One of Belvedere’s oldest homes gets a makeover: Do you prefer it before or after?


  • f8260 920x920 One of Belvederes oldest homes gets a makeover: Do you prefer it before or after?

    Built in 1914, this Belvedere abode has stunning views and a stunning remodel. See it before and after its makeover. This is the home now.

    Built in 1914, this Belvedere abode has stunning views and a stunning remodel. See it before and after its makeover. This is the home now.


    Photo: New Home Photos: Open Homes Photography; Original Home Photos Courtesy Compass Real Estate

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Built in 1914, this Belvedere abode has stunning views and a stunning remodel. See it before and after its makeover. This is the home now.

Built in 1914, this Belvedere abode has stunning views and a stunning remodel. See it before and after its makeover. This is the home now.



Photo: New Home Photos: Open Homes Photography; Original Home Photos Courtesy Compass Real Estate


At $7.95 million, this five-bedroom, four and a half-bathroom home offers 4,020 square feet, most of it facing the bay. It’s one of the oldest homes in Belvedere, and its makeover is a profound one.

The property

Belvedere was incorporated in 1896, so this home, built in 1914, is among its more historic.

Listing agent Carolyn Adducci told SFGATE that the home’s remodel had to follow Belvedere’s  “stringent rules regarding house design and setbacks in order to preserve trees, views and the wooded character.”

For 147 Beach Road the developer, Cottage Coastal Builders, had to follow strict guidelines with the rebuilding of the home to keep the character of home as the home was built in 1914 and over 100 years old.

The original home was a brown shingle Craftsman. Now, “the exterior is reminisce of old Craftsman home with a new color palette with shingles that match the original look.”


David Holscher of Holscher Architecture, the firm which accomplished the overhaul of 147 Beach Road, said that Belvedere codes regulating remodeling require that 50 percent of the original home remains as it is. It is also against code to demolish the building “which means that 50 percent of the exterior structure needs to remain including all of the original architectural details.”

Aside from the shingles, roofline, and shape of the original wood window, the home now, especially the interior, feels very new.

The original sun porch that framed the stunning views was covered by a dark beamed ceiling. Now, the view is really all that seems the same. With ceiling in white and floors a pale ash color, the effect is a much brighter space.

Another major conversion is the kitchen. The old kitchen was clearly dated, a rather busy affair with what looks like a Wedgewood stove.

Now, the kitchen is completely modern with Thermador appliances and Matt Quartz counters.

Other features of note in the new abode: a master suite with private deck overlooking the Bay, a lower level with additional bedroom or den, and a temperature controlled wine room.

To transport residents from the home’s heights to the back yard, there is a new hillavator that can accommodate four people.

The lot is 5,310 square feet, and embellished with trees and gardens.

The location

Belvedere is an exclusive enclave of Marin Country, but this home offers even more exclusivity as the location is directly across from the San Francisco Yacht Club Marina.


From 147 Beach Road, you could walk to to neighborhood amenities and the SF Ferry.

“Traditionally, residents of Belvedere have been older,” said Carolyn Adducci. “But nowadays, we’re seeing younger buyers, families with babies in strollers. The demographic is changing.”

Such a shift would quickly make an impression in the area, given that there were only 2,068 people living in Belvedere according to the 2010 census.

Perhaps the newness of 147 Beach Road’s interior speaks to the new and younger buyers entering the area.

Want to be the next resident of Belvedere? Maybe in a newly overhauled luxury abode with an obstructed view of the San Francisco Bay? The price is $7.95 million.

See the complete listing here.

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.

Article source: https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/One-of-Belvedere-s-oldest-homes-gets-a-makeover-14457257.php

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