February 23, 2013

Who Wants Another $100 Million Property?

More importantly, who wants another $100M property enough to put up with a sales condition like this?  Thanks very much to Burbed reader nomadic for alerting us to yet another nine-digit property.


Estate and Lands of De Guigne
Undisclosed Address in Hillsborough, CA

130222-deguigne-umTo the south of the Golden Gate Bridge, large parcels of land are rare. Located half-way between San Francisco and the Silicon Valley in the bucolic Town of Hillsborough, an approximately 16,000 sqft. Mediterranean-styled, Bliss and Faville mansion is positioned on approximately 47-acres which have been owned for 150 years by one family. Decorated by celebrated interior designer Anthony Hail, the mansion interiors encompass elegant and ornate public rooms, which evoke the sophistication and grandeur of a bygone era. Grand-scale Ballroom, Living Room, Library and Pavilion are aligned to open to a Pool Courtyard, revealing sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay. Formal gardens and park-like grounds adjoin dozens of undeveloped acres surrounding the mansion, providing ultimate privacy and security. Timeless, sophisticated and elegant, the deGuigné Estate represents a rare opportunity to own one of California’s few remaining mansions surrounded by substantial acreage near an urban center.

Yadda yadda big yadda yadda acreage yadda yadda old yadda yadda history yadda yadda expensive.

130222-deguigne-entranceOh, and Mr. De Guigne isn’t leaving this house alive. Literally.  You buy this house, and you have to wait for him to croak before you can move in.

This, by the way, seems to be Plan B.  Plan A was when he tried subdividing the heck out of the place in 2009, which did not endear him to his neighbors. And he did that because he had an expensive divorce to finance.  Also the house cost much more to run than he got living off his investments, the poor dear.

Also, we likely found an actual address, because this sure looks like the entrance: 60 Glenbrook Drive.  Note the road going from Glenbrook to the Big House.  While the property records indicate a smaller home, the lot is 10,000,000 square feet on Zillow, or 227 acres.  The listed house is probably a gatehouse/caretaker’s cottage.


This is also your Open Thread. Going to look an any Open Houses as spacious as this?

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:13 am

11 Responses to “Who Wants Another $100 Million Property?”

  1. Real Estater Says:

    Good news! Facebook to build new West Campus.

  2. SEA Says:

    Those fools should be building in Tracy.

  3. nomadic Says:

    227 acres?! Looks like a Zillow glitch – that’s huge. Zillow also has an estimate on it of just $1.7M and says there was a sale in 1994 for a low price, given the acreage. This house is supposed to have “only” 47 acres.

  4. Mole Man Says:

    Facebook has been in the process of putting together a west campus for a while now. The big reveal was when they bought the property. Getting permits approved isn’t all that big of a deal.

  5. Petsmart groomer Says:

    Google is doing the same.

  6. Petsmart groomer Says:

    And so is Nvidia.

  7. Real Estater Says:

    Let me say this ahead of time, and some people are going to laugh. In the next 10 years a whole wave of Chinese multi-national mega companies will set up shop in the Bay Area. Leading the charge is Huawei, which is already occupying a huge complex in Santa Clara. Office space will have heavy demand, which is why they are building stuff everywhere. With office space, there comes workers, and therefore demand for residential housing. To get ahead of the game, now is the time to buy. This is not hype; it is forwarding looking reality. Chinese companies come here as opposed to other places because they know this is where the smart people are, and this is where top tier Chinese engineering graduates want to live.

  8. SV Shopper Says:

    I think RE is on to something. Just saw Huawei in the news for making the fastest smartphone in the world.

  9. nomadic Says:

    I just saw them in the news too. Different kind of story.

  10. Petsmart groomer Says:

    SV Shopper, shouldn’t you be touring open houses/condos/trailers today instead of posting here?

    RE, you are right about more Chinese companies opening offices here, but this is hardly news. Acquisitions are also up. Your “Let me say this ahead of time” is a bit pompous.

  11. madhaus Says:

    #10, the Pacific is a bit damp.

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