133 Buena Vista Aveune
Built in 1911, this vintage home has the heart and soul of old Mill Valley.
Steeped in history, this home sits on an exceptionally large, street to street parcel in the Boyle park neighborhood.
The home still exhibits the sense of being prized. This is a double parcel and the gardens are designed with patios where you can escape, entertain, play or just relax. You can sense history unfold as you walk the pathways surrounding the property
This is a home that has retained the warmth and charm of the past as improvements were made. The living room features the warm glow of redwood wainscoting. There is the crowning glory of an old fashioned boxed ceiling. The original front door was located where a charming enclosed sun porch is now found. The downstairs bath has a claw foot tub.
The current owner has refined the kitchen with architectural interest, including vaulted ceilings with gallery style skylights. There is a step-up dining room with honey colored wood floors. The two bedrooms on the main floor enjoy an old fashioned charm.
Upstairs there is a dramatic master suite with vaulted ceilings. As you lie in bed, be greeted by the morning light dancing through the trees out your windows. Being located on its own level the master suite becomes a welcome retreat.
Under the house, via a separate entry, there is a second unit which brings in extra income or…possibilities for expansion.
A look back at the history of this home is a look back into Mill Valley history. Vincent Kingwell, one of the first residents of Mill Valley prior to 1900, purchased this property and the adjacent lot for his daughters Mary and Vivian. The owner of California Brass and Foundry, Vincent Kingman was a respected citizen both of Marin County as well as an important businessman in San Francisco, having served as a member of the Board of Supervisors. His company was very large, for the day, selling products up and down the Pacific Coast to ships, churches and fire departments. One can imagine California Brass Bells sounding alarms during the great earthquake and fire of 1906. Of course after this event, Mill Valley began to grow with people leaving the city and setting down new roots in this new “safe” community.
Vincent Kingman’s lucky, 18 year old, daughter Vivian was the original resident of 133 Buena Vista. The lot was part of the subdivision of Carmelita and Hugh Boyle’s lands. At the time of purchase Hugh Boyle was paid in gold coin. The lots in this subdivision are known the Boyle Park Tract. The adjacent Sunnyside Tract lots sold, at around the same time, for $300-$500 based upon whether or not the lots were on a hillside. It is hard to imagine at the time these lots were sold, many of those on Buena Vista (Beautiful View) had enviable views of the Bay. 133 Buena Vista would have been one of the more prized “hillside lots.”
Vivian later married a SF composer, musician and conductor Edward Lada, who performed at the Alcazar Theater. Vivian lived at 133 Buena Vista until 1919, when the home was sold to the Henry Aubuchons who lived there until 1954.
Of course history surrounds the house. Prior to her death, Carmelita Boyle donated 2 acres of land to the city for the creation of a park. Baseball first was played at Boyle Park in 1908. The first little league game was played in 1954. Mill Valley made history with a homerun hitting girl who broke through the all male barrier to Little League in 1973. This is a fitting tribute to Carmelita Boyle, who had so graciously left this 2 acre gem to the city of Mill Valley.
133 Buena Vista is set in the heart of traditional Mill Valley. Steps from Boyle, Park, a top rated school and the shops and resturants of downtown. When people talk about about Mill Valley, the chances are they are only dreaming of a home like this. The home is so close to town, yet it feels like an oasis. Unique and an one of a kind a treasure, this home is ready for you to write the next page in the history books.