An Architectural Ode to Mt Tam
Designed as an ode to Mt. Tamalpais, 660 Amaranth is an architectural gem that seamlessly merges with the natural beauty that surrounds it. The property was carefully crafted to take full advantage of panoramic views that span from Mt. Tam to the Bay while affording all the comforts of modern living. The end result is a sophisticated retreat that encapsulates all the best that Marin has to offer.
Tucked just below the ridgeline in the idyllic Amaranth community, and bordering roughly 8-acres of protected land, the property is a testament to the virtues of unobtrusive architecture. The home is sited on a 6,300 square-foot gentle downslope lot that is perfectly oriented to expansive views. Water, mountains, bridges and a sliver of the city skyline captivate the eye. Understated redwood homes share the landscape as birds soar overhead. The nearby Golden Gate National Recreation Area offers endless adventures for outdoor enthusiasts or hop on the famed Dipsea trail for a hike downtown or to Stinson Beach. 5-6 minutes by car to Downtown Mill Valley.
The architect, James Borthwick, found inspiration in the site’s relation to Mt. Tamalpais and imagined the home as an extension of the mountain itself. One notes the roof line of the 2,730 square foot structure tracing, and continuing the ridgeline of Mt. Tam. The spacious 4 bedroom 3 bath home was constructed with warmth and function in mind as it affords all the comforts of modern living. Lovely meditative gardens with artistic touches surround the home. At entry into the house you are welcomed by a gorgeous stained-glass depiction of Mt. Tam. The main living area revolves around a dramatic sunken living room with vaulted ceilings highlighting the views. Floor to ceiling built-ins and a fireplace add to the intimacy of the space which flows to a wonderful view deck. The European designed open kitchen displays excellent utilization of space which is open to the main entertaining areas. The octagonal dining room is a showstopper complete with exposed beams overhead and it connects to a large dining patio. The master bedroom is truly a sanctuary, set apart, and at one with nature. The spa like bathroom features a huge seamless window to the outdoors that allows for ultimate relaxation in the jetted tub or walk-in shower. A walk-in dressing room connected to the master can double as a home office, craft room or a nursery. There is a guest bedroom plus two additional kid bedrooms in the north-west wing of the home that centers around a family room hub. Children will love the ladder up to the hidden play loft. The home offers a workshop plus plenty of storage. The home has been lovingly maintained and is move-in ready.
Amaranth, the imaginary undying flower, is a fitting name for this special community of 18 homes located on 11 acres around a ridge with approximately 8 acres of commonly owned open space. It was developed in the early 1970’s with the vision of living with nature, consuming fewer resources and belonging to a community. It is reminiscent of its larger predecessor, Sea Ranch, to the north. The community offers protected views and a connection to nature in low maintenance, safe environs. The original ethos of Amaranth is alive and well, and as apropos as ever. It is a peaceful place to call home.
Family-friendly Mill Valley is all about schools and sports. Nestled at the foot of Mount Tamalpais, homes in the Marin County city range from 500-square-foot hunter's cabins to multimillion-dollar mansions tucked away on winding, narrow lanes under the redwoods. Coffee is king in Mill Valley. Downtown, three separate coffee shops do a brisk business. At the Depot, as the sunny town center is called, moms with strollers, kids on tricycles, and teenagers kicking hacky sacks relax in the open-air plaza, which now houses an independent bookstore and cafe. The Depot is also a jumping-off spot for hikers and mountain bikers heading up the slopes of Mount Tamalpais. Nightlife in Mill Valley is anchored by Sweetwater Music Hall, which hosts many well-known musical acts. As the groomed playing fields at the community center attest, sports are big in Mill Valley, with soccer, baseball, and lacrosse leagues all popular.
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