Let’s take a look at 2016’s top 10 luxury home sales in Silicon Valley. Certainly all of these homes share key market fundamentals such as location-location-location, positive economic growth indicators, access to quality education and cultural assets, and consistently gorgeous weather. They also share superlative designs, top-of-the-line amenities, maximized indoor-outdoor living opportunities, and outstanding appliances and systems.
202 Camino Al Lago, Atherton | $16,200,000
5 Bed • 5|2 Bath • 10,937 SqFt • 1.21 Acres
Surrounded by 1.24 acres of mature fruit trees, this 1907 Atherton home seamlessly blends its Spanish style architectural roots with contemporary living wants and needs. Hand crafted wrought iron railings on exterior balconies, layered tile roofs, stucco, and exterior window shutters shape the house. Intricately crafted ceilings enhance intimacy in formal rooms. Hardwood floors throughout and consistently framed glass doors and window pane treatments invite into each room without interruption. Exterior natural light is maximized by sliding glass and french doors to the gardens and pool/patio areas.
5 Carolina Lane, Atherton | $16,400,000
7 Bed • 7|2 Bath • 12,778 SqFt • 1.03 Acres
This newly constructed Atherton estate offers an East Coast look for an ultimate family retreat. David Crouch and Ken Friedman designed and built the home with an unimpeded connection to the outdoors in mind. Every age and interest are accommodated in the home with its play room and study center near the kitchen and family room, recreation room, fitness center, sports bar, office, media room, theater with tiered seating, wine cellar, seven en suite bedrooms, four laundry rooms, and fully equipped guest house. White oak floors throughout the house hold it together. Customized cabinetry, Calacatta Oro marble and lofty, coffered ceilings add magnificent detailing. English granite and natural stone/tiles lead family and friends to front and rear terraces, pool, spa, outdoor barbeque and kitchen, fire pit, and sport court.
1 Faxon Road, Atherton | $16,500,000
5 Bed • 5|2 Bath • 12,840 SqFt • 1.73 Acres
This European inspired, 2003 Atherton property is located in the prized Menlo Circus Club neighborhood. Formally designed rooms, arched doorways, windows and hallways, and vaulted ceilings correspond to manicured, elegant gardens and expansive lawns on 1.7 acres of land. Hardwood and parquet flooring, a sweeping, wrought iron stairway, and cherry wood paneled library ground the home in an old worldish time period. A 5,000 bottle wine cellar reminds us of the definition of home entertainment. Contemporary outdoor living amenities include a golf practice hole, solar heated pool, and lattice covered patio spaces with an outdoor kitchen and barbeque.
27040 Old Trace Lane, Los Altos Hills | $16,500,000
8 Bed • 8|2 Bath • 14,855 SqFt • 3.32 Acres
A 1990, single level home on 3.39 pristine acres in Los Altos Hills offers 14,855 square feet of living space. Over 100 trees, rose gardens, and extensive lawns cushion a stand-alone guest house with full kitchen and living room, tennis court, oblong pool with spa, and lattice covered patio. A security perimeter ensures the home’s privacy. Inside, a basketball court, rock climbing wall, and fitness pool easily reinforce daily training routines. Octagonal shapes define the ballroom and library. Seven fireplaces warm the bedroom and living spaces. Intricately designed ceilings and skylights take turns in bringing the eye up. This is a home of details and shapes: from the highly crafted arched doorways and windows to the vaulted parking entrance, to the state of the art technology in its every nook and cranny to the curvaceous, surprising room contours, imagination lives here.
190 Almendral, Atherton | $19,750,000
6 Bed • 7|2 Bath • 13,350 SqFt • 43,538 SqFt Lot
Newly constructed by the Wise Building Company, this Atherton home smacks of New England colonialism. Three levels of family living space plus a fully equipped guest house include a media room, sports bar, cherry wood paneled library, and basement. Six miles of trim work plus Carrera marble hold the eye together throughout the house. Four separate fireplaces light the master bedroom, living room, dining room, and library. Vaulted ceilings and skylights add both detailed interest and natural light. Outside, several terraces and a sprawling pool and spa encourage play and entertainment. Two separate fireplaces along with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit encourage family and friends to enjoy the night.
