16 Sunny Drive, San Anselmo

Offered at: 
Sold for $2,125,000 Congrats to the new buyers!!
Square Footage: 
Sequoia Park
4 bd
3.0 ba
Property Summary: 

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The story of 16 Sunny drive is the story of my parents. Purchased in 1975 it was a two bedroom one bath home on a nice lot with hills, trees and views of Richardson Bay (now covered up by trees). It is the story of a young family and an artist dad who over time have transformed this home over 41 years piece by piece into something remarkable. A tour de force of creativity and craftsmanship. A swing in the living room, hand hewn doors, hand carved handles, a beach wood loft, large hand hewn timber support poles, and decks and patios covered in vines and stone. The house is a love affair with travel and ideas around the kitchen table. “Should we add a slide or a turret?”, we pondered as children. The old brick chimney became the new brick oven hood and became an arch into the kitchen of antique wood fired seasoned bricks. A grand cobblestone fireplace became the new center piece of the soaring living room. Why not? Open wood beamed ceilings meet plaster and painted wood floors. We crawled over the cobblestone as children and climbed scaffolding and planks. We ate breakfast, scooping our cereal without any walls and we watched our parents and their contractors work to make something that took 41 years.

The home is a blend of Spanish and Mexican hacienda, Italian tuscany and English manor because it somehow works. Work your way up the path across ponds and waterfalls by the Italian gardens, pathways and large patios. The front door that greets you is an antique heavy lumbered double door. It was once a door that became a dining room table only to be bought at a furniture store and become a door again. The living area has a swing, 20 foot ceilings (once home to a climbing rope) and 10 foot sliders that open to a large Ipe deck, Italian rails and views of the San Anselmo and San Rafael hills. Originally there were two swings put in by my dad and as kids we absolutely loved it. Occasionally we would mark the ceiling with our feet. At dinner parties guests and their kids always go straight to the swing. I swung on it when I was a child, I swung on it when I was a teen, I swung on it when I was a college student and about to be married I still swing on it.

The house has moved and popped from 2 bedrooms to 4, from one living area to two and a dining room. The kitchen from a nook to a modern expansive cooking and entertainment area with large Carrera slabs for counters. This chef’s kitchen is centered in the middle of a great room full of light, views and surrounded by decks and patios. The floor of the kitchen, family and dining area made of tile and wood were all hand cut and laid by us kids and our dad. Each piece placed imperfectly perfect. This is a house where the chips and marks are supposed to be there. Everything in the home is sprinkled with a beautiful patina. Most of the furniture that was once there was hand made, or restored from a fire as my dad worked as a furniture restorer in Marin for 30 years. Upstairs are custom windows, high open beam ceilings and beautiful thick pine wood floors secured with square nails that my dad hand ground. An open office is comforted and lit by a large arched custom double window with views of the Sycamore tree that graces the yard. The outdoor rotisserie fireplace and pizza oven covered by a light vine plant is constructed out of 2,000 bricks has sparked countless evenings with food, fun and warmth. There is an artist studio above the three car garage with a hand carved door centered with a ship’s porthole window. Inside are arched windows, thick wood floors, a full bath, french doors that open to a Juliet deck balcony and views of Richardson Bay.

The blue stone patios are enclosed with hand made Italian gates. The garden is decorated with art, crushed granite paths and patios, grape vines, lemon and lime trees, rosemary, cactus, an apricot tree, an apple tree and others. There are three bluestone large patios, a crushed granite patio, a large deck, three ponds and a waterfall. My brother’s wedding was here, countless dinners (indoor and outdoor), wood fired pizza parties and conversations by the fire. The story of this home is the story of my family for the last 41 years.


Not on the market in 41 years! Current owners have remodeled and added onto this home over many years. One-of-a-kind, unique home with hand crafted details throughout on a grand scale situated in a magnificent setting on a small cul-de-sac lane in Sequoia Park! A tour-de-force of creativity, the Morning sun lights up this entertainers dream home and afternoon and early evening light fills up a large entertaining patio with a hand-crafted outdoor fireplace and pizza oven. Take in the views from the large ipe deck! Glass doors slide open from great rooms to the great outdoors with valley views. A private setting with large terraced gardens, pathways, lawns, ponds, beautiful plantings, and fruit trees surround this home! It is a street to street lot. The 3 car garage is on Millbrae Ave and a 700 SqFt studio w/loft like windows, french doors and views!

• 4 bedrooms
• 3 baths
• Approximately 700 SqFt Studio with a full bath
• Office
• Two spacious basement areas for storage

Main level
• Formal entry
• Living room with peaked ceilings, cobble stone fireplace, arches and a huge glass door that slides open to the ipe deck and the view
• Remodeled kitchen is open to a great room with tall peaked, open beam ceilings
• Laundry closet is in the kitchen
• Two bedrooms, one with a door to the backyard
• Hall bath

Upper Level:
• 2 bedrooms- with tall open beamed ceilings
• Office with tall open beamed ceilings
• Great office with tall ceilings
• Hand-crafted redwood true-divided light windows capture amazing morning and southern light

Other Features:
• Detached 3 car garage
• Detached 700 SqFt Studio with full bath, peaked ceilings, French doors open to a small veranda, huge windows to take in the views of the bay and Richmond/San Rafael Bridge; this room is
great for play room, office or art studio. It is not a legal rental
• Fully landscaped approximately 12,875 SqFt lot with patios and lots of entertaining, siting or relaxing spots! Outdoor fireplace is great for pizza making parties and siting by the fire in the
• Fabulous entertaining home with a great flow for parties!
• There is a basement/shop area under the garage and a partial, but spacious basement under the house, additionally, lots of space under the home for storage
• Street-to street lot with lots of parking on both streets
• Close proximity to two towns! One can stroll to San Rafael or San Anselmo for coffee, restaurants and wine bars or the workout place of your choice on Greenfield Ave and Miracle Mile
• Close to all our lakes and our fabulous open space for hiking and mountain biking
• Catch the bus at the bottom of the hill that goes to the city, San Domenico and White Hill Middle School
• Easy access to 101 to the city, north bay or east bay
• Fabulous Wade Thomas Elementary is downtown – call district regarding space & enrollment


4 bd 3.0 ba | Offered at $1,595,000 | sold
Sold for $2,125,000 Congrats to the new buyers!!