1940s Shingle-Style Estate Surrounded by California’s Redwoods to List for $8 Million

A California home surrounded by redwood trees is set to hit the market this week for $8 million, Mansion Global has learned.
The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom shingle-style residence is in Ross, California, which is just north of San Francisco in Marin County. It sits on nearly an acre and features vaulted, beamed ceilings and walls of windows ”to bring the outdoors inside,” according to listing agent Stephanie Lamarre of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty.
“The property is such a peaceful retreat and is perfect for those looking to escape urban life,” she said. “It was a labor of love for the owner, and it’s extremely rare to have a property of this size in the heart of desirable Ross.”
The 1940 house underwent an extensive makeover, which was spearheaded by Michael Wood, the founder of educational software and tablet company LeapFrog. He purchased the property in 2006 for $3.8 million, according to records on PropertyShark. In 2012, he transferred it to his son, Mat Wood.
“Our family grew up spending summers at a family ranch in Humboldt County, on the Avenue of the Giants, amidst old growth redwood trees. [We were] overjoyed to find a similar setting in Ross, [and] my dad embarked on a major renovation reflecting modernized elements of ‘lodge style’ and highlighting the redwoods,” said the younger Wood, the founder of Viridian Experience, a luxury vacation property company, in an email.

Hart Howerton Architects and Craig Roberts were in charge of the renovation, which included adding Douglas Fir paneling and cabinetry, custom iron windows imported from England, two gas fireplace and hardwood flooring throughout, according to the agent.

There’s also a wine cellar, an electric car charger, and a recreation and music room, plus a free-standing studio that could be used for yoga or office space, according to the listing agent. The primary bedroom suite features an indoor-outdoor shower with access to a hot tub.
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