Sunday, October 2, 2011

Eric Miller and his wife, Georgetta Beck Corte Madera Spanish Colonial

Price: $3,800,000 Location: Corte Madera, CA Type of Home: Detached Home

The owners tore down their former home in California’s Marin County and built this Spanish-Colonial-style home in its place. –Sushil Cheema

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Eric Miller and his wife, Georgetta Beck, lived in a small house on this lot in Corte Madera, Calif., for about 15 years before replacing it with the Spanish Mediterranean design shown here. The original home, Mr. Miller says, was ‘a little strange,’ and he and his wife wanted to remodel it from the start. The plan was to put an addition on to the original space, but once the addition was built, they decided it was better to tear the older home down and rebuild that section, too.

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Mr. Miller and his wife, both trial lawyers, built the main part of the house in 2001 and the second wing about five years later. The family room, pictured here, includes a ceiling with geometric designs and leads to a courtyard garden and a private patio with a hot tub, according to the listing.

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A sprial staircase, designed by architect David Weingarten of Ace Architects, leads to the master bedroom suite, which overlooks the family room.

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The master bedroom, shown here, includes a fireplace, built-in cabinetry, a sitting area and a walk-in closet.

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The roughly 5,000-square-foot home has a total of four bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms. A guest bedroom is shown here.

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The home features vaulted ceilings, terra cotta-stained concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. The living room ceilings are made of Douglas fir beams and plywood panels.

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The kitchen has two sinks, birch-plywood cabinets and ceramic-tile countertops.

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A detached studio serves as an office.

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The property includes a flagstone courtyard, a koi pond, vegetable gardens and a lemon tree orchard.

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Mr. Miller and Ms. Beck’s daughters, both in their 20s, have left home, and the couple have now decided to downsize.

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‘We would like to get a little more pedestrian and have something a lot smaller and travel more,’ Mr. Miller says. He and his wife plan to stay in the home until it sells but are ‘always looking’ for a new place, Mr. Miller says. The ‘eclectic’ furnishings are negotiable, he notes.

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The property was first listed at the end of May with an asking price of $4.2 million. The price was cut to $3.8 million earlier this month. Jimmy Wanninger of Pacific Union International Real Estate, an affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates, has the listing.

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