Belvedere Mansion Demolished for View
333 Belvedere Avenue, Belvedere, California, United States, 94920
Described as an ‘Elegant San Francisco Bay View Home’, this charming residence was the original Blanding Estate Carriage House, built in 1909-10. It was transformed into one of Belvedere’s most prominent view-oriented homes with nearly 8,400 square feet. The previous owners first listed the home in 2009 for $12.9 million before reducing it to $7.5 million in 2011. The property was pulled from the market and ended up in foreclosure.
Neighbouring residents Clark and Sharon Winslow, who live in a $19 million, 11,220 square foot home with a 60-foot pool, saw the opportunity of a lifetime when 333 Belvedere Avenue was set to go to auction. The couple purchased the 6 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home for $4.2 million, with the intention of tearing it down as it blocked a portion of their view.
SFGateBlog notes that, “Though the house was built around 1910 and was thought to be one of the original homes on Belvedere Island, it was not deemed to have retained enough of its original integrity to be eligible for registration on the California Register of Historic Resources. Belvedere planning commission gave the green light and the demo has been cheered on by surrounding neighbours.”
Real Estate Agent Olivia Hsu Decker, who lives in the area told the Marin Independent Journal that, “The house was pretty beat up anyway, the people hadn’t lived there in the last two years.” Browsing through the attached photos we’re a little unclear what her definition of ‘beat up’ is. The couple are planning to turn the razed property into an open grassy space.