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565 Oak Ave
San Anselmo, CA


Rustic Contemporary Sun Valley Custom Estate 

Sited on a spectacular ~2.34 acre parcel, this gated, private knoll–top rustic estate has been beautifully designed and appointed to perfection. The retreat style property is the ideal setting to escape, rejuvenate and restore ones’ connection with nature. The expansive grounds are adjacent to some of the most wonderful hiking trails and vistas in Marin. Tastefully chic and luxurious, the residence boasts unparalleled scale, light and clean lined finishes throughout. The main level offers soaring cathedral like ceilings with seamless indoor outdoor connection. The open floor plan concept is anchored by the custom designed Chef’s kitchen featuring an oversized island, bar seating for 5, high-end appliances, and a breakfast area with sweeping views.


The open-concept residence offers 4,735 sq. ft. of living space, 5 bedrooms + an office, 4.5 bathrooms and 5 stone fireplaces. The main level boasts the stunning common living spaces, French doors that open to the fabulous deck overlooking the pool, gracious knoll and stellar views. The architecturally dramatic living room features a gorgeous wood burning fireplace with custom Bang and Olufsen surround sound and French doors that lead out to the private deck. 

The elegant spa like master suite features a wood burning fireplace, a lovely sitting area, french doors onto the deck and a stunning luxurious bathroom with expansive views from the soaking tub. Upstairs features 4 bedrooms, two of which offer ensuite bathrooms and two additional bedrooms with a jack and jill bathroom.


The grounds evoke the feeling of an Aman resort with a stunning deck, pool and spa on a knoll-top setting with sweeping views of the SF Bay and Beyond. This resort like estate with panoramic views is sited on one of the most special parcels in all of Marin County. The Seminary location is ideal with easy access to town and great schools yet private if you’d like to enjoy the views, natural beauty, quiet and solitude. Peaceful, private and serene, 565 Oak is truly one of the most beautiful homes and settings in the Bay Area, this residence evokes the best of what Marin has to offer! 


  • Year Built: 2000
  • Floor size: 4,735 Sq Ft
  • Lot: 2.34 acres
  • Parking: Attached Garage, 747 Sq Ft Garage
  • Tesla Solar Panels: Mobile app controlled and monitored (showing accumulation of power generated in real time), and hidden from view while inside or outside the home. Previous electricity bills (prior to the panels) were anywhere between $300-$500/month. Owners are paying $0 for electricity.
  • Tesla Power Walls: Three power walls enabling the house to live “off the grid”. Should there be a power outage, the power walls will automatically switch on and start powering the home. The power walls store 40.5 kilowatt hours of usable electricity if fully charged (they’re all three fully charged). On average, the house uses about .75 kilowatt hours, and with the power walls could run for 40+ hours with no sunlight. When the sun comes out, it starts repowering the walls.
  • Racchio Irrigation Controller: Mobile app controlled, with an ability to shift all irrigation settings from your mobile device. This was especially handy while traveling. The Racchio system will provide irrigation metrics dependent on weather conditions as they occur, and can shift pre-set settings to ensure you’re using your water most efficiently. The system is currently controlling six zones on the property, with the potential for two additional zones to be added, if needed.
  • New AC, Furnace, ducting and Heat Pump: Installed in September of this year, the new AC, furnace and heat pump are zoned for the house. There are four zones for the house (two upstairs and 2 downstairs). Mobile app controlled.
  • Dual Water Systems: City water in addition to well water offers several options for a new buyer. The current owners use City water inside the home, and well water for all irrigation. This is a significant cost savings! This is customizable, and can easily be changed by turning an outside valve. The owners have installed a new water pump. The water pump fills the well and storage tank (6,000 gallons when full), and continues to pull additional water as needed. Should the new buyer be interested in using strictly well water, the owners have installed a chlorine drip system to ensure that all water entering the home is clean and safe to drink.
  • Automated Pool Cover: Installed in September of this year, the new pool cover is on electric tracks and not only is the safest option for a pool cover, but also keeps the pool cleaner and reduces evaporation (saving you water!)
  • Exterior Lighting: Down lights mounted along the stone driveway, pillar lights along the stone pathway to the pool, down lights mounted along the pool fence, up lights in featured trees and areas of interest. All can be controlled based on time and/or sunrise/sunset.
  • Plants/Trees of Interest: Sequoias, Chinese Pistache, Bloodgood Maples, Madrones, in addition to flowering ground covers along the slope (Cotoneaster, Escallonia, Phormium, Fern, Wheeler Mock Orange, Roses, etc.)


About the Agent

James Nead

License #: 01986771

James Nead

James Nead epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work, and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. James grew up in Sonoma and Marin County and began his passion for real estate at the age of twelve, when he found his parents home in Sonoma. At a young age, James would explore the city’s residential landscape and pursue his passions for architecture and design. His experiences contributed to his rich understanding of the real estate market today.

He grew up immersed in the culture of the Wine Country and can easily tell you the best wineries around the county and how to find those hidden gems. Upon graduating from university, James immediately stepped into the world of real estate. James craves organization and planning and has gained much knowledge in developing strategies to solve problems. James is an enthusiastic member of the community and enjoys tennis, hiking with his spirited rescue dog and showing clients the best that Marin County has to offer.

It is this energetic, passionate disposition in James’ personal life that translates so well into his professional life; for he can draw upon an eclectic pool of experience and knowledge to serve his clients well in the marketplace.

Jeff Sterley

License #: 00494655

Jeff Sterley

Jeff Sterley brings 30 plus years of Marin County Real Estate experience to successfully assisting buyers and sellers. Jeff’s client-oriented, ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ knowledgeable style has led the way for hundreds of buyers and sellers to achieve their goals.  Jeff feels the keys are:

1) Dealing with each client as if they’re the only client

2) Staying on top of not only the technical and legal knowledge required, but the market knowledge of knowing the inventory and values

3) His proven NO STONE UNTURNED systems:

If you’re looking to buy – Jeff applies not only effective traditional methods, but also the latest technology. As a seller, Jeff will create a dynamic campaign that leaves NO STONE UNTURNED to target the broadest buying audience. And if you are a buyer Jeff knows where the real gems properties are in Marin County.



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