Americans have long had an infatuation with the European villa. Harkening all the way back to the days of the Italian Renaissance, the idea of a villa—a house built away from the city in a natural setting—inspired both wealthy patrons and architects who sought to create private retreats for learned pursuits, relaxation and rejuvenation. This nearly new European villa in a quiet enclave in Woodside, represented by Helen and Brad Miller, is no exception.
Resting on three acres, the completely private estate celebrates the villa tradition in a modern way. The main house spans approximately 4,110 square feet with three bedrooms, three full baths and two half-baths, and office space, all laid out efficiently to create a showcase of thoughtful indoor/outdoor design. (There is also a two-car garage, adding an additional 715 square feet). Entertaining has been elevated to an art form with an exquisite courtyard, formal living and dining room oriented towards gorgeous gardens with an infinity pool and panoramic views of Western Hills.
An open gourmet kitchen, masterfully created with the finest materials and appliances, offers additional opportunities for entertaining. Museum-quality high ceilings and elegant stonework, such as Travertine, accentuate the architecture and add a sense of depth throughout the home.
Classic gas and wood-burning fireplaces also bring warmth to the residence. Fully wired with state-of-the-art video and audio systems for today’s tech-savvy buyers, the villa seamlessly harmonizes the new with the old. Future owners may also appreciate that there is “likely potential to add a guesthouse on the property,” say the listing agents, but they advise to “check with the town planning commission.”
For as much as the villa feels like a welcome escape from city life, the SF Peninsula location, conveniently located between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, boasts easy access to Sand Hill Road and I-280.
This Woodside villa brings an artful interpretation of a modern European villa right to San Francisco and Silicon Valley’s doorstep.