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13 Arastradero Road, Portola Valley
13 Arastradero Road Offered at $8,500,000
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Magnificent Estate with Unrivaled Views

Welcome to this magnificent equestrian estate surrounded by 1,500 acres of Stanford Ranch land and boasting unmatched San Francisco Bay views. The property was built with an authentic 1780 Federal period design, inspired by George Washington’s Mount Vernon home in Virginia. The main residence makes a commanding first impression with its white clapboard siding, functional green shutters, and signature cupola with copper weathervane. In balanced symmetry, two detached buildings, each with 2-car garage, one with a pool room and one with a guest house, replicate the design of the main residence. The home is perfectly sited on approximately 2.7 acres, aligned to be able to view San Francisco and Felt Lake while standing at the front door.

Inside and out, quality craftsmanship is displayed in myriad architectural details. Aged, wide-plank Douglas fir flooring, fine wood paneling and millwork, and extensive custom cabinetry define the main level, which is devoted to formal and everyday living spaces. A central hall – an authentic design element of the Federal style – anchors the center of the floor plan beneath the towering cupola. A temperature-controlled wine cellar, office, library, and chef’s kitchen with adjoining family room are perfect for today’s lifestyle needs. Upstairs, a spacious lounge takes full advantage of the views and serves as a central gathering place for the main house’s 4 bedrooms.

The grounds are equally impressive, professionally designed with inspiration from Filoli in Woodside, and include more than 250 planted trees and extensive Sonoma field-stone terraces. A secret garden in front of the home doubles as a tremendous entertainment venue, perfect for a wedding or philanthropic event. An infinity-edge pool and spa overlooking the Bay views, tennis court, bocce courts, barbecue center, plus a 5-stall barn add to the amenities of this remarkable estate property. A mere 5 minutes from Highway 280, between Page Mill and Alpine Road exits, this home also benefits from access to top-rated Palo Alto schools and proximity to Stanford University, Sand Hill Road venture capital centers, and all of Silicon Valley.

Summary of Features

  • Private equestrian estate surrounded on three sides by 1,500-acre Stanford Ranch lands
  • Extraordinary views of Felt Lake, Arastradero Preserve, and San Francisco skyline
  • Authentic Federal style home inspired by Washington’s Mount Vernon estate
  • Architecture by William Churchill; house built by Louis McBride Construction
  • Magnificent gardens inspired by Filoli and created by Creekside Landscaping
  • Main house of 4,520 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths
  • Two 2-car garages:
  • East garage has pool room and half-bath
  • West garage has detached guest house with 1 bedroom and 1 bath
  • Approximately 6,640 total square feet:
  • Main house          4,520
  • Guest house        824
  • Pool room           336
  • 2 garages            960
  • Main level has an entry foyer with powder room, central main hall with formal dining and wine cellar, living room, library, office, family room, chef’s kitchen and utility.
  • Upper level features lounge area, large upstairs master suite, second bedroom with en suite bath, plus two bedrooms with shared bath
  • Solar-heated infinity-edge pool with inset spa
  • Tennis court
  • Professionally landscaped gardens inspired by Filoli and created by Creekside Landscaping with over 250 planted trees, including an orchard, and drought-tolerant plantings
  • Outdoor walled garden pavilion with 2 heated copper-domed gazebos, arbor-covered dais, and 2 bocce courts
  • 5-stall barn and 4 connecting paddocks
  • Lot size of approximately 2.7 acres
  • Excellent Palo Alto schools: Nixon Elementary, Terman Middle, Gunn High

Property Highlights

Type:
Single Family Home
Architecture:
1780 Federal period style
Sq. feet:
6,640
Beds:
4
Full Baths:
3
1/2 Baths:
1
Lot size:
2.7 acres
Other structures:
1 bedroom, 1 bath guest house
Pool:
yes and tennis court
Parking:
Two 2-car garages
School district:
Palo Alto
Would you like a personal tour of this property?
Contact Hugh at 650.566.5353 or hcornish@cbnorcal.com