The Fennwood Estate
Aerial video of 151 Laurel St, Atherton, CA 94027
In September 2010, Forbes magazine placed Atherton’s ZIP code of 94027 at #2 on its annual list of America’s most expensive zip codes. In October 2013, 94027 moved to #1 on the list, where it remained for 2014 and 2015. In context, Beverly Hills was placed at #14 in 2015. Atherton is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.
In 1866, Atherton was known as Fair Oaks, and was a flag stop on the California Coast Line of the Southern Pacific Railroad between San Francisco and San Jose for the convenience of the owners of the large estates who lived north of Menlo Park. The entire area was called Menlo Park. It had been part of the Rancho de las Pulgas that had covered most of the area, which is now southern San Mateo County. There were several attempts to incorporate Fair Oaks, one in 1874 and another in 1911.
In 1923, Menlo Park wished to incorporate its lands to include the Fair Oaks lands. During a meeting of the representatives of the two communities, it became clear to the Fair Oaks property owners that in order to maintain their community as a strictly residential area, they would have to incorporate separately. Both groups rushed to Sacramento but the Fair Oaks committee arrived first. It was at that time they realized that they could not keep the name Fair Oaks, as it was already the name of a town near Sacramento. It was decided to honor Faxon Dean Atherton who had been one of the first property owners in the south peninsula and name the Town for him. Atherton was incorporated on September 12, 1923. That same year, in 1923, the Menlo Polo Club was founded in Atherton.
Description: “The Fennwood Estate located in the highly desirable Atherton neighborhood. Fennwood Estate was built in 1885, set on a stunning 1.85 acre property, its secluded driveway graciously opens upon Fennwood – one of Atherton’s earliest and most elegant residences. Victorian era architecture greets visitors at the entry, flanked by the original lampposts and an intricate quarried tile veranda. A formal living room, dining room and a grand ballroom feature the finest craftsmanship of the era with beadings, brackets, dentil and egg-and-dart moldings. Seven bedrooms, four full baths, and an open kitchen complete the main house.
The attached four-story tower houses two bedrooms, two and one-half bathrooms, a classic smoking/billiards room, and a top-story kitchen overlooking the grounds. The separate guest house consists of a kitchenette and full bath, allowing for multiple accommodations on the estate. This remarkable property features well-manicured grounds with mature trees and lush gardens; all enjoyed in a private setting – yet a short distance to downtown Menlo Park’s amenities.”
- 9 BED
- 7.5 BATH
- ±1.85 ACRES
- ±8,348sq. ft.
- Built in 1885
- 151 Laurel St, Atherton, CA 94027
- Listing courtesy of Jakki Harlan, Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty