Palo Alto: Capt. Kirk’s Little House on the Prairie

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On the outside, it’s a gingerbread Victorian farmhouse. But step over the threshold, and it’s as if you’ve been teleported onto the USS Enterprise. Austere modernism. Open spaces. Boldly colored walls washed with halogen spots. Frosted-glass divider walls. Stainless steel and laminate cabinets.

Whoa, Dorothy. We’re not in Kansas anymore.

This house is the equivalent of an architectural mixed metaphor. So philosophically, is this a good thing or a bad thing? As an architectural purist, I found the experience jarring. Walking up to the front door, I expected turn-of-the-century warmth and charm. Cozy nooks. Warm wood cabinetry. Storybook bedrooms. Instead it was as if I’d walked onto the set of GATTACA.
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Yet, is Victorian architecture really compatible with the way we live today? How does one incorporate HD TV, CAT-5 Internet, and exercise equipment into a Victorian paradigm? And by hiding our high tech reality behind Disney-like facades, are we living a lie? Is it architectural escapism?
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If these types of design dilemmas don’t keep you up at night, then this is the house for you. The interior fit-and-finish is impeccable. (This incarnation has never been lived in.) Plenty of light. Tasteful colors and finishes. Large windows looking onto the garden. A master bedroom office for insomniacs. A deluxe home theater.
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Just say, “Beam me up Scotty.”

STATS
Price: $3,580,000
Location: 935 Ramona St, Palo Alto
BR: 4, BA 3.5
Sq. Ft.: 3,680
Lot Size: 8,000+ Sq Ft to .25
MLS: #703737

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