RARELY DOES AN ESTATE CAPTURE THE TRUE ESSENCE OF THE INDOOR/ OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE. SITUATED ON A COMMANDING KNOLLTOP WITH VIEWS OF THE BAY, THE GORGEOUS HOME HOLDS COURT OVER THE MAGICAL GROUNDS THAT MEASURE ALMOST 2 ACRES.
In 2002 the home was torn down to the studs and re-built. A guest house and swimming pool were added and the entire landscape was redone. The project included the two gates, the driveway, auto court, main residence, state-of-the-art technology, guest house, tennis court, sixty foot swimming pool and spa, private well, Syrah grape vineyards, massive lawns, gorgeous gardens and lush roses, imported fountains, patios, shaded pergola, extensive stonework, outdoor fireplace, raised- bed vegetable garden and fruit orchard.
Private tennis courts are rare in Marin and particularly in Kentfield. This tennis court is sited with a view of Mount Tamalpais and the Bay and is designed for enjoyment. It was even designed with additional parking for the convenience of the players. The grounds were designed masterfully by the well known landscape architect, Michael Yandle. His use of stonework is part of his signature work, as are the grand scale lawns and well planned gardens. When you enter through the gates of this estate, you are treated to a beautiful view of the vineyards of Syrah grapes. The main residence has a unique wine cellar that holds approximately 500 bottles and features hand painted murals on the walls and ceilings. Always on the horizon are the stunning water views of the San Francisco Bay, Mount Tamalpais, the valley and the Marin hillsides. Magical is the best way to describe these grounds.
The gorgeous living room has expansive views of the lawns and gardens.
Soaring cathedral ceilings are highlighted with exposed mahogany beams and
chandeliers imported from France. The floors are American Walnut throughout
the main residence and guest house. Mount Tamalpais is perfectly framed by the
large picture window. The impressive fireplace compliments the room. Oversized
French doors lead to the patio, lawn and to the tennis court.
The chef's kitchen was designed by renowned designer Sandra Bird. It is truly the heart and soul of this home. Features include a wood burning oven that is also a pizza oven, stainless steel 6-burner Viking range and double oven, double stainless steel GE Profile microwaves, two Miele dishwashers, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The floors are mahogany, the countertops French limestone, the abundant cabinetry is painted wood with brass mesh faces, and the sinks are copper. Only the finest materials were used in this extraordinary kitchen. A handcrafted wood island makes creative cooking even more fun. There is a vegetable prep sink, a designated space used as a work station for organizing the day, and a custom designed bar with a wall of designer tile from Ann Sacks. Bar appliances include a wine cooler, ice maker and mini refrigerator. Next to the bar is extra cabinetry for making espresso, hot chocolate, popcorn and other treats. Adjacent to the kitchen is a butler's pantry and laundry room with Electrolux washer and dryer and a large walk-in pantry. There is a cozy den right off the kitchen where you can curl up with a good book, watch the flat screen television, or just relax. It can also double as a playroom for children. The wine cellar is conveniently located at the base of the back staircase accessed from the kitchen.
Dining is made even better with the oversized French doors that open to the outdoor patio, shaded pergola, lawns, and to the swimming pool and guest house. The oversized French doors add to the ease of indoor/outdoor living. There is a gracious table outside the family room to accommodate outdoor dining, and the family room is a wonderful gathering place for family and friends. If you're up for a game of croquet, you just have to grab your mallet and walk out onto the lawn.
Opposite the tennis court is the family "mud room" with plenty of custom cabinetry to hold tennis racquets and other sports equipment, shoes, coats, duffel bags, dog leashes, umbrellas and anything else that you see fit to store there. The beautiful entry foyer and staircase is designed with balconies and sitting areas, mahogany handrails, and custom metal balustrades that illustrate the care given to design elements. Custom, oversized mahogany and glass French doors are used throughout this exceptional home.
There are six (6) bedrooms in the main residence. One is located on the main floor and enjoys its own bath, and four of the bedrooms are located upstairs including the master suite. The upstairs floor plan includes a "wing" consisting of two bedrooms, two baths and a separate den for television/study/relaxation. Another bedroom is en-suite and adjacent to the "wing". On the entrance level there is an apartment-type bedroom with a separate exterior entrance, kitchen, living room, and bath. It can also be accessed from the interior of the home, so it is a wonderful au-pair unit/ in-law space, or haven for another family member.
In the center of the upstairs is a foyer sitting room/library that acts as another gathering space. It opens to the gracious patio that encourages lounging, and a balcony that runs the length of that side of the home that includes the master suite. The master suite is complete with its own sitting room with a cast stone fireplace, flat screen television, mahogany wall-to-wall custom bookshelves and cabinetry, and features a wall of mahogany and glass doors that open to enjoy the view balcony. From the master bedroom windows and balcony one enjoys exceptional views of the estate grounds including the guest house and swimming pool, Mount Tamalpais, the San Francisco Bay, the valley and hillsides. To add to the feeling of a master bedroom "oasis", there is a flat screen television housed in the ceiling over the master bed that can be automatically dropped down for convenient viewing. There are his-and-hers walk-in closets. The master bath features marble floors, counters and shower surround.
This estate is the ideal combination of beauty and play. Impressive, yet truly livable and inviting, 41 Diablo Drive
provides many amenities not offered on other properties.
The lush gardens designed by Michael Yandle create a storybook setting. Driving through the gated entrance past the Syrah vineyards reminds one of the Napa Valley. Having a tennis court on the property is not only rare, but a distinct advantage. Imagine the fun and camaraderie for and with family and friends. The large level lawns that can accommodate many sports activities are meticulously maintained and breathtakingly beautiful. The entire landscape is watered with the private well. In Marin County this is a real asset.
The salt water swimming pool with spa is strategically placed near the guest house/pool house and is surrounded by masterful stonework. There is also a stately, large outdoor fireplace and patio area for relaxation and enjoying the sunshine and Bay views. With meandering pathways that lead the way around and about this amazing estate, you can “visit” the vineyards, access the front, back and sides of the home, check the vegetable garden, or just stroll.
There are two floors in the fabulous one bedroom, one bath guest house/pool house. Perfect for relaxation and entertaining, the open floor plan also includes a kitchen, dining area, living room with fireplace, and flat screen television.
This estate has an attached two-car garage, an auto court, parking for five additional cars, an entrance gate and an exit gate, security system, and stateof- the-art technology throughout. Almost in the "flats" of Kentfield, this location is very close to award winning Kent Middle School, College of Marin, the Woodlands Market, restaurants, shopping, banks and the Post Office. The towns of Ross and Larkspur are just minutes away. Biking and hiking are very popular with the paths and trails being easily accessed. Excellent commute to Highway 101.