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Location: Belvedere Tiburon, California
At the end of a cobbled driveway in the Bay Area peninsula town of Belvedere Tiburon sits a private compound that will instantly transport you to Japan with its astonishing attention to detail. The first taste is the the traditional Japanese entrance gate, followed by gorgeous gardens and then the stunning vaulted living and dining area with fir and curved cedar logs overhead and black ash floors. In fact, according to the listing, the 5,285-square-foot home features 20 different kinds of wood across its ceilings, floors, walls, and cabinetry, held together by authentic Japanese-style mortise, tenon, and dove tail joinery.
The engawas (window seats) in the home are particularly enticing, offering either tranquil "inland" views of trees and gardens or spectacular bay views. Indeed, the vistas are simply winning in this five-bedroom house, which has a multi-level deck facing the water, as well as sliding glass doors and huge windows in the bedroom suites.
While the Japanese influences here are clear and impressive—watch for the tatami room and Japanese soaking tub—modern touches like marble counters and glass showers have been infused in the kitchen and bathrooms for luxe modern living. Take a closer look.
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