Marin County Masterpiece on Market for $4.2M Evokes Best of ’70s Era
Peering out from the treetops of Corte Madera, CA, is a ’70s-era masterpiece, now on the market for $4.2 million. Built by architect Robert Overstreet as his personal residence, the property featuring redwood and glass was designed to blend in with its natural surroundings on 1.3 lush acres.
But don’t expect lava lamps and avocado-green paint. The current owners bought the place 21 years ago from Overstreet. Three years ago they embarked on a sparkling restoration inside and out, bringing the home into the 21st century while preserving its original Asian-inspired design.
“It is very beautiful, serene, and just feels like you’re outside in almost every room,” says listing agent Tamara Goldman of Pacific Union International. “It’s like a piece of art.”
Goldman notes that when Overstreet sold it to the current owners, he did so because he wanted a good steward for the house. The architect made a savvy choice, given the owners’ intense attention to detail in every inch of the renovations.
“It’s a pretty amazing house. It’s in incredible condition,” Goldman says.
Upgrades include custom kitchens and baths; restored wood exteriors for the four-bedroom main house and one-bedroom guesthouse; a Tesla charger in the garage; double-paned windows throughout; and LED lighting.
The contemporary-style home features a long, private driveway and ample off-street parking. The custom design of the stained-glass front door depicts the floor plan.
The living room has walls of windows, original redwood paneling, and boxed ceiling light wells. There’s an 82-inch fireplace decorated with railroad ties that Overstreet found at an Oakland rail yard. Handcrafted doors separate the living room and dining room. The latter is furnished with an Overstreet-designed table.
A nearby deck offers more room for entertaining or taking in the valley vistas. The updated kitchen has custom cabinetry and a dramatic black marble backsplash. The kitchen space is extended through a gazebo deck with views of the garden and koi pond.
Two master suites can be found on the lower level, each with a platform bed, private deck, sitting area, and remodeled bath.
The home made waves some 40 years ago and was featured in Sunset magazine and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
“It’s just one of those houses,” Goldman says. “The house is really something else.”