Current owner — Sun Microsystems co-founder, Trump supporter and self-described “raging capitalist” Scott McNealy — has been trying to move the property since June 2018 when it was listed privately for a staggering, and somewhat ridiculous, $96.8 million.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it didn’t sell and was re-listed in October 2019 with a giant $42 million price cut and an overhaul of the interior staging. It didn’t sell, and was removed from the MLS in December 2021 before reappearing at almost the exact same price now.
Regarding that eye-watering $96.8 million listing price, agent Deepee Chattha of Rex Homes told SFGATE at the time that the sellers “were not serious” and merely testing the market.
The 13-acre property — nestled in the woods of Portola Valley, the wealthiest town in America by some estimates — was custom-built in 2008. Beyond the 110-yard practice golf course and ice hockey rink, the 20-room home includes a rock-climbing wall, a tennis pavilion, 5 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms and a separate 4,000-square-foot guest house.
While the lengthy list of sports amenities and sheer size of this place are undeniable, on closer inspection much of the interior finishing feels more Marriott than mansion, complete with what looks like an industrial laundry room and a barrack-style kids’ room with three beds.
If the property sells at its asking price, the new owners will be looking at a San Mateo County property tax bill of around $300,000 a year. Current listing agent Stanley Lo told SFGATE over email that the property is also currently available for rent at a cool $100,000 a month.
As of 2018, McNealy had an estimated net worth of $1 billion. He was the CEO of Sun Microsystems for 22 years before stepping down in 2006. Oracle purchased Sun in 2009 for $7.4 billion, a fraction of its $116 billion valuation at the height of the first dot-com boom.
A video shared by Architectural Digest took a look inside the lavish property.
SFGATE Senior News Editor Amy Graff contributed to this report