Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence Selling Mill Valley Cottage

by hookedonhouses on December 19, 2013

Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence's Mill Valley CA house for sale

Tyler Florence is selling his charming 1926 Craftsman in Mill Valley, California, that he calls his family’s “sweet little cabin in the woods.” His kitchen was featured in House Beautiful, so I was excited to get a closer look at it and the rest of the house.

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Tyler and his wife Tolan were introduced by fellow chef Rocco DiSpirito and married in December 2006. He told SFGate, “We spent our honeymoon house-hunting. On a rainy Sunday afternoon, we walked into this house and I said, ‘Honey, this is it.’”

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The moose antlers were a wedding gift from Tolan to Tyler.

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“The shingle-roofed home, nestled alongside a creek, is surrounded by redwoods and bay laurels. The property’s wild blackberry bushes and plum tree produce fruit ideal for homemade jam. Fruit from the small apple tree is turned into applesauce.” -SFGate.

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The listing says, “Tyler Florence’s personal residence offers an unparalleled opportunity to acquire a piece of Mill Valley history. The iconic 1926 cottage has been renovated with high end, timeless designer finishes throughout. Perfectly site placed adjacent to a seasonal creek in a walk to town location.”

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There are 5 bedrooms and 2 baths in the 2,500 square-foot home.

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“When they bought the house, there were just two bedrooms upstairs; they are currently used as a guest room and an office. A four-month renovation transformed the unfinished basement into three additional bedrooms and a master bathroom.”

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A downstairs bedroom is designated for summer visits from Tyler’s son Miles. During the rest of the year, it becomes a playroom for the younger kids:

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In House Beautiful, Tyler wrote, “My kitchen at home is where all the action happens. My wife, Tolan, and I balance out our busy lives managing three restaurants; our three kitchen shops; a hectic media schedule; a new wine label; our baby food company, Sprout; and, of course, our three beautiful children: Miles, 14, Hayden, 3, and Dorothy, 2.”

Tyler Florence and his daughter in the kitchen HB

Soon after moving in, they painted the bleached wood cabinets white.

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Curbed says the house “looks like it was the location for a Williams-Sonoma catalog shoot.”

Tyler Florence's kitchen in HB blackboard wall

“Inspired by the outdoor menus that are ubiquitous in Paris, the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room became a prominent feature with a few coats of chalkboard paint. Florence hired an artist to inscribe a list of wines and French dishes, as well as replicate a drawing of a pig that he came across in The Chronicle’s food section.” -SFGate

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The kitchen has Viking stainless steel appliances, including a range with six burners, a double oven, and a full-height wine cellar. They also installed a motorized skylight in lieu of a hood, which would generate too much noise and make taping television shows in the kitchen difficult.

Tyler Florence's kitchen in HB

The dark gray tile on the wall came from the Heath Ceramics factory in nearby Sausalito. “We like that the tiles are imperfect,” Tyler says. “Sort of worn and lived-in.” They have different finishes — high-gloss, satin and matte — and were arranged in a staggered pattern.

Tyler Florence's kitchen

When they moved into the house, they only had three weeks to give the outdated kitchen a makeover so they could shoot photos for Tyler’s book Dinner at My Place. At the time, he says, “It looked like IKEA circa 1982 in here.”

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“Adjacent to the kitchen is a small light-filled room, where Clark Florence speculates that the previous owners kept a washer and dryer. Post-renovation, built-in shelves topped with Carrera marble offer extra storage and prep space.” -SFGate

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Want it? The asking price is $1.995 million. Check the listing at Estately and articles at SFGate, Curbed, and House Beautiful for more information. (HB photos by John Lee.) Learn more about Tyler Florence at Food Network and his own website.

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

CottageGirl December 19, 2013 at 7:52 am

Words fail me!

I can’t tell you how much I love this charming, welcoming, lovely house! If I had the moo-lah, the next comment I’d post to your website would be from Mill Valley!

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Julie @ Creating This Life December 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

I absolutely love everything about this home. Perfection!

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Jennifer December 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

I love everything about it! It’s so cozy and comfortable, but well done. I’m not sure where Mill Valley is, but I love that you can walk into town from his house. That is really cool to a suburban girl like me.

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Bridget December 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Jennifer,
Mill Valley is located in Northern California. More specifically in Marin County which is quite pricey because it has something to do with not having a lot of homes built vs. open land space. The north half of the Golden Gate Bridge is in Marin. The county is quite beautiful.

