The Ten Most Expensive Homes Sold in Marin County in 2020

The Bucolic Town of Ross Once Again Takes the Top Spot in the List of Most Expensive Homes Sold in Marin County This Year

2020 is now history and it is time for my annual recap of the most expensive homes sold in Marin County. As the pandemic engulfed the world, many sought out the outdoor space and seclusion that Marin County provides its residents, and pricing reflected that. At year end we saw the median home price in Marin County up almost 15% versus the same time in 2019.

In 2020, the most expensive home sold in Marin County sold for $15,750,000, which was $1,750,000 more than the most expensive home sold in Marin in 2019. The #1 and #3 sales of the year were located in the exclusive town of Ross while the remainder of the top 10 were all in Belvedere and Tiburon. Notably absent from this year’s list is Kentfield, which traditionally makes a strong showing in the top 10, though it only missed the top 10 by one — the 11th most expensive home sold was located in Kentfield.

Some interesting stats: The six homes publicly listed on MLS sold for less than their original asking price, but most did sell quickly. Sales were weighted towards the back half of the year once the pandemic’s impact on real estate and the stock market became more clear. In fact, the #5 home was sold on 12/30/2020 and three of the top ten closed in December. Four of the top ten most expensive homes sold were transacted off market then entered into MLS by their respective agents after the sales closed.

The market looks poised for a strong start to 2021, with December — typically the slowest month of the year — a very active month for buyers and sellers. Check out my monthly Marin Real Estate Market Reports here for more commentary on the market. Wishing you and yours a very happy 2021!

#1

The Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
325 Upper Toyon in Ross Sold Off Market for $15,750,000

#1 – The most expensive home sale in Marin County in 2020 was 325 Upper Toyon Drive in Ross which sold in just 63 days on 12/23/2020 for $15,750,000 . Here is the description from the listing: “Discover your own private oasis in Ross. One of the most extraordinary estates in Marin County. Resort-like gated residence and 4.5+ acre grounds offering stunning views from every room, with 360 outlooks of Mt. Tam, SF, the Ross Valley and the Bay. Gracious, spacious living combines classic elegance with casual comfort for today’s world. Completely designed and re-constructed in 2004 by award winning architect Andrew Skurman, this legacy estate offers sprawling space for remote learning, WFH,living, and entertaining. The main level hosts stunning living room w/ 14′ ceilings, gourmet kitchen/family room, spacious dining room, enormous primary suite w/ study & 2 en-suite bedrooms. Lower level hosts 2-3 additional BRs, rec/media & game room, gym, office & 3 car garage. Showcased on numerous garden tours, the extraordinary grounds were designed by Michael Yandle and include a large level turf lawn, sparking pool, pool house, BBQ area. Detached 2 BR guesthouse, adjacent trails.” The home was represented by Carey Condy and Neal Ward.

#2

The Second Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
1960 Straits View Drive in Tiburon Sold for $15,043,000

#2 – The second most expensive home sold in Marin County in 2020 was 1960 Straits View Drive in Tiburon, which sold on July 17, 2020 in just two weeks for $15,043,0000. The property description from MLS reads: “Located in one of Tiburon’s most exclusive neighborhoods, this unsurpassed contemporary gated estate is arguably the crown jewel of the Tiburon Peninsula. This one of a kind luxury residence offers the ultimate escape & sweeping world class views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Racoon Strait & the East Bay. A recreational paradise featuring resort like amenities; sun-drenched solar heated pool & spa, sport court, bocce ball court, fitness center, two outdoor bbqs, multiple entertainment areas & lush level lawn. The sleek, modern style remodel is sure to appeal to the most discerning buyer. The flexible floorplan provides a seamless transition from office to a work from home atmosphere. The stunning new kitchen is nothing short of spectacular. Detached & private 1 bedroom guest house with newly updated kitchen, brand new modern bathroom & mesmerizing views of the SF Bay & Golden Gate Bridge. Amazing wine cellar. 4 car garage & off-street guest parking for 10+ cars.” Represented by Shana Rohde-Lynch.

#3

The Third Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
179 Lagunitas Road in Ross Sold Off Market for $10,750,000

#3 – The third most expensive home sold in Marin County in 2020 was 179 Lagunitas Road in Ross, which sold off market on 12/16/2020 for $10,750,000. The property was listed by Tracy McLaughlin.

#4

The Fourth Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
11 Place Moulin in Tiburon Sold for $10,300,000

#4 – The fourth most expensive home sold in Marin County in 2020 was 11 Place Moulin in Tiburon, which sold on 1/22/2020 for $10,300,000 . The listing description reads: “This extremely private gated estate rests astride the highest peak in Tiburon, near the end of a secluded cul-de-sac. 11 Place Moulin is a magnificent panoramic view property, with infinite opportunities for further development on the two adjoining parcels at 7 Place Moulin and 107 Mount Tiburon (which are also included in the purchase/sale price). The Rockstar Mansion is already one of Marin’s grandest panoramic view homes and properties. Yet, because the sale includes a total of three parcels, measuring more than two acres overall, with pool, hot tub, underground squash / basketball court, recording studio and more, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the potential to be further developed into one of the most spectacular compounds in the entire country. For those that have earned the right to create their own dream home, with breathtaking, top-of-the world views, in a private setting, in one of Marin’s most prestigious locations; THIS IS IT!” This home was listed by Steven Mavromihalis.

