Extraordinary Home of the Week: High-Tech Los Altos Hills Home
By Gina Uriarte, July 15, 2016
Los Altos Hills, one of the wealthiest communities in the United States, offers Silicon Valley dwellers large lots, rural charm and great views. But this is Silicon Valley, after all, so those items often come paired with the latest high-tech amenities and a premium price tag.
This 1.3-acre private retreat nestled in Los Altos Hills is a great example of just that, providing the perfect blend of dramatic modern, Asian-inspired and industrial architecture with advanced high-tech features and comfortable California living. The home’s approximately 5,900-square-feet were designed with an unparalleled attention to detail, from a unique wet and dry Zen rock garden to floating walls with recessed baseboards, custom built-ins and an efficient geothermal energy system.
The home epitomizes the relaxed luxury of Silicon Valley. It was designed for modern living, with large, open entertaining spaces that seamlessly integrate into the backyard pool and outdoor kitchen area through NanaWall doors. Additionally, it has been outfitted with state of the art scalable home automation technology that allows total remote control of the lights, heating and irrigation.
The expansive property includes seven bedrooms, six baths and a separate au pair unit. It features a chef’s kitchen with two of everything from Sub-Zero refrigerators to warming drawers and Miele dishwashers, an eight-burner Wolf range, and custom cabinetry with glass doors including and an appliance cabinet with put out shelves and pull out drawers.
Elsewhere, the home includes a home theater/recreation room, a luxurious master bedroom suite, four additional bedrooms upstairs and three additional bathrooms upstairs as well.
The master suite features an in-bedroom Jacuzzi tub with built-in heater and mood lighting, a wet bar with refrigerator, a walk-in closet, and a bath with dual commode areas and a steam shower. Above, there are skylights with two shades to mute or block light, and there’s a hidden door to a bonus room that is perfect for an office or nursery. Large glass doors lead out to a private deck with seating and relaxing hammock.
Approximately 30 feet of NanaWall connects a wet bar and living area to the pool and outdoor kitchen area, which features a built-in Viking barbecue, a granite counter with a stainless steel sink, and a built-in refrigerator and storage area.
A Ross Levy-designed tree house with climbing wall, zip line, observation deck and furnished playhouse finish out the outdoor entertaining area.
Perhaps the most striking features in the home are the ones not readily visible, specifically the many high-tech and eco-friendly amenities. The home includes Toto in-wall automatic flush toilets throughout, 15 geo-blown air/heat Nest thermostats that control 16 zones, and 11 separate thermostats that control the geo-radiant heating. The geothermal system with smart controls let owners customize the system to their own taste for radiant heat. And all of the main lighting can be controlled from a tablet, PDA or cell phone, with individual lights also programmable for your favorite settings.
The estate is the perfect combination of technology marvel and stunning elegance for today’s Silicon Valley lifestyle.
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