Marin Home / backstory
If you ask entrepreneur tracey turner why she and her husband, Jonathan, chose Marin when they were look- ing for a new home, she’ll tell you it’s because Marin “is magical and the
most beautiful place in the world.”
the couple — he’s originally from England
and she’s from connecticut — discovered the
trails and open roads of Marin while day-
tripping from their Noe Valley home in san
francisco. “We love to bike and run, so we
found ourselves spending nearly every week-
end here,” she says.
and with two young children, they had an
eye on the future, notably the need for good
schools their daughter somerset, 3, and son
tristan, 2, could eventually attend.
they liked tiburon for its quaint downtown
and easy commute access to san francisco. at
the time, they were less concerned with style of
house or stellar views than with convenience
and amenities for young families.
“We didn’t want a house with steep stairs
like our san francisco house and we didn’t
want to be in the hills,” tracey says. “We
wanted to be in the flatlands of tiburon partly
to be able to push strollers and also to have
easy access to dog parks.”
at first, the search was discouraging: “It
felt a little bit like trying to find a needle in a
haystack.” then they finally found it: a five-
bedroom, four-bathroom southwestern-style
residence with an open floor plan on a cul-de-
sac in the mid-peninsula area of tiburon.
the new home “successfully fulfilled all
their criteria and more,” says realtor kathleen
clifford. “It’s one of the rare tiburon homes
that benefits from being in one of the flat
areas, and they got a view as a bonus.”
“our street is fantastic,” tracey adds.
“there were very few kids on the street when
we first moved in, but now six out of 10 houses
have kids. It’s great for our kids to grow up
with so many playmates.”
Initially, she admits, “we dismissed the
house because it was not our style, but we
kept coming back to it because of the location.
I thought with a little investment, we could
change it to a style we could really like. My
husband was more reluctant; I brought him
back three times before he agreed.”
With expert advice from clifford, interior
designer chloe Warner and builder brian
rickauer, they transformed the place into a
lovely santa barbara–style home.