November 15, 2013
Designer Mill Valley On The Market But Not The MLS
Not listed on the MLS nor official inventory, the contemporary Mill Valley home at 29 Roosevelt Avenue which was designed by Marmol Radziner is on the market for $4,995,000.
The floor plan for 29 Roosevelt includes five bedrooms and four and one-half baths with some rather spectacular finishes, fixtures, and woodwork throughout.
First Published: November 15, 2013 1:00 PM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Five large. Really? Barn shaped. Five different interior wood finish tones. Shingles on the outside of the barn, single beam steel staircase inside. Frosted glass plus blue and white wallpaper. Rustic midcentury modern?
And the architects also sell jewelry?
Posted by: soccermom at November 15, 2013 1:31 PM
soccermom: It's not so much the house as the location and most likely the size of the lot. If you look at similar houses in Mill Valley, they will be priced in the same range.
Posted by: Serge at November 15, 2013 10:31 PM
Mill Valley is the only place in the Bay Area where I felt like the people there were outright rude and snobbish. Even more stuck up and unfriendly than places like Ross or Tiburon. I am not quite sure why this true but that has been my experience. It is a nice enough location and the weather is good.
I liked the community pool and the staff there were friendly but pretty much everyone else I have encountered on numerous visits have been aloof. My wife concurs.
Posted by: NoeValleyJim at November 16, 2013 1:07 AM
I have been a fan of Marmol Radziner in the past, especially for their sensitive restoration of the Kaufman House in Palm Springs. Marmol Radziner has worked with clients to save Neutra, Schindler, John Lautner and Cliff May homes in Los Angeles, but this Mill Valley project is a MESS! I assume this absurd barn meets Dwell headache was caused by an eccentric owner/client, but if not, they have lost their touch. At some point for the preservation of their good name they should have withdrawn from the project. The architects I respect most are the ones that sometimes have to tell uneducated clients "NO, I will not do that".
I recently said "no thank you" to very wealthy possible clients in Cameo Shores in Newport Beach and feel better about this decision every day.
Is it no surprise this home is not shown on their portfolio on their website?
The best architect doing the NorCal barn/winery type aesthetic in my opinion is Howard Backen, but I can almost guarantee his office (Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects) would not have touched this project either.
Posted by: AnonArch at November 16, 2013 1:55 AM
I clicked through to the listing to see if things improved. The views are lovely. There are some very nice individual elements and materials. Together, there is so much wrong we could just type for days.
Posted by: Gur at November 16, 2013 9:39 PM