The “supervision” came in the form of interior
designers Muriel Martens and Paula Leland
Kent. McGaw knew Martens through the
boathouse, of course, and had asked the duo
to help make his house a home, while paying
tribute to some of its colorful history. It was
thought to be a speakeasy during Prohibition;
in the ’70s, it was home to EST retreats.
It was also home to an eyesore of a brick
fireplace, which dominated the main room
— and which Martens and Kent quickly
removed, putting a caramel and gray marble
one in its stead. With the help of rower/con-tractor Mike Stralka, they renovated two
bathrooms, creating a contemporary look
with porcelain and glass tiles from Ann Sacks.
And they hired yet another rower to build
bookcases and turn a funky spare room into a
library. The room retains much of the old Mill
Valley charm, including a stained-glass window featuring all 12 signs of the Zodiac.
What made McGaw happiest, though, was
SOMETIMES, IT TAKES a village to cre- ate a beautiful home. Other times, it simply takes a boathouse. When Tim McGaw began search- ing for a home in 2012, he turned
the outdoor kitchen Martens and Kent built,
with granite countertops, a Turbo Elite gas
grill, wine cellar and sink. “We made sure
the grill was facing outward,” says Martens,
“so Tim could see the view and talk to guests
while he cooked.”
McGaw regularly fills the home with people:
fellow rowers, baseball-watching buddies and,
whenever possible, his daughter and two sons.
“I was talking to my daughter recently and she
said, ‘ This is our house now too,’ ” says McGaw.
He smiles happily when he says this, like a man
who knows which crew matters most. M
to the people he saw at an ungodly hour every
morning, his fellow rowers at Marin Rowing.
First up was realtor Barry Crotty — and
McGaw knew exactly what he wanted. “The
number one thing for me was to find a place
for my kids,” says McGaw, a recently divorced
dad of three grown children. An inveterate
entertainer, he also wanted an open floor plan,
outdoor living space and a view.
McGaw, who oversees the operations of a
private investment office, and Crotty wasted
little time. They started their search in May
and found a Mill Valley home soon after. “It
offered everything that Tim was looking for,
bedrooms for his kids and views off the family
room and kitchen,” says Crotty.
The home was a 1930 cottage that had been
renovated several times in eclectic Mill Valley
fashion. McGaw thought the house was great
— “until my adult supervision showed up.”