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Carlos Santana’s Private Hillside Home Provides Spectacular San Francisco Bay ViewsThe contemporary house also features an “acoustical dome”


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Location: Tiburon, California

Price: $5.777 million 

Tucked into a hillside in Tiburon, California, this home owned by famed guitarist Carlos Santana presides over stunning views across San Francisco Bay.

“The home is also architecturally interesting with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows that showcase the bridge-to-bridge and San Francisco views,” said listing agent Shana Rohde-Lynch of Compass. “It’s surrounded by mature landscaping and has a very private feel.” 

Built in 1978, the home embodies a contemporary architectural design and features a dramatic entrance: an “acoustical dome” that leads into the main living spaces. 

View of the large oval shaped entry area, featuring wood floors and a large chandelier
Wide curved double doors open to the circular entry, under an acoustical dome that sets the stage for the home.
Jason Wells

“The ‘acoustical dome’ is a special architectural feature installed by the prior owner,” Ms. Rohde-Lynch said. “It’s a small circular space that has a microphone-like effect when you speak from this specific location.”

Once inside, the house’s modern style flows across an open floor plan marked by clean lines and quality craftsmanship from the kitchen and dining areas to the living room. Hardwood flooring and walls of windows frame the picturesque views from nearly every room.  

View of a formal dining room overlooking the Bay
The contemporary chef’s kitchen leads to a dining area.
Jason Wells

The primary suite is found on the main level with an en-suite bathroom that includes a raised soaking tub, a glass-walled shower—and lush hillside views. Outdoors, a large deck and a lower patio offer entertaining areas.

“I love the home’s sense of volume from its large open, light and airy living spaces,” said Ms. Rohde-Lynch. “And the sweeping views across the bay that include the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Belvedere Island and Angel Island.”

San Francisco Bay as seen from the residence
The home has stunning views of downtown San Francisco that include the Salesforce Tower.
Jason Wells


The home, which sits on nearly an acre, has 3,785 square feet of living space, which includes four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one half bathroom.


The home’s open chef’s kitchen is centered by a granite cooktop island and a serving pull-up counter seating and a breakfast area. The property also includes an attached two-car garage and motor court for multiple vehicles.

Neighborhood Notes 

Tiburon is just north of San Francisco and the home is minutes away from the town’s shopping area and restaurants as well as its picturesque waterfront pathways.

The home is in one of Tiburon’s most sought after locations, and it’s about a half-hour ferry ride to San Francisco and about an hour’s drive to the Napa Valley, Ms. Rohde-Lynch said.

Agent: Shana Rohde-Lynch, Compass

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