An Architectural Masterpiece in Nature’s Finest Setting
Green Gables is truly an extraordinary estate. The combination of man’s and nature’s best are brilliantly on display throughout this 74-acre Woodside, California, property which has remained intact since its inception in 1911. The creation of Mortimer Fleishhacker, banker and founder of Anglo California Bank and the Great Western Power Company, at the heart of Green Gables rests its magnificent main residence and gardens that remain home to this day for the Fleishhacker family.Designed by Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, leading figures of the early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement, the main house’s rooms are oriented to maximize the spectacular views of the property’s celebrated gardens and grounds. The estate also includes six other dwellings, each nestled in its own private setting. Noteworthy among them is a lovely 1930s home designed by acclaimed Modernist architect William Wurster. The estate is also home to three swimming pools, a tennis court, orchards, and a glorious vegetable and flower garden.
An Idyllic Garden Environment
One of the most remarkable aspects of Green Gables is its expansive grounds, which are a mix of formal gardens surrounding the main house and natural woodlands filled with native California shrubs and flowers. Majestic old-growth trees abound at Green Gables, including oaks, giant redwoods, blue spruce, Monterey pines, and eucalyptus. Two private roads and wooded trails wind through the verdant lands, perfect for riding, biking and exploration. Closer to the main house, the Camperdown Elm Allée is a striking avenue of meticulously pruned trees and is considered one of the finest exemplars of its kind. Elsewhere, large flower and vegetable gardens provide a wonderful bounty for the estate, from dahlias and roses for the vase, to tomatoes, onions, peppers, and all manner of herbs for the table. In a state where water supplies can be of concern, Green Gables is blessed with its own expansive reservoir which independently serves the estate’s irrigation needs.
Exquisitely Crafted Interiors
The main home’s original interiors were designed with a remarkably elegant yet comforting sense of light and scale. Of particular note is the game room featuring hand carved Greene and Greene furniture as well as extensive paneling depicting the four corners of the world. These exquisite pieces were designed by the Greene brothers, who actually carved and constructed the works themselves. Famed New York interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, whose clients included Amy Vanderbilt and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, selected and designed many of the furnishings, and her vision has been preserved to this day in three of the bedrooms.
A Rare and Vast Landholding
The location of this property at the center of Silicon Valley, its size, and its provenance further distinguish Green Gables as a truly unique offering. Its 74-acre expanse is virtually unrivaled in the region, and the estate offers total privacy and natural beauty, yet is only 20 minutes from San Francisco International Airport while Stanford University is just ten minutes away. Woodside itself is Silicon Valley’s wealthiest and most prestigious enclave and is among the oldest settlements on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Today, Woodside is home to a Michelin-starred pub and the renowned Buck’s of Woodside restaurant, a favorite of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, as well as many of the world’s tech billionaires. Woodside’s great outdoors beckon to a thriving outdoor and equestrian community and include the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Wunderlich Park, and Skeggs Point, a magnet for mountain bikers. Atherton, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto are among the nearby towns and cities, and the beautiful drive to the coast and the famed Half Moon Bay seaside requires just 25 minutes. The climate is idyllic with warm days, cool nights and never a hint of humidity.
A Legacy and Opportunity
Green Gables’ unique and historic presence in the Silicon Valley region has bestowed on it traditions and legacies that have made it a cherished residential landmark. The estate has long been a gathering place for global dignitaries including European royalty, senators, congressmen, governors, business leaders, and creative luminaries. In 1965, the United Nations selected Green Gables as the site for its 20th anniversary commemoration gala. Today, the estate offers an unparalleled breadth of homes, natural habitats, and lands for enjoyment, relaxation, and development. This unrivaled, idyllic oasis is the perfect address for a visionary steward who will value its beauty, grace as well as its many natural gifts—all within minutes of a thriving and celebrated Silicon Valley community.
CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL EASTATE