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Luxury Homes with Exclusive Address in Mill Valley

Marin Independent Journal

More than a thousand potential buyers have already flocked to view the luxury townhouses and estates on DeSilva Island in Mill Valley.

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

"There will never be more than 64 addresses on DeSilva Island.," says project spokesman Jim Hollenbeck. "It is a pretty exclusive address".

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DeSilva Island Redefines Luxury on San Francisco Bay

Builder-Architect Magazine

Situated off U.S. Highway 101, just five miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, DeSilva Island has drawn attention from more than a few developers over the years. The location is coveted - minutes from downtown San Francisco yet quietly secluded amidst towering eucalyptus in Mill Valley. One of the last remaining parcels of undeveloped land on the Marin County waterfront, the 42-acre site commands stunning views of the city skyline, Sausalito Harbor and Mt. Tamalpais.

But such potential can bring challenges. Building on DeSilva Island can prove difficult. The land includes 31 acres of delicate wetlands, home to a growing population of rare blue herons that nest in the treetops overhead. A carefully balanced plan would be needed to break ground, requiring approval from Marin County, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, all of which contributed to DeSilva Island lying practically dormant for years, despite the coastal growth around it.

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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.

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Prairie Style on the Bay

Archi-Tech Magazine

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright but "wired" for the 21st century, a spectacular home is under way on DeSilva Island in Marin County with a water's edge view of San Francisco.

The dramatic 4000 square ft. residence is one of two estate homes planned for the island, which is being developed as an advanced digital community of luxury townhomes - with high-speed voice/data capability, whole-house distributed audio/video, HVAC and environmental controls, and security surveillance, monitoring and alarm protection.

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Awards

DeSilva Island received three prestigious Gold Nugget Awards from the Pacific Coast Builder's Association; Residential Project of the Year, Best Residential Product Site Plan, and Best Attached Project for Sale. Thousands of entries came in from 14 Western States and all countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. A panel of some of the finest architects, planners, builders and industry experts chose DeSilva Island above all entries for the Awards.

DeSilva Island also just claimed two Gold Awards from the National Sales and Marketing Council of the National Association of Homebuilders. The Awards were received in the Best Attached Home Plan and Attached Community of the Year categories. Winners emerged from a painstaking three-day judging process that included evaluation by some of the industry's finest marketing professionals, architects, builders, trade publishers and senior editors.