4 Beds      5.5 Baths      6295 SF      .576 Acres      $4,995,000

301 Makin Grade, Kentfield, California

Hilltop Italian Luxury with Sweeping Mt. Tam Views

Escape to your own private Italy in central Marin with this unbelievably spacious and resort-like hillside 4-bedroom, 5-1/2-bathroom property with rare, jaw-dropping unobstructed Mount Tam vistas.

It’s a quiet, quick, and winding drive to this special property located in the Ross School district on the highest peak in Kentfield. When you step through the front gate and the charming cottage garden into the expansive 2-level main house, you’re instantly transported to a sun-drenched world of Auberge du Soleil-like luxury, with sweeping views as the perpetual backdrop for everyday living.

Reminiscent of one of Napa Valley’s most famous and beloved getaways, the main house, with its distinctly Italian feel, takes full advantage of its exceptional vista from nearly every vantage point with picture windows and double doors, all leading to expansive terraces and patios.

The entrance introduces the main level’s spacious, open living room with a fireplace, built-in entertainment system, and dining area. It seamlessly leads to the generous, well-appointed eat-in kitchen with counter seating, abundant built-in European flush-frame hinged cabinetry, and a second dining area, walk-in pantry, and easy access to terrace BBQ and dining.

Suitable for single level living, the main-level’s grand living room is steps from the master suite with large his and her walk-in closets and an expansive bathroom with a centerpiece jet tub. Also on the main level is a spacious office with a built-in desk, fireplace, and French doors leading to a patio and the wandering pathways of the delightful garden.

The downstairs level starts with a massive media/family room and leads to three spacious bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms, all of which have the same stunning views, all connected by an 80-foot-long terrace. There is also a large wine room, laundry, and tremendous built-in storage with ample space for a pool table, gaming or additional seating.

Along with this property’s unique bird’s-eye view, which also showcases spectacular nightly sunsets, the main house overlooks the ambling, beautifully landscaped property, which benefits from all-day sun. Here, intimate, well-landscaped Sonoma stone retaining walls and paths lead to surprises everywhere including a large, heated pool, pool house/Cabana with full bath, trellis with mature trumpet-vine canopy for outdoor dining, hidden hot tub area with built-in bench seating, decades-old wisteria, a towering wall of bougainvillea, garden nooks, giant chicken coop, and your own olive orchard; terraced and well-landscaped, it begs to be wandered through. Add some sculptures and you have your own Auberge-style art walk.

The bonuses that come with this estate are too long to list, but highlights include two 2-car garages, a wine cellar, and splendorous outdoor living, including a boutique grassy event area surrounded by an English garden blooming with African daisies, Mexican sage, asparagus fern, and manicured maple trees; and a hammock nook shaded by redwoods.

Much more than a home, 301 Makin Grade is a lifestyle perfect for a family or couple with a penchant for entertaining and the good life. No need to escape to Wine Country retreats when you live in one that’s both a world away from worry and 5 minutes from Highway 101.

MLS #21724472


Property Features List: 301 Makin Grade, Kentfield


─         6,295 sqft private 4 bedroom / 5.5 bath home includes pool house / Cabana with full bath
─        Located within the Ross School district
─        Stunning Mt. Tam, hillsides, and skyline views
─        1995 total rebuild, essentially all new construction
─        Open plan living / dining / kitchen
─        2 zone, Nest controlled, central heating, one per floor
─        4 car garaged parking via two large 2-car garages with storage, both with interior access
─        Rooms, decks and patios oriented to frame stunning views
─        Stained concrete flooring
─        16’x40’ Pool with automatic roll-up safety cover
─        Separate hot tub
─        Large outdoor spaces on 0.57 acres
─        Multiple balconies, decks, patios, and gardening areas
─        Large electric generating and hidden solar panels to keep electric bills low
─        Solar water heating panels
─        Approx. 1,000 bottle wine cellar
─        Beautiful, mature, gardens and landscaping - fully drip irrigated
─        Olive grove with winding path
─        Central vacuum system
─        Built-in speakers wired to central audio with room-by-room volume control on main level
─        House has fire suppression sprinkler system
─        Recessed art lighting and canned lighting throughout
─        Solid cherry doors throughout
─        Amazing amount of storage in the house
─        Slate tile roof
─        Full drainage throughout the property
─        New sewer lateral passed by city
─        Alarm system installed

