Over the past several years there have been recorded incredible high sales for luxury homes in the proximity of Silicon Valley and San Francisco. The historic Hillsborough estate, one of the priciest homes in California, belongs to Christian de Guigne IV, a descendant of one of the founders of a former American chemical company which manufactured herbicides for corn and rice. De Guigne, 76, has lived here all his life (his family having owned it for 150 years) and is selling his sumptuous estate for “estate-planning purposes”, retaining a life estate on the property, namely he will be allowed to continue living there until his passing.
Hillsborough is in good company, boasting the neighborhood of premium properties, being located just 20 miles away from San Francisco and a mere 5 miles from San Francisco International Airport. This Mediterranean-style luxury estate sits on 47 acres and offers 16,000 square feet of living space designed by famous interior designer Anthony Hall. It includes 7 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a grand-scale ball room, a room for flower arrangements, a library, a 6-room staff wing and a swimming pool and pavilion opening up onto a pool courtyard with views of San Francisco.
According to the listing, the interiors of the mansion comprise stylish and ornate public rooms, “which evoke the sophistication and grandeur of a bygone era.” The property’s park-like grounds encompass formal manicured gardens and two reservoirs. The hilltop estate offers matchless views of perfect sweeping views of the city and the East Bay.