Pacific Union GMAC Represents Stunning Property in Country Club Area

Posted by Karen Monroe — January 27, 2008

San Francisco – (Jan. 28, 2008) – Rich with local history and preserved in traditional style, San Rafael’s elegant Rosegarden estate is now listed exclusively with Lindy Emrich of Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate, Greenbrae office. Located at 315 Summit Ave. in the Country Club area, the luxury property is offered at $6,950,000. The first broker’s tour is set for Thursday, January 31 from 11 AM to 3 PM, and is underwritten by Leslie H. Miller of Northern Trust and catered by Stacy Scott. The property is shown by appointment only.“The Rosegarden is a spectacular Georgian Colonial estate sitting on 1.5 acres of private park-like, manicured grounds,” said Emrich, a real estate professional for more than 25 years who specializes in representing Marin’s most prestigious homes. “Constructed in 1929, the home has been expanded and exquisitely remodeled with integrity to nearly 8,000 square feet.”The original home at 315 Summit burned down in the 1920s. David H. Walker, Jr. purchased the site years later after he and his family fell for the bountiful roses that grew in the garden. They then decided to call their new home Rosegarden. Walker, a successful insurance broker, hired his friend Eldridge Spencer to build the family home. Spencer was a participating architect for Stanford University and the famous Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite National Park, designing the stained glass panels. Rosegarden was styled after an estate in Annapolis, MD and reminiscent of Old Williamsburg. In rebuilding this modern home, Spencer was cognizant of light, openness, form, access to the outside and family living.In 1929, the Walker family moved into Rosegarden. Sitting on five acres, the estate consisted of the main Georgian Colonial home, an orchard, stable, guest quarters, chicken houses and a special three-story fort with subterranean entrance. Walker’s wife Imogene was one of the charter members of the Marin Garden Club and took her gardens seriously, including vegetables, roses and exotic plants and trees. Entertaining at the Rosegarden was both grand and informal; they threw berry picking parties and invited guests like photographer Ansel Adams.Today, Rosegarden is located on nearly 1.5 acres. Spencer’s thoughtful architectural vision was honored and updated by the present owners who purchased the home in 1978 to raise their five children.The residence boasts six bedrooms, six full baths, two half-baths and features elegant high ceilings, authentic paneling and molding, a slate roof, six classic fireplaces, plus a remodeled kitchen and baths. The grounds include a pool, regulation tennis court, outside barbeque area, vineyard, rose and vegetable gardens, and outstanding vistas of San Francisco Bay.For more information about the estate, visit To request an appointment, contact Emrich at 415.464.3744 or Union GMAC Real EstateSince 1975, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate has thoughtfully matched generations of buyers and sellers throughout the entire Bay Area. Pacific Union GMAC focuses on delivering outstanding quality and unparalleled service to a full spectrum of discerning clients. Pacific Union GMAC is the only firm in California to receive a distinguished four star International Property Award in association with CNBC Europe and the London Daily Mirror for superior marketing materials and client services in the luxury marketplace. A premier, locally managed brokerage with knowledgeable, experienced real estate professionals, Pacific Union GMAC takes a leading edge to new technology applications designed to enhance the client experience. Pacific Union is a GMAC Home Services company. For more information, visit

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