59 Barry Lane, Atherton | $21,000,000
6 Bed • 8|1 Bath • 14,568 SqFt • 1.01 Acres
Contemporary colonial defines this Atherton home. Clean white lines and soft colored stone are signatures throughout. Natural light bounces off the lightly colored hardwood floors and white walls.The master bedroom extends out to a patio area overlooking the pool. The den area also seamlessly extends to an outdoor patio. Beamed and vaulted ceilings also embrace the natural light. The only enclosed spaces without light access are the wine cellar and media room. Two fully equipped guest houses provide opportunities for living and/or studio working spaces. A fully appointed outdoor kitchen, again detailed with white lines and soft colored stone, encourage family and friends to linger around the manicured lawns, pool, putting green, and half basketball court.
30 Belbrook Way, Atherton | $21,980,000
5 Bed • 5|2 Bath • 12,303 SqFt • 1.43 Acres
Butler Armsden, a highly sought after San Francisco based architectural firm, designed this new, contemporary Atherton home. Its horseshoe, square shaped structure connects seamlessly to courtyard lawns and is framed on all sides with forest-like pine and redwood trees. Exquisitely subtle landscaping extends out to the 50’ pool/spa and stand-alone, fully equipped one bedroom guest house. Floor to ceiling glass panels on two sides of the great room disappear into the walls to render the outdoors inside. Curbless showers reinforce that same illusion of line and space “invisibility.” A gym for daily training and a steam room and sauna for daily soothing plus a recreation room with bar and wine cellar complete this exemplary home. Onsite and remote programming systems and video surveillance keep this gated residence private and secure.
231 Winding Way, Woodside | $22,000,000
6 Bed • 4|2 Bath • 11,400 SqFt • 2.80 Acres
Heritage oaks and soaring redwoods seclude this new Woodside home on 2.8 acres of land. Backen, Gillam & Krueger, recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the country’s top 100 architectural firms and hailed by industry critics and green building experts alike, this four structure residence is a rare ownership opportunity indeed. Most homes designed by this firm are customized for specific clients ...having one available to the “public” is almost an anomaly. The four structures include a main house, guest house, pool house, and detached garage. Ideal indoor-outdoor spaces are constructed with American oak floors, Crittal steel windows, doors from England, and custom cedar paneling and cabinetry throughout. Patios extend from bedrooms and baths. Handcrafted natural materials of stone, concrete, zinc and marble sport walls and countertops. Amenities and functional systems include Anne Sacks, Walker, Zanger & Waterworks, Gaggenau and Miele appliances, Lutron light and home automation and Mitsubishi AVAC systems.
47 Camino Por Los Arboles, Atherton | $30,750,000
6 Bed • 6|4 Bath • 15,672 SqFt • 1.45 Acres
West Atherton is home to this elegant, Spanish style one person/couple residence. Built in 1956 among redwood and pine trees, this 1.45 acre property has been renovated to accommodate all contemporary needs and wants without compromising its traditional genre. A “regular” swimming and a lap pool host a latticed patio area and fully equipped outdoor kitchen. A wine cellar and media room are central to the home’s interior. Arched entrances and windows are true to Spanish influences. Wood paneled living room and library walls warm the spaces, and wood slat paneled ceilings in the kitchen provide continuity to the theme. Rich hardwood flooring throughout carries the eye from room to room. A customized wrought iron staircase leads to an upstairs balcony off the master bedroom and downstairs to the basement. Marble enhances the natural light on bathroom walls, counters, and fixtures.
246 Atherton Avenue, Atherton | $34,900,000
7 Bed • 7|3 Bath • 22,013 SqFt • 2.53 Acres
A two story entrance welcomes you into this contemporary Atherton estate. Built in 2015, this three leveled home sits on a fully landscaped 2.53 acre lot with spiralling redwood and pine trees, and French gardens. An infinity pool with mirrored reflections centers the three sided structure at its entrance. Complemented with floor to ceiling doors and windows, the indoor outdoor living spaces offer maximum luxury and privacy to all family members and guests. All seven bedrooms are ensuite. The master bedroom has a private balcony and fireplace. The two upper levels are connected with a handmade, custom steel staircase and an Ingo Maruer lighting fixture. Ardinea Italian cabinetry and Neolith counter tops blend form and function in the main kitchen area beautifully. Adjacent to the main kitchen area is a full service support kitchen that facilitates easy, efficient food preparation, and entertaining for all involved. The family room and media center are off the main kitchen area. A hydraulic elevator connects all three levels of the home. The lower level hosts a full kitchen, tasting/dining room, 2,000 bottle wine cellar, and billiard room. The multi-room pool house near the swimming pool and spa has a kitchenette, barbeque, fitness center, and office.