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80-85-95 Olema Bolinas Road

Bolinas, CA 94924


  • Single Family Residence
  • Sold
  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 5,695 SqFt
  • MLS# 21623451

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Star Route Bolinas  

Sited between the Bolinas Lagoon and the Point Reyes National Seashore, where the unspoiled beauty of nature abounds, this magnificent estate features three residences, an office, several greenhouse and other outbuildings that span over 56 acres across four parcels of varying terrain and differing microclimates. Savor the unparalleled views of surrounding vistas, the divine aroma of ancient seascapes and the bounty of thriving flora from this historic homestead.

Although atypical and somewhat unconventional, the historic residence at 85 Olema Bolinas Road, originally built as a Druid’s Hall in 1879 is nothing short of breathtaking. While the California gothic façade, complete with white picket fence, lends to the rural charm of the property, the incredibly high ceilings, windows, and doors that soar to cathedral heights, as well as the delicate wood ornamentation throughout the interior create a sophisticated and bright monumental space from which to appreciate the timeless beauty of life in Bolinas.

Characterized by 45 acres of fertile farmland, 95 Olema Bolinas Road also features a farm office, agriculture worker housing, various sheds and the Farm House, a warm and inviting home built around a retired caboose from the Western Pacific Railroad, which was brought to the property as the original residence of the current owner. Decades of visionary custodianship of the land and several water sources – pond, 2 wells, Pine Gulch Creek – have ensured the health and continued lifetime of the thriving interdependent ecosystems.

Be it the lagoon, marshland, farmland, creek-side underbrush, hillside or atop the mesa meadow above the fields of growing produce, every corner of this property breathes life and speaks of harmony with nature.



Special Features:

85 Olema Bolinas Road: APN#193-010-11

Property Highlights

  • Approximately 3,935 square foot home on 0.4132 Acre lot
  • Sited between the Bolinas Lagoon and Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Breathtaking views of the Bolinas Ridgeline, Bolinas Lagoon, marsh land and fertile organic farmland
  • Less than 1 mile to downtown Bolinas – shops, art galleries, museum, restaurants, community center, beach, and more
  • Less than 30 miles to San Francisco
  • Built as a Druid’s Hall in 1879
  • Bolinas Community Public Utility District (BCPUD) Water Meter
  • Security alarm

Interior Features

  • Original Vertical Grain Fir hardwood flooring throughout most of the home
  • Soaring ceilings and exceptionally tall doors
  • Towering original windows including Multi-Sash Single Hung, French Casement, Casement and Fixed styles
  • Elegant half-wall linear wood paneling and decorative moldings (crown, cove, batten, architrave, picture and chair railing moldings)
  • Several skylights, ample built-in open shelving and ceiling fans
  • Two massive Great Rooms, each with wood burning fireplace and functional kitchen
  • Variation of lighting and light fixtures blend seamlessly to provide desired illumination – chandeliers, recessed, wall-mounted and pendent
  • 3.5 bathrooms. Powder room on main level previously had a shower

Downstairs Great Room

  • 14 foot high ceilings and 8 foot high doors
  • White church pews line the Northern wall – remain from when the building served as a Christian Science Church
  • Massive fireplace faced with slate and concrete, accented with wood detailing and prominent mantel
  • Custom drapes
  • Double door front entrance
  • Sunken chef’s kitchen outfitted with top of the line stainless steel appliances

Chef’s Kitchen

  • Sub-Zero refrigerator and two refrigeration drawers
  • Miele dishwasher
  • WOLF four burner gas range with hood
  • WOLF built-in oven and separate microwave
  • Caesar Stone Counters, including Breakfast bar
  • Two sinks, each with disposer, one with a filtered water faucet
  • Light green accent wall
  • Exposed pillars frame the kitchen and support loft above

Loft above Kitchen

  • Continuation of exposed pillars
  • Walk-in closet and built-in storage provide ample storage space
  • Attached full bathroom with claw foot bathtub, stone countertop vanity and tile stall shower
  • Wool carpet and grass cloth wall siding convey a sense of natural elegance and sophistication

Upstairs Great Room

  • Ceilings soar over 15 feet high and entry door reaches a height of 9 feet 6 inches
  • Fireplace faced with marble and accented with wood detailing
  • Roman Shades made of Solumbra fabric, a light filtering, UV blocking, sun protection material
  • Petit viewing deck at the northeast corner provides an elevated outdoor space to appreciate the phenomenal views of the surrounding landscape – both water and land
  • Attached bedroom and full bathroom featuring a tiled shower and check patterned tile flooring
  • Secret kitchen with lofted bedroom and full bathroom above

Garden/Sun Room

  • Wet bar, refrigeration and custom built-in cabinetry
  • Stained Concrete flooring
  • Floor to ceiling windows and skylights provide ample light
  • Two sets of glass French Doors and one glass sliding door allows for seamless indoor-outdoor living
  • Opens to the back yard and an attached deck with translucent paneled wind barrier
  • Architect of garden room: Gary Millar


