It’s hard to believe that Atherton was once merely a “flag stop on the California Coast Line of the Southern Pacific Railroad between San Francisco and San Jose for the convenience of the owners of the large estates who lived north of Menlo Park,” according to Wikipedia. Today Atherton, however, is one of the nation’s most sought-after addresses, home to magnates and mansions in equal measure. Current-day prices in Atherton are just a bit higher. In fact, in October 2013, Forbes magazine released its annual list of America’s most expensive zip codes, with Atherton’s 94027 right at the top. Forbes also pointed out that “Atherton is home to six Forbes 400 billionaires, including (Google executive chairman) Eric Schmidt and (Hewlett-Packard president and CEO) Meg Whitman. It’s possibly also the future home of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who it’s been reported may have recently purchased a newly built $27 million home in Atherton.

141 Tuscaloosa was highlighted in the Forbes article as Atherton’s most expensive home for sale. It also may well be its finest.

Presenting a rare opportunity to own an estate property on 3.8 flat acres in prime West Atherton, this 10,230 square-foot traditional offers expansive public spaces and large yet inviting private areas with five bedrooms and five and one-half baths in the main house.

The updated home, built in 1994, opens up into a two-story foyer with grand staircase, leading to impressive spaces including a double-height great room, a family room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace, a massive dining room, a gourmet kitchen, and a wood-paneled library with coffered ceilings and custom built-ins. An au-pair suite with kitchen and bath, a one-bedroom guesthouse, and a detached indoor half basketball court with kitchen and full bath are also offered.

Outside, the 3.8 acres spread out like a national park, with a stone patio, swimming pool, putting green, towering trees, landscaped gardens, parkland greenery, and multiple entertainment areas.

Represented by Susie Dews of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Palo Alto Downtown for $33,000,000.

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141 Tuscaloosa is by Susie Dews  of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.