Art­ful de­sign, re­fined fin­ishes

New con­struc­tion in Lark­spur of­fers scenic views

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - REAL ESTATE - By Jor­dan Guinn

Al­most ev­ery­thing you could ask for ex­ists at 215 Alexan­der Ave. in Lark­spur.

Street-to-street lot? Check. A pala­tial kitchen that mar­ries form and func­tion? You bet­ter be­lieve it. Scenic views and prox­im­ity to parks and down­town? That’s af­fir­ma­tive.

“The best way to de­scribe it is mag­nif­i­cent and rare,” said Tina McArthur of Pa­cific Union Real Es­tate, who is col­ist­ing the newly built five bed­room with Vic­to­ria Love for $5.9 mil­lion. “The de­sign is art­ful, the fin­ishes are re­fined and the liv­ing spa­ces are un­pre­ten­tious.”

Nes­tled be­tween Palm and Alexan­der av­enues, the trilevel con­tem­po­rary em­braces en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and dig­i­tal con­nec­tiv­ity. A horse­shoe shaped lay­out in­cludes a wel­com­ing log­gia off a kitchen that is the home’s state­ment piece.

The back­yard’s level lawn and sur­round­ing land­scape drink from the home’s gray­wa­ter sys­tem that makes use of wa­ter sent down sinks and ap­pli­ances. Fire sprin­klers and a hard­wired se­cu­rity sys­tem with four night vi­sion cam­eras pro­vide se­cu­rity and peace of mind.

A blue-rib­bon group of Bay Area builders, de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects con­cep­tu­al­ized the home at 215 Alexan­der Ave. De­vel­oper Michael Folk of IdealSense, LLC tapped Lark­spur’s own Perl­stein Ar­chi­tects to draft the trilevel and its en­ergy-ef­fi­cient in­clu­sions. Land­scape ar­chi­tect Chris Reamer of Per­ma­cul­ture De­sign + Build bal­anced low­main­te­nance plant­ings, an ed­i­ble gar­den and a level lawn in the back­yard, while still leav­ing am­ple room for out­door en­ter­tain­ing. Nova De­signs + Builds and its prin­ci­pal, John Schrader, coaxed the ex­trav­a­gant plans out of the dig­i­tal realm and into real­ity.

Lo­cated along the hor­i­zon­tal por­tion of the horse­shoe, the kitchen and nearby log­gia serve as the cen­ter for par­ties and gath­er­ings. The kitchen stretches 30 feet long. All that room comes in handy when it comes time to place restau­rant­grade ap­pli­ances from Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele around a stone is­land with bar seat­ing and wa­ter­fall edges. Open shelv­ing and dual sinks grant ad­di­tional con­ve­niences while still leav­ing am­ple space for a ca­sual din­ing area.

Stand at the is­land with your back to the cook­top and gaze at the sur­round­ing bu­colic land­scape. If there’s a glare, sim­ply open the 17-foot long re­tractable glass wall and step into the log­gia, which is en­closed on three sides and cov­ered. Also known as the out­door liv­ing room, the log­gia has lights, au­dio and heat­ing and cool­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. With the re­tractable glass wall out of the way, the log­gia and kitchen ef­fec­tively be­come a shared space ca­pa­ble of host­ing siz­able din­ner par­ties.

Head up­stairs and ex­pe­ri­ence an im­pres­sively ap­pointed mas­ter suite topped off by a spa bath­room with a soak­ing tub and walk-in shower. Go back down the ar­chi­tec­tural stair­case fin­ished in glass and steel to reach a wine cel­lar, a full bath­room, a garage and a bonus room that could eas­ily adapt to a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent needs.

Visit www.215alexan­ for more photos and a de­tails.

List­ing agent: Tina McArthur, Pa­cific Union Real Es­tate, (415) 250-5221, tina@tina­mar­in­; Vic­to­ria Love, Pa­cific Union Real Es­tate (415) 377-4370, vic­to­­cu­

Ja­son Wells Pho­tog­ra­phy

The log­gia at 215 Alexan­der Ave. in Lark­spur serves as an out­door liv­ing room with heat­ing, cool­ing, au­dio and light­ing sys­tems.

Pho­tos by Ja­son Wells Pho­tog­ra­phy

Above: The kitchen at 215 Alexan­der Ave. in Lark­spur of­fers bar seat­ing at its cen­ter is­land, as well as open shelv­ing and pro­fes­sional ap­pli­ances. Be­low: The home of­fers 5,400 square feet of liv­ing space, along with ex­pan­sive ter­races and pa­tios.

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