Thomas Meyerhoffer’s Northern California beach house for sale
Industrial designer and influential entrepreneur Thomas Meyerhoffer is selling his iconic California beach house — the only Bay Area residence designed by world-renowned architect Michael Maltzan — for $2.95 million, according to real estate firm Compass. .
Meyerhoffer has worked on numerous projects for startups and global brands while living in Montara, California at home, including his alternative shape surfboardswhich he tested on the world-class surf breaks along the west coast from Santa Cruz to San Francisco.
Meyerhoffer created the first wrap-around ski goggles, developed Apple’s first translucent computer, and designed the Worldcoin cybercurrency’s eye-scanning Orb.
Montara is about 21 miles south of San Francisco.
the three bedroom, two bathroom home at 1241 Main St. spans 2,470 square feet. An offer is already pending less than two weeks after registration.
The residence was featured in Dwell magazine when it was completed in 2006. Maltzan converted a simple 30-by-30-foot cinderblock home into a modern masterpiece while retaining the humble “coastal vibe” of the original home.
“This is truly a one-of-a-kind home with a modern, coastal vibe,” said Compass listing agent Stephanie Sills. “It was designed for Meyerhoffer’s love of the outdoors, and the property honors its natural surroundings with its floor-to-ceiling windows and architectural style. The location also suits the property perfectly since Montara is a laid back town where people from all over enjoy surfing, hiking and biking.”
Maltzan, Meyerhoffer’s brother-in-law, received numerous architectural accolades throughout his career, including five Progressive Architecture Awards, 42 citations from the American Institute of Architects, and the Rudy Bruner Foundation Gold Medal for urban excellence. His early projects include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, where he worked with Frank Gehry, and the MOMA QNS in New York. In 1995, he founded Michael Maltzan Architecture.
Meyerhoffer, of Swedish descent, has lived in the house with his family for more than 20 years. He commissioned Maltzan to build the residence.
On the first floor, an open living area with kitchen and dining room features radiant floors and warm Douglas fir on the walls and ceilings. A living room below revolves around one of the residence’s three fireplaces.
The floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden ceiling “match perfectly with the concrete floors,” according to the listing.
Large sliding doors open to a private spacious yard with olive trees, triangular sail cover and ocean views. A hallway on the ground floor lets in natural light and leads to a guest bedroom, bathroom and office spaces.
On the top floor, a triangular veranda is ideal for practicing yoga, meditating or watching the waves. This space connects to a large master bedroom with a gas fireplace and two decks with spectacular ocean and Montara mountain views.
The large courtyard is walled.
The house is just two blocks from surfing and fishing at Montara State Beach.
This story was originally published April 1, 2022 1:53 p.m.