8 Faxon Forest

English-Style Manor Home in Menlo Circus Club

Located in Atherton

This incomparable estate is steeped in European elegance and located on what many consider to be the best street in all of Atherton. Completed for the current owners, the home was designed by renowned architect Gerald Taylor with inspiration from Sir Edwin Lutyens, the great Edwardian country house architect of the late 19th/early 20th century. Featured in Architectural Digest, authentic details are integrated at every turn – nowhere more apparent than the integrally colored plaster walls and the uneven stain on the maple flooring, both exuding an aged effect. Antique mantelpieces from England and France adorn the fireplaces, a trompe l’oeil replicates detailed tile work, and intricate moldings are hand-set on the walls and ceilings.

Spanning three levels of absolute luxury, the main residence comprises 4 bedrooms plus 2 offices, a fitness center and steam room, and a billiards room with full bar and wine cellar. Equally impressive are the grounds designed with an aesthetic that mirrors the home’s English country style. A pool, pool house, and professional quality tennis court are bordered by impeccably manicured gardens, intimate venues for outdoor entertaining, and a prolific rose garden with myriad varieties – all in a very private setting. Located in the sought-after Circus Club area of Atherton, the most expensive zip code in America per Forbes magazine, this estate is minutes to Stanford University, Silicon Valley tech and venture capital centers, as well as two international airports.

Check out 8FaxonForest.com for more information and about the area.

At a Glance

  • Three-level, English-style manor home custom built for the current owners
  • Architecture by Gerald Taylor with inspiration from Sir Edwin Lutyens, the great Edwardian country house architect from the late 19th century
  • Interior design by Paul Wiseman and Joseph Matzo, The Wiseman Group
  • Approximately 1.16 acres on Atherton’s most premier street in the Menlo Circus Club area
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 office (one could be 5th bedroom), and 5.5 baths in the main residence
  • Billiards/media room, wine cellar, fitness center, and steam room
  • Pool and pool house with full bath and kitchen
  • Studio apartment with kitchen and bath, ideal for staff
  • Detached 3-car garage with covered access
  • Approximately 11,235 total square feet
    • Main residence:  9,513 (includes loggia)
    • Pool house: 533
    • Garage & apartment: 1,189
  • Professional quality north/south-facing tennis court
  • Exquisite landscaping with redwood groves, heritage oaks, and heirloom rose garden
  • Menlo Park schools

Details of the Main Residence

Main Level

Foyer
Formal reception area introduces finishes designed for an appearance of greater age – integrally colored plaster walls and unevenly stained maple flooring

Living Room
Grand in scale with hand-laid geometrical paneled ceiling detail and masonry fireplace with limestone chimneypiece inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens’ design; two sets of French doors, each with espagnolette hardware

Dining Room
Accommodates up to 22 guests; true divided light bay window with integrated French doors and espagnolette hardware; note: chandelier is excluded

Kitchen
Soft white cabinetry topped in Calacatta marble slab with glazed tile backsplashes; furniture-style island with butcher block countertop, two walk-in custom niches/pantries, built-in desk center, and separate casual dining area; trompe l’oeil panel above the refrigerator and freezer replicates tile work

Appliances
Signature La Cornue range, 2 Miele dishwashers, and Sub-Zero refrigerator and separate freezer

Family Room
Spacious, carpeted room with coffered ceiling, picture frame wall moldings, and extensive cabinetry with library/display shelves; banquette seating conceals a retractable television screen and a hidden door provides access to the lower level; masonry fireplace with antique French mantelpiece; note: wall sconces are excluded

Bedroom & Bath
Main-level bedroom, ideal for guests, and adjacent full bath that also serves as a formal powder room; pedestal sink, tub with overhead shower, and Calacatta marble and white tile finishes

Upper Level

Office 1
Plaster walls with bifold doors overlooking the stairwell, alcove lined with cabinetry, and banquette seating

Office 2
Fully paneled in hemlock with integrated cabinetry, doors to a workroom, and masonry fireplace with Italian marble mantelpiece

