Culloden Park is one of San Rafael’s most beautiful tree-lined lanes. It provided the perfect resting spot for Frank M. Agnelotti to build his dream home over the course of 1892 and 1893. Agnelotti, the youngest California Supreme Court Justice when he took the bench in 1890, called his prized Shingle Style Queen Anne Victorian residence “Four Winds,” and to be sure, the historic home still takes one’s breath away even a century later.
Co-listed by Monica Pauli of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in San Francisco and Susan Hewitt of Decker Bullock | Sotheby’s International Realty, the beautiful 5,767-square-foot Victorian has been modernized and lovingly restored to exacting detail. The home ushers visitors inside with a welcoming covered porch, architecturally detailed multi-paned windows and a foyer flanked by a lovely fireplace.
All of the living spaces — from the living room and formal dining room to the family room, breakfast room, remodeled kitchen and of course, a lovely sunroom (which could double as an office, suggests Pauli) — are flooded with natural light. The formal dining room’s unique curved wall brings in wonderful elegance and warmth.
Updated to today’s standards, the gourmet kitchen boasts Carrera marble counters and stainless steel appliances, while keeping many historic elements in tact. The breakfast room, just off the kitchen, overlooks the garden.
French doors bring the outdoors in — true to the California indoor/outdoor tradition. And an outdoor dining patio, located off of the back deck, provides more opportunity to enjoy the fresh air. The family room on this level, as well as a guest room and bath, also enhance the contemporary livability of the main level.
The bedrooms — four in all — have also been given a new life. The light and airy master suite offers a lavish space to unwind after a long day with plenty of storage space and a gorgeous master bath finished with Carrera marble, twin vanities, large shower and a traditional claw foot bathtub. Two more charming bedrooms share the hall bath.
On the third level, there is a huge guest room, a bathroom with shower and a playroom for lots of fun. There is also a media room on the lower level along with a home office (or perhaps a bonus room or sixth bedroom, if the future homeowner so wishes), caterer’s kitchen and laundry facilities.
Four Winds sits on a gorgeous landscaped lot, with lovely mature gardens inviting one to linger under the trees. Specimen plantings create hidden nooks for reading and there are patios for entertaining or just enjoying the sun. There is a one-car detached garage and extra parking along the side of the house, near the backdoor for convenience.
At $2,995,000, this unique and rare residence is truly like a breeze of historic Victorian charm and unparalleled luxury…