Woodside was named by Coldwell Banker Previews International as the nation’s hottest luxury market for 2014. Not coincidentally, it has one of the largest concentrations of wealth in the nation and is known as a hotbed for tech execs looking to stay local to their headquarters while enjoying large lots and uncompromising luxury; Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, co-founder of Intel Gordon E. Moore, Symantec CEO John Thompson, deceased Apple CEO Steve Jobs have all lived in the city.
A locale so desired and in-demand should undoubtedly present homes of an uncompromising quality, and Woodside delivers with an imitable combination of grand spaciousness, high-end amenities, and abundant opportunities for indoor-outdoor living. 196 Albion Avenue is a contemporary rancher with a hint of Frank Lloyd Wright immaculately designed on 6.05 acres in the heart of Woodside by noted architect Sandy Walker.
The architect of record worked on notable homes and projects all over the Peninsula and has been featured in Architectural digest on a number of occasions. Walker designed this home with respect to the location, the light, and the luxury expectation of the Woodside clientele.
And it is a stunner.
The home offers six bedrooms with six full baths and one partial. The nearly 10,000 square foot home offers unmatched opportunities for entertainment both intimate and grandly scaled, both inside the home and within the exceptional grounds. The open, airy floorplan showcases exposed wooden beams, meticulous stone floors, and numerous oversized windows and skylights that allow light to stream into the home, creating a sunny softness to contrast the contemporary lines. The sumptuous master suite showcases a gracious fireplace and a spa bath completely cloaked in glass wish verdant greenery beyond, creating a unique secret garden feel.
The view is equally magnificent from the gourmet kitchen, which combines custom cabinetry, professional appliances, and great expanses of glass over the sink and in the adjoining breakfast nook that bring in the lush surroundings. The home also features a detached office, and the largest residential solar system on the west coast. The grounds afford all the best of the California lifestyle, with wide grassy lawns, a swimming pool and spa, forested privacy, lush gardens, a tennis court, and a barn.