Property Type: SFD
Neighborhood: Stinson Beach
18 Avenida Farralone
18 Avenida Farralone
Stinson Beach, CA 94903
Offered at $4,350,000 - Status: Active
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THE CROWN JEWEL OF STINSON BEACH -
“Sans Souci” is a coveted Stinson Beach estate revered for its spectacular ocean vistas and its iconic music history. Tucked gently onto the hillside, the property is sited on a magical 1.1 acre parcel capturing panoramic ocean views that span north past the Bolinas peninsula, and south to San Francisco. “Sans Souci” was the former family home of legendary musician, Jerry Garcia, during a seminal period during the 1970’s. It is still considered a local coastal treasure today.
THE SETTING -
Fall asleep and awaken to the sound of crashing waves in this ultra-private sanctuary. The fully gated, resort style grounds incorporate three modernized structures that coexist in harmony on the lush land, and allow optimal flexibility for a large family, guests, or as an artist’s retreat. A central courtyard adjoins each unique lodge to a perfect gathering space to mingle, dine or play. California poppies, hydrangeas, roses and citrus trees are just a small sampling of the flora to be discovered in the gardens amongst majestic Monterrey Cypress and Redwoods. The handsome black bottom pool and spa strike classic tones, and the viewing deck invites fun & relaxation. In the evening, gather under the stars around the amazing outdoor stone fireplace to “bid the day goodbye”.
THE STRUCTURES –
With understated beauty and impressive scale, the main house is perfectly oriented to the dazzling Pacific backdrop and is well equipped for stylish, coastal luxury. The wide-open living space extends to a breathtaking deck that seamlessly unites the indoors with the natural setting. Vaulted ceilings, a wall of reclaimed wood and a wall of glass sliders highlight the sun-drenched living room. The state of the art kitchen impresses with top of the line appliances and ease of utility. Gorgeous cement tile accents the entry and the baths with splashes of color. A sophisticated master suite and two additional bedrooms round out the home’s comfortable layout. A bonus loft space offers additional sleeping options. Just across the courtyard is the charming guest studio, which includes a dual-entry bathroom perfect for day use upon arrival from the beach or sunbathing at the pool. Finally, the historic guest cottage sits at the highest point of the property and beckons with inspiration. Once Jerry Garcia’s creative space and music studio, his handcrafted door still adorns this storied space.
THE HISTORY –
“Sans Souci” (sanz soo-ci) translates to “without worry” in French. The estate, which is adjacent Mt. Tamalpais State Park, was built in 1947 on the highest and largest plot of land at the base of Willow Camp. Since then, many homes have been built above it but no site compares with the special location of “Sans Souci”. Jerry Garcia and his wife, Carolyn, purchased the property in 1971 from a retired airline pilot. Garcia was looking for a respite away from his busy schedule with the Grateful Dead. They raised three girls there and enjoyed many animals as well, including a horse and a pet crow. Jerry entertained, and jammed with luminaries of the music world at the estate including Bob Dylan and John Lennon. The bluegrass band, Old and In the Way, started in the cottage with Jerry and local musicians David Grisman and Peter Rowan. His home studio door, crafted by a local artisan, remains on the property today. Soon after moving in, Jan Wenner, Charles Reich and Annie Leibovitz visited Sans Souci for a Rolling Stone interview which was later turned into a book called “Garcia: A Signpost to New Space”. The setting and the iconic history are why “Sans Souci” is considered by many to be the crown jewel of Stinson Beach.