Property Type: SFD
Neighborhood: Pt. Richmond
229 Bishop Avenue
229 Bishop Avenue
Point Richmond, CA 94801
Offered at $1,550,000 - Status: Active
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Architect William Wurster, California's first great modernist, carefully sited and designed this house with a butterfly roof specifically to connect with both the Bay and the garden. This iconic architectural feature creates tall ceilings, dramatic volumes and visual feasts in all directions.
William Wurster built simple, woodsy, unadorned buildings whose beauty depended on proportion, scale and an honesty of materials. "Everyday modernism" has been used to describe his classic art. He created larger-than-expected volumes to create luminous living spaces, displaying brilliant site planning, where outdoor spaces blended seamlessly with indoor volumes.
229 Bishop was artfully and seamlessly expanded in the 1960’s by Architect El Cometta, and in the late 1970’s the kitchen was updated by Architect Water Thomas Brooks.
The architecture is carefully designed to create artful shadows as the sun moves across the sky and light streams through the house. The dramatic living room with its clever built-ins is anchored by fabulous sculptural fireplace. The dining room offers a straight on San Francisco view. The spacious kitchen with walls of storage, casual dining area and large island has French doors that open to a sunny view deck.
An office with a dramatic window wall offers a full view of the garden and magnifies the feel of living in a glass house. The home feels private, light and well-proportioned. Two nice bedrooms, a full bath and a half bath round out the main level. The lower level features the master bedroom, a full bath with double sinks, two large walk-in closets, a nursery or second home office, a laundry room, utility room and basement room and access to the lower lawn and wine cellar. The flexible floorplan of the lower level allows it to be exclusively used as a master bedroom area if desired.
The grounds are spacious and well planned, complete with two levels of patio and garden space, a 16’x36’ swimming pool and ample decking around the pool. Mature redwoods and pines, planted in the 1930’s, frame the private and inviting space.
This was the private home of the late Assemblyman John T. Knox during the years when he brought us so many pieces of landmark legislation, including the California Environmental Quality Act, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission Act, the Knox-Keane Healthcare Act, and the Corporate Securities Act of 1978. Some other achievements are just a few blocks away, such as the Miller-Knox Park and open space hiking trails along the Richmond shoreline and the John T. Knox Freeway, connecting the San Rafael Bridge with I-80 at Berkeley.
Perfect for entertaining, the family has hosted countless political and community gatherings frequented by many well-known federal, state and local officials, judges, and other luminaries. The home and garden have hosted several weddings, with upwards of 200 guests, and is a delightful and very private venue for your most important entertainment events and family gatherings.
Solar heated swimming pool, sauna, a studio guest-house which could be a rental or guest quarters, fully fenced garden centered by a large Sycamore tree, terraces, decks, and a lower level play lawn surrounds this striking architectural home, hidden treasures discovered only when entering the front gate.
A Forever Home that will stir your imagination and steal your heart.