1865 Mar West Street, Belvedere, CA 94920
The forgotten past has come alive in the offering of one of Tiburon's most historic homes, the iconic Northern Pacific Railroad's 'Red Barn'.
This unique residence has been thoughtfully redesigned by local architect Michael Heckmann with construction renovation plans are fully approved by the Town of Tiburon.
The new design will feature a spacious one-bedroom primary suite with dramatic high ceilings, a kitchen, and a private entrance that connects to the loft office and living spaces including a guest suite, main kitchen, and living area overlooking the expansive, lower level gallery. New floorplan available here.
The barn has been enlarged to encompass the current storage space and offers many options for this one-of-a-kind property. The new enlarged windows will capture the views and bring the outdoors in.
Use your imagination to create a dream project for your personal lifestyle. There is nothing else like this property located in the quaint town of Tiburon by the Bay, minutes to town, shopping, and conveniences. Enjoy the ferry service to San Francisco and Angel Island. The San Francisco and Corinthian Yacht Clubs are nearby for the boating enthusiasts.
The Barn, currently, in mostly its original state offering approximately 2735 sqft of living space, comprised of an oversized barn style great room/ gallery. The main level of the barn features two office areas with new sliding glass doors, a wet bar, and a 1/2 bathroom. A spiral staircase leads to the upstairs den, two bedrooms, a full bathroom with a tub/shower combination, a kitchen with an eating area- new cabinets and countertop, and a laundry room. The flooring consists of concrete, original fir , and parquet. The redwood interior paneling, common to the railroad buildings constructed at the turn of the century, is identical to that of the Tiburon 'Depot' and historic 'Old St.Hillary's.
There are two entertainment decks on each side of the barn, overlooking the bay and Belvedere Island.
Two car parking.
The 'Barn' was the old records office for the railroad, built-in 1908. Years later the 'Barn' became the office of renowned architect Charles Warren Callister. In 1964, Callister designed the attached 2nd unit, approximately 965 sqft, with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. This dramatic design features volume ceilings, interesting wood and window detail, and picturesque views of the bay and Belvedere Island. (Callister died in 2008 at the age of 91).
The Tiburon Railroad history........
In 1775 Spanish explorers named the area Punta de Tiburon ( Point Tiburon) . 100 years later, due to the proximity to San Francisco, Point Tiburon became a major railroad and ferry terminal, maintenance yard, and industrial town. In 1884, Peter Donahue, an Irish immigrant, and industrial tycoon completed the extension of the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad to Tiburon with a ferry fleet to provide faster service for freight and passengers between the city and Northern California. The railroad line ran from Eureka to Tiburon and Sausalito.
23 years later the Donahue lines merged with competitors to become the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, a subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The last train left Point Tiburon on September 25, 1967. When the train stopped running Southern Pacific deeded its shoreline property and the 'Depot Building' to the Town of Tiburon for open space and a museum, as a condition of redevelopment. The Landmark Society takes care of the Tiburon Railroad and Ferry Museum, which is located on the waterfront at 1920 Paradise Drive.
The railroad line was responsible for the birth of Tiburon. Prior to the railroad, Tiburon was pretty much dairy lands, cod fishing off Belvedere, and Oyster Works ( now the famous Blackies Pasture ).
Alcatraz Island opened in 1934 as a federal penitentiary where they say the first bunch of criminals came by train through Tiburon noting 'a trainload of bad guys from the midwest, handcuffed to the seats of the train.