$8 Million California Estate Comes With A Hillside Funicular By The Sea

February 15, 2020 | Forbes

view of hillside estate

Hillside living offers impressive vistas, especially in upscale seaside towns like Belvedere, California. But there’s a catch—sometimes getting downhill is a precarious hassle.

Not at this $8 million Craftsman house overlooking the seaport. The luxury residence offers daily joyrides, courtesy of its “hillavator,” a four-person (1,100-pound capacity) funicular transporter which descends people down a steep hillside that’s otherwise impractical.

This 1914-built home is uniquely positioned among the coveted downslope flats accessible to optimal water views, downtown Tiburon’s shopping and dining district, seaside yachting, and the San Francisco ferry.

It’s ideal for yacht enthusiasts who can conveniently ride the private hillavator to the doorstep of exclusive San Francisco Yacht Club and boat slips. The home’s exterior is protected by weather-resistant and fire-retardant shingles.

Fully renovated by architect David Holscher and KAGDesigns, the five-bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathroom residence boasts timeless, open interiors with soaring ceilings, chic lighting, oak floors, and designer finishes.

Oversized picture windows frame sweeping views of Belvedere Cove, Corinthian Island, Angel Island and San Francisco Bay.

The main level includes a formal foyer, great room, grand scale living room (with custom sliding windows), a large dinner party-style dining room (with fireplace), and a center island chef’s kitchen with Belvedere Cove views and adjacent wine storage area.

The large master bath has a double vanity, grand walk-in shower, custom tiles, and glass door access to a deck as well.

The residence also has a family TV/game room, wine cellar, landscaped gardens, one-car garage (with electric car charging, on-street parking, and room for a potential pool (per architect Holscher’s renderings).

But perhaps the best amenity is the hillavator—an attraction parents can exploit by sending concierge kids downhill to retrieve street-level mail. And kids will happily oblige. Now that’s luxury.

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