596 Ethel Avenue MILL VALLEY




Situated at the entrance to Homestead Valley on a level ~12,000 foot lot, just steps from local restaurants, Whole Foods, neighborhood parks, and award winning schools; the latest KCS Estates luxury property is the epitome of the Warm Modern design aesthetic .   This custom built ~3500 square foot, 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home seamlessly blends iconic mid-century elements with clean modern lines. The rich, natural palate and retro inspired geometric shapes to create an elegant yet relaxed environment offering all of the amenities and luxuries desired for today’s Mill Valley lifestyle.

From the moment you walk through the custom 9 ft. cedar entry door and view the atrium at the heart of this home you are struck by the flawless fusion of design and nature. A relaxed yet sophisticated great room perfectly blends modern comfort with mid-century details featuring a fully equipped chef’s kitchen with large island easily seating 6, a dining area with custom bar complete with 46 bottle wine refrigerator, and living space with gas fireplace and beautiful custom walnut panel detailing. A wall of glass with oversized sliding doors opens to the atrium and lawn beyond uniting the indoor and outdoor living spaces. The main level master suite consists of a voluminous bedroom with sliding doors leading to a tranquil outdoor sitting area, spa like master bath and large walk in closet. Completing this level are a private office, laundry/mudroom and garage entry.

A wide open staircase with custom laser cut panels in a retro pattern of interlocking circles and squares leads to the expansive family room, before continuing to the bedroom wing of the house. A private guest suite easily doubles as an upper level master with an elegant en-suite bath and generous walk in closet. The two additional upper level bedrooms, both with en-suite baths and walk in closets, flank a sun-filled lounge ideal for a children’s play room or homework station.

From the front gate to the wide sunny lawn this home was designed to make the most of its almost 12,000 foot lot and create a flawless indoor/outdoor flow that provides the ideal backdrop for life in Mill Valley. The sophisticated landscaping of the front yard blends harmoniously with the natural cedar, stone, and stucco palate of the homes exterior, welcoming residents and visitors alike. Sliding doors lead from the living room to the expansive atrium ideal for dining al fresco or relaxing with friends while making use of the built in Thermador grill. The level sun drenched lawn and concrete paver patio with its cozy seating area around a custom fire pit anchor the yard, creating an ideal space to enjoy the cool fall evenings or relax on a sunny afternoon.

No detail was spared in the creation of this stunning home. Its modern design together with the well thought out floor plan forge a home that is not only warm and inviting but also rich in ambiance eclipsing current trends and proving that modern needn’t mean cold.  


596 Ethel Avenue, Mill Valley, CA

3D walk through showcase

Presented by Melissa Crawford

flawless fusion of design and nature

Its modern design together with the well thought out floor plan forge a home that is not only warm and inviting but also rich in ambiance.



Custom built home completed in 2017 using only the highest quality construction and materials featuring clean modern lines and materials
such as Heath® tile, wood accents and mixed metal fixtures, to create a rich natural palate.

Spacious 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home (all bedrooms have en-suite baths)

~3,510 square feet of living space on a flat ~12,000 foot lot close to shops, restaurants & award winning schools of Mill Valley

Attached 2 car garage, plus additional off street parking for 3 or more cars. 

Multi zoned radiant heat throughout house

Distributed audio system features multi-room and outdoor zones


  • Soaring 10 ft. ceilings throughout lower level
  • Dining area with custom bar featuring a 46 bottle dual temp wine refrigerator
  • Living area with gas fireplace, gorgeous walnut paneling detail and built ins
  • Powder Room with hand painted Heath® wall paper accent wall
  • Wall of glass with oversized sliding doors leading to the spacious atrium with built in barbeque, patio with cozy seating around a custom fire pit, and lawn area beyond


  • Oversized island capable of seating 6 comfortably with “Fresh Concrete” Cesarstone top and walnut paneling detail creates the perfect division from living area to kitchen
  • 48” dual fuel Thermador® 6 burner range with grill and dual ovens
  • 42” side by side Thermador® Stainless Refrigerator
  • Custom painted cabinetry with elegant mixed metal fixtures and floating walnut shelving, and back splash wall in Antique White Dwell pattern Heath tile


  • Spacious and private main level master suite with sliding doors leading to private outdoor seating area
  • Spa like master bath with oversized stall shower featuring Hansgrohe® rainfall shower head, dual sink vanity with Italian Maxfine Calacatta slab walled shower, and porcelain Stone Source Hex Mosaic tile floor  
  • Generous walk in closet ready for personalization


  • Large family/den/media room with vaulted ceilings and wired for surround sound
  • 3 bedrooms with en-suite baths and walk in closets
  • Lounge area perfect for kids homework or hang out space
  • Walk in storage closet (room) ideal for seasonal storage, luggage and more 


