Designer home graces ritzy Ross

Ross, a little Marin County town that features a number of pricey properties, has a new designer home on the market, reports Sotheby’s International Realty agent Jessica Wynne.

The house was designed in 1997 by San Francisco architect Jim Jennings, who’s also known for his work on the Barclay Simpson Studio, the California College of Arts and Crafts, the Oliver Residence in San Francisco and the Visiting Artists House in Geyserville. Jennings has been in business since 1975 and begins his design with careful consideration of the building site, according to his Web site, www.jimjenningsarchitecture.com.

“He’s … very well known for his architecture,” Wynne said.

The contemporary style is unusual for Ross, she added, with its art-gallery-like high ceilings and ambiance. It also has art-friendly, elaborate lighting and a dehumidification/heat recapturing system. The owner owns a lot of art, Wynne said.

The owner of the property commissioned it as his California residence after relocating from the East Coast, Wynne said. Deciding to follow Eastern design standards, the house is built to withstand much stronger weather than is usual in California’s balmy Bay Area region.

The house has an indoor pool and views of Mount Tamalpais, Ross Valley, Mount Diablo and the San Francisco skyline. Its master suite has a walk-in closet, a Jacuzzi tub, a fireplace and an attached office with a dishwasher, sink and refrigerator. Near the indoor pool, a media/family room has an entertainment area and a wet bar.

Ross, 12 miles north of San Francisco, has fewer than 3,000 people, according to year 2000 U.S. Census data. The median household income in 1999 was more than $102,000, and three-quarters of the population has a bachelor’s degree. Fewer than 200 individuals live below the poverty level.

Where: Ross

Asking price: $6.8 million · Property tax: $88,400*

What: 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 6,600-plus square feet

Amenities: Views, high ceilings, glass walls, wood-burning fireplace, Vola kitchen fixtures, granite-top kitchen island, attached deck, radiant heat in master suite, Jacuzzi tub.

Agent: Jessica Wynne, Sotheby’s International Realty, (415) 296-2223

*Estimate based on 1.3% of asking price.

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