Discover the Romance of DeSilva Island in Mill Valley

San Francisco Chronicle
Photography by John Benson

Spring is in the air at DeSilva Island in Mill Valley, making this a wonderful time to discover the romantic nature of island living. The winter rains are on their way out and the rare coastal birds that find their refuge here have started to return from their annual migration. The breezes off Richardson Bay hint at warmer spring weather to come.

Buyers started looking early at the waterfront development in part because there are a fixed number of properties available.

At DeSilva Island, the extraordinary new bayfront residential community now nearing completion, spring signals significant progress. The first phase of construction is almost finished and finished models will be available for viewing in May. Concurrently, the DeSilva Island Information Center will be moving from its present location near the Seminary Drive exit of Highway 101 to a complex of luxuriously appointed homes.

Soon, you can experience firsthand what has made DeSilva Island one of the most eagerly awaited Bay Area new home communities in may years. Just 10 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, its incomparable, private location is a unique blend of town and country. The culture and sophistication of San Francisco are easily accessible, while the relaxed, enjoyable lifestyle that defines southern Marin is close at hand.

DeSilva Island will capture all the charm and sophistication of San Francisco's finest residential neighborhoods while offering an unusual level of privacy and a pristine natural beauty that cannot be found in the city. Still, all that San Francisco offers is just minutes away across the Golden Gate Bridge.

The 62 Craftsman-style townhomes and single-level residences and two stunning waterfront estates are set amidst preserved wetlands, towering eucalyptus trees and gentle slopes greeting bay waters. Careful environmental planning and architectural design have been combined to complement this setting, which boasts stunning views of the San Francisco skyline, Sausalito yacht harbor and Mt. Tamalpais.

In many ways, it is a place of idyllic romance. The 42 acres are a refuge for coastal wildlife and fauna, and neighboring Belloch Lagoon serves as a stop for migratory birds along their seasonal path. The shorebirds use this habitat as a nesting site and rely on the tidal ebb and flow for feeding. The nearby woods of Strawberry Point and the waters of Richardson Bay also provide animal and marine inhabitants with areas for rest and raising their young.

It would be rare to find a community wired for the digital age set in such a natural wonderland, but such is the case at DeSilva Island. The level of new-home technology here is uncommon, creating a world of possibilities in entertainment, communications and convenience. For telecommuters, the built-in network is especially appealing. Each residence is equipped with its own local area network (LAN), consisting of CAT5 cables and connecting computer workstations, phones, faxes and Internet ports with high-speed DSL access.

These advanced home systems strike an exciting balance with a quality of features and finishes comparable to those found in homes in San Francisco's finest neighborhoods. At DeSilva Island, this mix of technology and exquisite home design creates a lifestyle of comfortable elegance. To fully experience the romance of spring underway here, visit our Information Center. Prices of residences are expected to range from approximately $1,000,000 to over $2,000,000.