The Buck Estate a grand mansion designed after Hampton Court in England and built for a wealthy San Francisco financier and socialite as a summer home. Today, the residence stands as an impressive recollection of what life was like in the early 20th century when the Peninsula was discovered for its ideal climate, gorgeous oak-studded lots, and views out to the San Francisco Bay.
Dubbed by earlier owners as Camelot, the residence, which took six years to complete, was host to grand and lavish affairs befitting of the tremendous floor plan that spans more than 16,900 square feet.
Tremendous woodwork, towering ceilings with elaborate detail, and leaded glass on almost every window in the home are just a sampling of the extraordinary Tudor-inspired craftsmanship.
Oversized double front doors, fully paneled and adorned with metal rivets, open to a grand two-story entrance salon
Parquet wood flooring, wall of leaded glass windows that rise to the ceiling around French doors to the rear terrace, paneled and stone walls, and elaborate relief ceiling
All wood main staircase with decoratively carved balusters continues up to a large landing with balcony overlook, interior gothic arched windows, and leaded glass front windows; a rear staircase is off the kitchens casual dining area and playroom
Off the foyer, to the north and south, are two galleries, each with groin-vaulted ceilings with detailed carvings and parquet flooring; at the end of one gallery are double French doors to the side of the home; the other gallery accommodates the elevator
From the north gallery, step down through double doors outlined on the interior of the room with solid marble columns into the ballroom
A towering ceiling is finished in all wood box beams crossed by massive columns with detailed corbels; the floor is all terra cotta tile and three alcoves are finished from floor to ceiling in leaded glass;
A fourth alcove has a steep groin-vaulted ceiling and tall gothic windows of clear glass; a manorial fireplace is surrounded in carved stone
Across from the ballroom, the library includes a full bar, a fireplace set within one of the fully paneled walls with intricate carvings and recessed bookshelves, and rounded alcoves with leaded glass windows; the floor is parquet wood and the ceiling is comprised of cross beams intersected with massive beams with elaborately carved relief; double French doors open to the front terrace
Located in the south wing off the foyer, the formal dining room has parquet wood flooring, fully paneled walls, double French doors to the rear terrace and to a private side terrace, plus a large bay window with views to the East Bay hills
Across from the dining room is an enormous room, which could serve as an even larger dining room or as a family room and/or media room; features include parquet wood flooring, chair rail molding, a rounded alcove of leaded glass windows, and double French doors to the front terrace
Designed for preparation and dish storage, the butlers kitchen includes significant glass-front cabinet storage and tiled counter space plus a sink, built-in KitchenAid refrigerator, direct access to the dining room and rear terrace, plus cherry wood flooring
The updated main kitchen is finished with antique glazed custom cabinetry topped with marble counters and includes a large casual dining area, all with cherry wood floor; stainless steel appliances include a KitchenAid 5-burner gas cooktop, two Bosch dishwashers, a Bosch oven and microwave, and built-in KitchenAid refrigerator
This enormous room, positioned above the library, is finished with custom carpeting outlined in marble, elaborate ceiling and crown moldings, two rounded alcoves of leaded glass windows, and a handsome fireplace with carved surround
This spacious carpeted room with picture frame moldings and elaborate crown molding has a full wall of leaded glass windows with views out toward the Bay; two separate dressing rooms are finished with custom built-ins and concealed closet space
Adjoining each of the dressing rooms is a marble-finished bathroom with two pedestal sinks, an elevated bathing center with whirlpool tub, large shower for two, and access to a large and private terrace with views to the Bay
Entered from its own foyer, with staircase access to the fourth floor, this bedroom has custom patterned carpeting, three walls of leaded glass windows with views to the western hills, a dressing room with concealed closets, and an all marble bath with tub and overhead shower
Located above the 4-car garage, and with outside entrances on both sides, the carriage house is comprised of a living room, full kitchen with gas range, two bedrooms, a full bath with tub and overhead shower, plus a half-bath; a laundry area is located in the garage
The grounds of approximately 2.8 acres include a fitting parterre garden, magnificent oaks, and views out to the Bay - all in a close-in setting that puts the best of San Francisco and Silicon Valley plus Las Lomitas schools within easy reach.