1960 Silicon Valley Home Inspired by Japanese Design Lists for Nearly $13 Million

A 1960 Silicon Valley home with a decidedly Eastern aesthetic hit the market late last week for just under $13 million. 

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom residence—located in Atherton, California, between San Francisco and San Jose—has about 5,400 square feet of living space. Features include paneled beamed ceilings, sliding screen doors and hardwood floors throughout, plus a landscaped garden with Japanese maple and citrus trees, according to listing agent Michael Repka of DeLeon Realty. 

“It has really cool Japanese farmhouse style to it,” he said. “It’s very distinctive and classy.”

The home was designed by a prominent local architect, Leslie Nichols, who was also behind another Atherton estate that once belonged to Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, Mr. Repka added. Both share the Japanese sensibility. 

The lap pool and hot tub are surrounded by windows.

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The one-level residence boasts a living room with a fireplace and wet bar that’s hidden behind sliding screen doors, according to the listing. A formal dining room looks out over the garden, and there’s an eat-in kitchen with two ovens and a separate prep area with a sink. 

An office with built-ins and a fireplace has views to the outdoors, and the primary bedroom suite has a sitting area and several doors leading to the grounds, the listing said. There are three additional bedroom suites, and several patios and decks that include built-in seating. 

The property also features an indoor lap pool and hot tub surrounded by windows, plus a sauna, Mr. Repka said. The pool house also offers another bedroom and kitchenette. In addition, solar panels help power the property. 

The home last traded for about $2.74 million in 2007, according to records with PropertyShark—highlighting the intense price appreciation that’s taken hold over the past 15 years. The sellers were not available for comment. 

San Mateo County, where Atherton is located, has seen an increase in demand for luxury homes since the Covid-19 pandemic began. This spring, from March through May, sales of homes priced over $3 million rose 80%, compared to the previous peak in the spring of 2019, according to a June report from Compass. 

“There’s still a lot of money in Silicon Valley,” Mr. Repka said. “There’s a desire to trade up.”

In addition, buyers are looking past stark, modern designs for homes with more “charm,” he added. 

“There’s a shift toward homes with more character and warmth,” Mr. Repka explained.