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Glass-Walled Atherton Estate Asks $39.8 Million

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For the billionaire with nothing to hide

Remember that $40 million-plus Atherton estate that went on the market last week? Well, now it has company, as yet another $40 million Atherton home has just launched on the market. We spotted it on Socketsite, and even Atherton, the second most expensive ZIP code in the country where the average home costs $4 million, listings like this make you take a second look.

The new offering at 246 Atherton Avenue is a three-story, seven-bedroom, 18,000-square foot affair (not counting the one-bedroom guest house) on more than two-and-a-half acres of land, designed by Farro Essalat, of San Mateo‘s Essalat Architects. The exact asking price is $39.8 million.

The 47 Camino Por Los Arboles property we wrote about last week is modeled on a contemporary Italian villa, but this latest Atherton Avenue house could be mistaken for the headquarters of one of its neighboring tech companies, with glass walls and sharp 90 degrees angles. Three out of four living room walls are glass, as is the front door.

Inside, you’re looking at oak coffered ceilings that are 22 feet high; white oak and limestone floors; oak cabinets in the library; three kitchens; en suite bathrooms across the board plus three additional half baths. The master bathroom is tiled in travertine—limestone formed in a natural hot spring.

The wine cellar has a 2,000-bottle capacity, the indoor theater seats 12, the billiards room is tiled in porcelain, and even the pool house has a masonry fireplace and a marble bath.

A perfectly level infinity pond runs down the middle of the geometrically landscaped and manicured grounds (completing the tech campus vibe), and a formidable looking wall and front gate guard the front drive and granite-paved motor court.

Gullixson Team, the same realtors handling 47 Camino Por Los Arboles, landed this one too. They commissioned a slick sales video with drone shot aerial views of the place. From above, it looks like a precisely calibrated geometric diagram—or, perhaps, a $40 million game of Tetris in the works.