The Record: Tom Perkins’s Belvedere Chateau Sells For $14.6M


Where: 345 Golden Gate Avenue, Belvedere
Asking Price: $16,500,000
Sold For: $14,600,000
What: Originally designed by Bay Area architects Julia Morgan and George Kelham and built in 1928, this was the home of visionary Silicon Valley investor Tom Perkins for over four decades until his death in 2015. The reknowned Morgan and less-known Kelham were contemporaries– both attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Morgan, of course, is best known for San Simeon. Kelham had a very successful career as an architect and planner in San Francisco, with major projects like the 1915 World’s Fair.

The glorious 6-bed, 7.5-bath home is spread out over 3 levels and set in mature walled gardens, towering over its neighbors with views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and lower Marin County.

An antique limestone fireplace (imported from Belgium) and 16th Century oak linenfold paneling adorn the living room. With lessons learned at San Simeon, Morgan excelled in integrating disparate antique parts into new structures.

The Team: Top agents Danielle Chavanon and Isobel Weiner of Sotheby’s International Realty represented the sellers; independent broker Irene Herman brought the buyers.

This being Northern California and not Northern Europe, most of the rooms open to patios and terraces.

The master suite, which has “his” and “her” baths and dressing rooms. Not surprisingly, Perkins had the bigger bathroom, below.

The Price: It’s an extraordinary property, with an architectural pedigree and in superb condition, ready to move into. That said, it was priced substantially higher than other neighborhood properties. Even nearby Lockley Hall sold in 2015 for $17.5M less than its original asking price– and still shattered records. Below, the very private swimming pool and cabana.

More: Have a look at both the listing and outstanding dedicated site for additional information, images, and floor plans.