daughter, but they also wanted a summer.
Both are avid swimmers.
From the front, the house overlooks San
Francisco Bay — fitting, says Sharon Faccinto,
the couple’s realtor, given Dundas’ interest in
water. “It’s perfect that we found her a beautiful water view on one side,” says Faccinto, “and
room for a pool in full sun on the other.” Like
water, sun is also a feature of the house, especially when it permeates the great room, which
has wall-to-wall glass doors, soaring 16-foot
ceilings and t wo aptly named (and superhip)
Aviator Chairs that world travelers Dundas and
Scott bought from Restoration Hardware.
The two are big readers, which explains
the inviting library they included in the
renovations, replete with built-in bookcases, 19th-century English armchairs
that face the fireplace, and a reliquary that
houses artifacts from China, Africa and
Peru. But the most wonderful part of this
room is what Dundas calls the “book nook,”
essentially a window seat on steroids. It’s a
6-by-6-foot cushion nestled into a hole in
the wall, filled with pillows and sconces,
where you can curl up and read a book on a
rainy day. Their favorite subject? World literature, of course. M
IF A HOME could be a travelogue, or even a memoir, photographer Rudi Dundas’ hillside Mill Valley Craftsman might set he paradigm. “We’re both a little eccen- tric,” she says of herself and partner
David Scott, “and things like cars or televisions
or clothes don’t mean that much to us. For us, it’s
all about the treasures from our travels.”
The home, a fixer-upper she purchased
in 2012 and spent more than a year renovat-
ing, is filled with photos she’s taken of locals
in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America
for clients like Peet’s Coffee and Blue Planet
Network, a safe-drinking-water nonprofit.
The walls of her living room are graced with
African masks, a reminder of Scott’s childhood
in Kenya. In the backyard, terra-cotta urns
filled with blood oranges and kumquats echo
Dundas’ many years spent in Tuscany with
her t wo (now grown) children and ex-husband,
renovating an 11th-century monastery.
Even the lap pool is reminiscent of the one
she had atop a hill in Tuscany. That one took
five years to install; the Mill Valley pool has
taken only one — though it had to be dug by
hand — and the results are stunning. Forty feet
long and solar-heated, it runs the length of the
yard and also stands atop a hill, overlooking
live oaks and bay trees — there’s even a nice
view of Mount Tamalpais from the water.
The pool, which Scott and Dundas use
every day, was a motivator for the move.
The couple, who formerly lived in Sausalito,
not only needed room for Scott’s teenage