A rare opportunity to own a substantial piece of Mill Valley history, this 12.5± acres of pristine verdant land is situated near the village of downtown Mill Valley. Incredibly private and serene, this legacy estate has rarely been available for sale. Originally owned and developed by Fritz Maytag, the appliance tycoon, there are still areas of the property that are reminiscent of the early 1900’s. The grounds are replete with meandering paths, original stone walls, a magical fountain with waterfall, incredible Redwood, Magnolia and Palm trees, some that are over 100 years old, all contributing to the flourishing landscape. This south facing property is a mecca of farm to table gardens with an array of fruit trees; lemon, lime, tangerine, apple, fig, and pear to name a few, with ample space to include vegetables and herbs. Comprised of nine separate contiguous parcels, the gated estate is completely fenced and is adjacent to hiking and biking trails which are easily accessed from a private gate.
Currently there are three separate structures on the property. A main house consisting of four bedrooms and four full baths with abundant natural light and wonderful indoor-outdoor flow to the incredible grounds beyond. Large living room and formal dining room that open to the patio offering a serene al fresco dining area. Spacious open kitchen with an abundance of cabinets is the heart of the home. A large custom wine cellar is included. This was the original home on the property and has been updated over the years.
The guest house sits near the top of the property and from here you have a view of the downtown San Francisco skyline. This structure is three levels, connected by a custom-built spiral wooden staircase and surrounded by windows, which make it feel like an adult tree house. The first level connects with the terrace and has a full pool bath. The second floor is the main entry and principal living area with cathedral ceilings, plentiful built-ins, and commanding views. There is a substantial space for entertaining and dining on this level plus a petite kitchenette. The upper floor is a versatile space which could be an office, bedroom, or both with breathtaking views. There is a newly resurfaced lap pool and a spa (not in use) just steps from this home. The pool has new solar panels. A wonderful place to enjoy the stunning views, the sunrise or bask in the moonlight.
The third structure is a two-car carport with ample storage with an intimate studio above. The studio offers wonderful decks on both the south and north sides, an efficient kitchen with bar seating, a wood burning fireplace and a great open floor plan complete with a Murphy bed and built-in storage.
Unique to this property are the water rights. The owner has the rights to the first 2,000 gallons of water per 24-hour period from Slide Gulch Creek and then shares the balance of water per day with the neighboring property, Ralston White Retreat. The water is used exclusively for landscaping this magnificent property. There are multiple water storage tanks on the property which are at full capacity and offer peace of mind.
The estate has not been available since the early 1980’s. It is an enchanting setting with the potential to create an extraordinary compound or retreat. Please note that all interior photos have been virtually staged.