Bolinas Lagoon Estate
Artful Coastal Living
This cosmopolitan Bay Area Arcadia built by Matarozzi Pelsinger is nestled away in a seaside hamlet just a short ride and a whole world away from San Francisco. The home sits on 7.7 acres punctuated by guest houses, a barn, orchards, gardens and majestic oak trees. The property, in its magnificent present incarnation, was lovingly conceived over 20 years as the culmination of a lifetime of travel and design appreciation. Light and air flow easily through an architecture that breathes with the offshore winds and the rhythms of this beatific stretch of the Northern California coast. The scale confidently exposes its extraordinary craft, with high ceilings, Chinkapin oak, reclaimed European oak floors and custom Spanish walnut cabinetry hand hewed by renowned artisans. The vernacular is cultivated, informed by travels through Asia, Europe and South America. A trip to Pablo Neruda’s home inspired the trees that permeate the cottage and support the balcony overlooking the lagoon where leopard sharks swim beneath the egrets and herons. Living in this magical oasis throughout the mild seasons, one could feel as though they were anywhere in the world. Owl, fox, deer, coyote, and a plenum of birdlife animate the rolling verdant ranges and cerulean skies. There is a distinctive mastery present in the custom-built features thoughtfully deployed for an understated and artful living. The estate is perched on a plateau in Bolinas’ most agreeable climate, a banana belt between the equestrian horseshoe hill and the lagoon where friendly, worldly neighbors appreciate their space and the gardens can grow nearly anything.
The Main House
2 bedroom • 2 full baths • 2 story • 2,880 sq. ft.
The heart of this magnificent estate where time belongs more to the days and seasons than the pace of modernity. The space was conceived for indoor-outdoor living with 20 ft sliding doors opening out onto wrap around decks and soaring ceilings with an open beamed architecture that rhymes with the oak adorned grounds. The home is a prism of breathtaking vistas that undulate with the light and weather. The open plan offers itself to possibilities and space is the medium for refuge and conviviality. A harmony of warm wood; European oak floors with radiant heat, Spanish walnut cabinetry, and a redwood trunk upholding the balcony off the bedroom suite. A native restoration landscape dotted with orchards and gardens honor the history of this fertile land, ready to grow or graze what your heart desires.
The Guest House
1 full bath • 380 sq. ft.
Sliding glass picture windows looking out onto the perennial flower garden with European oak floors and Chinkapin oak throughout on this detached guest house with a full bath and a cozy sleeping loft.
The Bath House
1/2 bath • 230 sq. ft.
An oak tree graces this charming airy cottage with sliding glass doors and circular windows. Chinkapin oak and European oak floors with a full bath and radiant heating.
1/2 bath with outside shower • Upper level with spiral staircase • 1,245 sq. ft.
A chic woodcraft barn with rich and warm hemlock and fir, handsome slabs and a spiral staircase up to a second story sleeping level with a full kitchen and bath.
About Matarozzi Pelsinger
Ground up construction of a main house, guest house, bath house, shed, and barn. The structures were built from a non-commercial species of coastal hardwood called Giant Chinquapin. This unorthodox material was harvested and milled in Northern California and seasoned onsite for nearly a year to achieve its silvery grey color from the elements. The layout, fabrication, and installation of the material were made possible by an intense collaborative effort of the entire project team. Negotiating the natural inconsistencies in the Chinquapin Oak for the finish work and seismic specifications required extensive planning and exacting craftsmanship. Salvaged redwood logs called “buckskins” were hand hewn for mortise and tenon joinery and used to support the trussed roof structure and decks. Our team of master craftsmen also tackled the challenge of carving precise trim features such as the siding, door casings, and railings yielding extraordinary results.
Architect | Bruce Tomb