40 Crescent Drive, Palo Alto
Palo Alto | 40 Crescent Drive

Extensively Restored Classic Spanish Home
Presenting the epitome of Spanish elegance, this home has been extensively restored on one of Palo Alto’s finest streets. All the character of the original home, circa 1936, remains today inside and out. The sleek stucco white walls are ornamented with vintage ironwork and lighting and topped with the aged patina of a red tile roof. Inside, every inch has been tended to by the hands of master craftsmen with a result that is elegant and decidedly livable for today. Great care was taken to ensure of-the-era authenticity with new tile finishes color-matched precisely to the original, perfectly selected door and cabinet hinges, and hardware and fixtures powder-coated and replated true to the original. Gorgeous hardwood floors, in varying finishes extend throughout, stunning soapstone kitchen counters contrast beautifully with custom color cabinets, and built-in office functionality is just one au courant example for today’s needs. Staircases are a signature of the design, two inside and one outside that are each crafted entirely in tile with decorative risers.

A spacious receiving area introduces the home, which flows to a formal living room beneath hand-hewn ceiling beams and warmed by a fireplace. This room, like every room in the home, opens through true divided light French doors to the grounds or to the upstairs wraparound balcony. The formal dining room is arranged for al fresco enjoyment and the kitchen is designed for a true chef at heart. The original floor plan was reconfigured to add an intimate family room open to the kitchen and rear grounds, offering wonderful space for everyday living. A second upstairs lounge provides an additional family/playroom centered between two distinct bedroom wings. There are a total of 6 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and 2 half-baths, including a tucked-away suite on the main level, the luxe upstairs primary suite with heated bathroom floors and antique console sinks, plus two sets of two bedrooms each served by an authentically restored bathroom.

Outside, the entertainment-inspired grounds exceed one-third of an acre, all enclosed with a restored brick wall beneath towering privacy foliage. A sparkling pool is backdropped by one of two water features, vast terraces await large gatherings, and lawn offers ample space for play and recreation continued on the nearby sport court. Citrus and fruit trees abound, roses and hydrangeas add wonderful color, and the entire ambiance is enhanced by landscape lighting. All of this on the most sought-after side of Crescent Park that puts downtown shopping and dining plus top-rated schools all close at hand.

  • Authentically and extensively restored Spanish Revival home, circa 1936, including hardware, hinges, fixtures, and tile and stone surfaces
  • 6 bedrooms and 4 full baths and 2 half-baths on two levels; approximately 4,898 sq ft of living space
  • Every room on both levels opens to the outdoors
  • Spacious entry foyer introduces hardwood floors that extend throughout; off to one side is a signature all-tile staircase with decorative Spanish tile risers
  • Formal living room with fireplace and precast surround, solid wood window shutters, exposed ceiling beams, and glass doors to the rear terrace
  • Formal dining room with chandelier and two sets of glass doors to the rear terrace; adjoining butler’s pantry with sink and Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers
  • Office with built-in desk center topped in varnished wood plus extensively customized cabinetry
  • Concealed rear stair case off of the mud room and additional informal half-bath
  • Exceptional kitchen features custom color cabinetry topped in soapstone with white subway-set tiled backsplashes; solid soapstone sink and drainage grooves are integrated into the countertop
  • Large casual dining area including multiple glass doors to the rear terrace
  • Appliances include: Miele 5-burner gas cooktop, oven, steam oven, and dishwasher; Sub-Zero refrigerator with 2 drawers; 2 Sub-Zero freezer drawers
  • Wide arched opening to the family room with exposed-beam ceiling, media wiring, and wall of glass opening to the pool terrace
  • Privately located main-level bedroom suite with cable-strung lighting in the vaulted ceiling, French doors to the rear grounds, and en suite bath with console sink, subway-set white tiled wainscot and frameless-glass shower, plus honeycomb tile floor
  • Upstairs central lounge, with floor-to-ceiling shelves and balcony access, connects the two bedroom wings
  • Very spacious primary suite has a fresh-air balcony and two customized walk-in closets; stunning Carrara marble bath with dual antique console sinks, heated floors, tiled shower in square white tiles, and private commode room with outside entrance
  • Two bedrooms, each with balcony access and one with direct access to a large bath, including original tiled wainscot with inlaid feature strips, updated shower with updated custom-matched tile, cast-iron tub, console sink, and honeycomb tile floor
  • Two bedrooms, each with balcony access and direct access to a shared bath with original tiled wainscot and wavy feature strip, honeycomb tile floor, original console sink, and tub with overhead shower
  • Attached 2-car tandem garage parking, EV charging for two cars, storage area, and track-gliding garage door opening to the rear grounds
  • Other features: formal powder room; customized mud room with outside entrance; rear staircase; upstairs laundry room with Miele washer/dryer; partial basement for storage; Nest thermostats; sound speakers in some rooms and outside
  • Over one-third acre (16,627 sq ft) of beautifully landscaped grounds
  • Large pool, vast terraces, lawn, decorative tiled staircase to the upstairs balcony, sport court, many fruit trees, two water features, original elevated brick fireplace/barbecue, and landscape lighting – all surrounded with a restored brick wall
  • Just one mile to downtown University Avenue shops and restaurants
  • Excellent Palo Alto schools
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Active | $ 10,250,000