ON THE WATERFRONT
BELVEDERE’S HISTORIC QUEEN ANNE
This exquisitely crafted Queen Anne Victorian was among the first few homes to be constructed on Belvedere Island's coveted sequestered cove. Its original owner, San Francisco Wells Fargo executive Alfred Tuckey, enjoyed it as a summer cottage with his family. Today, the Tuckey House sits above the waterfront like an inviting ray of sunshine and is recognized as a community treasure. In 2008 it was designated an historic landmark, which entitles its owners to a significant property tax reduction via voluntary participation in the California Mills Act.
The original cottage had the charming exterior hallmarks of the Queen Anne architectural genre, with minimal interior embellishment. From 2005 – 2008, the entire structure received a state-of-the-art rehabilitation. It was completely gutted and new Victorian interiors were built using a number of design details from the original, with the addition of many historically inspired functional and aesthetic features. Exterior changes related to the addition of square footage were meticulously designed to blend seamlessly with the original structure. The goal was to create an elegant yet restrained reflection of the late 19th century Queen Anne style and some of the Bay Area's most gifted artisans participated in the project – with stunning results.
Additionally, the residence was modernized for today's most discriminating connoisseur. Museum quality lighting, built-in speakers throughout, two media walls (one with surround sound), and radiant heat are but a few of the many enhancements. The home's structural integrity was also thoroughly upgraded to the exacting standards imposed by two consulting engineers. Included was extensive rebar reinforcement, as well as the replacement of the foundation, roof, all windows and exterior doors, and all mechanical systems.
Referred to as the "Fairy Tale House" by children in the neighborhood, this one-of-a-kind “lady” defies description. Given her own lovely presence, her waterfront location on one of the most coveted lots on the San Francisco Bay with a private boat dock and hillavater, and her charming heritage entry garden –visitors and passersby are routinely mesmerized.
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