Built in 1885, this Victorian mansion in Atherton has been placed on the market for $11 million.
The estate is well-preserved and is one of the few older homes remaining in the area, as most have been torn down to make way for modern mansions.
“The ballroom is nothing less than spectacular,” William Grindley, the current owner of the home who over saw the restoration and remodel of the home, said. “The living room is gorgeous. The dining room is clearly my favorite part—to entertain your closest friends for an intimate meal in that room. Now someone else will share that joy in the future.”
Grindley, trained as an architect, restored the redwood beams, moldings, tiled bathrooms, and more. The home has survived earthquakes both in 1906 and 1989. It also served as an army hospital in World War II.
“A buyer can come in and upgrade to whatever level they want,” Grindley said. “They can make it what they want for today’s living.”
The main home is 8,300 square feet. It has seven bedrooms with two additional bedrooms in an attached guest tower. It also has other unique rooms such as a billiards/smoking room. The kitchen is one of the only rooms in the house that has given way to modern convenience after a recent renovation.
“A buyer can come in and upgrade to whatever level they want,” Grindley said. “They can make it what they want for today’s living.” There is plenty of room to “upgrade” without sacrificing the historic aesthetic, considering the estate has two acres of land.
Grindley, now 73, is looking to downsize. He purchased the home in 1971 for $60,000.