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.
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.'”
The moose antlers were a wedding gift from Tolan to Tyler.
“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.
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.”
There are 5 bedrooms and 2 baths in the 2,500 square-foot home.
“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.”
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:
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.”
Soon after moving in, they painted the bleached wood cabinets white.
Curbed says the house “looks like it was the location for a Williams-Sonoma catalog shoot.”
“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
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.
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.
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.”
“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
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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