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Joseph Esherick-designed home in Stinson Beach is for sale!

I love good architecture, of a variety of styles. Perhaps it is natural for me to feel that way, since I also love science, art, and good engineering.

The San Francisco architect, Joseph Esherick (1914-1998) designed the 2-bedroom, 3-bath, 2,976-square-foot seaside residence at 268 Seadrift Road (Google Map) in Stinson Beach, which is now on sale for $6.895 million. John and Elinor McGuire, who are the founders of McGuire Furniture, have listed the property with agent Katie Beacock, owner of Seadrift Realty.

“It has been wonderfully maintained with the unique elements including the entry ‘oculus,’ beautiful pecan floors and hemlock walls,” she said. “Soaring ceilings and doors frame the expansive views of the ocean.”

Indeed, the five photographs that accompany the article serve as only a teaser. According to

“The ideal kind of building is one you don’t see,” Esherick liked to say, as quoted by the New York Times. “Accordingly, his buildings were designed to blend into their surroundings and serve their occupants, not shout his name.” describes the property this way:

Indeed, the beachfront property in a gated community optimizes its salty setting with a sheltered courtyard open to the sky serving as a lovely place for parties or reflection. A porch with glass walls and brick floors faces the Pacific Ocean, with sea grasses reaching for the simple exterior design of vertical cedar put in place by the late Esherick 25 years ago.

Inside, honed granite edging glows in the afternoon sun pouring through 12-foot doors matched with massive shutters that slide out of sight into pockets along the frames. Soaring ceilings offer even more space in this residence, which provides views of San Francisco to the south.

A grand gallery centers the house while to the left, the living room and patio face the sea. To the right is the master bedroom with fireplace, dressing room and full bath. French doors open to a secluded deck with a hot tub overlooking Mount Tamalpais.

The garden terrace with roses provides access to a guest suite and private bath. A Murphy bed, hidden in custom cabinets, frees up the floor for meditating or yoga.

Esherick won the gold medal of the American Institute of Architects in 1989, which was two years after the residence on Seadrift Road was constructed. His obituary in the New York Times noted that Esherick was known for his “people-friendly” designs. In Esherick’s obituary, the San Francisco Examiner called him the “dean of Bay Area architects whose most influential projects include the Cannery near Fisherman’s Wharf and Sea Ranch on Sonoma Coast.” Seadrift, where Esherick once worked, is at the tip of Stinson Beach and is surrounded by seawater and thousands of acres of national parkland.

-Bill at

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