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A very rare opportunity presents itself in the offering of one of Marin’s County’s most revered Queen Anne Victorian residences. Originally completed in 1894 (per the tax records), the 5 bedroom, 3 full, and 3 half bathroom residence offers a rare combination of refined architectural integrity and designer updating with high-end, timeless finishes throughout. Soaring ceilings, beautifully proportioned windows with all day light, period details, and multiple covered porches/exterior living spaces are all seamlessly integrated throughout the +-3,500 (Floor Plan Visuals calculation) square foot residence. The heart of the home is a large, open great room that leads directly to the sweeping level brick patio and mature gardens, which are ideal for entertaining and dining al fresco on warm summer nights. The traditional but versatile floor plan offers an elegant primary suite with two more bedrooms on the same level. There are two additional bedrooms just one level up with a common public area. The beautifully appointed public rooms include a large formal living room and grand scale formal dining room; ideal for hosting gatherings and sit-down dinners. Upon entering the gated grounds, one is immediately reminded of the “secret gardens” of Savannah. The perfectly designed +-2/10ths of an acre exterior living spaces include stately trees and mature plantings, an in-ground pool, and multiple level brick patios. 130 Palm Avenue is located “on the quad” of the exclusive and very quiet Dominican College that offers architecturally distinctive buildings. Located in one of Marin’s most compelling commute locations, just blocks from Highway 101, with easy access to both San Francisco and Sonoma County.
The county seat of Marin, San Rafael is large, diverse, eclectic, and historic. That history stretches from California's beginnings, with the 1817 founding of Mission San Rafael on the old El Camino Real, to the construction of the eye-popping Marin Civic Center in the 1960s. Designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Civic Center was completed in 1962 and is so futuristic that it pops up in science-fiction films.
San Rafael still looks to the future thanks to a vibrant downtown redevelopment effort. The focal point of downtown is the Smith Rafael Film Center, which features a state–of-the-art multiplex cinema that screens independent and foreign films. Cuisine is eclectic: within a few blocks of 4th Street diners can find sushi, Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Puerto Rican food.
Thursday afternoons in the spring and summer find 4th Street hosting a farmers market, which features live music.
The neighborhoods of San Rafael are equally distinctive. From the sought-after midcentury Eichler homes of Terra Linda to the Victorians that surround Dominican College and the custom homes of Lucas Valley, San Rafael provides diversity of price and style.
It's also easy to get away from it all in San Rafael. Nearby China Camp State Park is a jewel by the bay, offering: a kid-friendly, walk-in campground for tents only; a shallow, protected swimming beach; and biking and running trails.