Your winding formal driveway was the original entrance to the Wintringham estate built in 1876. Some of the house’s original foundation is apparent in the brick walls adorning the sides of the driveway. The estate home was torn down in 1950 and developed into six lots. Three homes now surround and share this driveway.
The uphill north side of Laurel Place is the start of a quiet residential neighborhood just a couple of blocks from Downtown San Rafael with its restaurants and shops. Laurel Avenue is treelined and the elevation offers dramatic views to Mt. Tamalpais from both upper apartments.
The central courtyard area at the top of the driveway is a separate parcel included in the sale of 114 Laurel. It serves as a parking area for this property with the exception of two spaces being reserved for the owner of the house to the west (124 Laurel) and an ingress and access easement for both 124 and the house at 118 Laurel. This additional parcel is restricted from further development.
114 Laurel was built as a duplex in 1953. According to the Assessor’s records, a third unit was added by converting a portion of the finished basement area into a one-bedroom apartment sometime prior to 1968. The City of San Rafael does not have a permit for this addition and does not consider this to be a legal apartment unit. In 1970 a fourth one-bedroom apartment was created from the balance of the finished basement area. This was done with permits and is recognized by the City of San Rafael.
Apartment A & B: These are the two original duplex units and feature a two-bedroom, one-bath floorplan of approximately 935 square feet. They each have a stairway leading to a lower-level utility room and a one-car garage. The apartments were extensively remodeled in 1998 including refinished hardwood flooring, crown moldings, recessed lighting, and a kitchen and bath remodel consistent with the era of the ’50s. The apartments have French doors opening to large, private patio deck areas. Heating is central forced air gas and the units each have a separate hot water heater. There is a washer-dryer hookup in the garage. Apartment A is currently rented on a month-to-month basis at a low $2,400 per month; Apartment B is currently rented to a Section 8 program tenant on a month-to-month basis for $2,750 per month.
Apartment C: According to the Marin Assessor, this one-bedroom apartment was added by converting some of the finished basement areas sometime prior to 1968. The City of San Rafael unfortunately does not have a permit record of this unit being added. The City is taking the position that this unit is not legal. A buyer will have to apply for this unit to be legalized as a regular apartment or as an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit). The apartment has a separate hot water heater and is heated by a gas-fired wall furnace. Alternatively, this apartment could be a continuation of Apartment A above as they are connected via the utility room (see floor plan).
Apartment D: This unit was also created by converting the balance of the finished basement area into a one-bedroom apartment. This unit was done with a permit and is recognized by the City of San Rafael. The conversion was high quality with granite counters, Travertine flooring, and maple cabinets in the kitchen. The unit has a separate hot water heater and is heated by a gas-fired wall furnace. It is currently rented to a long-term tenant at a low $1,100 per month.
Overall, the property appears to be in very good condition. All windows have been replaced with Marvin dual pane. Contractor, termite, roof, and electrical reports are available upon request.
The PGE is metered for three apartments. B and D have separate gas and electric meters. Unit C is combined with unit A.
Showings: The house will be available to be seen Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, September 9-13 between 2:30 and 4:00 pm. Please accommodate these showing times as the property is tenant-occupied.
Offers: On or after Tuesday, September 14, 2021.