891 Crystal Springs Road

A Hidden Treasure on the San Francisco Peninsula

Located in Hillsborough

Guignécourt

The Property at a Glance

  • Guignécourt, a circa 1912 Mediterranean estate on 47+ acres
  • Original architecture by Bliss & Faville, renowned for the St. Francis Hotel and Pacific-Union Club, San Francisco
  • Interiors redesigned by Anthony Hail and featured in Architectural Digest and many other publications
  • Panoramic San Francisco Bay views
  • Privately held by the de Guigné family for over 100 years and host to many society galas, U.S. presidents, and dignitaries
  • Four levels with 6 primary bedrooms, 8 full baths, and 1 half-bath
  • 7 original staff bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
  • Approximately 16,660 square feet (buyer to confirm)
  • Ceiling heights reaching almost 20 feet in the ballroom, and many with carved relief ceiling moldings and triple layers of crown moldings, some with gold leaf detail
  • Gated and deer-fenced grounds with private hiking trails, canyons, and reservoir
  • Pool and pavilion, designed by renowned landscape architect Porter and Steinwedell
  • Detached 3-car garage, 8-car carport, tremendous motor court parking, and ample, discreet staff parking in lower car area

Summary of the Home

First Level

  • Foyer and gallery hallway
  • Ballroom with fireplace
  • Banquet-scaled formal dining room with fireplace
  • Library with fireplace and concealed bar
  • Cloak room and formal powder room
  • Breakfast room with fireplace
  • Butler’s pantry/china room
  • Professional kitchen, pantry with pastry room, and service courtyard
  • Separate chef’s quarters with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom
  • Pool pavilion with fireplace and 2 full bathrooms with dressing rooms and closets

Second Level

  • Master bedroom suite with fireplace and 2 baths
  • 3 bedrooms, two with fireplace, plus hall bath
  • 2 bedrooms, each with en suite bath
  • 4 original staff bedrooms and one bath
  • Laundry room

Third Level

  • Bathroom
  • Play/recreation room
  • 2 large storage rooms

Basement Level

  • Professional flower arranging room with refrigeration
  • Wine cellar and liquor cellar
  • Laundry center
  • Bedroom and bathroom
  • Storage/utility rooms
  • 8-car carport

Location and Schools

  • Less than 2 miles to downtown San Mateo and 3 miles to downtown Burlingame
  • 8 miles to San Francisco International Airport
  • 13 miles to Pacific Ocean beaches
  • 13 miles to Facebook and 18 miles to Google headquarters
  • 16 miles to Stanford University
  • 20 miles to downtown San Francisco
  • Excellent Hillsborough public schools: South Hillsborough Elementary (API 956); Crocker Middle (API 961); Aragon High (API 849) (buyer to confirm enrollment)
  • Hillsborough private schools include Crystal Springs Uplands (6-12) and Nueva (pre-K to 12)

History

  • Count Christian de Guigné, born of French nobility, came to California in 1879 and soon married Mary Katherine Parrott, daughter of a gold rush pioneer with a fortune in banking, landholdings, mining, and ranching; Count de Guigné later started Stauffer Chemical Company and Leslie Salt
  • Count de Guigné and Mary Katherine had one son, Christian de Guigné II
  • Guignécourt was built for Christian de Guigné II and his wife Marie Christine Elkins; some reports are that it was a wedding present from his father, Count de Guigné (d. 1944)
  • Christian and Marie Christine had one child, Christian de Guigné III
  • Christian de Guigné III moved into Guignécourt in his early 20s
  • Christian de Guigné III married Eleanor Christenson in 1935; they had two sons, Christian de Guigné IV and Charles de Guigné
  • The current owner, Christian de Guigné IV, married Vaughn Hills in 1984 and they have 2 daughters, Alyson and Eleanor de Guigné
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Status: Active
13 Bed  |  11 full & 1 half Baths
List: $29,850,000
16,600 Sq. Ft.
Lot Size: 47+ acres

A Hidden Treasure on the San Francisco Peninsula

Located in Hillsborough

Guignécourt

The Property at a Glance

  • Guignécourt, a circa 1912 Mediterranean estate on 47+ acres
  • Original architecture by Bliss & Faville, renowned for the St. Francis Hotel and Pacific-Union Club, San Francisco
  • Interiors redesigned by Anthony Hail and featured in Architectural Digest and many other publications
  • Panoramic San Francisco Bay views
  • Privately held by the de Guigné family for over 100 years and host to many society galas, U.S. presidents, and dignitaries
  • Four levels with 6 primary bedrooms, 8 full baths, and 1 half-bath
  • 7 original staff bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
  • Approximately 16,660 square feet (buyer to confirm)
  • Ceiling heights reaching almost 20 feet in the ballroom, and many with carved relief ceiling moldings and triple layers of crown moldings, some with gold leaf detail
  • Gated and deer-fenced grounds with private hiking trails, canyons, and reservoir
  • Pool and pavilion, designed by renowned landscape architect Porter and Steinwedell
  • Detached 3-car garage, 8-car carport, tremendous motor court parking, and ample, discreet staff parking in lower car area

Summary of the Home

First Level

  • Foyer and gallery hallway
  • Ballroom with fireplace
  • Banquet-scaled formal dining room with fireplace
  • Library with fireplace and concealed bar
  • Cloak room and formal powder room
  • Breakfast room with fireplace
  • Butler’s pantry/china room
  • Professional kitchen, pantry with pastry room, and service courtyard
  • Separate chef’s quarters with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom
  • Pool pavilion with fireplace and 2 full bathrooms with dressing rooms and closets

Second Level

  • Master bedroom suite with fireplace and 2 baths
  • 3 bedrooms, two with fireplace, plus hall bath
  • 2 bedrooms, each with en suite bath
  • 4 original staff bedrooms and one bath
  • Laundry room

Third Level

  • Bathroom
  • Play/recreation room
  • 2 large storage rooms

Basement Level

  • Professional flower arranging room with refrigeration
  • Wine cellar and liquor cellar
  • Laundry center
  • Bedroom and bathroom
  • Storage/utility rooms
  • 8-car carport

Location and Schools

  • Less than 2 miles to downtown San Mateo and 3 miles to downtown Burlingame
  • 8 miles to San Francisco International Airport
  • 13 miles to Pacific Ocean beaches
  • 13 miles to Facebook and 18 miles to Google headquarters
  • 16 miles to Stanford University
  • 20 miles to downtown San Francisco
  • Excellent Hillsborough public schools: South Hillsborough Elementary (API 956); Crocker Middle (API 961); Aragon High (API 849) (buyer to confirm enrollment)
  • Hillsborough private schools include Crystal Springs Uplands (6-12) and Nueva (pre-K to 12)

History

  • Count Christian de Guigné, born of French nobility, came to California in 1879 and soon married Mary Katherine Parrott, daughter of a gold rush pioneer with a fortune in banking, landholdings, mining, and ranching; Count de Guigné later started Stauffer Chemical Company and Leslie Salt
  • Count de Guigné and Mary Katherine had one son, Christian de Guigné II
  • Guignécourt was built for Christian de Guigné II and his wife Marie Christine Elkins; some reports are that it was a wedding present from his father, Count de Guigné (d. 1944)
  • Christian and Marie Christine had one child, Christian de Guigné III
  • Christian de Guigné III moved into Guignécourt in his early 20s
  • Christian de Guigné III married Eleanor Christenson in 1935; they had two sons, Christian de Guigné IV and Charles de Guigné
  • The current owner, Christian de Guigné IV, married Vaughn Hills in 1984 and they have 2 daughters, Alyson and Eleanor de Guigné
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