On the Dock of the Bay: Luxury Waterfront Home for Sale in Point Richmond

  • Back patio with fire pit

    Back patio with fire pit

  • Chef's kitchen

    Chef's kitchen

  • Open floor plan

    Open floor plan

With apologies to Otis Redding, you could totally sit on the dock of the bay and watch the ships roll in with this Point Richmond home, which is on the market for $2,150,000.

"It has completely unobstructed views of San Francisco, of the bay, and Brickyard Cove," listing agent Rick Richetta says. "You're surrounded by all these huge sailboats."

The 4,500-square-foot waterfront property also comes with a 50-foot private dock. You're welcome to join the boating activity, or you could simply take in the water views from pretty much anywhere in the house. The home's many decks are perfect vantage points, or you could set up shop on the back patio, which includes a fire pit and a front-row seat to nautical nirvana.

The luxury home, built in 2005, was originally the house of the developer of the exclusive community called Sandpiper Spit, and it's a primo perch at the end of the spit. The deluxe domicile features three floors, an open layout designed for entertaining, and four en suite bedrooms, including a huge master.

The third floor features a chef's kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and poured concrete counters. The area opens to an expansive dining and living space with floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a large, light-filled master suite.

The floors are connected by an eye-popping concrete-and-steel spiral staircase. Other levels include a family room large enough for a grand piano, the other en suite bedrooms, a wine room, and a two-car garage.

Luxe details include an elevator, arched and beamed ceilings, radiant floor heating, solar panels, and custom lighting.

Not familiar with Point Richmond? It's an elite enclave of Richmond, CA, that sits on a peninsula near the eastern end of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The historic small town includes a quaint pub, a hotel, restaurants, shops, parks, and museums.

The area offers easy access to San Francisco by car, mass transit, and ferry service, which will be offered directly from Point Richmond next year, according to the agent.

Sandpiper Spit is an upscale development that has attracted a mix of commuters, boaters, and celebrities, including retired NFL player Marshawn Lynch, who grabbed headlines when he bought an "over-the top-mansion" across the street from this home in 2012.

The high-end community is separated by a freeway and the waterfront in Richmond, a troubled city that has since become an in-demand place to live, in part due to the booming San Francisco Bay Area real estate market, the agent notes.

You may forget you're anywhere near a city when you settle into this standout spot. "It's like being on a luxury boat," Richetta says. "You have panorama water views and skyline views. You've got all the boats around you. It feels like a luxury liner. It doesn't look like a standard home. It's a really unique style."