Notable Listings / Sales

Historic Casa Linda Vista Listed in San Rafael

December 2, 2010


Acclaimed as the “finest home in Marin” by the San Rafael Independent Newspaper when it was built in 1932, Casa Linda Vista was one of the first homes in the West End of San Rafael – in fact, it is parcel number one. Located at 9 West Street, San Rafael, the Spanish Mediterranean home, reminiscent of old Santa Barbara, was originally built as a showpiece for local craftsmen. Today, the home has been impeccably restored and renovated, and is now listed by Stephanie Lamarre of the APR Ross office.
The original owners of Casa Linda Vista, the Cummesky family, lived in the home from 1932 to 1999. At that point, the home was bought by Steven Baldridge when it was in some disrepair. Baldridge embarked on a four-year extensive renovation, adding a story to the home, where the master suite and family room are now located. Meticulously renovated with all the modern amenities, including marble baths, a dazzling kitchen with stainless professional appliances, and a spacious family room, the restoration was historically accurate, featuring Venetian plaster, Spanish tiles and period fixtures, and included a new roof and new foundation. Upon completing the renovation in 2004, Baldridge sold the home to the current owners, Liz and Andrew Allen.
At nearly 3200 square feet, Casa Linda Vista features four large bedrooms including a gorgeous master suite, three baths, and a studio apartment that is a legal income unit. The home boasts stunning details including graceful arches, vaulted beamed ceilings, Spanish tiles, massive fireplaces, hardwood floors, and grand living areas, as well as patios, terraces, mature gardens, and a level lawn.
The scale of the rooms, the grandeur, and the completeness and integrity of the renovation make this home a rare find!

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