Perched on a three-quarters of an acre overlooking Portola Valley and beyond, 990 La Mesa Drive offers an idyllic respite from Bay Area life. But respite in Portola Valley doesn’t come cheaply: This 3,985 square foot home is asking $3.995 million.
Built in 1966, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath main house is a preserved mid-century modern with features like cedar paneling, hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and sliding doors between rooms. The living room is split—with kitchen and dining area between each living area—creating a free flowing, open floor plan. Each living area has its own fireplace.
Japanese tea garden and guest house
The unique charm of this property is outside the main house, however.
Behind it, a patio and wrap-around deck overlook panoramic views. Then there’s the courtyard-like entrance, “reminiscent of a Japanese Tea Garden featuring majestic Blue Oak and Cedar trees,” according to the listing.
Indeed, the koi pond with footbridge and free-form pool would please most Japanophiles, as would the one bed, one bath guest house/tea room.
The home hasn’t been on market since 1976; it sold then for $302,000. Today, the list price is closer to $4 million. Tea sold separately.
Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert