The Bel Air of Silicon Valley is hotter than ever. The affluent equestrian community of Woodside has manifested some of the nation’s highest million-dollar home sales in the last few years. This newly listed $25 million estate, presiding over five sprawling acres and a timeless 6,000 square-foot English country manor, is no exception.
Represented by Erika Demma of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Woodside, the estate was built to “ensure that comfort and convenience are found at every turn and that a significant number of guests can easily be accommodated,” she says. “Myriad options unfold for entertaining throughout the compound, from a catering kitchen that rivals the main kitchen to poolside outdoor kitchen and complete facilities in the recreation lounge above the barn.”
Enter through custom equestrian-themed gates, and you are immediately greeted by a paver stone motor court, with walkways of Connecticut bluestone leading you to the front door where cobblestones line the exterior walls. You will be welcomed into the main residence itself by hand-forged iron and glass doors opening to a traditional foyer with two-story ceiling, balcony overlook and all-wood staircase. Stunning hardwood floors are introduced and maintained throughout the main living areas.
Graced by a cathedral ceiling, the living room is punctuated by French doors to the rear terrace, a two-way solid stone fireplace (shared with the library) and an adjacent bar alcove with two Sub-Zero refrigerators and custom cabinetry. Next door, a classic oak-paneled library offers integrated bookshelves and of course, the warmth of the fireplace. The dining room is another classic, thanks to rich details—a coffered ceiling, stunning chandelier, wainscot paneling and front bowed window. The grand kitchen represents the heart of the home with an expansive center island and form-meets-function details such as limestone countertops, furniture-quality cabinetry including custom enclosure for the refrigerator, cushioned banquette seating, Viking 6-burner gas cooktop and warming drawers, two Viking ovens, two Asko dishwashers, a Sub-Zero refrigerator and two solid stone apron sinks. From the kitchen, a family room beckons with a paneled wall with integrated storage, gas-log fireplace and overhead television. Three sets of French doors open to the rear terrace for seamless indoor/outdoor living. Other rooms on the main level add a sense of comfort: an exotic office, catering kitchen, playroom and bedroom suite for guests.
On the second level, the master suite is a haven onto itself with a barrel-vaulted ceiling with chandelier, gas-log fireplace and French doors opening to a large private terrace. Customized his-and hers walk-in closets, as well as a granite and limestone bath with separate vanities, sky-lit shower with three showerheads, whirlpool tub and private commode room make the entire master suite a true living oasis. Beyond the master suite, there are two other bedrooms on this level, each with a walk-in closet and access to a shared bath. Another bedroom offers a walk-in closet, adjoining playroom and en suite limestone bath.
Connecting it all are magnificent gardens, vast terraces and the resort-style amenities of a pool, spa, tennis court, playground, cabana and guesthouse.
And for the finishing touch? You’ll find a newly built barn and equestrian facilities for eight horses.
With enduring character and quiet elegance, this property is the epitome of equestrian living in Woodside. It is close to Silicon Valley tech centers and Stanford University, and just 25 minutes from San Francisco International Airport. For those who want the prestige of an address in the Bel Air of Silicon Valley, “it is the ultimate family or executive retreat,” concludes Demma.