23 Sulgrave Lane is at the eastern end of San Rafael, on a small peninsula extending into the wide San Pablo Bay. Sparking light off the water enhances this Mediterranean setting. Just 5 miles and a 12-minute drive from Highway 101 and the SMART Train station, takes you to a peaceful, relaxing place where the hills meet the water.
This home is part of a small complex of 30 well-maintained condominiums, The Knoll Recreational Association, set in lush lawns and gardens. It is a oasis reminding us of a fine vacation hotel. The main level, comprised of a large living-dining room, kitchen, bedroom and full bath, open to a private patio and acres of green space and one of the best (and well heated) community pools in Marin. The pool, saunas, and elegant Buckeye Club are the exclusive use of the homes at this complex. Just out the front door are trails to China Camp State Park. Also, the Peacock Golf Club, clubhouse, and cafe are just a five-minute walk.
The living level has beautiful and unusual solid bamboo flooring and a dramatic 2 story living room with a wood burning fireplace and custom tile surround. The bedroom on this level has built-in custom maple office furniture, easily converted back to a bedroom. This bedroom enjoys views of the hills to the east. The kitchen provides stainless steel appliances and plenty of storage.
The upper level has two large bedrooms with full baths, views of the hills, and balconies. The entry level has a large one car garage with two storage areas and a laundry room that can also accommodate an office, exercise room, or additional storage.
The HOA fees of $585 per month include insurance, exterior maintenance, the pool and facilities, and management.
Close-By Parks and Recreation
23 Sulgrave Lane has its own resort-like recreation center and is surrounded by parks and a public golf course.
China Camp State Park
Just a few yards out the front door of 23 Sulgrave Lane and across Biscayne Drive is a trail that takes you into China Camp State Park. The 75-acre park, stretching along the bay, provides hiking, biking, camping, and picnicking among the oak woodlands, grassy hills, and marshlands. Click for a map of the park.
Here are videos showing two aspects of the park:
McNears Beach is a 55-acre Marin County park on the bay. It provides group picnic areas, expansive turf, sand volleyball courts, renovated tennis courts, and a popular fishing pier for sturgeon, striped bass, shark, perch, halibut, and crab. There is also a designated trail head on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail and easy access for kayaks and canoes.
Peacock Gap Golf Club
The 18-hole Peacock Gap Golf Club is a few minutes’ walk fro 23 Sulgrave Lane. The course is open to members and the public. The Range Cafe serves lunch and dinner every day, plus happy hour. It also hosts special events and parties.
Learn More About San Rafael
For more information about this diverse and interesting town, see the San Rafael page at Livinginmarin.com.