Step inside this magical Mediterranean-style home in California, complete with secret tunnel, Palladian windows and a 1,500-bottle wine cellar…It was home to Heidi Roizen, renowned Silicon Valley venture capitalist and business woman...
The grand Mediterranean-style home features six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four ornate fireplaces, formal dining room, kitchen/family room, formal living room, large study, sun room, wine cellar, and a central "Great Hall" with a sweeping grand staircase, huge stained glass windows and 22 foot high ceilings. Built in 1919 for one of Atherton's town founders, the home has been extensively renovated, while still preserving the many fine original architectural details such as hardwood doors, columns, plasterwork and Palladian windows.
Built in 1919, on nine acres of land, Stockbridge Avenue has had only four owners in its long history. The original owner and builder was one of Atherton's five town founders and his roots go back to the California Gold Rush.
Adjacent to the house is a spectacular entertainment complex added in 2003. This magnificent structure incorporates a full bar and kitchen, two ornate baths and a great entertaining space capped by a spectacular hand-carved and hand-painted domed ceiling from Morocco on the top level. Six glass doors pocket into the wall, opening to a terrace with a bubbling fountain and a view of the lush lawn and garden. The lower level's main attraction is a huge theatre with 14 foot ceilings, a stage and a 120-inch cinema screen hidden behind automated curtains. This room was designed for the very best acoustics and can be configured for intimate parties or larger functions, movie showings or live performance. Adjacent to the theatre is a large fully equipped gym, full bathroom with steam shower, a vault, and an outdoor patio with fountain. A secret tunnel back to the main house adds a special element of fun and mystery.
A broad terrace runs the length of the rear façade of the main house and overlooks the pool with waterfall-style fountain, surrounding patio, pavilion with outdoor fireplace, and in-ground spa with fountain. Wrought-iron gates, original to the property, open to the guest parking area and paved, circular drive.
All in all, it's a stunning home, filled with beautiful design ideas...Enjoy the tour!
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Emily Peck, Editor
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