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Belvedere, Calif.

WHAT A 1930s brick house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms

HOW MUCH $4.795 million

SIZE 3,919 square feet


SETTING Designed by Carr Jones, a local architect who built in a storybook style, the home is on Belvedere Island. Its first occupant was Joseph Baermann Strauss, the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is about 25 minutes south and visible from the property. For many years, the house was the summer residence of Audrey Jones Beck, an art collector and philanthropist from Houston. The boutiques and restaurants of downtown Tiburon, as well as a commuter ferry, are about a mile away.

INDOORS A brick staircase that meanders down a rocky slope leads to a courtyard, where the main entrance is sheltered by an overhanging slate roof. The living room has a chalet-style peaked wood-beamed ceiling and a wood balcony, brick floors and a fireplace. Through a glass wall you can see a panorama stretching from San Francisco to Mount Tamalpais. The transparency extends to an adjacent library with built-in bookshelves.

The kitchen is clad floor-to-ceiling in brick and has open shelves; this room opens to the courtyard and to a deck that can be used for entertaining as well. The main level also has a guest bedroom and a bathroom with white painted brick walls and ceiling and red stone floors.

Up the staircase from the main level are the master bedroom and bathroom and a balcony sitting room. A third bedroom and bathroom are on the lower level, as is a large walkout family room.

OUTDOOR SPACE A glass living room door opens to a terrace overlooking the bay. The outside brick staircase winds down through hillside gardens with pines, oaks, roses and citrus trees, as well as what has been described as a “lemon tree on steroids.” The 0.69-acre property also has a two-car garage connected by a bridge to the upper level.

TAXES $60,000 (estimated)

CONTACT Shana Rohde-Lynch, Pacific Union International, 415-264-7101;

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