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Some homes satisfy a desire for grandeur and splendor…a showcase for the spectacular in a look-don’t touch manner that can make a home a wonderful backdrop for elegant affairs, but may be lacking when it comes to daily living. And some homes captivate with their ability to get the balance just right, serving as both an incredible entertainment haven and a comfortably elegant everyday home.

This exquisite Mediterranean at 925 Seabury in Hillsborough, Calif. was crafted to meet the every need of its homeowner, from quiet evenings at home to grand-scale parties. Built to capture the ultimate California lifestyle, this home merges luxury and leisure. The result is a classically rich, regal, relaxing home that is, deservedly, considered one of Hillsborough’s finest estates.

The residence strikes a commanding presence from the front entrance, with a classic Mediterranean profile featuring imported French roof tiles, graceful arches and columns, dual balconies, a fountain, a wide green lawn, and towering palm trees. Beyond the front door, the home is every bit as exquisite, with three levels filled with gracious materials including marble, iron, distressed oak, limestone, leaded glass, custom molding, tumbled stone, and hand stenciling.

Six spacious bedroom suites offer abundant space for family, friends, staff, and guests. There is also a detached studio guest house to accommodate overnight visitors or whatever your hobby du jour is.

Built in 2007 as a showcase of Mediterranean style and modern sophistication, the home is as technologically sound as it is architecturally rich. Throughout the home, state-of-the-art technology—including whole home automation for lighting, sound, and security with individual room controls and a Panasonic phone system with intercom—bring an edge to the comfortable spaces.

In the family room, surround sound with retractable screen, projector, and a mounted plasma television create the ideal space for spending time with family and friends. Or, retreat to the cinema for movie-theatre quality with tiered seating for 13, a stage, and a 160-inch screen.

The gourmet kitchen offers a distinctive combination of form and function, with antique-glazed custom cabinetry, granite slab countertops, large center island, Dacor appliances, Miele espresso machine, wine cooler, dual compactors, and an adjacent Butler’s Pantry. An additional kitchen space with refrigerator drawers plus ice maker and keg refrigerator, sink, and two Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawers, in addition to the full bar, serve the game room.

Outside, another full kitchen on the loggia, which is accessed from the family room, offers a Dacor barbeque, gas grill, and warming drawer, Gaggenau steamer and rice cooker, ice maker, refrigerator, and keg refrigerator, plus built-in heaters and ceiling fan. This is just the beginning of the truly incredible backyard. The rear yard is a resort paradise, offering options for recreation, relaxation, and entertainment in equal measure with a pool and rock waterfall, two outdoor showers, regulation-sized tennis court with viewing platform, separate vegetable and fruit garden, and lush landscaping included a redwood grove.

The home also features a step-down living room with solid carved marble fireplace, double-door-entry library with secret office area, fitness Center  with cedar sauna, central vacuum, a backup generator for the entire house, and a dumbwaiter to all three floors.

It is rare to find a home that strikes the perfect balance between high style living and modern day comfort…and yet this magnificent Hillsborough estate achieves it all with effortless grace. It is represented by Tom Neel for $13,750,000.

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