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711 University Avenue
Los Altos
OFFERED FOR $6,998,000
Amenities of the Home include:
  • One of the most iconic homes in all of Los Altos, located on prestigious University Avenue just blocks to the Village 
  • Each room boasts a unique historical element whether that be handsome box beams, intricate millwork, period-style tile accents, hand blown glass fixtures, stained glass, or original Douglas fir, redwood, or oak appointments
  • Immediately upon arrival, you are greeted by a lantern-hung entry pergola opening to an enchanting courtyard, tranquil outdoor rooms and verdant grounds impeccably designed and reminiscent of English homes and country gardens
  • The classic Craftsman-style exterior boats shingled walls, multi-gabled roof, deep overhangs, exposed rafter tails, and a shed-roof dormer
  • 5 bedrooms, 4,5 bathrooms
  • Approximately 5,166 square feet
  • Lot size of approximately 19,140 square feet
  • Follow the wide flagstone paver path through lush gardens to the impressive covered front entrance with beautiful solid mahogany front door flanked by a stained glass sidelight with a wisteria motif
  • The foyer introduces gorgeous hardwood floors, handsome Douglas fir wood accents, and decorative lighting that continues throughout the entire home
  • Enter into the spacious living room with focal-point fireplace outlined in tile that adapts a period design by Greene and Greene with solid wood mantel, two side-facing windows with stained glass detail, elegant box beamed ceiling, and wide front-facing window for added natural light
  • Through a wide opening lies the formal dining room, with tall Douglas fir wainscot, striking chandelier, and double glass doors to the covered veranda
  • At the heart of the home, the gourmet kitchen features sleek oak wood cabinetry with recessed panel doors and flush-front drawers, dark granite slab countertops, full-height backsplashes with handmade subway set field tile, and large center island with deep farm sink and breakfast bar seating; a convenient butler’s pantry, just off the kitchen, features granite countertops, ample storage, prep sink, and Miele warming drawer
  • High-end appliances include: Wolf 6-burner gas range and double oven, Bosch dishwasher, Dacor microwave, GE trash compactor, and concealed Sub-Zero refrigerator 
  • Separated from the kitchen by an open colonnade, the inviting family room provides a comfortable room to relax featuring a statement fireplace outlined in stone with concealed media center, stunning box beamed ceiling, period-style lanterns, and doors to the covered veranda and grounds
  • A powder room serves the main living areas with a pedestal sink, marble tile floors, and basket weave marble tile wainscot
  • Allowing room for after dinner drinks and intimate gatherings, the parlor features two sets of built ins, gorgeous box beamed ceiling, direct access to the grounds, and wide window overlooking the yard at the side of the home
  • Up a short flight of stairs, an office/bedroom provides an ideal secluded work space with vaulted beamed and paneled ceilings with two large skylights, and customized closet; an adjacent full bathroom has marble tile floors, glass-enclosed stall shower with subway-set tile surround, and pedestal sink
  • The privately located upstairs bedrooms center around a large landing with linen storage and vaulted ceiling adorned with a stained glass skylight of trapezoidal form
  • The expansive master bedroom suite features a sumptuous vaulted ceiling with impressive Douglas fir beams and paneling, focal-point fireplace bordered in intricate tile surround reminiscent of Batchelder designs, attractive two-tiered chandelier, and doors to a private terrace; adding to the luxury, the master suite also features a large fully-customized walk-in closet boasting built-in wardrobe storage and center island, plus a spa-like bathroom with gleaming floors with tile-rug inlay, dual-sink granite vanity, deep slipper tub, and large shower with handheld spray and bench seating
  • A spacious front-facing bedroom features wide windows in a front-facing gable, fireplace with elaborate tile surround replicating Batchelder designs, charming window seat, decorative center light, and large closet plus a built-in chest of drawers
  • An additional upstairs bedroom has substantial built-in cabinetry, large closet, and decorative sconce and center lighting
  • Servicing the bedrooms, a gorgeous hall bathroom features subway-set tile wainscot topped in band of Carrara marble, porcelain sink, and Carrara marble floors with octagonal tile inset
  • Accessible from the main staircase, as well as from the outside of the home, the fully finished lower-level offers ample space for recreation and guest accommodations with an expansive bedroom, adjacent recreation room/office with workstation, plus a spacious bathroom with glass-enclosed stall shower, pedestal sink, and hexagon tile floors
  • Every inch of the property is supremely utilized with meandering walking paths, perfectly positioned outdoor rooms, lush gardens, pond and waterfall, level lawn, and mature shade trees all completely encircling the home
  • An outdoor dining terrace is perfectly integrated into the garden, and ideal for entertaining with a large flagstone and concrete patio, built-in barbecue, work and serving counters, and focal-point stone fireplace
  • The covered veranda, off the side of the home, overlooks the Japanese-inspired garden and welcomes evening relaxation
  • Newly installed sport court with basketball hoop, full key and three point area, and durable, uniform surface fit for a wide variety of activities 
  • Attached 2-car garage with gardening storage and driveway access on a private lane
  • Ideal location just blocks to the Village on one of the most prestigious streets in all of Los Altos
  • Top-rated Los Altos schools: Gardner Bullis Elementary, Egan Junior High, Los Altos High (buyer to confirm enrollment) 
Specific Schools

Elementary School

Gardner Bullis Elementary School

Jr. High School

Egan Junior High School

High School

Los Altos High School

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  • One of the most iconic homes in all of Los Altos
  • Deep history and prestigious location in Old Los Altos
  • Originally constructed in 1910, and referred to as the “Shenk House” as it was once home to California Supreme Court Justice John W. Shenk
  • Extensively renovated in the early 2000s to include modern conveniences while perfectly preserving the historical charm
  • 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
  • Approximately 5,166 square feet
  • Original Douglas fir, redwood and oak wood, handsome box beams, intricate period-style tile, and gleaming hardwood floors throughout
  • Interconnected rooms fit for a contemporary lifestyle
  • Gourmet kitchen at the heart of the home
  • Expansive master bedroom suite with spa-like bath and customized walk-in closet
  • Fully-finished lower-level ideal for work or guest accommodations
  • Enchanting gardens, meandering paths, perfectly positioned outdoor rooms, and tranquil sitting areas completely encircle the home
  • Lot size of approximately 19,140 square feet
  • Excellent location blocks to the Village
  • Top-rated Los Altos Schools