Clarence St House - Pt Richmond                          October 2009
Described as "Craftsman - Cape Cod" style
Built in 1912 as smaller cottage, enlarged by later owners - only 4
owners since 1912. Current owners have been there for 10 years.
Old aerial photo from the 1930s showed it as the only house on this "hill".
A copy of the old photo is at the bottom of this set of photos.


Front door of house under little roof at left faces south, 2-car garage attached to house with
short breezeway with slate floor as "mud room". 3 Windows seen on 2nd floor are
the master bedroom windows facing east.
 

West side of house facing Bay. First floor has white, wrap-around deck in front of living room
and dining room. Upstairs room was originally master bedroom, but current owners (for
last 10 yrs) used it as 'media room' and moved master bedroom to opposite side of house.
Bench is at top of a little pocket park that leads down steeply to the water.
 

Here's the view from the bench toward the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
 

The house photo taken from standing behind the bench.
 

Red Google Map A=house, (rest of letters added in yellow) B=Bay, C=Whale Tail garden,
D=bench seen in photos above, E=steps leading down to lower street level.
Ocean Av. can be walked there, but no cars can go through where
you see the trees as there are steps so it's a dead end road for traffic.

Whale Tail park was under construction when this satellite photo was taken. It is now
completely planted. The park belongs to the house just above it (see path leading to house)
but they have it open to walk through and up into.

 


Whale Tail park looking up toward the house, roof of house visible.
This park was built on a vacant lot that was bought by the house behind the lot to protect
its view of the Bay. They did an immense amount of landscaping and concrete pouring.
There is iron sculpture in it, labeled plants like a botanical garden, and lovely wrought iron
railings and trim. They have it set up so local residents can walk on the winding switch-back paths.
 

Photo from lower level of Whale Tail park looking north.


The bottom of Ocean Av. where it ends and the entry to the Whale Tail
is located. The house is seen at the top of the hill.


 


View from upper guest bedroom looking south. The Bay Bridge is visible.
 

Small side garden to north of house. Steps shown lead down from dining room deck.
There are a few small fruit trees (apple, pear, fig) behind from where this photo was taken.
 

Deck in front of dining room, facing north. That is Mt. Tam in the distance in Marin Co.
The bridge visible in center is the Richmond Bridge, the horizontal pier closer to view
is a Chevron pier. Fortunately, you cannot see any of the Chevron storage tanks that are
north and east of his part of Point Richmond.
 

Living Room, sliding doors to deck = west direction. Below, in opposite direction toward
office area and front door.

 


Dining room - sliding door at right goes to deck and down to small lawn garden.
Below, dining room looking east toward kitchen.


 


Kitchen, very light and airy. Dining room is to right,
living room through door at left.
Below, looking into kitchen from dining room.


 


Great shower in master bath, big tub behind where
standing to take this photo. Those wall jets will be
fun, but as owner warned us, don't turn them on
until shower door is shut!

Below is an aerial photo from 1933 from the Pt Richmond History Assoc. Web site.
They have a huge collection of photos from the past.
Our house is marked with a blue arrow in the lower left of the photo.
(added 10/25/09)

For a fascinating history of Point Richmond from the earliest days, see this article