One of the most awe-inspiring homes in the beautiful Crescent Park area of Palo Alto is now available. It is located on a spectacular parcel totaling over 16,000 square feet and a few short blocks from Downtown Palo Alto. This compound with a rich history features a main residence and a guesthouse atop the detached garage with its own private garden. It is all surrounded by native specimen trees, meandering paths, and a long private drive.
This rare offering combines the classic architectural quality and gracious scale of the Walter Bliss original and the twenty-first century features of a comfortable, contemporary lifestyle. Built in 1904, it is a design like no other. Breathtaking architecture has a timeless elegance that will be admired for generations. It boasts walls made with concrete (not Stucco) over outsized beams. Framing is of old growth redwood, known for its resiliency and strength. Completing the strong statement is the home’s handsome exterior which is symmetrical, with oversized windows and otherwise unadorned except for the dentil and brackets under the eaves.
The home was built for lumber baron Walter Tobey, so it is natural for the home’s interiors to be constructed with some of the most beautiful timber in America. There are four levels. The main level features the public rooms with ten feet high ceilings, including the lavish entry, a library with museum quality millwork made of white cypress, a massive open kitchen with a center island, and a living room lined with redwood pilaster columns that create luxurious open spaces perfect for warm family gatherings or elegant entertaining, a powder room and a solarium. The second level includes four bedrooms, three baths and a large family room that could serve as the fifth bedroom. The lower level spans almost the entire footprint of the building; it includes a wine cellar, abundant storage and mechanical room. There is room for a theater, gym, or other possibilities. The fourth level is an open space loft that is currently used for indoor recreation. It includes a full bath.
The house was designed by Walter Bliss of Bliss and Faville in the Classical Revival style for Walter D. Tobey, vice-president of the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company.
The Classical Revival style was favored by Bliss and Fayville and was used in many of their most important works including the St. Francis Hotel (1904 with subsequent additions), the Corinthian-columned Bank of California at 400 Sansome Street, the Geary Theater and Annex, Security Pacific Bank, the Metropolitan Club, the Southern Pacific headquarters, the Bank of Italy and many notable residences in the Bay Area, making them one of the most prolific partnerships in San Francisco history.
At a Glance Lower Level: Almost the full footprint of the house, three separate rooms with storage platforms, shelving and wine cellar. Main Level: Living room with fireplace, Vestibule, Library with white cypress millwork, and Dining Room. Solarium, open Kitchen with Thermador, Sub Zero, Bosch appliances) and a Powder Room. Second Level: Family/fifth Bedroom, with fireplace. primary Suite, radiant heat flooring, three additional bedrooms and two baths. Third Level: Game Room (pool table included), a full bath with steam shower. Rear deck: Stone flooring with handsome railing, full width of house. One bedroom apartment: walk in closet, galley kitchen, bathroom. Private garden. Two car garage: Oversized two car garage, with large storage areas.