Office / Study

─         Ideally located off Living Room and Master Suite
─         Well-designed built-in bookshelves, cabinetry, and large built-in desk
─         Wall of glass with double doors leading to patio and beautiful garden area
─         Gas fireplace

Kitchen/Dining Area

─         All-stainless steel appliances
─         4-burner Dynasty cooktop with grill, griddle, and hood
─         Kitchen Aid dual oven / convection combination
─         Sub-Zero refrigerator / freezer
─         Thermador plate warmer
─         Fisher Paykel 2-drawer dishwasher
─         GE Microwave
─         Trash compactor
─         Large island with sink, barstool/counter seating
─         Built-in custom European flush framed hinged cabinetry
─         Travertine counter tops
─         Giant walk-in ~17’x7’ pantry
─         Open-floor plan kitchen / dining area with hillside and Mt. Tam views
─         Formal dining area adjacent
─         BBQ deck with built-in BBQ just off kitchen
─         Terrace access for outdoor dining

Master Suite

─         Spectacular Mt. Tam views from both the bed and bath
─         Large Master bedroom with double doors to patio / garden area in back
─         Another set of double doors to private deck with Mt. Tam views overlooking pool
─         His and hers giant walk-in closets with built-in shelving and drawers

  • One is 9’ x 9.5’
  • The other is 8’ x 9.5’

─         Large 14’ x 15’ master bath includes

  • 2-person jet tub
  • Large walk-in shower
  • Huge vanity with dual sinks
  • Closet wall safe
  • Extensive built-in cabinetry
  • View of oak trees and Mt. Tam

Family / Media / Gaming Room

─         Approx 1300 sqft large space with two sets of double-doors to 1200 sqft patio with Mt. Tam views great for indoor / outdoor living and entertaining
─         70” built-in TV with surround sound system includes center channel and 4 speakers
─         Large wine room for 1000+ bottles ideally located here as well
─         Full bathroom off hallway adjacent family room

Bedroom # 3 (per floor plans)

─         Large light-filled room located just off the family / media room
─         Large bedroom with wall to wall closet space
─         Double-doors with Mt. Tam views to the large patio area
─         Full bathroom immediately adjacent

Ensuite Bedroom –Bedroom # 2

─         Large light filled private suite
─         Double-doors with Mt. Tam views to the large patio area
─         Huge 9’x8’ walk-in closet with built-in shelving and drawers
─         Full bathroom en suite with shower over tub

Laundry Room

─         Spacious with Kenmore Elite washer and gas dryer
─         Shelves / storage / folding table / space to hang dry
─         Wash basin

Au Pair / Ensuite Bedroom # 4

─         Ideal separate guest suite and well located to be an au pair or nanny suite
─         Large light-filled room
─         Wall to wall closet space
─         Double-doors to large patio area and Mt. Tam views
─         Full bathroom en suite with shower over tub and separate door to patio area

Pool level

─         2400 sqft of poolside living surrounded by greenery, blooms, and pristine Mount Tam views
─         Beautiful 16 by 40-foot lighted swimming pool with automatic open/close safety cover
─         Dining area with decades-old trumpet vine trellis
─         Wonderful poolside and under-trellis entertainment lighting
─         Pool side cabana with full bath
─         Outdoor fountain from Barcelona on side of Cabana
─         Large two person hammock under shading from a beautiful oak tree
─         Adjacent to winding path through beautiful orchard of approx. 35 mature olive trees

Property Landscaping / Exterior Extras

─         Undulating, expertly hand-crafted Sonoma stone walls and pathways leading to multiple areas designed for relaxation and enjoyment
─         Gorgeously maintained gardens rich with vines and blooms, sitting nooks, and old oak trees
─         Privacy with views of the valley’s treetops stretching up to the top of magical Mt. Tam
─         Fully drip irrigated
─         Protected  chicken coop village with wandering space
─         Private hot tub lined by redwood grove
─         Mature fruit trees throughout including;

  • Meyer lemon, lime, apple, non fruiting olive trees
  • Pomegranate, plum, apricot

─         Stunning bougainvillea
─         Roses
─         25’ Cypress trees
─         Brugmansia
─         Princess flower trees
─         Large garden shed / storage area
─         Large fenced-in and private level area with artificial turf off front door
─         Large English garden with seating area

Interesting Information

─         Year-round stunning sunsets
─         Amazing indoor / outdoor living / dining / entertaining


Mark Rushford

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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