Master Suite
Tall tray ceiling with trompe l’oeil artistry, carpeting, and masonry fireplace with antique solid marble mantelpiece; two customized walk-in closets; en suite bath with two separate areas, each with granite vanity, one with whirlpool tub, plus shared room with commode and shower

Two Bedroom Suites
Each with carpeting, walk-in closet, and en suite bath in Carrara marble with tiled shower

Lower Level

Media/Billiards Room & Bar
Plaid wool carpeting, picture frame wall moldings, and dual tray ceilings, one with custom light fixture for a pool table; extensive custom cabinetry designed for media; full bar has oak countertops, an ice maker, and mini refrigerator

Fitness Center
Cushioned flooring and two fully mirrored walls

Play/Craft Room
Sizable, flexible-use room with concrete flooring and full wall of custom cabinetry plus closet

Steam Room/Bath
Compartmentalized with half-bath plus separate room with large steam shower with tiered seating plus a standard shower

Pool House

  • Central living area with poured concrete flooring, custom color walls, and tall vaulted ceiling
  • Granite-finished kitchen with island, dishwasher, mini refrigerator, and ice maker
  • Changing room, half-bath, plus separate shower room

Other Features

  • Temperature-controlled wine cellar with custom racking
  • Mudroom with soapstone counter, sink, and adjoining half-bath
  • Main-level laundry room
  • Lutron programmable lighting
  • Distributed audio system with individual room controls
  • Gated entrance and security system
  • 3-zone heating and air conditioning
  • Detached 3-car garage with covered breezeway access to the mudroom
  • Studio apartment, attached to the garage, has a full kitchen with electric range and refrigerator plus bathroom with shower

The Grounds

  • Paneled loggia with western views
  • Newly resurfaced, professional quality tennis court with north/south orientation
  • Pool bordered by arbor-covered terraces and outdoor fireplace
  • Parterre garden, raised bed garden, and heirloom rose garden
  • Heritage oaks and redwood grove
  • Multi-hued Vermont slate tiled roof with copper gutters and downspouts
  • Integral color concrete exterior, including all windowsills and trim
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Status: Sold
4 Bed  |  5 full & 1 half Baths
Sold: $17,150,000
List: $18,900,000
11,235 Sq. Ft.
Lot Size: 1.16 acres
Sold on July 2017

English-Style Manor Home in Menlo Circus Club

Located in Atherton

This incomparable estate is steeped in European elegance and located on what many consider to be the best street in all of Atherton. Completed for the current owners, the home was designed by renowned architect Gerald Taylor with inspiration from Sir Edwin Lutyens, the great Edwardian country house architect of the late 19th/early 20th century. Featured in Architectural Digest, authentic details are integrated at every turn – nowhere more apparent than the integrally colored plaster walls and the uneven stain on the maple flooring, both exuding an aged effect. Antique mantelpieces from England and France adorn the fireplaces, a trompe l’oeil replicates detailed tile work, and intricate moldings are hand-set on the walls and ceilings.

Spanning three levels of absolute luxury, the main residence comprises 4 bedrooms plus 2 offices, a fitness center and steam room, and a billiards room with full bar and wine cellar. Equally impressive are the grounds designed with an aesthetic that mirrors the home’s English country style. A pool, pool house, and professional quality tennis court are bordered by impeccably manicured gardens, intimate venues for outdoor entertaining, and a prolific rose garden with myriad varieties – all in a very private setting. Located in the sought-after Circus Club area of Atherton, the most expensive zip code in America per Forbes magazine, this estate is minutes to Stanford University, Silicon Valley tech and venture capital centers, as well as two international airports.

Check out 8FaxonForest.com for more information and about the area.

