Marin Home / BACKSTORY
tub, and access to the outdoors from almost
every room — had other buyers clamoring.
With offers due the following week, Ozberker
pushed ahead with ordering inspections and
hiring a structural engineer to assess known
foundation issues. She knew she’d have an edge
on the competition that way.
“In the end, there were three offers on
the house,” she says, but her strong, clean
offer prevailed. Before moving in, she hired a
contractor to correct a number of the home’s
structural deficiencies, and — while they were
at it — perform extensive cosmetic and functional upgrades.
“We didn’t move walls or pipes,” she says,
“but I changed out a lot of the finishes to
be more to my taste.” For decision-making
help, she tapped interior designer Jill Durst,
of Culbertson Durst Interiors in Danville.
Together they pored over tile and fabric
samples and took field trips to view plumbing
fixtures and stone.
The big interior changes included gutting
three of the four bathrooms and a laundry
room and redesigning the two gas fireplaces:
the one in the living room now has a sleek
concrete veneer, and the bedroom unit is
anchored by a dolomite surround. “It’s probably my favorite feature in the house,” Ozberker
says. They gave the powder room just a minor
facelift — replacing the old toilet, adding
Outside, new concrete steps improve access
JESSICA OZBERKER LOVED her Oliver Rousseau–designed Pacific Heights home. But cold summers, parking hassles and inadequate outdoor space for her young daughter had her
to the expansive front yard, and an added
second deck now overlooks the pool. “It’s the
best place to view Tam on the entire property,”
Ozberker says. “I also put in an outdoor shower
so people could rinse off after using the pool.”
About the move to suburban living, she has
no regrets: “My daughter loves the freedom
of being able to just open the door and run
around outside. I love that I can easily get to
downtown San Rafael, which has an urban feel
without the hassle of urban living.” m
contemplating a lifestyle change. She thought
she’d found what she’d been looking for in the
East Bay and went into contract on a hillside
home in Berkeley. Then, during the inspection
period, the deal fell apart.
Trying for a fresh perspective, she
switched realtors, turning to Nick Cooper of
Pacific Union. He helped her synthesize her
wish list. “I’d seen a couple places in Marin
previously, but none felt right,” Ozberker says.
But Cooper suspected she’d been looking in
the wrong neighborhoods. “Based on every-
thing you’re telling me, I think San Rafael is
where you’d want to be,” he said.
From there it took a single showing to find
“the one.” Alas, the home’s resort-like vibe — it
has more than an acre of land with a pool, a hot