My dad and his wife moved out of their beautiful 4-bedroom house on the regal San Rafael Loch Lomond hill surrounded by trees, birds, and spectacular views in California's Marin County. Colorful stained glass windows, stunning views of Mt. Tamalpais from most hardwood floor rooms, and an inviting porch for afternoon tea where you can watch light streaming like diamonds at play on the San Francisco Bay.
Photo is of me a few years ago on house's porch on a balmy evening. Weather is warmer than San Francisco mostly year-round, with occasional winter cold nights and rain.
Dad and Nola's pristine house, on a clean air hill, towers above the quiet Loch Lomond Marina and is up for sale. I love the peaceful feeling a marina offers; we used to walk there and sit, talk, enjoying the view, meeting locals. So, naturally, I'm writing about the house I paid visits to the past few decades.
If you want to see or buy it, open houses have begun at 20 Tweed Terrace, San Rafael, California, 94901
Did I mention Marin's clean air? Yes! Marin is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge and if memory serves 80% of the land is preserved, including Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Woods with the tallest in the world! Redwood Trees. Owls may be seen strolling in the evening.
Dad's house is about a mile from the uncrowded, gorgeous, China Camp State Park. Walking distance to aforementioned quiet Marina, and a local grocery store with gourmet prepared food choices, and a short drive or bus ride to downtown San Rafael with its quaint diverse restaurants, art galleries, progressive movie theatre and farmer markets.
Marin may be the place to live if you consider unsurpassed beauty, trees, safety, great schools, educated residents, opportunity for outdoor sports, proximity to San Francisco, and some of the cleanest air in America.
Photo taken from China Camp State Park (there's an interesting museum there, hiking and mountain bike trails)
The house is for sale in the eastern section of San Rafael in Loch Lomond, which offers some of Marin's cleanest air considering it's away from large population centers and far from West Marin known for residents burning wood and creating smoke in the winter. I wrote about it here.
Year after year, the American Lung Association has recognized Marin County as one of the cleanest air counties in California, though due to wood smoke this year the rating came down a notch. Again, mostly as a result of burning in West Marin. I've never experienced wood smoke as a problem in my dad's "East" Marin neighborhood, rather clean air, beautiful views, quiet and friendly, helpful neighbors.(Photo: Point Reyes National Seashore, West Marin)
Dad recently retired after over 50 years working for the state of California, mostly as an administrative law judge with the Public Utilities Commission, the longest working judge there. And possibly the reason I'm as interested and knowledgeable regarding clean energy. Photos of Dad in Catalina where I joined him for a public hearing about water in 2011.
The solar and nuclear energy pros/cons/challenges conversations started at the dinner table growing up in the Bay Area. I have strong opinions but for today I can tell you... finding a home that feels right isn't always easy and nowhere is perfect but some areas come close, others are packed with good vibes, lives well-lived.
20 Tweed Terrace
San Rafael, CA 94901
To see photos of house, and learn more, click here.
Photo taken at nearby Stinson Beach on Dad's 80th birthday with his wife, Nola, also a PUC retiree who educated the public about rewards of solar power.
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