Coastal Oak Gem

$4,842,250 SOLD

Secluded Bolinas Compound

Sold 7/15/20

Set in an oak grove overlooking the Bolinas lagoon, this award-winning architectural gem designed by Fernau + Hartman is a compound of interconnected structures on roughly 3.15 acres comprising 4,325 +/- square feet. The residence is secluded and private, surrounded by meticulously curated grounds, and includes independent sleeping quarters, two offices, a unique indoor/outdoor dining room and living room with garage-style doors, a family living space with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a chef’s kitchen with walk-in pantry, yoga and meditation space, and extensive built-ins, bookshelves and reading nooks. All of the structures have copper roofs and there is copper cladding on each of the two towers that bookend the main residence.

The outdoors feature abundant gathering places for entertaining, including an expansive stone deck overlooking the lagoon, a multi-level patio directly off the kitchen, an independently standing, custom-designed wood burning pizza oven, and a recently built, black-bottomed lap pool with its own lagoon views.

The grounds encompass a scrupulously maintained native plant restoration project, a testimony to the forefront of stewardship in landscape design. An enclosed full organic garden, natural outdoor rooms graced with roses, and an established orchard with apple, pear, persimmon, pomegranate and citrus trees. Long views across gently sloping meadows are accented by extensive stonework throughout the grounds. Water is ample, with a modern, deep well accessing an excellent aquifer providing abundant water flow to two 12,000-gallon redwood tanks.



  • Winner of the American Institute of America California Council 2003 Merit Award
  • Winner of the American Institute of America East Bay 2001 Honor Award
  • 4,325 total building square footage
  • 4 bedroom / 4 bathroom / two large living + dining spaces / two offices
  • Lot size approximately 137,600 square feet (3.15 acres)
  • Residence completed in 2000

Vernacular architecture – Fernau + Hartman description:

This house sits on a gentle, wooded slope that rises above a lagoon in Northern California and looks through the filtered light of the forest canopy and over the trees to the coastal range beyond. Given such a strong and appealing natural landscape, our goal was to design a building inextricable from its site, in which indoor and outdoor distinctions are so fluid as to become moot. Environmental principles play a major role in the design. The thick exterior walls are straw bale. Thin walls are glass and wood to bring daylight and openness to the courtyards and views beyond. Other material decisions contributed to the “green” nature of this project: concrete floors provide thermal mass, and the house uses natural ventilation for cooling.

A secluded compound property with multiple interconnected structures

  • Main house offers a modern open floor plan with custom kitchen cabinetry and high-end appliances
  • Living/dining room with unique retractable “garage” doors removing boundaries between the inside and outside; features a cook in fireplace
  • Large family living space with wood stove and floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves
  • Two copper-clad towers with second-floor space that can be configured as additional bedrooms, offices or meditation space
  • Finely finished custom Douglas Fir cabinetry and bookshelves
  • Three separate master bedroom suites with full bathrooms
  • Detached office structure with oak grove and garden view
  • Views of canopy oak grove forest and Bolinas lagoon
  • Concrete floors with radiant heat throughout
  • Detached storage room with barn doors

Meticulously curated native plant restoration project amid a coastal oak grove

  • Landscape set in a unique microclimate and grounded by Fescue grass meadows, wild Irises, and a variety of established plantings – multiple varieties of Ceanothus, Toyon, Elderberry, Wax Myrtle, Spicebush, Coffee Berry – all set in a classical oak grove
  • Carefully crafted native plant restoration project throughout the grounds
  • Enclosed full organic garden and natural outdoor rooms
  • Established orchard (apple, pear, persimmon, pomegranate and citrus)
  • Extensive custom-designed stonework, including an expansive stone deck with lagoon views
  • Recently built, black-bottomed lap pool featuring lagoon views
  • Custom designed wood burning pizza oven
  • Property surrounded by “invisible” perimeter fencing with multiple gate access points
  • High flow well accessing abundant aquifer; water filtration and softener systems in place
  • Two 12,000-gallon redwood tanks (24,000 gallon total) provide ample water storage


Featured in Numerous Publications

  • Oakland Tribune, "Form and Function in 'green' architecture," Monique Beeler, October 26, 2001, West Marin House
  • Sunset, “Design Details: Six Patio Spaces Tailor Made to Take Advantage of their Sites,” Outdoor Living Special Issue, 2007, West Marin House
  • Sunset, “Weekend Retreat: A camplike getaway for a young family refreshes body and soul,” Daniel, Gregory, May 2006, West Marin House
  • Ten Shades of Green: Architecture and the Natural World, Peter Buchanan, The Architectural League of New York, 2005, West Marin House
  • Bay Area Style, David Weingarten, Rizzoli Press, 2004, West Marin House
  • Sustainable Homes, James Grayson Trulove, Harper Collins, 2004, West Marin House
  • New York Times, “Some New Riffs on the Rollaway,” Elaine Louie, September 11, 2003, West Marin House
  • arcCA, “Some Built Influences,” April 2003, West Marin House
  • The House Book, Phaidon Press, 2001, West Marin House
  • Hot Dirt Cool Straw, James Grayson Trulove, Harper Collins, 2001, West Marin House
  • Global Architecture Houses 66: Project 2001, Tokyo, Japan, May 2001, Presser House
  • New York Times, “Good Buildings, and Good For You,” Herbert Muschamp, April 16, 2000 (“10 Shades of Green” exhibit featuring the West Marin House.)
  • Metropolis, “The Insiders: Six Photographers on the New American Interior,” Lisa Trollbeck, April 2000, West Marin House
  • Pacific Edge: Contemporary Architecture on the Pacific Rim, Peter Zellner, Thames & Hudson, 1998, Fernau / Cunniff House, West Marin House, Von Stein House, Tipping Building

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