Builder Thomas Walsh knew creativity would be crucial in the development of 59 Trinidad Drive in Tiburon. Homes in that neighborhood are not allowed to be taller than 22 feet, but he still wanted to craft a two-story home in a neighborhood dominated by single-story structures.

"We knew we couldn't build a $3 million home and give it 8-foot ceilings," said Walsh of San Francisco's Park View construction, which completed the 3,550-square-foot home in 2009.

Set inside Timmers Landing, a gated community of Paradise Cay, the steel-framed home sits beside Paradise Cove and offers four bedrooms, a functional floor plan and accents of glass, steel and concrete.

"The home has a definite loft-like feeling," said Jenny Mattson of Sotheby's International Realty, who is listing the home for $3.5 million. "And it's oriented as true indoor/outdoor living. It faces the water and the lot seems to always be bright."

Fragments of turquoise and quartz decorate the concrete island and highlight a kitchen offering stainless steel appliances and a built-in espresso machine. Upstairs, an opulent master suite offers a fireplace in its sitting area and a private patio overlooking the water. A walk-in shower with body sprayers, dual vanities and a soaking tub highlight the master bathroom.

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With its steel construction, glass finishes and concrete accents, the home mimics a commercial building found in a contemporary downtown. Piles driven 85 feet into the bedrock support the foundation and will help the home stand strong for generations, Walsh said.

"A lot of the foundations around here don't reach the bedrock; and with the steel frame, it's built to last," he said.

A concrete patio behind the home overlooks the water and includes a synthetic grass pad, built-in barbecue and multiple access points to the public rooms and bedrooms. Its glass and steel railing provides a barrier from the water with minimal obstruction to the picturesque view.

A steel staircase leads to the upstairs landing level, which is illuminated by square skylights installed in the vaulted ceiling. Gallery walls along the landing provide a sizable display space for artwork and photography.

Listing agent: Jenny Mattson, Sotheby's International Realty, (415) 786-6183,


Address: 59 Trinidad Drive, Tiburon

Price: $3.5 million

Features: Four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom steel-framed waterfront home completed in 2009 featuring two stories and a concrete patio with built-in barbecue and fireplace.