1340 Ranchita Drive, Los Altos, CA
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A large custom-built Nantucket style home with 4,797 sqft, 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, two family rooms, with 400 sqft wrap around brick porch. Built by Jim Baily in 2001 with every room having character in all three levels of livable space. Ralph Lauren would feel comfortable in this home, because of it feels like it should be in the Hamptons on the east coast, or in the movie “Father of the Bride”. This decorator’s home has been in several decorating magazines and home shows. Quality and detail to every need of a large family not missed. This is a one of a kind home. There are bedrooms on every floor to allow flexibility/privacy for a growing family and guests. Many more enhancements to the home, a must see.
Bathrooms: 4 full
Custom Built new in 2001
Size: 4,787 sqft home including 1,979 sqft basement on 9,135 sqft lot
Garage: 2-car attached with built-in cabinets, sink and expoxy floors
Offered at: $4,998,000
Large front yard with mature trees that frame this distinguished home as one of the most unique in the neighborhood.
Wrap-around Front Porch
The wrap-around porch adds about 400 sqft of useable living space. A red-brick porch fully covered with recessed lights and five skylights.
The side courtyard is accessable from two double glass French doors in the Living Room. Flagstones, ground-cover and hanging gardens create a great place to get away. Hanging patio drapes can enclose the patio on cooler evenings.
Front Living Room
The main level has nine foot ceilings with custom transoms and moldings throughout. The wood flooring throughout the home was created to make the home look like it was built in the 1900’s. It has mixed wide plank with knots and custom mahogany stain. The Living room and dining room are open to each other. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and French doors that open to the court yard/covered porch. Surround sound throughout for entertaining.
Formal Dininig Room
Flow from the living room into the formal dining rooom for a large sit down dinner. A very rich feeling with hardwood floors and impressive molding. A doorway in the back corner leads to the kitchen pantry area to help with serving.
The Kitchen is a cooks dream with Viking six-burner stove, and grill, Thermador convection ovens with Viking, Microwave/oven. Two sinks both with garbage disposals, all cast iron sinks and top of the line fixtures. Plenty of storage, a center island, white cabinetry, including a Dutch door to go out to covered wrap around porch and court yard. The Dutch door has a Mr. Ed horse painted on a wall that allows the horse to be seen through the half of the Dutch door. In addition there is a "chicken coop" with real wire and hay in the kitchen to complete the character of the kitchen.
The kitchen nook is located between the kitchen and family room and opens out to the back patio. Makes for a very family-friendly great room.
Main Floor Family Room
The Family Room is open to the kitchen and has wood plank and beam ceilings painted in white. Built- in book cases around the wood-burning fireplace, a large bay window overlooking the spacious manicured yard and pool/fountains.
Main Floor Bedroom Suite
The main Floor- Ralph Lauren Guest bedroom has built in library and painted in Ralph Lauren suede-like paint. The full guest bathroom also has a built-in library with cabinets to store bathroom towels and supplies. The bathroom is in Ralph Lauren wall paper with an antique chandelier.
Downstairs Family Room
The lower level has 14 foot ceilings all done in knotty pine and had to be custom milled from the east coast due to the height of ceilings. closet prep for wine cellar; wrap around bar with dishwasher, full refrigerator, separate ice maker for entertaining; seating area with a river rock fireplace and Knotty pine walls; lower level is open to pool table area with a running train around the ceiling on a floating shelf above the pool table; with direct access to outside through a wall of French doors ; Custom Brass sconces, brass Fisherman Pendants over pool table and entrance from main floor to complete the Nantucket aura.
The downstairs office has extensive built-in cabinets and bookshelves. Two large glass doors allow you to have peace and quiet when you want.
The media/home gym has plenty of space. Has 220v outlet for special craft/workshop needs.
There is a bedroom with a Thomas Kincaid mural painted by Thomas Kincaid artist in 2001 for “Christmas at Our House” home show.
The downstairs bathroom features a steam shower to relax those muscles after your work-out or to warm-up on cold winter days.
Master Bedroom Suite
The Third Floor has three large bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms and a laundry area. The Master bedroom has coffered ceilings, custom Pella three pane church windows were used throughout the home to add character to the home as if it were built in the 1900’s. These custom windows are in the master bedroom and bathroom along with a large skylight in Master bath to provide natural light. The Master bedroom suite has two (his/her) walk in closets, two sided fireplace to view from bed or from Jacuzzi cast iron tub. The Master bathroom has Kohler cast iron sinks and Jacuzzi tub, custom tall cabinetry, custom built-in storage for towels and extra bathroom supplies under fireplace area, Restoration Hardware glass knobs, instant hot water dispenser for shaving and making tea, Corian marble counters, floors and shower with seamless glass.
Upstairs Bedrooms and Bath
Large Second bedroom has vaulted white plank and beam ceilings with sky-light. It also has a custom large loft with library ladder. The loft can be used for storage or for children fort. The loft has access to second attic. The bedroom has quick access to roof for emergency and looks over beautiful oak trees. The hallway has solid brass gas lanterns that were converted into electric. All brass lighting throughout the home was refurbished lighting from the Hamptons and repurposed into this home.
The Third Large bedroom has vaulted white plank and beam ceilings with custom large cathedral triple-pane church windows overlooking the front yard and trees. The windows themselves make a statement for the room and the vaulted beam ceilings make a statement. Each bedroom has added character with high end finishes and moldings throughout.
The loft is great for sleep-overs and provide access to the attic with a large storage area.
The fourth bathroom upstairs has two separated showers in order to allow two children to take two showers at the same time (to avoid waiting and family arguments). One shower is separated by another bathroom door in the toilet area. The second shower is in the main bathroom area and is a shower/tub combination. The tub is cast iron Jacuzzi tub. The cabinetry was built for tall people and extra storage. Beautiful Restoration Hardware and sconces used for extra lighting. There is a large skylight for natural light. The showers are plumbed on separate water heaters so there is no shortage of hot water.
Sunny Back Yard with Pool
The spacious backyard has a brick patio that is perfect for entertaining with lots of room for tables and chairs. The large lawn area includes a swimming pool with lots of sunlight to keep you warm. The swimming pool also has dancing water fountains that shoot an arc of water into the pool with a selection of colored lights. The pool was recently resurfaced with fiberglass that reduces the need for heating (plumbing for a gas heater is still intact). There is a hot tub tucked-away in the back left corner that is a great place to soak and relax.
Custom Garage with a $20,000 garage make over by Premier custom garage. The beautiful thick floor you can have your sports car on. The garage was built with beautiful counter, extra counter lighting and sink. Used for catering events. The extra- large wide cabinetry were made for storing sports equipment, golf clubs, family suit cases and second large pantry. The garage walls were painted to match the floors and counter/carnets. There is a ceiling ladder that provides access to large storage area in the attic.
Quiet neighborhood with top schools
This beautiful home is located in a quiet Los Altos neighborhood. The front door faces due north.
The Oak elementary school down the street about six blocks and Mountain View high school is just a couple of blocks further.
A fantastic location within short commute times to most high-tech companies. There are off-ramps and a north-bound on-ramp onto Hwy 85 just down Fremont Ave. Grant Road takes you directly to El Camino, Hwy 237, Central Expressway and 101. Foothill Expressway takes you to 280 on-ramps at either Magdalena to the north or Homestead to the south. There is an Albertsons on Foothill, Safeway at Miramonte and Cuesta and Nob Hill and Ranch 99 at Grant and El Camino. Both downtown Los Altos and Mountain View, with all their restaurants, are a short drive away.