Set out to create a private residence for his close friend on the idyllic and rocky Belvedere island in 1956, esteemed architect, Henrik Bull has since left us a timeless ode to nature beautifully encased in wood and glass. As such, this award-winning, mid-century masterpiece, on 19 Belvedere Avenue is an architecturally significant home, with views spanning across the San Francisco Bay.
Meticulously restored and remodelled in a tasteful yet unassuming Bay Area Modernism, the residence is characterised by wooden-clad exteriors, an array of floor-to-ceiling windows, sliders, and protruding clerestory apertures. Through maintaining topographical sensitivity, Henrik Bull ensured this house was built to belong, incorporating a private courtyard which extended into a sky-lit foyer, and open-concept dining, living, and kitchen areas, with unobstructed vistas stretching from Mount Tamalpais to Fort Mason.
Showcasing a large mirror installed above the concrete block, a newly iron-wrapped fireplace, and dark walnut floors, this palatial home is nothing short of cosy. Complete with a black quartzite countertop-lined kitchen where Miele appliances are seamlessly integrated alongside the sleek, ash wood cabinetry, and an extensive upper deck which acts as a continuation of the interior, plus integrated Aion LED lighting, elegant Forbes & Lomax switches, private stairways, custom Italian Poliform cabinets, and most notably – an Oak and Japanese Maple studded garden designed by the highly sought-after landscape designer, Brandon Tyson, which leads into a spa-like ensuite with a double sink, custom vanity, a glass-framed ADA shower, a custom hot tub and a dedicated sunning area.
Worth an estimated $4.4M, the newly renovated 19 Belvedere Avenue house represents an inspiring architectural feat, which encompasses creative vision, and quality material, set across a spectacular location.