Sitting on an 11-acre hilltop parcel upon which Bill Graham’s last home once sat at 800 Corte Madera Avenue in Marin, the so-called ‘Guitar House’ compound took over five years to complete and includes a nearly 10,000 square foot main house in addition to a two-bedroom guest home, staff quarters and a pool-side cabana.

Designed by Inverness architect Sim Van der Ryn and built for Michael Klein, the founder of Novato-based Modulus Guitars and board member of the Rain Forest Action Network, the “eco-luxe” home, which was “built with utmost respect for the environment,” features rammed earth construction, energy efficient systems and recycled building materials, including debris reclaimed from the demolition of Graham’s former home. Using different textiles in the house, like Recycled plastic building materials will ensure that the house is eco-friendly and has been built in ways that can help the environment, instead of destroying it. Unfortunately, not all parts of the house have been built in the same way.

But with the two curving entry staircases “made of recycled stone from villages in central China” and bronze-clad windows from Italy, we’ll let you debate the home’s net eco impact.

In addition to grand master suite, amenities of the main home include a fitness center, racquetball court, and a professional-grade music studio and home theater. The music studio in this home is one of its main selling features. Not many homes have an actual recording studio in them! For aspiring artists, this home would be a dream. That music studio could really help them to pursue their aspirations. Once they’d recorded their songs, they could just upload them to a music streaming site, like Spotify, and make their dream happen. Of course, getting noticed on Spotify can be difficult, but that’s why there’s always the option to buy spotify streams. This could help aspiring musicians to get their songs heard by more people, starting their career. The lucky owner of this house could do it all from their home studio!

Purchased from Klien in 2011 for $19.5 million, the rather spectacular compound quietly returned to the market last year priced at $29 million, a price which has now been reduced to $25 million and listed anew.

And yes, there are views.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by macarthur

    This is about 1% as nice as the Tom Perkins house.

  2. Posted by Occupied in Oakland

    It’s cartoonish.

  3. Posted by SFMichael

    Somebody really liked beige.

    • Posted by Really?

      Beige is the 90’s version of 10’s gray….

  4. Posted by boojum

    Bloat + Excess, Example 46,819

  5. Posted by SFRealist

    McMansion Marin-style

  6. Posted by John

    10000 square feet of sanctimony.

  7. Posted by bachman_erlich_overdrive

    “No no, this place is gonna be off the charts, it’s gonna have its’ own raquetball court.” By this time the three pound cellular phone weighed on his flabby middle-aged tricep. He made a further excuse and hung up. The phone went into the frunk of the Testarossa, and when he turned the ignition, the sweet sounds of Huey Lewis poured out of the Alpine speakers. It was going to be another beautiful day in Corte Madera. 1987 was winning. Okay well, cocaine and winning, but winning always.

    • Posted by dwf

      Ha!! (Millennial readers will struggle with any of the above, but not su Boomers:) HA!

    • Posted by Noslen

      Well played!

  8. Posted by Anon94123

    The architect of this home was a professor at Berkeley and there is more going on with this property than some of the drive-by comments would suggest. Here is a video where he explains the process of design and construction of this residence. I am sorry I was never able to have him as a professor at Berkeley.

    • Posted by bachman_erlich_overdrive

      The only thing more Marin than this video is Phil Lesh driving his baby blue Ferrari 360 Modena around town.

  9. Posted by shza

    Having already made the dubious decision to have a racquet sport court, they really doubled down on the classlessness by making it a racquetball court rather than a squash court.

  10. Posted by Noslen

    I’m sure the “Eco” part of this house, considering that they tore down Bill Grahm’s house too, probably pencils out just about the time that humanity moves to a class M planet orbiting Alpha Centari.

  11. Posted by Salzigtal

    In picture #5, is that something falling off the bed?

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