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Waterfront paradise at ‘iconic piece of Belvedere architecture’

They’re known as the “Heidelberg Homes,” three storybook residences in Belvedere built by Jack Heidelberg in the 1930s. One of them, offering a private dock and a wealth of unique details, is now on the market.

“Whomever buys this is buying history, an iconic piece of Belvedere architecture,” said Eric McFarland of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is listing the home for $3.95 million.

Located at 242 Beach Road, the stone and brick storybook features a wealth of original built-ins. Custom storage spaces are found throughout the home as leaded glass windows frame views of Belvedere Cove. Irregular angles lend whimsy to an interior accented by exposed timber and masonry.

“It feels like a handmade house,” McFarland said. “There’s handmade tiles in the master bath, and the kitchen has straw embedded into the plasterwork.”

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The listing includes a private pier and dock that stretches into the cove, making it appealing for anyone who enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking or dock fishing.

242 Beach Road is one of three Heidelberg Homes in the immediate area. The trio originally functioned as one compound spread across three lots, but the homes were individually sold off in the subsequent decades. 242 Beach Road came into existence around 1950. The hillside home isn’t visible from the street and includes a detached garage and guest house.

The trilevel main home opens to a foyer with brick floors and rustic hardwood moldings. This segues to a living room with an angled, wood-burning fireplace, a copper exhaust hood and views of the cove. Wood paneled and painted brick walls finish the living room, and the space steps into a reading alcove where a floor-to-ceiling window overlooks the shimmering water.

Divided light windows welcome natural light into a dining room sheltered by a vaulted, beamed ceiling. A pentagon-shaped window stretching the height of the room anchors the dining room’s southern wall.

The kitchen blends contemporary with classical. Stainless steel appliances lend modern flair as wainscoting, a Dutch door and a banquette speak to the home’s traditional motif.

A pair of bedrooms — one overlooking the water and another whose western orientation peers over the garden — highlight the upper level. The owner’s suite resides on the lower level and stands between a sitting room and a walk-in closet.

“This is a true waterfront getaway, a retreat-type property,” McFarland said. “It very much has that vibe of being a second house for someone from the city or Silicon Valley who wants to pull in and spend a weekend or a week at Christmas here.”

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Listing agent: Eric McFarland, Pacific Union Real Estate, 917-685-8369, eric.mcfarland@


Address: 242 Beach Road, Belvedere.

Price: $3.95 million.

Features: This hillside storybook home is one of Belvedere’s famous “Heidelberg Homes,” named for the original owner Jack Heidelberg. The home offers original built-ins, bay views and a private pier with a dock. The east-facing residence features a three-bedroom main house and a detached guest house/garage. The landscape frames views of Corinthian Island, Tiburon, the Bay Bridge and Angel Island.

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