15 Susan Gale Court, Menlo Park- SOLD

According to ancient Greek mythology, the Phoenix is a bird that is cyclically reborn.  This three-year-old, new construction townhome is emblematic of that renewal.  An elegant, modern and artistic structure, this home is located in the singularly prime Silicon Valley location:  walking distance to the Rosewood Sand Hill and VC firms of Sand Hill Road, and just a few minutes from many of the most important entrepreneurial hubs on the Peninsula, from Stanford University to downtown Palo Alto to Facebook.

The home features open, gallery-like interiors combined with soaring ceilings, floating walkways and expansive views of the ever-changing skies above the Peninsula’s western hills.  These features are enhanced by sophisticated elements such as richly hued walnut flooring, natural stone surfaces (basaltina stone countertops, marble shower, honed silver travertine accent walls), custom rift cut oak cabinetry, eight-foot custom doors, custom lighting and wall spaces inside and out specifically designed for displaying art.

No detail has been overlooked in the meticulous design and construction of this one-of-a-kind premier home.  The custom front door combines the rift cut oak elements of the cabinetry with the rich walnut floors.  Adjacent to a soaring, light-filled exterior atrium is a floating staircase with walnut treads and custom metal balusters and handrails.  The open, modern chef’s kitchen is adjacent to the first floor entertaining areas and includes Wolf, Sub-Zero and Miele stainless steel appliances, as well as a nine foot “waterfall” island clad in basaltina stone.  The step-down living room is an inviting space for relaxing or socializing and features a flat screen TV above a fireplace inset within a wall clad in honed silver travertine.  A deck that can be accessed from both the living area and dining room creates an easy flow for indoor/outdoor entertaining while also offering privacy and western hill views.

Upstairs, one can gaze through the massive picture window to open skies that wash the second-story gallery with natural light during the day and offer views of the moon and stars at night.  A fully equipped office features two separate work spaces, as well as custom built-in bookshelves and cabinetry that provides ample storage and hides equipment and wiring.  The office has a private passage to the breathtaking master bedroom suite with a private deck and expansive views of the western hills, city lights and San Francisco Bay.  This massive master suite has soaring ceilings, skylights, a fireplace and flat-screen TV.  The dressing hall leading to the spa bath includes three separate walk-in closets with custom built-in cabinetry, custom skylights, as well as a discreetly hidden W.C.  The spa bath area features heated marble floors, Anne Sacks tile throughout, as well as hardware and stand-alone tub by Waterworks.  The large frameless glass enclosed steam shower has a coved tile ceiling.  An 11-foot custom dual sink vanity of rift cut oak with basaltina surfaces is positioned below a single 11-foot inset mirror.  A private and comfortable guest room down the hallway has ample space, double closets and is adjacent to a beautifully appointed bathroom with heated floors, custom vanity and a shower with walls of Anne Sacks mosaic tile.

The Sharon Hills community consists of just 77 townhomes set amidst the foothills and includes its own pool and tennis court.  The location is simply unparalleled: less than a mile from Sand Hill Road and from there immediate access to Highway 280, less than 30 minutes from both San Jose International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, five-minute drive to downtown Palo Alto and Stanford University, and easy commuting to the full breadth of tech employers, from Google to Oracle to Genentech.

HOA fees are a very reasonable $575/month and include community landscaping, exterior home painting, roof/rain gutters, and pool/tennis court privileges and maintenance.  The Sharon Hills community is within the highly rated Las Lomitas School District and walking distance to public and private grammar schools.

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