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Joseph Eichler In Belvedere Is Pretty Much Everybody’s Midcentury Dream Home

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There aren't enough superlatives to describe this standout house in Marin County

Photo courtesy of Pacific Union / Christie’s Int’l Real Estate

Though distinct, Eichlers do come in many varieties. From this group of row houses in Visitacion Valley to these gorgeously updated San Rafael homes, the famed developer’s touch can be found almost anywhere in the Bay Area. Including, blessedly, ultra-tony Belvedere.

This five-bedroom, three-bath Joseph Eichler, resting on the edge of the island, comes in at 3,290 square feet. Forty-Two Lagoon Road also features a pool and spa, as well as the entire Belvedere Lagoon at your back door.

Photo courtesy of Pacific Union / Christie’s Int’l Real Estate

A custom one-off Eichler, built on spec in 1964, both the interior and exterior were refinished and renovated in 2013; however, it still possess many of the developer’s touches—exposed beams and plank ceiling, floor to ceiling glass windows. (Alas, his signature interior courtyard element is missing here, but the lagoon outside more than makes up for it.)

"Word has it that Pierre Salinger was engaged to buy it, but was then tapped by [President John F. Kennedy] to be his press secretary, and didn't buy it," realtor Scott Woods tells Curbed SF.

He adds, "My client invested about $300,000 recently in renovating the house—refinishing interiors and new electrical/plumbing/roof/glass and sliding doors/boat dock."

All it needs now is some new floor tile (in the 1970s, the owner replaced the hardwood with tile that’s well beyond retirement age) and a touch up in the bathroom.

Of course, bragging right to arguably one of the nicest Eichlers in town will cost you. Asking is $4,295,000.

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