74 Bellevue Avenue
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One of the most beautiful homes ever built, this landmark house perches on the southernmost tip of Corinthian Island on a Mediterranean estate reminiscent of the Italian Riviera and the South of France. The sun-drenched property provides both extraordinary privacy and breathtaking views of the San Francisco city skyline, Angel Island, and local yacht harbors. The home is located steps away from quaint downtown Tiburon's restaurants, gourmet markets, waterfront parks, and frequent ferries to San Francisco.
The enchanting property was built in 2002 with exquisite custom finishes and a mix of modern and traditional architectural details. The 6,340 square foot home features four bedrooms, four and half baths, an expansive great room with a gourmet kitchen, a luxurious master suite with two offices, three additional bedrooms, a large family/entertainment room, two wine cellars, three car garage, outdoor kitchen, multiple balconies, gardens, and more.
Available for the first time since it was built, this iconic property offers the ultimate Marin lifestyle: a stunningly beautiful, light-filled home on a private promontory just a moment’s walk to shops, restaurants, parks, and yacht clubs, minutes away from award-winning schools, and an idyllic commute to San Francisco by ferry or the Golden Gate Bridge.
This sumptuous Mediterranean estate offers the ultimate combination of architectural beauty, sweeping views, privacy, and unparalleled proximity to both small town charm and world class city life.
The property perches just above downtown Tiburon on the southernmost point of Corinthian Island, overlooking a vast panorama of the San Francisco Bay. Straight ahead is the city skyline, stretching from the green expanse of the Presidio and the famous Ghirardelli sign at Fisherman's Wharf to the gleaming spires of the Transamerica pyramid, the Salesforce tower, and the Bay Bridge. To the west, the mansion-studded flanks of Belvedere Island rise above the sailboats moored at The San Francisco Yacht Club, nestled in the protected waters of Belvedere Cove. To the east, the Corinthian Yacht Club's boat harbor, the historic Donahue Depot, and Tiburon's bucolic waterfront fill the foreground, while Angel Island rises in the distance, with Raccoon Strait and the East Bay skyline just beyond.
74 Bellevue Avenue straddles the southern tip of the island where Bellevue Avenue meets Alcatraz Avenue. The attached three car garage is located on Bellevue Avenue. The road curves and becomes Alcatraz Avenue, where a wrought iron gate marks the entrance to the property and a private car park with ample room for several additional cars. Sculpted landscaping and a modern pergola on the front terrace shelter an outdoor kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and one of several entertaining areas.
The custom crafted glass and iron front door of the house opens onto a gracious foyer and a curved floating staircase. Just beyond is the voluminous great room, which includes the living room, dining area, and kitchen, all surrounded by tall windows and French doors framing massive views of the San Francisco Bay and city skyline. Handsome dark wood trim and coffered ceilings studded with ornate chandeliers and modern light fixtures contrast with pale Venetian plaster walls and blonde hardwood floors.
Light floods into the open, airy chef’s kitchen from windows to the east overlooking downtown Tiburon, and to the south overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Calacutta marble counters and an oversized center island encase built-in high-end appliances, including a Miele refrigerator and freezer, two Wolf ovens and a Wolf cooktop, a Perlick beverage refrigerator, and more. The walk-in pantry next to the kitchen provides abundant storage.
The kitchen borders the large dining area, which easily accommodates a table for twelve, with room to expand. Walls of windows and French doors flood the dining area and adjacent living room with light and views. A fabulous pair of matching chandeliers further connects the living room and dining area. A large fireplace in the living room provides an intimate counterpoint to the sweeping views.
Arched French doors lead from the living and dining areas to a spacious balcony surrounded by a wrought iron parapet and pillars supporting an arched ceiling. The balcony overlooks the gardens below and the dramatic vistas of the San Francisco Bay and skyline beyond, and is perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining.
These fine architectural details continue upstairs to the grand master suite, with coffered, tray, and beamed ceilings, elegant dark wood built-in cabinets, exquisite chandeliers, mosaic tiled floors, and more. One walk-in closet carries on the dark wood theme, while the other walk-in closet features light finishes, mercury glass cabinets, and a vanity with sink. Similarly, one office is clad in dark wood paneling and cabinetry, while the other office is bedecked in an antique white finish. French doors lead from the master suite to a large balcony with seating overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
A flight of stairs leads from the main level down to a large landing and a gorgeous family/entertainment room. Handsome dark wood cabinetry, a coffered ceiling, and a two part wood-clad wet bar with hammered bronze sink and refrigerator are illuminated by a modern chandelier. A stained-glass Tiffany-style chandelier at the far end of the immense room is flanked by whimsical sconces shaped like characters from a renaissance painting.
On either side of the family/entertainment room are three elegant bedrooms. The northeastern wing consists of an en suite bedroom with fireplace, and a large laundry room. The southwestern wing has two more bedrooms and a full bath.
French doors lead from this level to the sun-drenched southern patio and exquisitely landscaped yard, encircled by rough-hewn limestone walls and featuring sweeping views of San Francisco, gardens, a linear pond, a five-hole putting green, and an ethereal sculpture through which the bay waters sparkle.
A few steps lead to the attached three car garage with generous storage, and two wine cellars, one with an atmospheric tasting room, replete with arched ceilings and a cement bas relief center table.
With waterfront vistas that rival the Côte d'Azur, Belvedere is one of Marin's most exclusive enclaves. Large, historic homes perched on hillsides with commanding views of San Francisco Bay define Belvedere, one of Marin County and the Bay Area’s most desirable communities.
The western half of Corinthian Island is part of the City of Belvedere, and the eastern half is in the Town of Tiburon. 74 Bellevue nestles on a private promontory on the southernmost tip of the island, within Belvedere’s boundaries, but a moment’s walk to downtown Tiburon’s shops, restaurants, waterfront parks, and ferries to San Francisco, Sausalito, and Angel Island.
This tiny city of 2,200 residents is located on two former islands and the land in between surrounding a private lagoon. The world-famous San Francisco Yacht Club calls Belvedere home, while the Corinthian Yacht Club is accessed from Tiburon. Outdoor concerts are held in Belvedere Park throughout the summer, and Belvedere Playground is a popular spot for the young.
Belvedere shares tony shops, restaurants, and municipal resources with neighboring Tiburon. Residents enjoy shopping in the boutiques on Main Street and along Ark Row, a leafy, block-long enclave of tiny shops that were once floating arks. The Belvedere Tiburon Library hosts almost 1,000 programs a year for all ages, and the annual Tiburon International Film Festival brings films from around the world.
Belvedere students attend the outstanding public schools in neighboring Tiburon, rated among the best in the state. Reed Union School District covers grades Kindergarten through 8th. High schoolers primarily attend Redwood High School in the Tamalpais Union High School District.