Classical Japanese Meets American Techno-Luxe
63 Norman Way Tiburon CA United States
Description: “Extraordinary fusion of traditional Japanese architecture and 21st century contemporary American luxury and technology surrounded by spectacular gardens, acres of forested open space and panoramic Bay views. Featured in numerous architectural books and magazines, this private, multi-level estate with its warmth, elegance and poetic simplicity immediately transports residents and guests from the hectic pace of modern-day life to a world of soothing beauty and tranquility. Authentic Japanese style mortise, tenon and dove tail joinery, twenty different types of wood and timber intricately handcrafted in ceilings, floors, walls, cabinetry, plastered walls of lime, straw and earth, sliding shoji paper doors, bamboo reed windows, hardwood decks, and majestic gabled roofs with hand-cut copper shingles combine with sophisticated American style kitchen, luxurious bedroom suites, sliding walls of glass, extensive use of marble and granite, and advanced electronic entertainment, lighting, wi-fi and security systems, to provide a rare and privileged living experience.
Entering through an enclosed foyer, sliding shojis open into a dramatic vaulted living and dining area with fir and curved cedar spanning logs overhead, engawas (window seats), black ash floors, and sliding glass doors and windows providing commanding Bay views. Professionally equipped kitchen features elm and cherry cabinetry, marble walls and counters and separate breakfast nook with vaulted ceiling and garden views. Two-person office with tansu-style oak cabinetry and windows overlook the beautiful gardens. The dual-purpose meditation room and Japanese bedroom feature tatami reed floors, tokonoma (inspirational alcove), and engawa with sliding shoji and glass doors opening to maples, pines, pond and waterfalls. Nearby is the Japanese bath with soaking tub, river stones and fragrant cedar panels. Five bedrooms including three luxurious master suites with spacious bathrooms feature separate tubs and walk-in glass showers, double-sink granite counters, heated floors, and museum quality cabinetry. The focal point of the entire lower level, added in 2006, is a unique interior rock and gravel garden with vaulted ceiling and intersecting log timbers. The gated compound at the end of a cobbled drivehas acovered walkway and elaborate Japanese entrance gate and pathway to the residence, all in style and harmony with the residence, hillside gardens, forest and Bay. Large playroom, Gym, staff office, Flat lawn area, large 3-Tiered garden/farm, 12 car off street parking 5 bdrms (3 master suites), 7 full baths.”
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 7
- Living Area: 5,285 Sq Ft.
- Listing Agent: William Bullock