Ed Catmull, computer graphics pioneer and co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, has decided to abscond from his erstwhile home in Kentfield, CA, in favor of greener pastures – wherever those may be. Truth is, it doesn’t get much better than this: an 8,864 square foot custom-built mansion designed by acclaimed architect Steve Wisenbaker and set amongst the misty green hills of posh Marin County.
The 6-bed, 10-bath home has classic, unostentatious interiors that feature wide-plank wood flooring, whitewashed wainscoted ceilings, and lots of natural light. Catmull appears to have had lots of built-in shelving added to both the living areas and offices, presumably to hold all those potential screenplays and prestigious award trophies. The huge kitchen is to-die-for, featuring a large steel-topped center island and a classic Caumartin range. The home also includes a gym and outside, the .62 acre lot holds a pool (with a waterslide!), spa, gazebo, and a spacious brick patio surrounded by elegant landscaping.
Ed Catmull made a name for himself in the realm of animation and CGI through his discovery of revolutionary methods in computer graphics creation, including texture mapping and Z-buffering. Later, he incorporated these discoveries into theater blockbusters for LucasFilm and Pixar, helming animation efforts for films like ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘ Ratatouille’, and the ‘Toy Story’ series, among many others. Catmull now serves as the president of the Walt Disney Animation Studios and the Pixar Animation Studios.