Mid-Pen Open Homes: High-End Action

money-house.jpgJust for fun, and to mix things up a bit, I thought I’d do this week’s Open Homes post on the high-end properties in Woodside, Portola Valley, and Los Altos/Los Altos Hills. Even if you cannot afford one of these babies, you can peek into life on the other side, or get some good decorating/remodeling ideas, not to mention it gets you out of the rut of seeing the same old overpriced mediocre ranch-style home. While there are too many to list all of the open houses in these cities, I have provided a sampling of some of my faves from each market:

Los Altos/Los Altos Hills
897 Madonna Way, 3/2.5, 2483 sf, $1,995,000 DOM: 27 OPEN: Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30
Large modern home with clean lines, killer front doors, and high open-beam ceilings. Light and airy, with an abundance of windows and great use of glass blocks.
12125 Oak Park Court, 6/4.5, 6362 sf, $4,380,000 DOM: 114 OPEN Sun 1:30-4:30
While the home here is large and certainly nice enough, the price tag is more representative of the 4.32 acres you will get with the house.
13914 Mr Mirou Drive, 5/3.5, 5524 sf, $8,750,000 DOM: 22 OPEN Sun 1:30-4:30
Very nice Country English home with exquisite grounds. Includes two parcels, one with main house, one with guest house, tennis court, and gazebo.

Portola Valley (slim pickins here)
9 Vista Verde, 3/2.5, 2010 sf, $1,475,000 DOM: 139 OPEN: Sun 1:30-4:30
Described as a “retreat”, I would have to agree. Almost 4 acres, sitting among trees, with views of the mountains, this three-story contemporary home has what it takes to get away from it all, but be close enough to the action. Really good price for what you are getting, so I am surprised it has been on the market so long.
5 Joaquin Road, 4/2, 2300 sf, $1,495,000 DOM: OPEN: Sun 1:30-4:30
Older ranch-style home with lots of windows and light. On an acre, it is way up in the hills off Skyline Blvd.

14732 Skyline, 5/3.5, 3180 sf, $1,895,000 DOM: 118 OPEN: Sun 1:30-4:30
When I think of rustic Woodside, this is kind of house I imagine. Over an acre, with huge river rock fireplace, open wood-beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, wood decks with views of trees all around, and this one has a killer kitchen as well. I could do some serious cookin’ on that stove.
60 Ranch Road, 3/3, 3200sf, $2,150,000 DOM: 83 OPEN:Sun 1:30-4:30
Another well-appointed, but modern-looking country home on over an acre. High ceilings, multiple fireplaces, great master bath—corner Jacuzzi with a view.
1395 Canada Road, 4/2.5, s funk, $3,895,000 DOM: 57 Open: Sun 1:30-4:30
This home is for those of you wanting or currently owning horses. No more boarding them out—you have your own barn and pastures. Also on this 1-acre property is a remodeled home with guest quarters including kitchen, park-like backyard with pool and spa, and more.