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Nestled into the unique and tranquil landscape of Inverness lies a magical garden oasis perfectly placed for nature, views, and privacy. From the meandering trails through the thoughtfully designed international foliage to the masterfully crafted main residence this property will provide ultimate relaxation and reflection.
Re-envisioned by the well-regarded architect, Susan Notkins, the property sits thoughtfully in the land with full-length redwood siding blending effortlessly into the surroundings. With incredible attention to detail, the home is spacious and sprawling yet every room feels intimate and cozy. Sit by the woodburning fireplace on a winter afternoon gazing out at the trees, take a dip in the large spa on a warm summer day or spend the morning cooking a delicious meal in the chef’s kitchen while loved ones read books on the built-in window seat. With custom inset skylights and floor to ceiling windows throughout, the home feels light while bringing the outdoors in.
The main home with 3 Bedroom / 3 Bath, 2,867 sq ft offers formal dining and living rooms as well as private studies. Two of the bedrooms enjoy their own en-suite bathrooms. The carefully defined spaces in the interior afford one of many places to retreat and simultaneously feel connected to the outdoors. A large redwood deck surrounds most of the house providing additional outlooks to the gardens.
The guesthouse, imagined by designer Alex Riley, boasts two en-suite bedrooms with a living space and kitchenette, all situated on the property and made to feel like its own private oasis with a view of the custom-built redwood tree house.
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The Point Reyes seashore and Inverness in particular is truly unique. Only an hour from San Francisco, but to us, it seems a million miles away. The tranquility of rolling hills and rugged coastline married with incredible food and a community of creative, dedicated neighbors has made the area incredibly special to us.
We love the balance of proximity and total isolation. Walking through the gate instantly makes us feel calmed by the rich texture, aroma and color of the garden. At night the trees and plants are illuminated beautifully. The garden was thoughtfully curated from plants around the world more than 30 years ago, and matured unlike any other in the area. We love the meandering paths, sitting areas, charming vistas and sunny spots. The giant Tasmanian Tree Ferns and spectacular Monkey Puzzle Tree can’t be replicated without decades of growth. The house is nestled into this landscape, not placed upon it. We love that the house doesn’t impose itself above the treeline, it respects the natural surroundings.
The full length redwood siding is reminiscent of Sea Ranch architecture yet retains a strong ‘Inverness’ identity. It feels unpretentious and instantly comfortable. The house is large, but each room feels intimate and cozy. We spend many winter nights with a roaring fire playing endless board games.
We cook more here, we read more here. It is a place we enjoy being together as a family, not distracted by outside influences. We move in and out and through the house constantly. There’s so many ‘perfect’ spots to sit. Breakfast on the deck by the fountain, lunch under the vast wisteria canopy as the kids played in the pool, afternoon at the love seat at the top of the garden and an early evening drink on the guest house deck in the setting sun. It feels like our own private retreat.
In less than a mile, along a quiet dirt road, you are in the 70,000 acres of National Seashore and on, along trails, to Limantour beach. We love Shell beach, Hearts Desire and the Pierce Point Trail, as well as Bear Valley Trail and The Cross Marin and Estero trails. The house is a wonderful hub for exploring the beauty of West Marin. The neighbors on the hill really look after each other. There is a strong sense of making sure everyone is safe and involved in the community. Beyond the hill, the sense of being ‘local’ in an area loved by visitors is sweet. From Crystal in Cafe Reyes, Luc at Saltwater, or Lynn at the Post Office we have always been made to feel welcome.
The property is a magical, peaceful place, to relax, to focus and to create. Our family has loved being here.
Located along the lapping shores of Tomales Bay, the historic community of Inverness –originally a retreat for summer homes – is a quiet town surrounded on three sides by Tomales Bay Park and the water. With a population of just over 1,000, Inverness is now a coveted location for those looking to escape the bustle of the Bay Area and live mindfully beside unadulterated nature with access to local organic food. A few small local businesses provide locavore food in town, including Salt Water Oyster Depot, or mainstay Vladimir’s Czechoslovakian Restaurant. Residents appreciate the small-town charm of the annual Inverness Fair, Western Weekend in nearby Point Reyes Station and the landmark Pt. Reyes shipwreck behind the local Inverness store. Inverness is located 48 miles from San Francisco within the Point Reyes National Seashore with close proximity to the communities of Stinson Beach and Bolinas; the dairy farms of Olema, Point Reyes Station, Tomales, and Nicasio; and is an area of unrivaled natural beauty.
The wide-open, picture-perfect spaces of West Marin include the coastal communities of Stinson Beach and Bolinas; the dairy farms of Olema, Point Reyes Station, Tomales, and Nicasio; and the forest glens of Lagunitas, San Geronimo, and Woodacre.
Uniting all West Marin communities is a love for the land. That’s not going to change soon, thanks to the efforts of Marin Agricultural Land Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving farmland through voluntary conservation easements.
Outdoor recreation ranges from surfing at Bolinas and Stinson Beach to mountain biking on Mount Tamalpais and the annual Dipsea foot race to Stinson Beach. West Marin is an area of unrivaled natural beauty, one that can lay claim to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Beach State Bark, Stinson Beach State Park, Muir Woods National Monument, and Point Reyes National Seashore.
Of course it’s not all about the outdoors in West Marin. Devotees of inner peace turn to the Green Gulch FarmZen Center in Muir Beach and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre. And for those who need to feed the belly as well as the soul, Point Reyes Station has become a destination for the locavore movement. The town is home to Marin Sun Farms, purveyor of ethically raised and butchered meat, and Cowgirl Creamery, which makes its award-winning cheeses using organic milk from nearby Straus Family Creamery.