To be clear: 171 New Place Road, a five-bed, six-and-a-half-bath, 8,500-square-foot mansion in Hillsborough now asking $14 million, is not part of the historic estate of banking magnate and railroad heir William H Crocker.
But it may be quite literally the next best thing.
The most recent ad for the property reads:
Beyond the historic gates of the William H. Crocker estate and up a scenic, meandering and exclusive road is a spectacular French Country estate, a triumph of architectural design. Unfolding over approximately 1.62 acres along the 8th fairway of the famed Burlingame Country Club golf course.
The house does indeed sit beyond Crocker’s old gates, but it’s not actually Crocker’s. Rather, it was built in 1972 (decades after Crocker’s death) on part of what was once his property.
However, the old gates on on the 171 New Place property were once part of Crocker home, and still remain even after the land was subdivided, providing at least one tangible link to that famous history. New Place Road even gets its name from Crocker’s old home—it was his new place, after all.
This home might not have quite the same history as its nearby neighbor, but it does boast some classical French style of its own. A previous listing highlights the irregular stone walls, pebblestone sink, decorative frosted glass panes, “herringbone-patterned hickory floors,” and the checkerboard patterned lawn.