FOR SALE: An Authentic Florentine Villa In Northern California Is Listed At $20 Million


Photo: via Christie

Historic Villa Lauriston in Portola Valley California, designed by noted architect George Schastey and commissioned in the 1920s by Herbert E. Law, the noted San Francisco businessman and real estate magnate who owned the famed Fairmont Hotel, has been listed for sale via Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate Hilton & Hyland for $20 million.

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It took more than 100 artisans to create the authentic Florentine villa in Northern California over the course of four years; Schastey was also responsible for the Fairmont’s opulent interiors. Situated on more than 28 acres at the end of a long sweeping private lane, the manor rises beyond stands of redwoods, fronted by a deep, broad lawn, carved stone figures, and a formal arrival court, large enough for “a fleet of visiting dignitaries.”

With some 30 rooms, including seven bedrooms, eight full baths, and two powder rooms in the main residence, the estate features marble floors, grand arched doorways, columns, handcrafted detailing, ornate fixtures, and an authentic Renaissance palette. Other highlights include an entire room of cherrywood paneling, a living room/concert hall, a formal dining room, reception room, library, sitting room, and reading room.

Located adjacent to 1,000 acres of mid-peninsula open space, the property also boasts manicured terraced lawns, sunken gardens, grassy meadows, a reflecting pool and a tennis court. Visit ChristiesRealEstate.comfor more information.

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A luxurious swimming pool sits in the back of the yard

The pool area

The grand saloon has marble tile

The whole view of the grand saloon

The plaza outside the grand saloon

A wood-paneled library is one of Villa Lauriston's 30 rooms.

Redwood trees line the property

The gardens are all impeccably manicured

The second-floor study

The den

An aerial view of the house

The kitchen is a mix of modern and classic

The butler's pantry off the kitchen

The master bedroom

Another view of the master bedroom

The living room

The music room

The other side of the music room

The rear of the house

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