Property Features

  • Location Information:

  • Lot Description: Level, Waterfront

    Views: Bay, Water

    Style:  Contemporary, Japanese Influence

    # of Stories:  1

  • Interior Features:

  • Main Level:  Main Entry, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Family Room, Master Suite, Master Bathroom, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Guest Bathrooms, Exercise Room, Garage

    Kitchen Features: Caesarstone Countertops, Butcher Block Island, Built-in Subzero Refrigerators and Two Drawers, Two Subzero Freezer Drawers, (2) Dishwasher, Built-in Oven, Gas Range with Hood, Island, Remodeled, Counter Seating

    Laundry:  Washer, Dryer, In Laundry Room

    Master Bath Includes:  Two Seperate Sinks, Stall Shower, Soaking Tub, Walk-in Closet

    Additional Baths Includes:  Shower Over Tub, Remodeled, Jack and Jill

    Flooring: Hardwood Floors, Carpet

    Heating/ Cooling: Radiant Heat

    Water/Sewer: Sewer Public, Water Public

  • Exterior Features:

  • Exterior: Stucco

    Garage/Parking: 3 Car Garage, Storage Area

    Yard Description: Expansive Deck, Private Boat Slip, Fenced, Bay Access

    Roof: Ceramic Tile

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225 Martinique Ave
LIST PRICE: $3,350,000

Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 3
Square Feet: 3,357

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225 Martinique is truly one of a kind, a piece of art, situated in  the Paradise Cay neighborhood . This extraordinary luxury home offers the ultimate in quality design and workmanship.
Featuring Japanese architecture and details, this handcrafted home offers the best of old world workmanship incorporating all the modern amenities of today.
Complete with your own personal boat dock , this special residence offers waterfront living at its very best .
There are only four lots in Paradise Cay that are both on bedrock and have a view looking down the length of the channels. 225 Martinique is one of these special lots!

Seller Narrative:

Design & Construction

Inspired by Greene & Greene Craftsman style (douglas fir, quality handwork), Eichler (atrium), Japanese Machiya (row house) architecture (central atrium), and especially Japanese Minka (farm house) architecture (curved structural and decorative beams)

Architect was Alfred Klyce, a fourth generation Mill Valley architect, trained in Japan
Builder was Steen Moller, Structural Art, trained in Holland as a wooden boat builder.
The site is bedrock.


Designed by Eiji Nakamura, Japanese influenced dry style garden.

Large boulders imported from Montana closely match those found in Japan.

Two Japanese maples, two Japanese cherries.

Front Gate and Wall

Japanese Machiya (row house) style wall, with ceramic tile roof imported from Japan.
Gate designed and built by Japanese temple builder Hiroshi Sakaguchi of Ki Arts, Occidental California.  Material is Alaskan yellow cedar using traditional no-nail construction techniques.
The door is opened with a traditional wooden lock rather than a doorknob.
Side gate has traditional latch as well, built by Hiroshi Sakaguchi

Front Door

Hand made by Hiroshi Sakaguchi of Ki Arts.
Door lock mechanism, imported from Japan.
Sliding pocket front doors such as this are common in Japan.


Follows the typical Japanese style, where you step up into the house.  The tiled lower portion is for shoes and is considered exterior.
Immediately in front of the guest is the Tokonoma, a recessed alcove for displaying a seasonal hanging scroll, ikebana, or a bonsai plant.  Our Tokonoma is modernized, without the traditional raised floor.
To the right is a modernized interpretation of the tokobashira, a sizable vertical post setting off the tokonoma alcove from the rest of the room.

Entry Hallway

This hallway requires the guest to make two turns before entering the core of the house.  These turns are an important part of Asian house design and feng shui. The belief in Asia is that evil spirits cannot make turns, so these turns protect the house from evil spirits.
This hallway is also narrow and tall, creating a feeling of compression before the guest expands as they approach the atrium at the end.

Central Atrium

An important feature of Machiya architecture, the central atrium creates a secluded garden separated from the outside world.
This garden has a Tsukubai water basin, and a small Buddha statue.
The water feature is on a wall switch.
Adjustable lighting is on all four corners.
The sprinkler system is on a timer, accessed below the deck via a movable hatch.
A French drain runs around the perimeter.
The roof gutters empty into the French drain.
A deck allows for closer viewing.
The rocks are similar to those found in Japan.  They match those in the garden, imported from Montana.

Atrium Hallway

Surrounding the atrium is the Engawa, a hallway immediately adjacent to the outdoors.  This is a traditional element in Japanese architecture.
Our Engawa is modernized, smoothly blending into the living room and adjacent flooring areas.
At the ends of each section of hallway is a wall space suitable for hanging art.

