Make This Magnificent Piedmont Mansion Your Own For $8.95M


From the late 1900s to the 1930s, architect Albert L. Farr was one of the most prolific Bay Area architects, specializing in a grand, graceful (and conservative) style for the local gentry. And while he was noted for his aesthetics, Farr was skilled at planning for impressive entertaining, family life, and staff. This house is no exception.

Built during the great pre-Depression building boom, this sprawling c.1926 stucco mansion on Piedmont’s Hampton Road is a prime example of his work, skillfully pulling together Renaissance and Mediterranean motifs into an eclectic but cohesive whole. On an acre of lawns and formal gardens, the 7-bedroom, 8.5-bath home has been in the same family for the past 25 years and it’s finally come on the market this week, asking $8.95M.

They don’t make spaces like these anymore.

What We Love: The 12-foot ceilings. The rear of the house (below) facing the formal gardens is a little more exuberant than the front.

And who could not love this pair of grand garages?

The kitchen is big and bright– a renovation incorporated the original breakfast room and a pantry into one large space.

There’s a handy bar between the foyer and the terrace.

More: Go to the agents’ oustanding dedicated site for additional images of the house (including the immense 2-bath master suite) plus more details and floor plans.