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Renowned Bay Area designer unveils new luxury property in Marin

By Ted Andersen  – Digital Editor, San Francisco Business TimesDec 6, 2019, 1:44pm PST Updated 57 minutes ago

185 Summit Road in Marin is designed by well-known Bay Area architect Stanley Saitowitz.

Stanley Saitowitz, a Bay Area designer who has garnered attention for his monochromatic and machine-like architecture, has just finished a new estate in Mill Valley.

Listed for $6.95 million, the 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home rests on a south-facing hill and features a multi-terraced living roof — complete with solar panels — which offers views of downtown San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and Alcatraz.

Inside, the home has white oak flooring, underfloor radiant heating, built-in cabinetry, smart sound and lighting systems, sound-proof bedrooms and floor-to-ceiling solid interior doors. The master suite also includes a soaking tub and linear drain shower.

Outside, a large terrace with a high-end outdoor kitchen and fire pit is attached to the great room and features unobstructed views of the bay. The estate also comes complete with a security camera system and a stormwater drainage system.

“The house is a series of terraces which both inhabit and recreate the original slope of the hill,” Saitowitz said in a statement. “The building is essentially a frame of the views on two levels, living above, sleeping below, each expanding to landscaped outdoor terraces. The materials of the house are board-formed concrete, stained wood siding and glass. Colors are dark to disappear into the woods.”

In addition to the main house, a separate studio is located across the center courtyard with a modern mini kitchen and a full bathroom.

An enclosed court separates the garage and guest unit from the main house, Saitowitz added. The court is a roofless outdoor room with side walls which link garage and house are concrete pylons forming a transparent barrier. On the other side of the living space is an open deck with fireplace and outdoor kitchen.

Saitowitz was born in South Africa in 1949 and received his master’s degree in architecture from the UC Berkeley in 1977. He is well-known and influential in the Bay Area architecture scene, having designed S.F.’s Beth Sholom Synagogue in 2008, which won him international awards.

Saitowitz has designed two other homes in Marin — one in Tiburon and another in Sleepy Hollow near San Rafael several years ago — according to his firm Natoma Architects, but this new home represents the local designer’s only foray into Mill Valley.

The listing agents are Ethan Moeller and Joshua Deitch with Compass.

Flip through the slideshow above to tour 185 Summit Ave. in Mill Valley.