Rock and roll impresario Bill Graham was also a real estate savant. The Corte Madera, CA, property he once owned is on the market for a jaw-dropping $25 million. It’s also the most expensive listing in Marin County.
This exclusive enclave was the last place Graham lived; the San Francisco Bay Area concert promoter died in 1991. Isobel Wiener of the San Francisco brokerage of Sotheby’s International Realty is the listing agent.
Graham’s home was largely demolished and replaced in 2003 with a 13,635-square-foot “ecologically correct” structure on the nearly 11-acre lot. Where possible, elements of the original home were preserved, notes Wiener.
“There’s a beautiful granite table on the outside terrace that remains. There are certain parts of the property that were parts of the original home,” she says.
Graham’s musical legacy is also apparent in the design of the home’s professional music studio and theater. Santana and the Grateful Dead were reportedly among the musical groups to visit the estate.
Even if you’re not in the mood to jam, the property certainly rocks. Designed by green architect Sim Van der Ryn, the “ecologically correct” estate was constructed with reclaimed and sustainably sourced materials. The landscaping features native plants and eucalyptus trees.
There’s also plenty of luxe amenities, including a pool, water slide, cabana, gym, and racquetball court, according to Wiener. There’s even a small orchard with plum, orange, and apple trees.
The spacious residence has seven bedrooms, five baths, and nine half-baths. There’s also a separate guesthouse.
The price takes into account “the size of the estate and the amount of money that it took to build ecologically,” Wiener says.
While the home looks like an oasis far from the madding world, it’s only 10 miles from San Francisco.
“It is so close to the city, and yet you have this unique country estate that you would never find anywhere else,” the agent says.