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European Grandeur in Atherton


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European Grandeur within Two Blocks of the Menlo Circus Club!

Set behind a gated entrance on beautifully landscaped grounds of more than one acre, this magnificent residence portrays timeless grandeur in the most prestigious area of Atherton. Built in 2001 by Lencioni Construction, this home is masterfully crafted inside and out with the highest level of quality and attention to detail. Comprising more than 12,000 total sq ft, the main residence is three stories, serviced by an elevator. An elegant living room, library, and dining room look onto the vast terraces and grounds. A chef's kitchen with informal dining is light-filled. Additional gathering areas include a large family room and rec room. There are seven spacious bedrooms, the primary suite and four bedrooms are located on the upper level. A guest suite with a kitchenette and private entrance is perfect for an au pair. For the car enthusiast, an underground garage has parking for up to five cars as well as a detached two-car garage.


Electronic driveway and pedestrian gates open to a large guest parking area; a wide slate walkway leads to solid mahogany double doors below a grand portico


Two-story rotunda entrance topped with a circular cupola entirely outlined with windows;


Ideal as a luxurious library or office, this room is accentuated with plaster crown moldings with corbel and egg-and-dart detail, two ceiling medallions, and carpeted floor.

Formal Living Room

Scaled for entertaining, this grand room is accentuated with integrated French doors to the reflecting pool terrace, and fireplace with English carved marble mantelpiece

Dining Room

Two sets of mahogany double doors in the living room open to this elegantly formal venue with a Venetian-style chandelier, elaborately carved moldings, and hardwood floor with inlaid feature strip

Media/Family Room

Large-scaled room for everyday living has carpet, dentil detail moldings, and 2 sets of floor-to-ceiling, furniture-style built-in cabinetry with glass shelves; a French door opens to the rear patio.

Powder Room

Tucked under the main staircase is the formal powder room with pedestal sink

Kitchen & Informal Dining

A tremendous kitchen beneath a vaulted ceiling with clerestory windows on two sides includes an informal dining area with a French door and matching windows to a patio and the inspiring rear grounds


GE Monogram gas cooktop with 6 burners and griddle; double ovens, compactor, one Bosch dishwasher and one KitchenAid dishwasher, plus Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine cooler, and two refrigerated drawers

Wine Cellar (lower level)

Temperature-controlled with custom racking for approximately 1,200 bottles and stone tiled floor

Recreation Room (lower level)

Extra-large room features egg-and-dart crown moldings, ceiling lighting, wall-to-wall recessed cabinetry and open shelving, a fireplace outlined in marble, plus media wiring on one wall; a French door opens to the lower terrace with steps up to the rear grounds and carpet finishes the floor

Bedroom Suite (main level)

Ideal for a home office, this bedroom has an en suite bath, with dual entry to the hallway, is finished in marble with a tub and overhead shower

Primary Bedroom Suite (upper level)

Double-door entry and sitting room with gas-log fireplace outlined in black granite; a sliding glass door opens to a balcony; tremendous walk-in closet and dressing area with 3-way mirror; all-marble en suite bath has heated floors, separate vanities, a jetted tub, frosted glass doors to the solid marble shower for two, and private bidet in water closet

Bedroom Wing (upper level)

Three bedroom suites plus additional bedroom/study, each with crown moldings, carpet, and ceiling light; one bedroom has a bath with large single-sink vanity and tub with overhead shower; one bedroom has a bath with single-sink vanity and shower; one bedroom, with Palladian windows and sliding glass door to a balcony overlooking the terrace and fountain, has a bath with dual-sink vanity, shower, and private commode room

Bedroom Suite (lower level)

Perfect for an au pair or extended family with private office/sitting room and outside entrance, pass-through to a kitchenette with sink and refrigerator, plus en suite bath with tub and overhead shower

Other Interior Features

  • Lower-level laundry room with sink, Speed Queen washer, and Maytag dryer
  • Tremendous lower-level garage with parking for 5 cars and significant built-ins
  • Solid Douglas fir window frames with exterior metal cladding
  • Solid mahogany or poplar interior doors with solid brass hardware
  • Outlet in center of rotunda floor
  • Double layers of sheetrock between first floor and lower level
  • Oversized framing (2 x 6, 4 x 6, and 2 x 10 exterior walls)
  • Vantage home automation for lighting and fountains
  • Sonos sound system
  • Security and surveillance
  • New paint and/or carpet in most rooms
  • Two 100-gallon water heaters with recirculation pumps
  • 600-amp electrical service
  • 5-zone heating and air conditioning
  • Computerized Panasonic telephone system
  • Fiber optic and CAT5 cable throughout
  • Tesla Charging Station

Exterior Features

  • Cement stucco exterior with cast stone trim details
  • Automated entry and exit pedestrian and driveway gates
  • Separate double gated service entrance with large parking area
  • Pierced brickwork
  • Detached garage with adjacent exterior parking spot and EV connection
  • Main terrace with reflecting pool and computer-controlled jets surrounded in natural stone decking; carved balustrade railings outline one portion of the terrace and intricately laid brickwork creates perimeter fencing around the reflecting pool
  • Circular pool fountain
  • Extensive computer-controlled landscape and tree lighting
  • Large level lawn plus old-growth redwoods and oaks
  • Mission-style clay roof tiles with seismic tie-down system
  • Extensive use of copper for flashings, gutters, and downspouts
  • 40kW diesel “movie quiet” backup generator

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If Atherton seems especially quiet and secluded, it’s no accident: The town prohibits commercial development of any kind, and it declares in its General Plan that streets are “designed primarily as scenic routes rather than for speed of travel.”
Atherton was named Fair Oaks until 1923. Today, the town's neighborhoods are still thickly wooded with oaks, redwoods, cedars, pines, and ornamental trees.

Atherton also stands out as one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Atherton's ZIP code, 94027, as the nation’s most expensive ZIP code, with a median home price of $9,026,885. 

Notable residents, past and present, include former movie star and diplomat Shirley Temple Black, baseball great Willie Mays, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman. 

Atherton was originally comprised of large estates owned by wealthy San Francisco businessmen. The estates were gradually subdivided, beginning in the 1920s and ’30s, but the town has held fast to rules setting the minimum lot size at one acre. 

Atherton covers five square miles in southern San Mateo County, bordered by Menlo Park, Redwood City, Woodside, and unincorporated areas of the county. It stretches from Interstate 280 to the southwest to Highway 101 to the northeast. San Francisco is 29 miles to the north, and San Jose is 21 miles to the south. 

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