is primarily used in the summer season for kids and overflow guests. However, even in the winter, guests can be found relaxing next to the wood burning stove while reading a book and dreaming of their next great adventure. Both spaces project a sense of calm and privacy, protected beneath the large redwood trees close to the Pacific Ocean, and both feature private outdoor showers for the convenience of guests.

Toward the rear of the main house is an open carport with an attached enclosed garage that has been converted to a perfect “chill room,” workshop and lounge, with wide doors that open and let the space drown itself in light and air. Bikes, surfboards, a drawing bench, kid’s toys, a big screen TV and a refrigerator full of beer all reside here, making this a favorite place to hang after a day spent beaching, hiking or biking. And a perfect place to stash the kids for some playtime and movies as well!

If you take even a single step onto the grounds at 65 Brighton Avenue you will instantly inhale its magic. Just down from the Pacific Ocean, you can totally retreat from the outside world, dig into your hobby, create memories with your family, dance along to your favorite vinyl, share the most delicious meals with friends where they can all spend the night… where else would you rather be? This is a special place … a place to call home.

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