Pacific Union Brings Two Entitled Sites for Sale in Tiburon for $53MM

Serge Sorokko Introduces $35 Million Beachfront Estate by Stanley Saitowitz And $18 Million Estate by Craig Steely in Marin County’s Tiburon

8,000-Square-Foot Modern Residences, with Neighboring Home to be Designed by Sir David Adjaye, will Make for Extraordinary Showcase of Modern Architecture

SAN FRANCISCO (August 17, 2017) – Serge Sorokko today announced the debut of two rare, fully-entitled estates in Tiburon: a 7.4-acre waterfront property featuring a spectacular private beach along the San Francisco Bay shoreline and home by internationally acclaimed master architect Stanley Saitowitz, as well as an adjacent, 3.2-acre property with home by Craig Steely, an award-winning architect known for his cutting-edge modernist buildings.  Set for completion in 2019, both homes feature landscapes by one of the world’s most celebrated landscape designers, Bernard Trainor.  A third lot is scheduled for future release with dramatic estate designs underway by globally renowned architect and generational icon Sir David Adjaye, representing his first single family residence in the United States.  The three properties afford a unique opportunity to live in an expansive, private haven only miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, within one of the country’s most desirable destinations on a street set to become an extraordinary showcase of modern architecture.

“The modern residences designed for the Paradise Drive Estates are the ultimate and purest expression of art.  They spotlight the surrounding natural elements seamlessly while serving as a striking stage for buyers’ own art collections and lifestyles.  Each residence is a masterful modern art form, but the three together will create an unparalleled architectural destination set in a distinct residential community,” said Sorokko.

Sorokko, a prominent art dealer, publisher and owner of Serge Sorokko Gallery in San Francisco, along with his wife Tatiana Sorokko, a top-model, haute couture collector and fashion journalist, spent more than a decade developing and working on entitlements for the Tiburon sites.  They curated a remarkable line-up of architects to bring to life their exceptional vision.  Located only a few miles from San Francisco in the quaint and prestigious town of Tiburon in California’s Marin County, the sizeable Paradise Drive parcels are fully-entitled, with impressive Bay views, and complete privacy in a serene, natural setting.

“It is a joy to work on a property this special.  Serge’s bold vision and perseverance over nearly 20 years to bring this project to life with a team of architects that I’ve long admired are true rarities,” said Saitowitz, whose coveted work has been exhibited at SFMOMA and San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum, among other noted museums, galleries and showcases.

Offered for $35 million, Sorokko’s 7.4-acre trophy property comes with a private sandy beach – an unprecedented luxury in the U.S. and especially within the Bay Area – and a modern marvel by Saitowitz, which will be ready for move-in by 2019.  The 8,000-square-foot residence comprises six bedrooms including a luxurious master suite, five bathrooms and a powder room, wine cellar, screening room, gymnasium, chef’s kitchen, an infinity pool and detached pool house, featuring incredible views in every direction.  Given the spectacular character of the property, with rolling hills on one side and vast grounds and gardens that lead to a large beach and Bay on the other, Saitowitz designed the house to be a horizontal floor and roof that frames the natural elements.  It is a minimalistic yet dramatic structure.

The building is a long bar, filling a saddle in the landscape.  The arrival and entry are on the upper level via a bridge, which, through an opening in the bar, showcases views of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge across the Bay.  From the two-story entry, a spiral staircase leads down to the lower level and expansive beach with its serene lapping waves.  All public spaces of the house are located on the lower level.  On the upper level are bedrooms with the master suite opening to the promontory on the north, and the garage to the roadway on the south.  Along the length of the bar, above and below, incised courts and decks merge the inside with the outside.  The property expands beyond the beach 3.5 acres into the Bay giving buyers a rare and completely private waterfront and water access.

Neighboring, an impressive 3.2-acre property will provide the backdrop for an 8,000-square-foot residence designed by Craig Steely.  The concrete and zinc house is a balance of forms, cantilevered above and submerged into the landscape.  Virtually invisible from the street yet with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay, the design capitalizes on the site’s natural topography, layering the indoor and outdoor living level, pool and spa into the land.  It features six bedrooms including a master suite, six bathrooms and a powder room, a wine cellar, media room, dedicated gym with bathroom and dressing room, steam room and sauna, outdoor kitchen, and plunge pool along with a detached guest suite with kitchen and separate bathroom.  Overlooking the water, this magnificent site with finished home by Steely, slated for completion in 2019, is available for $18 million.

Bernard Trainor of bernard trainor + associates designed the outdoor landscapes of both sites.  Similar to the way in which art is experienced, Trainor’s landscapes comprise a series of layers that create varied experiences starting with the anticipation of what’s to come, to the reveal upon arrival, to the journey through the homes, and then to the descent out towards the Bay.  Given the layouts of Saitowitz and Steely’s residences, the landscape is particularly critical to the interiors as every part will be visible from inside.  Trainor’s landscapes have strong structural characteristic and play seamlessly off the architecture and scale, and are pervious through the windows.

Sorokko continued, “Each of the architectural designs for the Paradise Drive Estates was created with an extraordinarily thoughtful vision and aesthetic by three of the most acclaimed and influential architects of our time.  They will be built into remarkable custom homes amidst Tiburon’s breathtaking natural surroundings.”

Sorokko has also contracted Sir David Adjaye, one of this generation’s most significant architects, to design his first single family residence in the United States on Tiburon’s Paradise Drive.  Release of Sorokko’s third estate site with designs by Adjaye are forthcoming.

Buyers also have the option to purchase estate parcels with architectural designs only, rather than finished homes.  The 7.4-acre site with home design by Saitowitz is available for $12.75 million while the 3.2-acre site with home design by Steely is available for $4.25 million.

Completely secluded acreage of the magnitude found on Paradise Drive with flat land, a large sandy beach and private water access is unprecedented in Tiburon, which enjoys a microclimate of mild, clear weather year-round and sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.  Prior to its acquisition by the Sorokkos, the Paradise Drive parcel was a single, 19-acre piece of land owned by the same family for nearly 100 years.  The properties are each fully-entitled and designs by Saitowitz and Steely are under review by Marin County, located just a few miles north of San Francisco.

Sorokko’s Paradise Drive Estates are listed by Bill Smith and Scott Woods of Pacific Union International.  For more information and inquiries, visit

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