Northern Pacific Railroad’s Iconic “Red Barn” in Tiburon Seeks $2.48M
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Northern Pacific Railroad’s Iconic “Red Barn” in Tiburon Seeks $2.48M

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By Kathryn M.
Built in 1908, the converted two-bedroom structure was originally a records office for the railroad.

The Tiburon Peninsula, a part of San Francisco Bay, has provided an important link with Marin County and Northern California for centuries. Spanish explorers in 1775 named the landmass Punta de Tiburon, which, over the next 100 years, grew from farmland to an industrial hub and railway center. By 1884, Tiburon offered commuter ferries to San Francisco and connections to Eureka via the North Pacific Railroad, later renamed the Northwestern Pacific Railroad.

Known locally as 'The Barn,' the now converted two-bedroom residence is one of Tiburon's most historic structures. The property includes the converted 1908 railroad office, as well as a modern extension modern built in the 1960s.

The last train rolled out of Point Tiburon on September 25, 1967, ending decades of declining ridership in a quickly changing, car-obsessed America. As the railroad company handed over buildings to the community, renowned local architect Charles Warren Callister stepped in to claim the former records building as a new office for his practice. Known as 'The Barn' for its distinctive redwood-lined interior and bright red facade, Callister kept most of the interior intact and designed a new one-bedroom extension.

Architect Charles Warren Callister designed the one-bedroom unit to take advantage of dramatic views from the property. A double-height glass entry looks out onto vistas including the bay and Belvedere Island.

Recently listed for sale, the two structures offer a total of three bedrooms spread out across a combined 4,410 square feet. The original railroad office features many original details, including wood paneling throughout and a great room with soaring ceilings underneath a timber-beamed pitched roof. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, which is currently listed for $2,477,000.

Inside the modern addition, a small office in the entranceway overlooks the garden and scenic views. Wood details run throughout the stand-alone space, which includes a separate living room and kitchen, as well as a bedroom and bathroom.

A look at the living room in the Callister-designed structure. The large room offers built-in seating, as well as custom shutters and paneling along the ceiling.  

The unit's one bedroom offers a full-width window allowing in natural light. 

Inside, a grand central hall retains much of the original barn-like interior. The original redwood paneling lines the double-height space, which also includes a spiral staircase leading to a loft.

A view down from the loft into the expansive space. Rafters and joists frame the pitched roof, while built-in cabinetry runs down both sides of the open living and dining room.

At one end of the space, a galley-style kitchen offers redwood cabinetry and shelving. The mostly original space has been upgraded with granite countertops and some new fixtures.

A look at one of two bedrooms located in the loft area. Windows frame views of the surrounding landscape and brighten the space with the warmth of natural lighting.

A look at the only full bathroom in the original structure. The space features the original redwood paneling with updated fixtures and finishes.

A small office is located back on the ground level next to the kitchen. A sliding glass door leads back out to the main entrance and courtyard.

On the backside of the home a small patio offers a place to relax and entertain. The .22-acre lot is bordered by thick trees for optimal privacy.

The property sits just blocks from the water with views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge peeking over Belvedere Peninsula

1865 Mar W Street is currently listed for $2,477,000 by Shana Rohde-Lynch of Compass.

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