The Listings: Canonical Homes

From a classic Tahoe ski cabin to a Santa Cruz beach house

January 9, 2018 9:00 am

The Listings covers the best of Bay Area real estate, in all its wild glory. This month: a look at five essential Northern California homes, from the ultimate urban Victorian to a Tahoe ski cabin rendered entirely from timber and granite. Ever wonder what it’d be like to be a Sonoma vintner, a Santa Cruz beach bum or a Silicon Valley playboy? Start here.

The Classic Victorian: 2825 Pine Street

An Eastlake-style Victorian is the ne plus ultra of San Francisco dwellings — this $2.5M three-bedroom in Laurel Heights includes a separate, garden-level, one-bedroom apartment for anyone looking to subsidize that mortgage with a monthly rent of around $3,000.

The Sonoma Wine Estate: Purlieu

So fancy it has its own name, this $7M, 13-acre ranch includes a “gentleman’s vineyard planted in premium Carneros Chardonnay” — as well as a retail space if you decide to bottle up those grapes.

The Tahoe Ski Cabin: 405 Ellis Road

This 4BR cabin is walking distance to the Tahoe shoreline in summer — and to snowmobiling tracks in winter, across the national forest land that abuts this property, and skiing not much farther off. You’ll want to give the interiors a hard look, while holding on to the 100-year-old granite fireplace and the dominant, circular staircase.

The Silicon Valley Pad: 165 Patricia Drive

This $9.29M five-bed in Atherton has a wonderfully pretentious, colonnaded facade — all the better for welcoming guests to the inevitable pool parties out back. The interiors need an update, but the grounds, including the poolhouse, are superb.

The Santa Cruz Beach Spot: 307 Kingsburg Drive

Pacific views dominate every corner of this $3.3M four-bed family beach house — just across the town line in Aptos from Rio Del Mar. There are fancier addresses in this part of the world, and the quarter-acre lot is tiny — but you can’t get any closer to the beach.

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