Deadhead's Dream: Jerry Garcia's Last Home for Sale

Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia's "endless tour" with the not-so-funky-anymore Marin County may be coming to an end after all.

The house in rural Nicasio that Garcia last lived in, before his death in 1995 at age 53 (Deadheads still celebrate his birthday each summer and prefer to say he is now 68), came on the market at just under $4 million.

A bargain? Perhaps, given its lineage. But certainly not cheap. The median home sale price in Marin County still towered at $794,500 last month, a drop from $825,000 a year earlier.
Truth is, those who thought Marin was ever an inexpensive place to hang their hashish pipes were hallucinating. It really never was, at least not in this lifetime. And the county long-ago lost much of its New Age vibe as well, something President George H.W. Bush learned the hard way in 2002 when he was forced to apologize to irate Marin County residents for denouncing American terrorist John Walker Lindh as "some misguided Marin County hot-tubber." Bush wrote a letter to readers of the Marin Independent Journal expressing remorse and promising to never again use the phrases "Marin County" and "hot tub" in the same sentence.

But hey, a friend of the devil is a friend of mine.

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The 7,000-square-foot Mediterranean home that Garcia once slept in (the band toured almost constantly from 1965 to 1995, performing 2,314 shows, many with hours-long solos and extended jams, and taking the occasional break when a band member collapsed from exhaustion or needed a stint in rehab) sits on 11 acres. The listing says that it has a 1,500-square-foot artist's studio, a solar-heated pool and an organic garden. The property has a well and a water-purification system that produces 14,000 gallons a day and a generator with a 450-gallon, dedicated propane tank. A sugar magnolia caught up in the sunlight, indeed. The estate has 300-degree views of the Berkeley skyline to the Pacific.

How much as Marin's culture changed? Enough to say that, in marketing Garcia's former home, the agent thoughtfully included that it was just a mere 35-minute drive to Nob Hill in San Francisco. That one may cause Captain Trip to roll over.

Anna Boucher of Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

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