Marin Home / BACKSTORY
Alexa felt the same way. The large (nearly
8,300 square feet) and very modern house was
stunning, with a wide-open floor plan; Golden
Gate Bridge views; a 75-foot infinity-edge lap
pool; and a dramatic Terzani wire and lead
crystal pendant chandelier anchoring the
center of the home. For Alexa, it presented
a challenge. All their homes had been older,
including their most recent, a classic 1930
Ross estate. “I felt like people who love design
Upon moving in, Alexa started “softening”
at some point turn toward modern,” she said,
“and I wanted to try something different.”
Their realtor, Tracy McLaughlin, was also
excited by the idea. “I knew that Alexa’s design
aesthetic, combined with the architect and
builder’s incredible work, would turn out to be
beautiful,” she says.
the contemporary home. Her first project?
The yard, which she transformed from a
Inside, Alexa created warmth by filling the
stark setting into a lush, Mediterranean-style
garden, overflowing with boxwood, jasmine,
lavender and olive (the home already had a
budding olive grove behind the pool).
home with furniture like the Camerich sec-
tional couch, now sitting in the family room
at the bottom of the home’s curving staircase.
The couch is so cushy, filled with numerous
pillows, it’s difficult to imagine wanting to
get up from it.
On the main floor, Alexa’s done the same,
pairing the dining room’s spiky starburst
chandelier with cream linen chairs from
Sunrise Home and a rough wooden tabletop
tray filled with soft, organic-feeling moss balls.
Throughout the whole house, the color scheme is
a soothing combination of beige, black and gray.
It’s so inviting that Andy’s begun enter-
taining a foreign idea: he’d like to stay. “This
place has such a calming effect,” he says.
“I just don’t want to leave.” m
FOR A LONG time, Alexa and Andy Price had their moving company’s number on speed dial. The Prices lived in Ross for 15 years, in four different houses, and made a habit
of buying homes, remodeling them, and selling
them for a profit, relying on Andy’s financial
savvy and Alexa’s keen eye for design.
Last year, the parents of three decided to
make a change. Andy, a tech entrepreneur,
wanted a shorter commute to the city
and closer proximity to the water. They
both thought it would be fun to live in
Alexa, a nutritionist by training, started
looking online and saw this Tiburon house,
which had been remodeled as a spec house, but
she thought the sellers were asking too much.
When the price went down, the Prices went
to see it. “I walked in,” says Andy, “and said,
‘I have to have this house.’ ”