9 Bridge Road, Kentfield, a 1906 vintage Craftsman home, has been listed by Susan Van Liere of the Alain Pinel Realtors Marin Office and co-listed with Susan Bowman of Coldwell Banker. This truly authentic home is an original example of the California Craftsman style, combining classical architectural elements and modern expressions of the day. Local Marin architects believe 9 Bridge Road was designed by a student of Bernard Maybeck under Maybeck’s tutelage. The interior design details and many of the exterior elements bear striking similarity to many of Maybeck’s homes in Berkeley and San Francisco built in the early 1900’s.
The house was originally commissioned by a San Francisco family as a summer home. It was framed and finished using redwoods cut from the lot itself, and the heart of redwood paneling in the entry and living room are original. The original house was comprised of a master bedroom (currently the dining room), living room, sleeping porch, small keeping room, and kitchen with ice shed (still intact, currently used as a closet next to the back door). A carved wood grate above the stairway served as a speaker, and accommodated a large horn-shaped fixture that amplified music from a phonograph placed in the closet behind the grate.
In 1914, the home was sold to owners who added the second floor bathroom and two bedrooms. These residents kept the home until 1992, when the third owners purchased the home largely in original condition and began the task of careful restoration.
All of the beautiful upgrades have been done with care to preserve the home’s architectural integrity, and much of the residence retains its original 1906 character, including light fixtures and sconces in the living room, light fixtures at the entry, and the oak flooring in the living room. The current owners have enhanced this home by remodeling the kitchen, adding a custom stained-glass skylight in the upstairs hallway, and creating luxurious bathrooms. In addition, they have updated the electrical and plumbing systems to modern standards. The result is a perfect blend of this unique home’s classic features and charm with upgrades and amenities to address the needs of today’s homeowners.
9 Bridge Road includes a warm and inviting living room that features beautiful redwood paneling, a large fireplace and built-in cabinetry with windows and French doors that open to a deck overlooking the lush, private and landscaped grounds. The traditional formal dining room is located between the kitchen and living room. The kitchen is spacious and includes a six-burner oven, Subzero refrigerator and Carrera marble countertops, and adjoins a comfortable family room and informal dining area. Down a small staircase is a delightful den or guest suite with a fireplace and French doors that lead to the yard, patio and gardens, plus a laundry area and full bath. Upstairs are three bedrooms and two recently remodeled bathrooms, including a gorgeous master suite and an enchanting bedroom with a play loft. An office on the entrance or landing level, a one-car detached garage and plenty of storage areas throughout complete this residence.
The grounds of this street-to-street lot are beautifully landscaped with lovely flowering plants and feature two nice patios, including one that could easily be a lawn, and there is a level play area with a swing set and room for a sandbox or raised planter beds.
9 Bridge Road is located in the sought-after Kentfield School District near Marin’s renowned outdoor recreation areas, biking/hiking/walking paths, the gourmet Woodland’s Market, popular boutiques, and the College of Marin.
Listed at $1,795,000, for more information visit www.9BridgeRoadKentfield.com.