High on a Corte Madera hilltop, this estate– and with approximately 11 acres and 13,365 square feet of living space, “estate” is no hyperbole– was once the location where the late, great Bill Graham made his home.
The listing write up extols the property’s celebrity: “Rock n roll history was made here!”, a statement we find easy to believe. Aside from the seven bedroom, five 1/2 baths and nine full baths, the home also offers a fully equipped music studio with home theatre, a regulation racquetball court, multiple rec/game rooms, a huge kitchen and formal dining room with views of the SF Bay. Outside features include outdoor cooking area and patio; a pool with water slide, spa, and cabana; lawn, organic gardens and orchard. There’s also a separate, spacious two bed, two bath guesthouse.
Graham estate razed to the ground to build this one
Perhaps the real rock and roll history of this home is something other than its connection to Graham, however. Designed by renowned green architect Sim Van der Ryn, 800 Corte Madera Ave. made news in 2006 when the Marin Independent Journal called it “Marin’s Greenest Mansion.” Though this location did house what was once Bill Graham’s estate, the home you see in the gallery above was actually designed for “Michael Klein, a passionate environmentalist and board member of the Rain Forest Action Network. It replaces the Graham house, which has been razed,” said the Marin IJ in 2006.
Despite the fact that one mansion was “razed” to build another, the extreme green quality of the Klein House achieved accolade:
Hidden behind wrought-iron gates at 800 Corte Madera Ave., invisible from the road, Guitar House, as it’s called, is stunningly graceful, with 40 columns embracing an indoor-outdoor arcade/gallery and two curving entry staircases made of recycled stone from villages in central China. Most of the building material is recycled or uniquely created; columns and other structural elements are made from rammed earth (strengthened by fly ash coal residues) whose strengths were lab-tested just for the Klein house.
Apparently, Klein also loved music: The echo of a guitar shape in the home’s structure as well as the music room reflect “Klein’s love of guitar-playing” and ownership of Modulus Guitars.
Van der Ryn
Architect Sim Van der Ryn has his own fame. Considered a innovator of “green” building and design, his signature incorporation of natural elements as well as “visual meters so occupants can see the extent of the resources they’re using” are both in play with 800 Corte Madera Ave.
So much bling, so many millions
With street cred like Graham, Klein and Van der Ryn, this property lists with a trifecta celebrity price tag: $25,000,000– which makes it Marin’s priciest single-family home on the market now.
Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert