11561 State Route 1
Iconic Pt. Reyes Schoolhouse Family Compound and Sanctuary Gardens
Perched atop a knoll on the outskirts of the quaint town of Pt. Reyes Station sits the idyllic Schoolhouse Compound, a family homestead on ¼ acre of gorgeous level land, featuring breathtaking vistas, lush and secluded gardens surrounding three separate structures, including the original Pt. Reyes Schoolhouse built in 1879, and remodeled as a distinctive 4-bedroom, 3-bath family home.
Enter the property through high-wooden fencing and a thicket of hedges to be transported to a place of sheltered tranquility and authentic Pt. Reyes living. Here an ample flagstone patio, level lawn, frog pond and mature fruit trees serve as a common gathering place and central courtyard for three independent, but complimentary residences, which surround the inner “outdoor” sanctuary.
Step through a portico-covered front porch to enter the “schoolhouse” and main residence, where 10-foot-high open-beam ceilings, and wood-fired Mexican paver-tiles flank an open-living space – including living-room with wood-burning fireplace, dining room with adjacent atrium-sunroom, and open chef’s kitchen offering Viking range with hand-made copper-hood, custom Koi wood cabinetry and Heath-tile countertops.
Beyond the kitchen is a well-appointed family-room (dubbed “the garden room”), offering a wall of gorgeous custom-designed built-ins, and serene vistas of the garden through windows salvaged from the original Belvedere School, as well as seamless access to outdoor-living through a French door.
The main-floor is complete with a bedroom/office suite enclosed with sliding pocket doors, and featuring hand-crafted built-ins, a stained-glass window, and full bath with brilliant Heath-tile and locally-made vintage Great Blue Heron mirror.
A skylight-covered stairway leads to the upper floor, where four sets of locally-crafted dormer windows frame three separate retreats with pristine Pt. Reyes’ views. A refined master suite includes a hand-painted tile-surround fireplace, skylight and spacious “moon-viewing” deck offering heavenly views of the Pt. Reyes Peninsula and Elephant Mountain. An artisan-made master bathroom here includes a wall of windows, Heath tile shower, and bead board wainscoting. Two additional bedrooms with spectacular views and peaked ceilings share an ensuite Jack and Jill bathroom.
Meander on a stone footpath across the cloistered garden to access the cedar-shingle-covered Artist Studio – a spacious open-floorplan guest house featuring a gas fireplace surrounded by cherry-wood cabinets housing drop-down desks, with peaked ceilings, reclaimed vintage windows from the Belvedere School and stained cement floors offering radiant heat. With a separate full kitchen, and bathroom, the studio also includes a private, enclosed south-western facing patio featuring gorgeous flowering plants, and separate street side entrance with designated parking.
At the rear of the property is Jasmine Cottage, the former carriage-house, and second-guest retreat, which includes a secluded garden shaded under a Washington Hawthorne tree with ample space for private outdoor living. The cottage interior offers a sitting room with two built-in twin daybeds framed by a gorgeous wall of French windows, a sunny kitchen-living room with Mexican chimenea fireplace, and private queen-bed sleeping alcove and bath. The cottage is equipped with designated off-street parking and outdoor fireplace.
With a wealth of both intimate and communal spaces to entertain, and the town of Pt. Reyes Station just a five-minute stroll down the hill, the Schoolhouse Compound is the ultimate basecamp, offering a rarified combination of bounties: the space to live in sheltered seclusion and beauty with family and friends, yet within a few blocks of some of the finest local food, restaurants, bookstores and boutique shopping available. Hop on a bike and you’re at the beach or trailhead in minutes, or just an hour’s drive to San Francisco. At Schoolhouse the choice is yours.
P R O P E R T Y F E A T U R E S
- One quarter acre of level land
- Property adjacent open space leach field with land rights guaranteeing the preservation of property’s viewshed
- 3,740 feet of indoor living space
- Mindfully landscaped to allow mature trees, coast live oak, plantings and outbuildings to provide shelter from elements, while garden and patios offer coastal sunshine for outdoor living
- Large level entertaining Flagstone patio wraps around two sides of main residence and includes wine barrel hot-tub and red brick pizza oven–designed and built by master baker/oven-maker Allan Scott, with Paul Bertoli of Olivetto’s restaurant.
- Trees include: Bartlet Pear, Satsuma Plum, Sabra Plum, and Washington Hawthorne
- Bonus storage room accessed through garden
- Separate private parking for each structure
- Cabinets, windows, doors constructed by Bolinas Craftman’s Guild, founded by master Arthur Espenet Carpenter, including Michael Bock, Al Garvey, and Harry Bidgood including custom designed “nautical pulls” in kitchen and master bath cabinetry
- Rare Koi wood from South America in cabinets throughout
- Architectural footprint of “original schoolhouse” retained by size and placement of windows on lower floor
- First floor contains portion of original Schoolhouse hardwood floors
- Hand rolled copper hood over range by Steve Potts
- All kitchen and bathroom tiles by Heath tile in Sausalito
- Two stained glass windows created by former Inverness fire chief, Michael Mezzaros.
- Two skylights on second floor
- Hardwood floors on second floor
- Laundry closet in 1st floor bathroom
- Exterior covered with redwood shiplap siding
- Schoolhouse has separate driveway and ample room to park five cars.
- High-tech wiring installed for surround sound
- Cherry wood cabinets designed by local craftsman Steven Marshall
- Two sky lights
- Distressed concrete floors with radiant heat
- Large storage pantry/closet with built-in shelving
- Private and separate fenced yard
- Wood-burning stove and separate outdoor fireplace
- Tiled floor throughout
- Mexican chimenea fireplace