SITUATED on a most Nornan Rockwell-esque block in an exclusive vintage enclave of San Anselmo sits one of the County's most iconic and historic vintage brown shingled residences. With a nod to Julia Morgan, it was designed by renowned San Francisco architect, Matthew Bugbee, who had previously designed homes for city scions such as the Crockers, the Floods and other early San Francisco magnates. The 4,320 square foot home was built in 1912 for an Alaskan sea captain, George Breck, whose desire was to bring a flavor of Eskimo art to the Bay Area...hence the home's "indoor campfire nook" featuring an engraved redwood header beam bearing the words Sitkum Nika Piah Six which translated means "share my fire, friend" in the Chinook jargon. The famed firepit is flanked on each side by Inuit totem poles and native carvings.
The home is centered around a 30' by 30' living hall highlighted by a vintage 10 foot leaded glass window. There are 4+ bedrooms including the former servants quarters, (with adjacent nursery) a sun room, and a formal dining room that seats a dozen.
The property was purchased in 1973 by the famous San Francisco based Gump retailing family. Included is the tallest water tower of its kind in Northern California (5 stories high and 65 feet tall) and is on the Historic Register. It was covered in ivy and in a total state of disrepair when Marilyn Gump, the most recent resident, lovingly restored the tapered and shingled back to life, and today it stands fit and tall in her memory. Ideal for al fresco entertaining, the grounds are nearly 3/4 of an acre of level lawns, lush landscaping plus a delightful swimming pool.