At a Glance

  • Three-level, English-style manor home custom built for the current owners
  • Architecture by Gerald Taylor with inspiration from Sir Edwin Lutyens, the great Edwardian country house architect from the late 19th century
  • Interior design by Paul Wiseman and Joseph Matzo, The Wiseman Group
  • Approximately 1.16 acres on Atherton’s most premier street in the Menlo Circus Club area
  • 4 bedrooms, 2 office (one could be 5th bedroom), and 5.5 baths in the main residence
  • Billiards/media room, wine cellar, fitness center, and steam room
  • Pool and pool house with full bath and kitchen
  • Studio apartment with kitchen and bath, ideal for staff
  • Detached 3-car garage with covered access
  • Approximately 11,235 total square feet
    • Main residence:  9,513 (includes loggia)
    • Pool house: 533
    • Garage & apartment: 1,189
  • Professional quality north/south-facing tennis court
  • Exquisite landscaping with redwood groves, heritage oaks, and heirloom rose garden
  • Menlo Park schools

Details of the Main Residence

Main Level

Foyer
Formal reception area introduces finishes designed for an appearance of greater age – integrally colored plaster walls and unevenly stained maple flooring

Living Room
Grand in scale with hand-laid geometrical paneled ceiling detail and masonry fireplace with limestone chimneypiece inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens’ design; two sets of French doors, each with espagnolette hardware

Dining Room
Accommodates up to 22 guests; true divided light bay window with integrated French doors and espagnolette hardware; note: chandelier is excluded

Kitchen
Soft white cabinetry topped in Calacatta marble slab with glazed tile backsplashes; furniture-style island with butcher block countertop, two walk-in custom niches/pantries, built-in desk center, and separate casual dining area; trompe l’oeil panel above the refrigerator and freezer replicates tile work

Appliances
Signature La Cornue range, 2 Miele dishwashers, and Sub-Zero refrigerator and separate freezer

Family Room
Spacious, carpeted room with coffered ceiling, picture frame wall moldings, and extensive cabinetry with library/display shelves; banquette seating conceals a retractable television screen and a hidden door provides access to the lower level; masonry fireplace with antique French mantelpiece; note: wall sconces are excluded

Bedroom & Bath
Main-level bedroom, ideal for guests, and adjacent full bath that also serves as a formal powder room; pedestal sink, tub with overhead shower, and Calacatta marble and white tile finishes

Upper Level

Office 1
Plaster walls with bifold doors overlooking the stairwell, alcove lined with cabinetry, and banquette seating

Office 2
Fully paneled in hemlock with integrated cabinetry, doors to a workroom, and masonry fireplace with Italian marble mantelpiece

Master Suite
Tall tray ceiling with trompe l’oeil artistry, carpeting, and masonry fireplace with antique solid marble mantelpiece; two customized walk-in closets; en suite bath with two separate areas, each with granite vanity, one with whirlpool tub, plus shared room with commode and shower

Two Bedroom Suites
Each with carpeting, walk-in closet, and en suite bath in Carrara marble with tiled shower

Lower Level

Media/Billiards Room & Bar
Plaid wool carpeting, picture frame wall moldings, and dual tray ceilings, one with custom light fixture for a pool table; extensive custom cabinetry designed for media; full bar has oak countertops, an ice maker, and mini refrigerator

Fitness Center
Cushioned flooring and two fully mirrored walls

Play/Craft Room
Sizable, flexible-use room with concrete flooring and full wall of custom cabinetry plus closet

Steam Room/Bath
Compartmentalized with half-bath plus separate room with large steam shower with tiered seating plus a standard shower

Pool House

  • Central living area with poured concrete flooring, custom color walls, and tall vaulted ceiling
  • Granite-finished kitchen with island, dishwasher, mini refrigerator, and ice maker
  • Changing room, half-bath, plus separate shower room

Other Features

  • Temperature-controlled wine cellar with custom racking
  • Mudroom with soapstone counter, sink, and adjoining half-bath
  • Main-level laundry room
  • Lutron programmable lighting
  • Distributed audio system with individual room controls
  • Gated entrance and security system
  • 3-zone heating and air conditioning
  • Detached 3-car garage with covered breezeway access to the mudroom
  • Studio apartment, attached to the garage, has a full kitchen with electric range and refrigerator plus bathroom with shower

The Grounds

  • Paneled loggia with western views
  • Newly resurfaced, professional quality tennis court with north/south orientation
  • Pool bordered by arbor-covered terraces and outdoor fireplace
  • Parterre garden, raised bed garden, and heirloom rose garden
  • Heritage oaks and redwood grove
  • Multi-hued Vermont slate tiled roof with copper gutters and downspouts
  • Integral color concrete exterior, including all windowsills and trim
Read More

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