Property of the Day: Green Gables Estate, Woodside, California

The extensive historic estate is on the market for the first time in more than 100 years

THE PROPERTY: This 74-acre private estate was created in the early 20th century, when Mortimer Fleishhacker, the founder of the Great Western Power Company, purchased nine parcels of land in Woodside between 1907 and 1911. Comprising seven individual residences with a total of 29 bedrooms, this expansive property also offers three swimming pools, a reservoir, a barn and stables. The heart of the property is a Green & Greene-designed home with an accompanying reflection pool, garden and magnificent Roman pool the size of a football field. 

THE LOCATION: Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, the estate occupies a coveted location in the town of Woodside, California. With a population of just over 5,000 it promises a rural lifestyle with local trails, vineyards, an artists’ colony and summer jazz at the picturesque Filoli Garden. There are superb views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the redwood forests of the western hills. 

THE INTERIOR: The interior of the main home was designed by Elsie de Wolfe, an influential designer from the early 1900s and the author of the popular 1913 book The House in Good Taste. The original furnishings have been carefully preserved in three of the main house’s eight bedrooms. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: Green Gables has an illustrious history and has played host to European royalty and US presidents, as well as influential artists and actors. This is a rare opportunity to own one of the last remaining historic San Francisco summer estates dating from the turn of the century. 

BUY IT NOW: Price on request with Sotheby’s International Realty

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