  • Level ~12,000 foot lot offers seamless indoor/outdoor flow
  • Trellis roofed rear atrium providing accessed from great room, ideal for outdoor dining with built in barbeque, provides over 400 feet of additional living space
  • Sunny level lawn, plus additional outdoor areas ideal for vegetable garden, kids play area, dog run or…
  • Additional outdoor concrete paver patio with custom built fire pit and seating area.
  • Property has elegant 6 foot privacy fence around perimeter

About Mill Valley

Just 10 minutes north of San Francisco Mill Valley offers up small town charm with European flair. The housing here is as eclectic as the population; ranging from the charming old time cottages of Sycamore Park to sophisticated multi-million dollar estates tucked in the hills of Middle Ridge. The “perfect” house for any taste can be found in the three square miles that make up the town of Mill Valley.

Mill Valley is anchored by Lytton Square (affectionately known to locals as “The Depot”) and its surrounding shops and restaurants. With no less than 3 coffee shops to be found in less than a one block radius, not to mention the wonderful shops, restaurants, and easy access to the trails of Mt Tam it is easy to see why The Depot is the hub of Mill Valley for locals and visitors alike. If you are more of a night owl… step out for an evening at the Sweetwater (live music offering up great local band from jazz to rock) or over to the Throckmorton Theater for an evening of comedy at the legendary Mark Pitta and friends, where you never know who is going to show up. Surprise headliners often include Dana Carvey or Robin Williams.

Recently named #4 on Smithsonian’s 20 best small towns in America, it is understandable why so many want to call this small town home.

More about Mill Valley:     Chamber of Commerce      Mill Valley School Information      Parks & Playgrounds


Melissa Crawford

Melissa Crawford

License #: 01224441

(415) 302-0057

Melissa Crawford is a top producing Real Estate Broker who specializes in finding and selling Marin County’s unique and exceptional homes. A second generation practitioner with nearly twenty years of experience, Melissa has been able to provide unparalleled service through her local expertise, long standing local relationships and well-honed transaction and escrow management skills. It is Melissa’s ability to guide both buyers and sellers through all stages of a real estate transaction that makes her the best agent to be trusted with what is potentially a large portion of your investment portfolio, but the sanctuary housing your most precious commodity: your family.

Melissa was born in San Francisco and has lived in Marin most of her life; she is a graduate of Tamalpais High School and San Francisco State. She currently lives in Mill Valley with her husband Lupine (a professional photographer) and their two daughters, Ella and Haley. Her deep ties to the community with an emphasis on children’s education have given her a world of satisfaction and the extensive network critical to any successful real estate broker. Melissa has served on the board of the Southern Marin Mothers’ Club, the Strawberry Point PTA, and is involved in KIDDO (the Mill Valley Schools Foundation). In her leisure time she enjoys being with her family, cooking, crafting and feeding her addiction to SOULCYCLE.

Melissa attributes her success to candid and timely communication, integrity, dedication, accountability, creativity, and her commitment to bringing those qualities and focused efforts to every transaction. As a client of Melissa’s you will always come first and she will continuously strive to give you the best experience possible in buying or selling your home. She looks forward to the opportunity of doing business with you.


Led by Sophia Kabler Cowley, KCS Estates has built a reputation for its tasteful design and finishes, well thought out floor plans and emphasis on high quality construction. Sophia, a resident of Mill Valley, stands behind her development projects and is proud of her proven track record.

The KCS team, including Joe McGuire & Julia Cook, extends its design and development expertise to client projects and has worked in all of the Marin County planning and building departments on both new home and remodel projects. The team’s passion is fusing traditional and contemporary design elements to create a timeless design that intelligently considers construction costs. KCS work has been featured in the SF Decorator Showcase, Houzz, Elle Décor online, Better Homes and Gardens and other numerous publications. Visit KCS at www.kcsestates.com to learn more.

“We love the ability to both raise a family and entertain in our home. The floor plan works really well for both! Sophia has stood behind her product.”

— Jed and Lisa, 324 Melrose Buyers

“Building a home from the ground up is very exciting, and a challenging process. The KCS team moved us through the design and permitting process as smoothly as possible. Together we selected a contractor that we consider to be the perfect fit for our project. Throughout, KCS has been very mindful of our budget.Our home will be completed this spring. We are grateful to have found KCS and would recommend their services with complete confidence.”

— Todd and Ruthie, clients


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Melissa Crawford, Broker Associate
License #: 01224441
575 Redwood Hwy, Suite 150,
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Office: 415-380-2109 
Mobile: 415-302-0057