Embracing Legacy and Luxury: The Story of 21 Glenwood Avenue

21 Glenwood Ave

Nestled in the heart of Ross, where the charm of the East Coast meets the allure of West Coast living, stands a one-of-a-kind estate that epitomizes timeless elegance and modern luxury. Welcome to 21 Glenwood Avenue, a gated legacy estate that has been meticulously crafted to blend historical significance with contemporary comforts.

Originally constructed in 1906, this Shingled Craftsman/Tudor masterpiece underwent a complete custom renovation in 1993-1994, under the discerning eye of the current owner’s family. The renovation, helmed by architect Shay Zack and designer Penny Raikes, breathed new life into the estate, enlarging it and enhancing the design.

Perched on a prime lot chosen for its privacy and stunning views of Mount Tamalpais, 21 Glenwood Avenue offers a sanctuary for those seeking tranquility and exclusivity. The meticulously landscaped 1.43-acre grounds provide a serene backdrop for outdoor entertaining and relaxation, with a pool deck, patios adorned with Pennsylvania bluestone, and a flat lawn area.

Backyard, featuring pool

Step inside the main house and be greeted by an atmosphere of grandeur and sophistication. Exquisite coffered ceilings, custom woodworking, and Calacatta Gold marble accents showcase the attention to detail that defines every corner of this estate. With four bedrooms conveniently located on the upper floor, comfort and convenience are paramount.

Dining Room

But the allure of 21 Glenwood Avenue extends beyond the main house. A separate studio cottage offers additional living space for guests or extended family members, while a charming finished carriage house, insulated for sound, presents endless possibilities for recreation and relaxation.

One of the most enchanting features of this estate is the authentic Japanese tea house, meticulously designed by Len Bracken who also created one for Larry Ellison and Michael Douglas among other celebrity clients. Crafted entirely by hand using traditional Japanese tools and materials sourced from the property itself, the tea house offers a serene retreat for meditation, massage, relaxation or even sleepovers.

Living room

The gardens at 21 Glenwood Avenue were a testament to the family’s passion for nature and minimalism. Featuring native plants and Japanese influences, the gardens were recognized for their beauty and registered as a certified wildlife habitat.

Pool and landscape

Beyond its luxurious amenities and breathtaking views, 21 Glenwood Avenue holds a rich history. Once home to Thomas and Anne Pollard, who played a significant role in rebuilding San Francisco after the earthquake, the estate has seen various owners and uses over the years, from a commune in the 1960s to a horse property. Two horses are still permitted with the requisite permits from the Town.

Today, 21 Glenwood Avenue stands as a symbol of legacy and luxury, inviting its next owners to write their own chapter in its storied history. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of Ross’s heritage and experience the epitome of luxury living at 21 Glenwood Avenue.

For more information about 21 Glenwood Avenue contact Deborah Cole 01937272, Compass Real Estate, on 415.497.9975 or at [email protected]