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Location: Marin County, Calif.
The Skinny: This impressive Marin County home, which dates back to 1896, boasts a pretty fine Bay Area architectural pedigree, having been designed by M.H. White of the storied architectural firm of Bernard Maybeck. White, whose other notable work includes his contributions to Maybeck's rejected master plan for Australia's capital city Canberra, created in Ross Estate a pleasing, proportional design, which was extensively remodeled in 2012. The interiors were overseen by San Francisco designer Paul Weisman, and while the public spaces are generally successful, the bedrooms are somewhat less than charming. The aptly named outbuildings include a "Play House" with billiard room and play areas, a "Gym House" with yoga studio, and a "Spa House", which comes with a swim-in-place pool that the listing notes "is ideal for triathlon training on rainy days". Because triathletes melt in the rain? Or something? Anyway, there's also a full-sized pool on the grounds—this one designed by Thomas Church—that comes with a pool house complete with a built-in barbeque, kitchen with Jerusalem limestone slab counters, and en suite bathroom. Rounding out the three-acre grounds are a redwood grove with firepit and a pond with two waterfalls, for all of which the listing is asking $19.995M.
· 1 Upper Road, Ross, Calif.. [Marin Fine Homes]