Case Study House 26

San Rafael, California
An Architectural Legacy From One Of America’s Mid-Century Pioneers

Architect Beverley Thorne's masterfully crafted home represents the golden age of mid-century architecture in California. 

One of only a handful of the groundbreaking Case Study houses built between 1944 - 1967, this holiday home in Marin is one of those strikingly preserved gems whose visionary design remains relevant and modern over a half century later.

Built in 1962, the home’s distinctive lines, structural details and finishes have been sensitively restored, allowing the original beauty of the residence to be preserved.

Thorne famously enjoyed the challenge of designing homes for hillsides and working with steel, creating large expanses of space and a bold cantilevered structure. The simple shoebox design of the home features eight identical bays with a dramatic roof line that follows the slope of the site. The social spaces are accentuated by a double height ceilings and glass allowing for the ultimate indoor/outdoor living experience and panoramic views.

Smartly curated design touches include a striking selection of vintage modern furnishings and art that perfectly complement the expressive architecture in a flawless homage to a bygone era.  

Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals

One of over one hundred homes built by Case Study architect Beverley Thorne, this holiday home in Marin is located in the hills of San Rafael with sweeping views of the  mountains. A rare gem, the house is in dynamic balance with the hilltop location, and is a beautifully preserved example of his visionary style. 

Constructed of steel, glass, concrete and wood, the design is a masterful example of  architectural simplicity, and an illustration of Thorne's preference for industrial and prefabricated materials. Straightforward and minimal with spare clean lines, the walls of glass completely immerse you into the land but with a sense of intimacy.

The central living area is a bright and expansive space that communicates with the rest of the house seamlessly and is anchored by a stacked brick fireplace and divider wall. The kitchen has been updated into a gleaming modern space for foodies with the separate indoor dining area and smaller outdoor dining area through the glass doors. There are three double bedrooms that sleep up to six guests.

A polished selection of furnishings and finishes along with treasures from the owners personal collection decorate without detracting.

The outdoor habitat and gardens were designed by landscape designer Garrett Eckbo to complement the house, with lounge areas for dining and enjoying the beautiful California scenery.

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA'S RICHES

The oldest city in Marin County, San Rafael is a lively and culturally diverse town with a vibrant arts and culinary scene. Bordering the San Pablo Bay and China Camp state parklands, the city abuts areas of great natural beauty and picturesque California coastline. 

Part of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Stinson Beach, and the over one thousand acres of protected wetlands and estuaries in the Bolinas Lagoon are home to migratory shorebirds, harbor seals, and other wildlife. Just north of San Francisco, you can visit the city or stay in the Marin region for great shops, markets, and restaurants in the quaint towns of Mill Valley, Point Reyes, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Tomales, and Inverness.

The area around Point Reyes is also a foodie mecca with many homegrown organic products and a seasonal farmer's markets on Saturday mornings as well as summer events.

There are literally hundreds of trails in West Marin with amazing views of the mountain, ocean, and rugged coastline, and expansive beach walks to explore including the Estero Trail, the Pierce Point Tule Elk preserve, Chimney Rock, Drakes Beach and the sand dunes at Abbott's Lagoon.

Farther afield there is Mt. Tamalpais and the Golden Gate National Seashore, and the Muir Woods, all within a short drive. Seasonal whale watching is also popular and there are great viewing sites within the Point Reyes National Seashore.

 

LOCATION

Marin, California. Nearest Airport: San Francisco International Airport (30 Miles) or Oakland International (32 miles)

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year-round 

 
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Case Study House 26
San Rafael, California
Case Study House 26
San Rafael, California
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Case Study House 26, Marin County, California | holiday homes, holiday rentals
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Case Study House 26
San Rafael, California
A Gem Preserved

Architect Beverley Thorne's masterfully crafted home represents the golden age of mid-century architecture in California. 

One of only a handful of the groundbreaking Case Study houses built between 1944 - 1967, this holiday home in Marin is one of those strikingly preserved gems whose visionary design remains relevant and modern over a half century later.

Built in 1962, the home’s distinctive lines, structural details and finishes have been sensitively restored, allowing the original beauty of the residence to be preserved.

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Overview Fully Equipped
Kitchen Fully equipped
Internet Wifi throughout
TV Yes
Cable TV Yes
Heating Yes
Washer Yes
Dryer Yes
Indoor Fireplace Yes
Free Parking on Premises Parking for two cars
Bedrooms 3
Bed Type Queen
Kitchen Fully equipped
Bathrooms 2
Accommodates 6
Kid-Friendly
Pets-Friendly No pets allowed
Family/Kid Friendly
Min. Stay 3 nights
Check-In 4pm
Check-Out 11am
Cleaning $250
Tax 10.00 % for total rate
Sec. Deposit $500
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Relaxed
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 14 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 7-14 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 7 days of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes Holiday rates are $1,400 per night and $7,000 per week, with a 3-night minimum stay.

First of all, if the premises appear dirty or damaged upon Check-in, Guest shall inform Homeowner immediately. Feel at home and treat it as it would be your home. No loud music after 10pm (weekend), 9pm (weekday), inside and out. This is a residential neighborhood. (Full legal details are on San Rafael’s Noise Ordinance webpage.) No smoking inside or on the deck. Use of fireplace only when allowed (Spare the air days); fireplace cleaning cost is $50, to be charged after your stay. No furniture moving. Maximum occupancy is 6 people and 2 cars, or for the number of people booked on Boutique Homes whatever is less. Please park in the carport. Do not block the neighbor’s access. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets at this time. No parties, BBQs and similar events - other than for the guests - during your stay. The booking is for hospitality use only, no commercial or professional recording or photography is allowed. All photographs taken must be for personal use only and not made available or sold for any third party use. Front door must be locked upon departure from the space; please use lock box and key code provided. Please note there is a security camera in the driveway for your and our security.

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