A Yacht-Like Bay Area Home Custom-Built for an Inventor Asks $14.9M

Who needs a backyard when you have the water? That’s what Philippe Kahn, inventor of the camera phone, seemed to ask in creating this Corinthian Island home in 2009. No longer in his hands, the contemporary Bay Area masterpiece designed by architect Hank Bruce, with walls of glass and an easy indoor-outdoor flow, sits on Belvedere Cove. That address promises an ultra-quick commute into San Francisco—so long as you cross the water in your boat or private yacht. Complete with a docking spot for such lavish transportation, the idyllic island abode has breezed onto the market asking $14.9 million.

Of the journey from home to city, listing agent Bill Smith of Compass said, “We traveled with one of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors players from 27 Bellevue to Chase Stadium in San Francisco. We made it in ten minutes.” If that sounds a little unreal, a touch too glamorous, traveling by car is still a fine option. Plus, the home’s sleek design across multiple levels is reminiscent of a yacht itself. With sweeping water views at every turn, even those who don’t love boating can get a taste of life on the water.

The lower level opens out onto a vast deck, one that more than stands in for a garden with an outdoor bar, outdoor shower, swimming pool, and spa. From there, an electric ramp delivers you to the floating dock outfitted with a 12,000-pound boat lift.

Smith and Ann Aylwin of Compass hold the listing, which will come to a buyer fully furnished. Renowned Juan Montoya Design created all the finishes and furnishings, so anchors aweigh: A new owner can move right in.