An estate lifestyle. Complete privacy from the street. Eco-friendly urban living. Savor the home’s illustrious circa 1885 heritage, delight in reimagining the estate into your own personal vision, or create a new beginning on this rare 1.85 acres of level land just blocks from downtown shopping, dining, and Caltrain. The possibilities are yours.

Known as the Fennwood Estate, this grand dame of Atherton is equally suited as an executive compound, an office, second home for international visitors, or as a family residence. Although clearly one of Atherton’s legacy properties, the home is not registered historic, thus allowing for numerous options to create a 21st century lifestyle or use. Whether crafting your own vision or appreciating the residence, this is a property that easily serves multiple generations, household staff, and even rental accommodations with its current 8,000+ square feet of living space and up to14,500+ square feet of allowable space. The grounds are equally impressive – one of the 5 largest residential lots between Middlefield Road and El Camino Real and one of only two with a “flag” lot that affords complete privacy from the street.

Adding the finishing touch is the home’s proximity to exceptional public and private schools, Stanford University, Sand Hill Road’s venture capital centers, and midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley in the #1 most prestigious ZIP code in America.

At a Glance

  • Premier level lot of approximately 1.85 acres just blocks to downtown Menlo Park
  • Outstanding opportunity to move in and enjoy, renovate, or build new
  • 7 bedrooms and 5.5 baths in the circa 1885 Queen Anne main residence
  • Attached 2-story apartment (in the 4-story tower) with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, living room, and full kitchen
  • Detached gate house/studio apartment with kitchen and full bath
  • Over 8,000 square feet of living space
  • FAR approx. 14,505 square feet including detached garage, second dwelling unit (approx. 1,200 square feet), and accessory structure (approx. 2,220 square feet)
  • Complete privacy set back from the road on a “flag” lot
  • Parking for up to 24 cars
  • Beautifully landscaped grounds with parterre gardens, roses, redwoods, raised vegetable beds, and numerous citrus trees
  • Private well rights next door for selective irrigation use


Details of the Property

Tree-canopied driveway leads to a grasscrete motor court and full circular access, all with abundant off-street parking; a signature front porch spans the front of the home with paneled ceiling and inlaid tile mosaic floors

Chevron-patterned oak floors, crystal chandelier, and crown moldings with dentil detail

Silk upholstered walls, oak floors in a chevron pattern, and nine layers of faux-detailed crown moldings with dentil and egg-and-dart detail; fluted Ionic pilasters frame the fireplace and windows

Reception Room/Living Room
Masonry gas fireplace with elaborate mantelpiece of Ionic/Corinthian columns and inlaid mirror and marble; chevron-patterned oak floors and layers of crown moldings with capitals and dentil detail

Dining Room
Velvet-upholstered walls above first-cut mahogany paneled wainscoting (1909) and integrated gas fireplace outlined in exquisite marble

Kitchen & Family Room
Updated in the late 1970s to include a spacious kitchen and large casual dining area separated by an island, plus fully open living space with freestanding wood heating stove and separate adjoining family room; kitchen has oak cabinetry and stainless steel appliances including a gas range, dishwasher, and refrigerator

Main-Level Bedroom and Bath
Signature curved wall of windows, armoire for storage, and original adjacent mosaic-tiled bath with contemporary frameless glass shower

Second-Level Bedrooms and Baths
A total of 6 bedrooms and 4 baths comprise: bedroom with adjoining sun room and en suite bath with claw-foot tub; two-bedroom suite with office area, fireplace, and en suite bath plumbed for a shower or tub; three additional interconnecting bedrooms and two hallway baths, each with tub and overhead shower

Second-Level Kitchen/Breakfast Room
Large multi-purpose room with balcony access, used as a breakfast room until 1944, and later as a kitchen with gas range and two sinks

Second-Level Billiards Room
Connects the tower apartment with the main residence; prime redwood wainscoting (from 1909 dining room remodel) and coffered ceiling

Tower Apartment
Third floor comprises 2 bedrooms and one bath with original claw-foot tub; stairs lead up to the fourth floor with open floor plan including living room, dining area, and kitchen with gas range; access to main residence plus private staircase to the grounds

Gate House/Studio Apartment
Detached studio on the front grounds with living area, full kitchen, and bathroom

Other Features

  • Full walk-up attic over entire main residence footprint with stairs to a widow’s walk and 44-foot flag pole
  • Full basement includes wine cellar
  • Main-level laundry room with half-bath and adjacent hobby/mud room with sinks
  • Numerous original gas light fixtures, now fitted with electricity
  • Large storage shed
  • Parterre rose garden and vast stretches of level lawn
  • Four large raised vegetable beds and citrus trees
  • Play court

A Legendary Past
A true legacy property, the circa 1885 Fennwood Estate has been owned by local notable names such as Peter Spreckels (the sugar magnate), Captain Charles Goodall (founder of Pacific Coast Steamship Company), and Albert Hahn, inventor and a founder of the Menlo Circus Club. The current owners are the fifth family to own the property and have meticulously maintained the home and grounds for more than 45 years.