Media Room

Wall to wall douglas fir bookshelves and entertainment center.
Wiring led back to the office for piping in music.
Built in B&W wall speakers and sub-woofer.
Fusuma paper sliding doors align with the center of the atrium doors and doors to the deck.
Sonos wireless sound system.


Designed with enough space so two cooks can comfortably work simultaneously.
Central island with butcher block maple countertop.
Other countertops are Caesarstone.
Cabinets are made of Trespa Meteon, a fiberglass-like material that is impervious to water.
The wall of cabinets contains a full size refrigerator plus two refrigerator drawers.  Sub-zero.
Two freezer drawers are located at the end of the island, next to the dining area. Sub-zero.
Two sinks, two dishwashers, two garbage disposals.
There are soap dispensers in the counter, as well as a reverse osmosis drinking water filtration system that is linked to the ice maker.
The island contains a microwave drawer.
The wall contains a custom made indoor smoker, from Klose BBQ pits in Texas.
The BBQ surround is made of antique clinker brick (newly painted), sourced locally
The stove is a Bluestar, the hood is from Vent-a-hood.
Lighting is metal halide, lights take a little while to warm up but use very little power.
Lighting balasts are located above the BBQ (accessed from the pantry), above the vent hood, and under the counter to the right of the stove (accessed from outside).
Pull-out garbage drawer that can be accessed from the outside.
Sonos wireless sound system.

Dining Area

Cabinet doors fold away and up to reveal an office desk.  Wiring connects to the internet.
A sub-woofer for the sound system is located under the counter between the kitchen and the dining area.
Sonos wireless sound system.

Living Room

Lighted alcove area for artwork or display.
Sonos wireless sound system.


Roughly 1500 square feet of deck.
Plugged and screwed.
Made of Garapa Brazilian hardwood.
Deck overhangs the water with new cement pilings.


Extra wide, for easily carrying a dingy down to the water


Center slip is assigned to the property.
Dock maintenance is shared with neighbors.
Dock dimensions 11.5’W x 34’L

Office  (Optional Bedroom 4)

View of the water
Sonos wireless sound system

Bedroom 1

Sound insulated from the office/bedroom 4 and adjacent bedroom with Quietrock sound insulating drywall.


Jack and Jill style
Hand painted tile tub surround, with antique hand painted delft tile centerpiece.

Bedroom 2

Sound insulated from both adjacent bedrooms with Quietrock sound insulating drywall.

Laundry Room

Has both electric and gas hookups.
Plumbing in place for a potential sink installation.

Master Bedroom

Contains Engawa Japanese exterior hallway element with curved beam header
Sound insulated from adjacent bedroom and laundry room with Quietrock sound insulating drywall

Master Bathroom

Circular tub
Electric washlet toilet
Skylight and decorative beam header over bathroom sinks.
Sonos wireless sound system.


Contains electrical sub-panels and access to some of the kitchen lighting balasts

Guest Bathroom

Unique, opulent style.
New brushed nickel sink faucet

Mud Room

Transition to garage with storage


Three car parking, two full size, one compact
Additional room for workshop or storage
Utility room
Solar panel hardware
Curved structural ceiling beams


Ceramic roof tiles – MCA MF108, C23 Metalic Silver, imported from Japan. 50 year guarantee.  They interlock and are certified against hurricane strength winds.
Windows and doors – Loewen, Canada, douglas fir.
Woodwork - douglas fir, both structural and decorative
Interior Wood finish – Waterlox sealer and Waterlox satin finish
Exterior Wood finish – Waterlox marine sealer and Waterlox marine satin finish
Floors – tigerwood engineered, from Handloggers Richmond
Subfloors – warmboard, designed for in-floor heating
Heating Zones – master bedroom, master bathroom, both kids rooms, office, living area, TV room
Heating and hot water system – Munchkin hot water heater, heat exchanger, holding tank and recirculating pump for potable domestic water.
Solar panels – provide for the bulk of electricity usage.
Ceiling beams – All exposed rafters and ridge beams are structural. Wall headers, such as the one in the entry and the one in the entry hallway, are decorative. The two curved logs in the dining area are structural.  The curved logs in the garage are structural.  All structural beams purchased on-site in Montana directly from the logger.
Gutters - copper
Exterior Stucco – La Hambra Southern Moss #696
Garage Door – Purchased from Artistic Garage Doors, San Carlos
Power Available – 200 amps