70 Briarwood Drive
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Bask in stunning views, sunlight and delightful outdoor space in this updated five-bedroom, three-bathroom home in San Rafael’s coveted Glenwood neighborhood.
Spanning approximately 2,673 square-feet (per appraiser), this light and bright home dazzles with brand-new designer lighting, hardwood floors, new carpeting and tasteful millwork, including wainscoting, crown molding, custom plantation shutters and solid-core doors. From the gracious foyer, a large living room greets you with a warm fireplace and tall ceilings. Double pocket doors reveal a formal dining room, providing a lovely flow for entertaining. The adjacent eat-in chef's kitchen includes bay views, granite countertops and a center island/breakfast bar. Stainless appliances by Jenn-Air and KitchenAid, including convection and microwave wall ovens, a cooktop with pot-filler and a dishwasher, join thoughtful details, such as the black soapstone farmhouse sink with Franke instant hot/cold water dispenser, pull-out pantry storage and a built-in wine rack.
Outside, the home's magnificent wraparound outdoor space offers multi-tiered decks, patios and lawns for al fresco entertaining and lounging surrounded by Bay, bridge, city and hillside vistas. The outdoor kitchen is equipped with a built-in gas barbecue, refrigerator and granite countertop. Relax in the large hot tub, warm yourself by the stone fire pit, or enjoy the spacious pergola-topped seating area. A charming, custom-built playhouse features a Dutch door, windows with flower boxes and whimsical trompe l'oeil paintings. Throughout this fully fenced landscaping, you'll find roses, tall trees, mature plantings and a spacious lawn.
Back inside, the main-floor master suite easily features three closets, including two reach-ins and a customized walk-in. The luxurious en suite master bathroom boasts a walk-in rain shower, jetted soaking tub and two pedestal sink vanity areas with custom cabinetry, plus a remote-control skylight, marble and gorgeous tile. Two secondary bedrooms on this level share a large guest bath with double vanity, and one opens to the rear deck and features built-in desk and cabinetry.
On the lower level, you'll find a separate entrance and outdoor access, a third full bathroom and two bedrooms that can easily serve as guest accommodations, an office, family room or au pair quarters as needed. The oversized attached garage provides parking for two cars, an extra-large storage room and a laundry room with a utility sink.
This exceptional San Rafael home is close to Victor Jones Park, Andy’s Local Market, Glenwood Elementary, a Gold Ribbon School, and nestled between glorious China Camp open space, the Peacock Gap Golf Course and the Bay.
The county seat of Marin, San Rafael is large, diverse, eclectic, and historic. That history stretches from California's beginnings, with the 1817 founding of Mission San Rafael on the old El Camino Real, to the construction of the eye-popping Marin Civic Center in the 1960s. Designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Civic Center was completed in 1962 and is so futuristic that it pops up in science-fiction films. San Rafael still looks to the future thanks to a vibrant downtown redevelopment effort. The focal point of downtown is the Smith Rafael Film Center, which features a state–of-the-art multiplex cinema that screens independent and foreign films. Cuisine is eclectic: within a few blocks of 4th Street diners can find sushi, Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Puerto Rican food. Thursday afternoons in the spring and summer find 4th Street hosting a farmers market, which features live music. The neighborhoods of San Rafael are equally distinctive. From the sought-after midcentury Eichler homes of Terra Linda to the Victorians that surround Dominican College and the custom homes of Lucas Valley, San Rafael provides diversity of price and style. It's also easy to get away from it all in San Rafael. Nearby China Camp State Park is a jewel by the bay, offering: a kid-friendly, walk-in campground for tents only; a shallow, protected swimming beach; and biking and running trails.