Take a Trolley All the Way Home
This Bay Area 3-bedroom has its own private cable car to take you up, up and away from it all.
John Kapelowitz had been a contractor for years when he decided to build his dream house. In the late '80s, he and his wife, Leslie Decker, bought a lot on a quiet cul-de-sac in San Anselmo, about 45 minutes north of San Francisco in Marin County, with a much-coveted view of Mount Tam.
There was just one teeny little problem. It was on a hill so steep, building a driveway would cost as much as building a house, and they weren't about to do both.
So they did the only logical thing: They built and installed a tram from the two-car garage up to the site of the house, which was a nice, flat rise perfect for a home. The tram dutifully hauled every bit of building material up the 100-foot rise, then every bit of furniture and, finally, every guest the Kapelowitzes invited over.
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Oh, you heard me right: There's no path. There's no driveway. The five-minute tram ride is the only route up to the house. At the top, there's a winch powered by an electric motor and a control station — the same principle as a ski lift. An additional control station sits at the bottom, and there's a remote control inside the house. The tram, painted to look like a San Francisco cable car, is 6 feet tall, 6 feet long and 3 feet wide, and holds 2,000 pounds, but the top pops off to reveal a flatbed if you need to haul up a grand piano.