Former recording studio, 'The Church,' for sale in San Anselmo
Published 6:17 pm, Friday, October 11, 2013
What once started as a church transitioned into a sought-after recording studio for popular musicians during the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Along the way it's transformed into a residence with high ceilings, loft space and scenic lookouts. And now 1405 San Anselmo Ave. in San Anselmo is available for $1.095 million.
The property features two structures sharing a .195-acre lot. The main house, a Presbyterian church in the early 20th century, offers four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The second home, a guest cottage, comes with two bedrooms and a full bathroom.
Since the home has served as a place of worship, a recording studio and artist playground, Susan Pence of Coldwell Banker Real Estate said its variety and potential are among its best qualities.
"It lends itself to live and work space, as artists have done sculpting and painting in the past," Pence said. "It would also be a great investment property. You could rent out both or rent out the cottage while living in the main home."
Because of the building's original use, recording artists nicknamed the San Anselmo building "the Church" over the years.
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Because the structure was designed to host large gatherings, it naturally offers high ceilings, abundant light and large walls. The walls would make an ideal canvass for an artist, Pence said.
"This place just has a feel-good energy when you walk into it," she said.
With a barrel-vaulted ceiling, wood-framed windows and carpeted floor, the spacious living room can easily accommodate a workout space or act as a music room.
One bedroom includes a loft accessible by ladder, making it an ideal children's room or playroom.
A second rectangular room boasts a spiral staircase and tile floor. Rectangular and circular windows illuminate the space with sunlight.
Beside the shingled home is a two-bedroom detached cottage. The cottage could serve as a day care center or provide additional income by renting it out, Pence said.
The cottage includes a deck that looks out at the San Anselmo neighborhood and the rolling hills beside the home.
"It's an iconic piece of music history, and someone with a creative mind is going to love this home," Pence said.
Set between downtown Fairfax and downtown San Anselmo, the home is near parks and a short commute from Highway 101. It will be open Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Listing agent: Sue Pence, Coldwell Banker. (415) 269-0417. firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 1405 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo
Price: $1.095 million
Features: A total of six bedrooms and three bathrooms split between two structures on a .19-acre lot in San Anselmo. The main house originally served as a Presbyterian church before being converted into a music studio used by Marin musicians. The home includes high ceilings, scenic outlooks and abundant windows.
Open home: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.