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Carla December 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

I love houses….all shapes, all kinds. But you know when a house just grabs you? That’s this one for me. It may have a little bit to do with the fact that Tyler Florence is from my hometown, and it’s nice to see a local boy do good. :) What I love about it, though, is that there is so much inspiration here for someone with a “regular” house. It’s not a huge mansion with sweeping staircases and football sized rooms that are hard to recreate. It’s warm, it’s inviting, the details are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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hookedonhouses December 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

I totally agree. This has to be one of my favorite celebrity houses of the year because it’s one I’d actually love to live in! :)

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Leanna December 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

Amen!

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Cheryl in Wisconsin December 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

It’s elegant yet comfortable. It’s decorated without looking too contrived. There is so much to admire.

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romy December 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

Oh! where did I put my $1.995 million? maybe on the other pair of jeans :D. Lovely house, the different finishes for the dark gray tiles was a good idea, really eye catching. What I can understand is the motorized skylight as a solution to hoods, what would you do on a rainy day? It calls to my attention how many kitchens do not have a hood or any kind of smoke extractor in sight, can they be hide? or they just don’t have one? I just always assume those kitchen owners didn’t cook to often …

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hookedonhouses December 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

Good question about rainy days! Not sure how that would work exactly.

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Carolyn December 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

Lovely and charming. Did you see the size of that master closet? Or notice the chicken coop? I think the lot is gorgeous – with redwoods and a creek! That would sell me right there. Question is: why move?

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snaggy December 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

I want !!

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Sue December 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

I like the color of the house and everything inside too. I have been wanting to do some kind of Chalkboard wall and their board inspires me more.

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Kristi December 19, 2013 at 11:40 am

Such a gorgeous house! I love looking at the houses you feature on your blog, but I just have to mention that I am always thrown off by the ad you have running on the side- that is a bit of soft porn- I think- and so distracting. But thank you for your blog, I adore it!

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hookedonhouses December 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

Which ad are you getting like that, Kristi? I unfortunately don’t have much control over what you see because different people get different ones. That’s why my husband gets car ads on my blog after he’s been car shopping online, for example, and I’m seeing ones from Art.com since I just ordered something from them. I’m not personally selling the ads or anything. It’s just code in the sidebars that responds to your search and browsing history and tries to show you what they think you’ll want to see. (Dave is a computer guy and he says you should probably clear your cache if you’re seeing a lot of objectionable ads, BTW. Or at least try refreshing the page so new ads load.) However, if you can tell me what the ad is for I can try to have it blocked. I already have restrictions on which types of ads they can show (no political ads, dating sites, or weight loss, etc) but sometimes they get through anyway, which is really frustrating. Sorry about that!!

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Kristi December 21, 2013 at 12:22 am

It was for some game- It is not showing up now, but for a few days it was there! I will let you know if I see it again! I will see if I can clear my cache! (not sure what that is or how to do it, but sounds like something I should get on!

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jep December 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

I love this house and would move to CA just to live in it if we had the money!

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maddie may December 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Perfection !!!!!! This home is without a doubt one of the most charming & spectacular ones I have ever seen. I am adicted to decorating magazines & have viewed many, many homes throughout the years. This one sure ticks all the right boxes & I would find it very, very difficult to move on from this absolute treasure. Luvvvvvv it.

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House Crazy Sarah December 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

apart from the beige-wash, it is VERY charming. Exceedingly charming in fact! I can envision kids there so it is a cozy, comfy place despite the designer touches.

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Laurie Jones at Laurie Jones Home December 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm

He’s home has always been a favorite of mine and until now I’ve only seen the kitchen! Thanks for sharing! I love it!!

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hookedonhouses December 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I know, I was excited to see the rest of the house, too, and it didn’t disappoint! :)

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Terri @ Travel 50 States with Kids December 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Very cute! I could live there!

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HollyK December 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Lovely… I wish you could locate pictures of the cottage before the remodel of the living areas. I actually LOVED what I saw of the cottage before, and have searched for more detail pics. It was more of a warm and cozy cottage before the remodel… I believe I saw the article featured in a Thanksgiving edition of Southern Living magazine several years ago.

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hookedonhouses December 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Oh, really? I didn’t know there were before photos of it out there! If anyone tracks them down, let us know. Would love to see them.

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HollyK December 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

oops! I dug through my magazine clippings, and it was actually in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Nov. 2010.

