We’re pretty sure this stunning new residence will not stay on the market for long, even with its $36.8 million asking price. First, the property is set within prime West Atherton, a community Forbes magazine ranks as the No. 1 most expensive ZIP code in the country. (In fact, the median home value in Atherton is a staggering $4.59 million.) Second, low inventory has long plagued this highly sought-after Silicon Valley/Peninsula enclave—and newly constructed residences are even more rare. Lastly, this landmark ‘spec’ house is downright gorgeous, already capturing the attention of the Wall Street Journal.
Built by Woodlane Properties and designed by Arcanum Architecture with landscaping by Studio Green, the estate encompasses two sprawling acres, a 16,000 square-foot main house, a guesthouse, a 50-foot-long swimming pool and a pool house. The property is inspired by northern European architecture, “uniquely designed as a collection of distinct buildings and living spaces,” according to developer Joe Comartin, whose wife Natalie has the listing with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Menlo Park-El Camino.
“Each space is masterfully integrated with individual courtyards and outdoor living spaces – each a sculptural element unto itself,” Natalie Comartin notes in the property description. “The result is a more dynamic living experience. It presents an intriguing sense of wonder both inside and out.”
A sense of wonder is right. It begins from the moment one enters the three-level, seven-bedroom main residence. Lofty ceilings, steel-framed doors, many of which disappear into the walls, fumed European white oak floors and the most extraordinary selection of natural stones all express a modern ingenuity. Thoughtful spaces include two offices, a recreation room, gym, theatre, full bar, wine cellar, crafts room and yoga room.
Modern entertaining has clearly been considered, as witnessed by the main floor living spaces. The grand living room features exposed beam cathedral ceiling and two circular metal-sculpted chandeliers, plus steel sash glass doors opening to the rear terrace and the private fireplace terrace. The library/parlor opens on two sides and has fully disappearing glass doors to the rear terrace for a ‘wow’ moment. And the dining room offers disappearing steel sash glass doors to the rear terrace.
The open kitchen and butler’s pantry is a chef’s (or private chef’s) delight with Wolf dual-fuel range with 2 ovens, six gas burners, griddle, and pot filler, two Miele ovens, Miele steam oven, Miele microwave, two Bosch dishwashers, as well as a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer.
Hosting parties and elegant get-togethers can be moved indoors, out with relative ease. There’s, of course, the limestone terrace with its fireplace off the living room and a second limestone terrace with DCS barbecue center off the family room. A crushed stone sunken garden amphitheater of steel plate-terraced walls with linear fire pit also offers opportunity for keeping guests entertained. And one cannot overlook the open-air pool cabaña with curtained dining room, lounge with fireplace, radiant heat lamps, and full bath with shower, plus outdoor shower; refreshment bar with Jenn-Air refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, sink, countertop beverage cooler, and 65-inch television. Personal moments of Zen can still be had in the meditation sculpture garden off the study.
“There is a wonderful sense of energy flowing through the spaces with a strong connection to the beautiful grounds,” says Comartin.
As expected, the Silicon Valley manse is fully wired for the future. It has full smart home capabilities with additional wiring capable of accommodating Crestron, Savant or Control4 systems and too many other technological features to name.
“Proximity to Stanford University, venture capital centers, and an international airport, plus a midway location between San Francisco and Silicon Valley make this an unrivaled and worldly place to call home,” concludes Comartin.
119 Tuscaloosa Avenue is offered at $36,800,000 by Natalie Comartin of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Menlo Park-El Camino.