Paradise Cay

Master Planning Multi-family Housing
Project Number:
June 1972-November 1973
Pullman Building Company
Tiburon Peninsula, Marin County, California
Project Name:
Paradise Cay

Located on 41.62 acres (including water), the master plan located 143 units that consisted of percent percent single family homes and sixty percent terraced condominium were designed with eighty units with two beds, thirty-five with three beds, and twenty-three with four beds. The terrain ranged from very steep with a thirty-five to forty-two percent slope to flat, rock-filled land fingers jutting into the San Francisco Bay. Slopes in some areas are undergoing gradual subsidence and possible creep. Using boring holes, trenches, a refraction seismograph, and sound & noise instruments assessed the soil and water conditions.

The City required that water access be kept open to the community at large; that the wildlife habitat was preserved and that there be a reduction in density. Wildlife was preserved and large, open recreational areas were linked by county-wide bike trails. The planned density of the project was eventually reduced and more single family homes constructed. The housing and subterranean garage was built for parking along with a recreation center, yacht club, yacht harbor, natural wildlife park, swimming pool, children’s play areas, and bicycle paths were designed by others.