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jane susan December 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

How can they leave???

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Rebecca C December 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I’m moving. This is the house. Just wish I had that kind of money. We can all dream. Love, love, love it.

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Celia @ Life on Maple Street December 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Omg! That kitchen is beautiful! The house is obviously big but they have managed to keep a feeling of coziness which can be lost in big houses.

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Esther George December 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I love every inch of this charming home. Sure would be a perfect family home…I’m day dreaming again… Every week my husband says this is the week (winning Lotto) Hah….. Hi Julia thank you for sharing this beauty. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS this deserves another cup of coffee.

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B. Venti December 20, 2013 at 8:48 am

This house is perfection! Do you have any idea why they’d be selling it? I could literally just move right in! Love your blog Julia!

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hookedonhouses December 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

I don’t but I would have a hard time giving it up if it were mine! :)

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Erin December 20, 2013 at 11:47 am

One of my all-time favorites! I guess I’m going to have to fight off everyone else in line to move right in? Maybe we can all pool our money. Perfection!

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hookedonhouses December 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’ll go in on it with you, Erin! :)

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Laurie December 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Wow, what a great place!! But I can’t understand why a couple put so much love, money and talent into a house, get it completely perfect and have a perfect location, and then move. How could you ever improve on a home like this?!?

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com December 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I love Tyler so it doesn’t surprise me I love his place.

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Nancy December 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Lovely home! Is the Master bedroom on the lower level?

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hookedonhouses December 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Yes, from what I understand it started as a 2-bedroom cottage and they finished the basement to add a master and two more bedrooms. Now they use the upstairs bedrooms as an office and guest room. It looks like a “walk-out” basement, though, since there are doors leading outside.

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Nancy December 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm

That is what I thought. The rooms look they get a lot of natural light. Very inviting home!!

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Linzy December 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Hey Julia? The video ad on the right side of your blog makes really loud, really obnoxious noises and there is no way to shut it off or pause it. I think it is the first second of each ad that plays, even though it is supposed to be on mute. It’s really obnoxious.

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hookedonhouses December 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Everyone sees different ads, which makes it hard for me to track down problems like that. (I’m not seeing any videos in the sidebar.) Hit refresh and hopefully you’ll get something else. Weird that you’re hearing it even on Mute? Sorry about that, Linzy!!

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Leanna December 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

Just so you don’t think you are losing your mind, Linzy, the same thing has been happening to me lately. Random bits of audio and it always makes me jump since I haven’t clicked on anything! I upgraded to Explorer 11 recently and I’m wondering if that’s why. I’ve had a few other strange things happen on site since I loaded the new version.

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Linzy December 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Huh. Well, I’m glad you said something, Leanna, because it’s not happening right now. And I’m running the latest version of Firefox, so that can’t be it. It did happen several times last week, sorry I can’t specifically remember the ads, Julia. That said, to be able to enjoy your blog as a free service I really can’t complain too much. I’m glad you have ads, Julia, if it keeps allowing you to post on pretty places.

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Little Edie December 20, 2013 at 10:37 pm

So nice to see all of the love for this home. I’m crazy about that funky front porch and the big old antique butcher block tops set into the kitchen counters.

Had I only bought that winning lotto ticket sold around the corner from me last week I’d be moving to Mill Valley … if I could beat the rest of the readers to the listing, that is.

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Wendy December 21, 2013 at 12:04 am

This is my town! And yes, this is just what many of the houses look like (we also have an old cottage, a creek running through our property. and are surrounded by redwoods, can’t walk to town, though). That cottagey look is the reason I love the place, as well as being surrounded by open space. But I can’t claim all the cottages have all been so beautifully redone. Often they tear down the cottages and build Monster Houses, so hats off to Tyler Florence. If he’s in Cascade Canyon then he can walk to downtown and his beautiful shop as well as my favorite restaurant in town, El Paseo. I knew from what he did with that historic space that he had a feel for creating a profound sense of place. I see he worked the same magic, with a different aesthetic, in his home. If we can’t afford to buy they house at least we can stop in for a burger!

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nikki December 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Oh my husband would love those moose antlers!

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Laurel @ SoPo Cottage December 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Thanks so much for sharing Julia. The whole house is spectacular, but the kitchen is amazing!!! I can’t decide what feature I like best, but maybe that chopping board! You can tell a real cook lives there and they thought through all the critical details. Now if I just had a couple million dollars and needed to live in California!

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