Sunrise Pointe is a 66 -unit condominium development that was initially known as Corinthian Villas while it was in the planning stages.  It’s unclear as to why the name was changed to Sunrise Pointe, but the change was made prior to the initial sales being made, which occurred in the summer of 1986.

The property was built in two phases, with a total of 13 buildings.  Phase I consisted of Buildings 1, 2, 3, 4 and 12, and was completed in late 1986.  Phase II encompassed all the other buildings and was completed in 1987.  This undoubtedly contributed to the “unusual” numbering convention we have today.

Phase I featured three basic floor plans, with slight variations in size, depending on the building in which they were located.  The plans were a two story 3 BR / 2.5 BA, which are almost exclusively end units; two story 2 BR / 2.5 BA units with the living area on the second floor and the bedrooms on the third floor; and one story 2 BR / 2 BA units, some of which are on the ground floor and some on the second floor.  The initial three model units were in Building 3.

Phase II comprised the rest of the buildings, with largely the same mix of floor plans.  One exception was the five units numbered 6062 though 6066.  These are 2BR / 2.5 BA two-story units on the short street behind the pool.

The architect for Sunrise Pointe was Robert Wright and this project was done in conjunction with TWM Architects and Planners. Robert Wright’s role was Principal-in-Charge, Project Architect and or Architect of Record.

The Developer was Catherine Munson who moved to San Francisco in 1954 where she worked with the Atomic Energy Commission at the University of California, San Francisco before quitting to raise the first of three daughters. At one point, the Munson’s bought an Eichler in Terra Linda; she fell in love with themodern design and got to know Joseph Eichler. What started out as a one day a week sales job became a full-time passion.  She founded Lucas Value Properties in 1967 and became a Certified Commercial Investment Member. She went on to develop major residential and industrial projects throughout Marin including Sunrise Pointe in Mill Valley and Creekwood Professional Center in Novato. Lucas Valley properties sold Skywalker Ranch to Filmmaker George Lucas.

 

RICHARDSON BAY BRIDGE OPENING DAY PARADE, 1931-11-22

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The grand opening of the Richardson Bay Bridge on November 22, 1931. It was the largest structure of redwood ever built and connected the stretch of Highway 101 between Alto and Waldo Stations.

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Special thanks to Bill Wamsley for the history section as well as Howard Nurse for his articles pertaining to the history of Sunrise Pointe.