Famed musician’s former beach property to become a Bay Area park


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    Tunitas Creek Beach was formerly owned by rocker Chris Isaak. He sold the property to the Peninsula Open Space Trust three years ago and it was recently purchased by San Mateo County to be transformed into a public park.

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    Tunitas Creek Beach was formerly owned by rocker Chris Isaak. He sold the property to the Peninsula Open Space Trust three years ago and it was recently purchased by San Mateo County to be transformed into a

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Tunitas Creek Beach was formerly owned by rocker Chris Isaak. He sold the property to the Peninsula Open Space Trust three years ago and it was recently purchased by San Mateo County to be transformed into a public park.

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Tunitas Creek Beach was formerly owned by rocker Chris Isaak. He sold the property to the Peninsula Open Space Trust three years ago and it was recently purchased by San Mateo County to be transformed into a

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A one-mile-long beach property formerly owned by rocker Chris Isaak is set to become a San Mateo County Park, according to the San Jose Mercury News. It will be the first coastal addition to the San Mateo County parks system since Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach was added in 1969 and the first new park of any kind added to the county parks system since 2013.

A trust associated with the ’90s hitmaker purchased the 58-acre property, which includes both Tunitas Creek Beach and a small home on the bluff above it, in 1998 for $3.1 million. But Isaak never moved in and in the last decade the sandy spot — about halfway between Half Moon Bay and Pescadero — has been the scene of “wild, sometimes dangerous parties,” according to the Mercury News. “Hundreds of people with stereo systems, disco balls, tents, kegs and mattresses left huge amounts of trash, set off fireworks and used Tunitas Creek Beach as a bathroom during all-night raves,” according to the article.


Isaak sold the property for $5 million to the nonprofit Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) in 2017 and it has been open to the public on an informal basis ever since. The singer didn’t comment on why he purchased or sold the land but San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley said Isaak was just looking to get rid of a headache, not make money on the deal.

“It was more trouble than it was worth,” Horsley told the paper. “Landslides cut off the water. The foundation on the house was cracked and unstable, and he didn’t have access to water or sanitation. He didn’t want to make a profit. He just wanted to cover the costs that he incurred in buying it in the first place. I thought it was a fair deal. He wasn’t looking for $15 million or to make any money on it, he just didn’t want to lose any.”






After the sale to POST, county supervisors passed a new ordinance that banned troublesome behavior at the site — like fireworks, camping and dogs — and began increasing patrols and ticketing violators. A non-profit group called TLC locals started leading monthly volunteer cleanups as well.

Now POST is selling the property to the county for $3.2 million, though an additional $7.2 million will be needed to transform the neglected site into a proper park. Those costs include building restrooms, hiking trails, picnic tables, interpretive signs, overlooks and parking at the property. It would also pay for the things Isaak never got a chance to, like setting up a water system and tearing down the dilapidated house on the cliffs above the beach.


“We are so happy that the ambitious vision we laid out for Tunitas Creek Beach more than two years ago has been embraced by the community and is now moving towards reality,” said Noelle Thurlow, senior director of land programs and transactions at POST in a statement. “Now that the property is fully under the county’s stewardship, we look forward to the day when Tunitas Creek Beach is open for everyone to enjoy — to be refreshed by its beauty and amazing natural resources, while knowing that all of the creatures that rely on the creek and beach to survive are able to thrive alongside us.”

A mixture of state and county funding, plus $2.2 million from POST, will pay for the purchase and the renovations. The new park should be open to the public by the fall of 2022. “It is a secluded, wonderful, beautiful spot,” said Horsley, who pushed to preserve the area. “It is an awe-inspiring place. You cannot help but be moved by the cliffs and beach. It is going to be something people are going to really enjoy.”

Emily Landes is a writer and editor who is obsessed with all things real estate.

Article source: https://www.sfgate.com/ontheblock/article/Chris-Isaak-beach-property-to-become-park-15121311.php

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