  • Perimeter lined with white picket fence, differing trees and hedges
  • Front lawn and porch completely shielded from Olema Bolinas Road
  • Attached deck with paneled wind barrier
  • Rear lawn opens to a hedge garden boasting tall archways with hidden rose and herb beds
  • Landscaping designed by environmental artist Topher Delaney


95 Olema Bolinas Road: APN#193-010-19

Property Highlights

  • 45 Acres of primarily level, sun drenched land
  • Irrigation pond(32 acre feet), two wells and riparian rights to Pine Gulch Creek
  • Bolinas Community Public Utility District (BCPUD) Water Meter

Bunk House

  • Farm Worker Housing – sleeps 12 people
  • One of the oldest buildings in the town of Bolinas, built in 1864

Farm House

Interior Features

  • 3 Bedrooms / 1.25 Bathrooms - Approximately 1,760 square foot home built as an extension to a converted caboose
  • Brick pathway leads from the driveway through a small orchard of apple, pear, walnut and lemon trees to the covered porch with bench
  • Peaked wooden ceilings with exposed beams and beautiful wood siding throughout
  • Intermittent skylights and walls of multi sash windows
  • Awe-inspiring circular Great Room with gas stove
  • Variance of lighting – sconce, hanging, track and recessed
  • Bathroom complete with claw foot bathtub, blue and white checker counter, vanity and shower floor, blue tile accented shower walls
  • Raised bedroom with private deck and lofted space above the walk-in closet
  • Art studio in the rear of the home mirrors the circular Great Room and features a wood burning stove, prodigious window seating, French doors leading outside, ample storage and a sink
  • Architect: Steve Matson

Open Kitchen

  • Stone counter tops and breakfast bar
  • Two deep sinks, one with filtered water faucet
  • KitchenAid gas oven and five burner stovetop with hood
  • Kenmore dishwasher and side-by-side refrigerator


  • Three single beds, two with a fold down berths above – could total five single beds
  • Window seat
  • Built-in desk and shelving as well as separate closet area
  • Private entrance and exit with plethora of windows


80 Olema Bolinas Road: APN# 195-290-13

  • 8.99 Acres
  • Fertile Organic farmland


Contiguous Parcel APN 195-290-24

  • 2.36 Acres
  • Lush marshland habitat

Contiguous property available: Combine with 43.23 acres of 850 Lauff Ranch Road for a total of 100 acres for $10.3M. See www.HorseshoeHillBolinas.com


Cross Street:

Mesa Road





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About Bolinas

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Bolinas is a town famous for tearing down road signs, road signs that point to Bolinas that is. Located thirty miles north of San Francisco and ten miles west of San Rafael, Bolinas is a notoriously reclusive beach town traditionally populated with artists, eccentrics, writers, hippies and surfers—more recently Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and movie people.  The exit to the town is an unmarked road off of Highway One (the sign is regularly stolen by residents who would rather not encourage visitors).  Bolinas Lagoon and Stinson Beach are on the east, Bolinas Bay to the south and Olema Valley, Tomales Bay and Point Reyes are just to the north.

The town of Bolinas and Stinson Beach were once part of a huge ranch—a Mexican Land grant that was called Rancho de Baulines (Ranch of the Whales). The town is unincorporated, but receives government services from Marin County. There is, however, a Bolinas Public Utilities District and a Bolinas Fire District to provide local services.

The vibe in Bolinas is decidedly low key, funky and Bohemian. You might think hippy when you first drive into town, but once you really start to look around, you may think again.  Although the services are purposefully scarce, there are a few places that accommodate visitors and townsfolk alike; Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel is a hub, with live music and a thriving bar scene. There is also the Coast Café, the Blue Heron Inn, the Bolinas Bay Bakery and the tiny Bolinas Museum. Despite its limited commercial district, the town attracts a surprising number of famous people looking to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and stay out of the public eye. Town residents include; Frances MacDormand (actress), Joel Coen (director, Coen Brother’s), Alice Waters (chef), Stephen Ratcliffe (poet, playwright), Grace Slick (singer- Jefferson Airplane), Anne Lamott (author), Susie Tompkins Buell (Esprit founder), Magda Cragg (a sculptress and Mother of Huey Lewis), and the list of high profile neighbors goes on and on.  When you consider that there are less than 2,500 residents, your chance of running into a celebrity at the General Store (which also serves as the Post Office, Library and Fire Department) is pretty good.

Why are so many well known people hiding out in Bolinas?  The town is undeniably charming—this is not your typical California beach town. Bolinas has a personality all its own and magnificent natural surroundings; Alamere Falls are nearby, as is Agate Beach, Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore and Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

If you’re in the market for a Bolinas home, or a vacation getaway, your options will be limited- but interesting to be sure! The town has many different types of properties. From tiny turn of the century cottages with country gardens to uber-modern glass view homes, to quaint farms to gated family compounds.

Bolinas is a very special town, off the beaten track but well worth at least a visit. That is, if you can find it!

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