Situated in the heart of the Banana Belt region of The Hill, with captivating San Francisco views, this Grand British Colonial Style shingled masterpiece, built in 1901 was once known as “The Ridge”. One of the few remaining grand estate properties in Sausalito, this historic residence was lovingly owned for the last 40+ years by renowned San Francisco Designer Nancy Glenn, who added many period architectural details over the years to maintain and embellish its fine character and charm.
The house was magnificently constructed with huge timbers, many hand-hewn, massive stone and concrete foundation by Master-Mason Sorenson, the gentleman who crafted much of the original stonework in San Francisco’s Golden Gate park. The main residence is just under 5,000 square feet on three levels. The perfect home for entertaining with voluminous public rooms on the entry level, retiring rooms on the 2nd floor and separate in-law apartment with its own entrance, downstairs. The charming guest Cottage on the NW corner of the property is a legal rental and is currently tenant occupied.
The site (just over ¼ acre) on Sunshine Avenue was chosen by one of the earliest settlors for its wonderful weather and panoramic views of the Bay and City, as well as, its close proximity to the Sausalito waterfront. The original ornate iron gate is still in view at one end of the circular driveway (with off street parking for at least four cars in addition to a one car garage). Prepare to be enchanted by the mature landscaped English gardens, terraces and oak grove that surround the property…with plenty of places to quietly sit and enjoy the natural beauty.
Front Entry – The house is approached from a circular driveway through lushly landscaped terraced gardens. The front steps lead to a large portico entry porch with paver tiles, hand hewn columns and an elegant beveled glass door and period hardware.
Entry Hall – This fine entry hall is the reception and central focal area of the home, the portal to the living room and dining room with grand staircase (with spectacular stained glass windows) that leads to the bedrooms above.
Living Room – (15 ½ x 31’) – The warm and beautifully proportioned room is centered by an ornate wood burning fireplace, large picture window with antique mullioned panes, and built-in hutches anchored by a window seat overlooking the garden. The extraordinary ceiling height with crown moldings and coffered ceiling are just a few of the architectural features you will find throughout.
Dining Room (19’ x14’) – The unforgettable experience of dining amidst the magical spectacle of San Francisco’s nighttime skyline (with peeks of the Bay Bridge) is yours in this charming paneled room, which has its own fireplace.
Sun Porch (10’ x 19’) – French doors from the adjacent Dining Room open to a cheerful, tiled sun room that also opens to the front portico.
Kitchen (18’ x 13’) Breakfast Nook (11’x8’) & Laundry Room– Remodeled in the late 80’s with no detail spared, this chef’s kitchen is bright and spacious, with tons of custom cabinets, double ovens, Wolf gas range and eat-in breakfast room with immediate access to backyard patio and gardens. Once a bedroom and bathroom, this room was expanded to add the breakfast room and a laundry room and pantry.
Study – (8’ x 12’) – Ornate Amethyst Glass Leaded Beveled window adorns one wall of this private study just off the entry hall with French doors that open to the back patio and gardens.
Master Suite 1 – Bedroom (15’x16’) + Sitting Area ( 9’ x 9’) – One of two Master Suites, this Suite has spectacular expansive south facing San Francisco and Bay views, with beautiful ornate beveled glass windows, large walk in closet(s) and large master bathroom. The large attic can be accessed through this master closet, with a drop-down stair.
Master Suite 2 – Bedroom (22’ x 13’) This generously sized suite, has the most expansive south and east facing views in the home, with attached tiled bathroom and original clawfoot tub.
Bedroom Suite 3 – Bedroom (11’ x 15’) + Bathroom + Den (9’ x 11’) – This suite is separate from the rest of the second floor, making a very convenient guest or children’s quarters. A separate hallway leads off upper landing to bedroom, bathroom, study or den.
Storage Room (14’ x 11’) – The perfect wine cellar or storage room is located on the basement level.
Workshop/mechanical room/utilities: Additional storage is located just at the base of the stairs from the main residence, adjacent to storage room.
Sauna – The sauna can be accessed from the in- law apartment or the main residence and can accommodate up to 8 people!
In-Law Apartment: Bedroom 4 (11’ x 14’), Rec Room or Living Room ( 12’ x 15’), Eat-in Kitchen/Dining Room (15’ x 11’) – This spacious apartment that has it’s own entrance (complete with beveled glass door) can be accessed from the main residence or completely closed off. The kitchen has a gas range and dishwasher and is light and bright with plenty of dining space.
The guest cottage is a legal rental unit or ADU (auxiliary dwelling unit) and is currently rented for $2500/mo. Situated on the NW corner of the property, it has a private entrance by the garage, with its own private patio. The square footage of the main studio is 370 s.f. and doesn’t include the sleeping loft above. This light and bright cottage, overlooking the gardens, has been treasured by all who have lived there…
DETACHED GARAGE: (230 square feet)
This one car garage has plenty of room for storage and is situated next to the public stairs/walkway, Sacramento Way, that connects Sunshine Avenue to Sausalito Blvd above.
Some photos have been “virtually” staged and are shown after the accurate photos, for some rooms. Property is vacant and not staged. There are photos from 1983 of the living and dining room, that show the expansive SF views at that time. There are also original photos from 1908 that have been interspersed on the website, showing the original structure and existing front gate! Also included in the photos is a scanned original postcard sent to the owner of “The Ridge” (44 Sunshine) on December 22nd, 1908.
***Floor plans were completed by Floor Plan Visuals and show the approximate square footage of the main residence as 4845 square feet and guest cottage as 370 sq. ft. (not including loft). Buyers to verify.
For additional information, please contact: Sherrie Faber at 415.339.9200 or email@example.com
Due to COVID 19, all showings are by appointment only, with strict COVID guidelines in place. The cottage is tenant occupied and cannot be shown until Shelter In Place orders have been lifted. All parties entering the property must sign COVID Disclosure and agree to follow the guidelines. A complete Disclosure Package is available upon request and can be transmitted electronically. Disclosures include a Pest and Home Inspection by National Building Inspectors; Preliminary Title Report by Old Republic Title; Roof Inspection(s) by Mc Leran Roofing and Sewer Lateral Video Inspection(s) by Amesos Plumbing with response from the City of Sausalito for required repairs. The Seller is Exempt from providing mandatory seller’s disclosures, as she has never lived in the property. This is a Trust Sale and does not require court confirmation.