#5

The Fifth Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
86 Lagoon Road in Belvedere Sold for $10,175,000

#5 – The fifth most expensive home sold in Marin County in 2020 was 86 Lagoon Drive in Belvedere which sold on 12/30/2020 for $10,175,000 after just 13 days on the market. The property description from MLS reads: “Unprecedented opportunity to acquire one of the largest homes in the history of the Belvedere Lagoon! Only with the acquisition of two adjacent lots would one be able to develop a home of this size. Outstanding execution of high end design with fully renovated kitchen & bathrooms. Extensive use of designer lighting, Waterworks fixtures, Carrera marble, plaster walls & classic subway tile. The Nantucket inspired shingle style residence offers three separate family rooms. The heart of the house is a stunning white marble kitchen/great room that opens directly to the most expansive part of the lagoon! Sweeping water views from most rooms. Traditional floor plan with 6 bedrooms on the upper level. Grand scale exterior deck, floating dock, hot tub & outdoor kitchen for entertaining. Main level en suite guest bedroom is ideal for in laws or a nanny. Southwestern exposure for all day sun. City views enjoyed from the upper level. Views extend from Mt. Tam to SF! Blocks from town/ferry.” The property was represented by Tracy McLaughlin.

#6

The Sixth Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
1910 Straits View Drive in Tiburon Sold Off Market for $9,777,000

#6 – The sixth most expensive home sold in Marin County in 2020 was 1910 Straits View Drive in Tiburon which sold off market on 8/17/2020 for $9,777,000. The property was represented by Shana Rohde-Lynch.

#7

The Seventh Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
134 Lyford Drive in Tiburon Sold Off Market for $9,277,000

#6 – The seventh most expensive home sold in Marin County in 2020 was 134 Lyford Drive in Tiburon, which sold off market on 8/28/20 for $9,277,000. The listing description reads: “Extraordinary gated ridgetop compound with captivating views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Belvedere Island. Quality, built custom residence with grand scale living areas. 6 bedrooms, plus additional home office (main level master suite with 5 bedrooms on the lower level). Huge living room overlooking the panoramic views, oversized recreation/game room downstairs off of the pool, oversized kitchen complete with commercial grade appliances, and huge dining room perfect for all your entertaining needs. Swimming pool, expansive terraces, inviting decks, and park like grounds. Adjacent landscaped separate parcel, 12,600 sqft(+/-) (130 Lyford Drive #058-272-01) included in the sale offering many opportunities for a private guest house or additional recreation activities.” This home was represented by Shana Rohde-Lynch.

#8

The Eighth Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
3 Bellevue Avenue in Belvedere Sold Off Market for $9,200,000

#8 – The eighth most expensive home sold in Marin County in 2020 was 3 Bellevue Avenue in Belvedere which sold off market on 8/26/2020 for $9,200,000. The property was represented by Tracy McLaughlin.

#9

The Ninth Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
43 Cliff Road in Belvedere Sold for $8,930,000

#9 – The ninth most expensive home sold in Marin County in 2020 was 43 Cliff Road in Belvedere, which sold on 7/24/2020 for $8,930,000. The property description from MLS reads: “Grand 6 bedroom, 6.5 baths Belvedere waterfront estate with 100 feet boat dock and appx. 4,000 sq ft of view decks. Panoramic views of San Francisco, Marina, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and Bay. Large 0.8 acre lot runs from Belvedere Ave. to the private Cliff Road to the 80 feet of beachfront. Great living/dining room combo with vaulted high ceilings, skylights and wall-to-wall glass overlooking amazing views. Built in 1982, remodeled in 2012 and 2018, plans available for further remodel if desired.” This property was represented by Lydia & Magdalena Sarkissian and Bill Bullock of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty.

#10

The Tenth Most Expensive Home Sold in Marin County in 2020:
193 Gilmartin Drive in Tiburon Sold for $8,800,000

#10 -The tenth most expensive home sold in Marin County in 2020 was 193 Gilmartin Drive in Tiburon, which sold on 9/25/2020 for $8,800,000. The property description from MLS reads: “Private gated , luxurious contemporary home surrounded by level lawns, terrace and infinity pool overlooking big Bay views. Features an open floor plan to enjoy resort-like amenities with easy indoor outdoor access for entertaining or play. It is among only a handful of homes in Tiburon with this much outdoor space. Designer finishes throughout the spacious floor plan. The open concept designer kitchen opens to a spacious eat-in area that opens to a full terrace overlooking the Bay and GG bridge. Two offices, gym, 2 outdoor fireplaces, built-in BBQ. 1 bedroom has been converted to a media room on lower floor. Spacious 3 car garage + additional parking pad. Full home generator and solar. Additional lot available for sale separately for a guest house, sport court or your heart’s desire. With a connection to nature, this home is close to hiking trails, bike paths, the Town of Tiburon and the ferry to San Francisco for your enjoyment.” This home was represented by Pat Montag.

All photos above are courtesy of the agents who represented the properties and of BAREIS MLS Service, all rights reserved.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the top 10 most expensive homes that were sold in Marin County in 2020. Congratulations to the buyers and sellers of these lovely properties!

I have been fortunate to represent some of Marin County’s most beautiful homes — please click here if you would like to see some of the properties I have sold. I also take great pleasure in helping buyers find their dream homes.

If I may be of any assistance with your Marin / San Francisco real estate needs, please call me at +1.415.847.5584.

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