07/13/2012 04:12 pm ET | Updated Jul 13, 2012

Marin Open Houses: The Three Classic Cottages You Absolutely Have To See (PHOTOS)

This article comes to us courtesy of California Home & Design.

By Philip Ferrato

Before the Golden Gate Bridge was built, Marin County was a sleepy place, mostly open coastal meadow and virgin redwood forest. Wood was cheap. Many houses were built in an East Coast vernacular using local materials by ship's carpenters at turn of the 20th Century. Eager for some extra work while waiting for theirs ships to leave from San Francisco, what they built became a classic local style.

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