The brown shingle is one of the nation’s most celebrated architectural styles, originally found in upscale seaside cottages along the east coast. Today, they remain clustered in areas including Bay Head, New Jersey, the Fenwick Historic District in Connecticut, and Montauk on New York’s Long Island.

The charming, beachy exterior style works just as beautifully on the west coast, where homes are dotted throughout the Bay Area, including this classic Corinthian Island view home in Belvedere.

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37 Alcatraz Avenue is a five-bedroom, five-bath island gem that has been rebuilt and renovated with modern updates while maintaining all of the shingle’s original allure. Spread out over five levels, the home features an open plan with clean lines, dazzling details, and breathtaking views from almost every room spanning Mt. Tamalpais, Belvedere Island, the San Francisco Yacht Club, and the San Francisco skyline.

From the expansive great room, light streams in through abundant windows, putting views of the Yacht Club front and center from the formal sitting area and dining room. The modern kitchen is open to both, featuring custom white cabinetry, sleek stone counters, and high-end stainless steel appliances. A large center island houses an Aga range, and a wine fridge continues the gourmet appeal. On the other side of the kitchen, a private covered balcony offers the ideal space for dining al fresco with a view of the water.


The luxurious master suite exudes romance with views spanning the Yacht Club, hillsides, and the island.

Well-designed for modern families seeking an island retreat, this 3,971-square-foot home also includes a large bonus room with views from all sides leading to its own view terrace, and a tucked-away office nook.

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A large waterfront deck is one of many outdoor spaces that offer peaceful privacy among lush trees and bright blue water in the protected western side of the island.

37 Alcatraz Avenue is offered for $4,795,000 by Russ Frederickson of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Greenbrae.

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