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Enjoy European style in this fully renovated property on one of Palo Alto’s finest streets. The character of the original home – a circa 1926 Spanish Revival by renowned architect Birge Clark – remains today with its red tiled roof, graceful arches, and grand stature. Inside, every inch has been tended to by the hands of master craftsmen with a result that is elegant and decidedly European. Versailles patterned hardwood floors, Palladian windows, and six fireplaces, each with hand-carved stone surrounds and mantelpieces, are among the myriad details that extend throughout the property. The main residence with 4 en suite bedrooms spans three levels, while a 1-bedroom guest house provides equally lavish and private accommodations.

Truly designed for outdoor living, the grounds are breathtaking with a dazzling blue and gold mosaic pool, inspired by the indoor pool at Hearst Castle. Antiqued limestone surrounds the pool to create a grand entertaining space bordered with lush foliage and seasonal color. A pavilion and enchanting fireplace terrace provide added area for gatherings large and small. With its prime Crescent Park address, close-in proximity to downtown Palo Alto, and easy access to excellent local schools, this outstanding residence combines the romance of the Mediterranean countryside with the comfort and convenience one expects today.

AT A GLANCE

Extraordinary Mediterranean villa renovated in 2009

Original circa 1926 home by renowned California architect Birge Clark

Three levels, serviced by elevator or stairs, with approximately 7,145 square feet (buyer to confirm)

4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and 2 half-baths in the main residence

Guest house with kitchen, 1 bedroom, and 1 bath

Outdoor powder room

European gardens with lavender beds, fruit trees, roses, parterre gardens, and fountains

3-car detached garage, 1-car carport for guest house, and porte-cochère

Lot size of approximately 23,522 (Buyer to confirm)

Premier Crescent Park location

Palo Alto schools

DETAILS OF THE HOME

Foyer

Front door with inlaid glass and iron has operable panel for fresh air; a series of arches recalling the home’s original Spanish character outlines the barrel-vaulted ceiling; Versailles patterned hardwood floor

 


 

Staircase

A center rotunda showcases a magnificent wood staircase lined with iron railings

 

Living Room

Grand in size with a bowed wall of Palladian windows, parquetry floors in a Versailles pattern, and hand-hewn ceiling beams; manorial gas-log fireplace with hand-carved stone mantelpiece

 


 

Library

Extensive cabinetry and millwork surround the room, including a rotating art panel that reveals a flat-screen television on the reserve side; Rumford-style, gas-log fireplace with hand-carved surround; “secret” doors open to the dining room

 


 

Dining Room

A window-lined alcove expands the room’s already spacious dimensions; Versailles patterned hardwood floor; linen/china closet

 


 

Butler’s Pantry

Extensively appointed with 2 Dacor ovens, Thermador and Dacor warming drawers, GE microwave, 2 U-Line refrigerator drawers, and U-Line icemaker

 

Kitchen & Breakfast Room

Custom cabinetry topped with honed granite counters and backsplashes of tumbled marble; large island with counter seating; cabinetry for cookbooks and media separates the recessed casual dining area where a bowed wall of windows overlooks the pool and gardens

 


 

Appliances

LaCornue range with 5 burners, 2 ovens, and pot filler; Miele dishwasher; Bosch dishwasher; Thermador refrigerator and freezer, each with furniture-quality panels

 

Family Room/Sun Room

An intimate, sun-swept room just off the kitchen with Palladian windows and door to the pool terrace; a Rumford-style gas-log fireplace with to-the-ceiling mantelpiece that integrates overhead space for media

 


 

Recreation Room

On the lower level, handsomely appointed with designer carpeting, wainscot paneling, and gas-log fireplace with media wiring overhead; wet bar includes a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer, U-Line refrigerator with icemaker, and honed granite counter; access to a wainscot paneled powder room

 


 

Bedroom Suite 1/Office

On the upper level and currently customized for office use with a built-in desk and cabinetry on two walls; French doors to a balcony; en suite all marble bath with furniture vanity, lighted glass sink, and large shower with custom etched glass enclosure

 

Bedroom Suites 2 & 3

Each with walk-in closet, French doors to a private balcony, and en suite limestone bath – one with tub and overhead shower and one with shower only

 


 

Master Suite

Luxurious with custom carpeting, French doors to a private balcony, and his and her fabulously appointed closets, each with fully enclosed storage space and its own dressing area (concealed laundry area in one); gas-log fireplace with hand-carved mantelpiece beneath a rotating mirror that reveals a flat-screen television on the reverse side; en suite, all-marble bath with heated floor, separate vanities, whirlpool tub, shower, and private bidet/commode room

 


 

Gym

Flexible-use room, currently a gym and across the hall from a cedar-lined sauna

 

Other Interior Features

Main- and lower-level powder rooms

18-carat gold plated fixtures in all bathrooms

Large lower-level laundry room

Wine cellar area with three 300-bottle wine coolers with custom metal doors

Distributed audio system including surround sound in the living room

Programmable lighting

Security system

3-zone heating and 2-zone air conditioning

Tankless, recirculating hot water

Elevator to all three levels


The Grounds

Antiqued limestone terrace extends across the rear yard

Built-in seating benches around a gas-log fireplace

Pool of Murano blue glass and gold mosaic tiles plus separate spa and waterfall

Open pool pavilion for outdoor dining

Guest house with living room, gas-log fireplace, surround sound, and kitchen with gas range; separate bedroom and full bath with tub and overhead shower; separate security system

Professionally landscaped gardens with mature trees, parterre gardens, and seasonal color

Numerous fruit trees include pear, fig, persimmon, and apricot

Front gardens separated from the street by hand-crafted gate and fencing imported from Europe

Electronic gated driveway of reclaimed brick with ample off-street parking

 

Credits

John Matthanes, Pebble & Hawaii, architect

DeMattei Construction, San Francisco

Rich Green Ink, audio/visual systems (indoors and outdoors), Palo Alto

Paul Wiseman Group, interior design advisory, San Francisco

Ken Schoppet, landscaping, Los Altos

Amador Patino, gardening lighting (indoors and outdoors)

 

Price Upon Request
 

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