Topping the list of striking features at 420 El Camino Del Mar are the home’s abundance of natural light, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge, and thrilling design concept of architect Joseph Esherick. Esherick was the recipient of the gold medal of the American Institute of Architects in 1989, placing him in the company of other honoree giants, including Frank Lloyd Wright.
When you walk thru the front door, you are welcomed by an open staircase and light flooding in from the skylight 25 feet above. This level of the home sets the stage for casual entertaining with a large family room with Golden Gate views, a wet bar and sliding glass doors opening to the front patio. A bedroom overlooking a private patio, a full bath and a flex room with a Golden Gate view that could be used as an additional bedroom, an exercise room or an office completes this floor. An elevator serves as an additional amenity.
Art collectors will appreciate the exceptional wall space and natural lighting throughout the home. The sweeping vista from the upper level is captivating as you experience the spectacular view thru a 20 foot expanse of glass. This open space highlighted by a wood-burning fireplace and high ceiling height is a perfect example of Esherick’s focus on the environment relating to the user.
A large Formal Dining Room, an Eat-in kitchen overlooking the enclosed garden plus two bedrooms and a full bath are also found on this level. The third bedroom in this area is the Master Suite with Golden Gate views, his and her closets and a walk out balcony.
Esherick, as part of his unique design, created a perfect setting for both children and adults within a sophisticated landscaped patio. His goal was to provide in the front of the house, a place for flowing indoor/outdoor entertaining and play.
A full basement on ground level with outdoor access provides for an ample amount of storage. There is a spacious detached four car garage and driveway parking for two additional automobiles.
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT
Noted Bay Area architect Joseph Esherick (1938-1996) was considered a master of environmental design. Born in Philadelphia and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1937, Esherick set up practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1953 and taught at the University of California, Berkeley for many years. In 1959, he was one of the cofounders of Berkeley’s influential College of Environmental Design.
Esherick was a self-effacing architect who won acclaim for his people friendly designs and stated “the ideal kind of building is one you don’t see”. Accordingly his buildings were designed to blend into their surroundings and serve their occupants, not shout his name.
Notable among his many projects are The Cannery in San Francisco, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Hermitage Condominiums in San Francisco and the Cary House in Mill Valley. In l989 Esherick was awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for lifetime achievement.
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