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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Portola Valley, California

Portola Valley, California
7 bedrooms
7 baths, 3 half baths
13,000 sq. ft.
$16 million
Pedigree: Modeled after a Florentine villa, this 1920s Bay Area estate was built by architect George Schastey for San Francisco business magnate Herbert Edward Law. The construction incorporates an array of refined elements, among them Renaissance-period wood carvings, imported stained glass windows, and reclaimed Italian columns.

Property Values: Spread across the 28.5 acres are a guesthouse, two pools, a tennis court, an apiary, and a vineyard.

Talking Point: A private recital hall invites impromptu performances.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ojai, California

Ojai, California
4 bedrooms
3 baths
4,300 sq. ft.
$4 million
Pedigree: In 1959 architect Rodney Walker, best known for his three contributions to the Case Study House Program, erected this hilltop retreat as his personal residence. Modeled after an equilateral triangle, the ethereal structure merges indoor and outdoor spaces using glass curtain walls and pointed overhangs.

Property Values: The three-and-a-half-acre plot, accessible by a winding private drive, enjoys sweeping views of the surrounding valley.

Talking Point: Vintage linoleum and wood surfaces and a paint-box color palette lend midcentury cool to the open floor plan.

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