Every year, the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects invites the public to tour a selection of outstanding homes in Marin County, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. The 2012 Marin Living: Home Tours took place on a gorgeous sunny afternoon last weekend, and we trekked over to Sausalito to check out a couple of the homes. First on our list was a modernist home designed by Jay Behr Design and Ewald Tajbaksh Architecture that is perched on a hillside overlooking Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay.
At 3,400 square feet, the four-bedroom Behr house is quite large, but it feels even bigger because of the open floor plan and soaring ceilings on the main floor. The most striking feature, though, is of course the view: Walls of glass in the great room and the bedrooms look out on the San Francisco Bay. It must be a perfect spot to sit back and watch the fog roll in (on this May weekend the sky was clear and the bay was dotted with sailboats). All of that glass gives the impression that the house is floating above the small canyon across from which the house is set. Those windows flood the home in natural light, reducing the need for artificial lights during the day.
A vertical fireplace and hearth breaks up the space in the living room, and it extends above and below, to all three levels. Landscaped terraces provide additional spaces from which to enjoy the view. The glass-and-concrete home was completed in 2010, and it has been on the market since 2011 for $2.95 million. Any takers?
All photos by Mark Boyer for Inhabitat