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ATHERTON This 5bd/5ba contemporary home is situated on two parcels in an unmatched setting of more than 5 acres. Sophisticated elegance unfolds on one level. Guesthouse. Cascading pool. Las Lomitas schools.
LA HONDA Situated just 14 miles from Sandhill Road at highway 280, this custom estate is a hidden gem. With allencompassing views to the PaciďŹ c Ocean, this 7200+/- sf main home features a 5 car garage, and a 1470+/sf guest home, all on 18+/- acres. The living area, outdoor kitchen and cabana surround the sparkling pool and lush tropical gardens.
MENLO PARK Beautiful, luxuriously remodeled property in a prestigious Menlo Park neighborhood. Exclusive materials throughout. Great ďŹ‚oor plan for family life/entertainment. Close to downtown Menlo Park and Stanford Shopping Center, and biking distance of Stanford University, Palo Alto and Facebook.
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Volunteers with Rebuilding Together paint the historic Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse in Menlo Park on Saturday, April 26. From left, the volunteers are Teal Geiger, Patrick Gold, Kirsten Crum and Sara Hollister.
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Volunteers refresh Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse in Menlo Park By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
Menlo Park landmark got a fresh coat of paint on April 26, when volunteers participating in the 25th National Rebuilding Day worked on the historic Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse, as well as two Belle Haven homes and the Boys & Girls clubhouse in Menlo Park. The gatehouse, located at 555 Ravenswood Ave., now serves as headquarters for the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, which founded the local Rebuilding Together Peninsula (then called Christmas in April) a couple decades ago. “We are thrilled to be working with the Junior League this year,” Seana O’Shaughnessy, executive director of Rebuilding Together Peninsula, said in an email. “It means a lot since yes, indeed, we were started 25 years ago by the League. It was an amazing group of women who pulled together the right board and laid a tremendous foundation for us.”
The historic building, constructed in 1864, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. It got its start as the entrance to a 280acre estate owned by William Eustace Barron, according to the Junior League’s records.
‘It was an amazing group of women who pulled together the right board and laid a tremendous foundation for us.’ SEANA O’SHAUGHNESSY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR , REBUILDING TOGETHER PENINSULA
The estate changed names several times as new owners entered the picture until finally in 1942, when Stanford University took over. All buildings on the property except for the gatehouse were demolished; remnants such as pieces of the
mansion were sold for use on movie sets. The gatehouse went on to serve as living quarters for soldiers during World War II. Eventually the league renovated the property in 1996. Now, nearly two decades later, about 40 volunteers dedicated nine hours to refreshing the gatehouse from top to bottom, scrubbing cabinets, rearranging furniture and collecting detritus for disposal. Their preparations actually began long before Saturday, from powerwashing the entire facility to gathering paint and other supplies. The work isn’t over yet — the bathroom, foyer and trim still need paint, and the carpets await steam cleaning, according to volunteer cocaptain Brooke Lopez. The league plans to host a painting party to help finish the refurbishment. If anyone has some to spare, the gatehouse could use a new rug for the foyer something with a touch of blue — and buffet tables for the living room, according to Ms. Lopez. A
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Big ambitions for Hawthorns estate ■ Portola Valley’s Yvonne Tryce sees the potential for a nature and history center.
By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
ear the corner of Alpine and Portola roads in Portola Valley, there sits an unoccupied estate that dates from 1867. Upon its 79 acres are a rundown mansion, a rundown garage, a rundown cottage, a rundown barn, and estate grounds that, while not rundown, are not being put to productive use. Frederick N. Woods III, who died in April 2008 at the age of 93, bequeathed the $11 million Hawthorns estate and a $2 million endowment to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which took possession in 2011. The open space district “does not have the expertise or capacity to renovate the structures and is interested in teaming with a partner (or partners) to develop, refurbish and/or reuse the historic complex,” according to an April 3 statement to potential partners. The estate is a jewel in the estimation of Yvonne Tryce, the longtime chair of Portola Valley’s Nature and Science Committee. The committee has composed a draft letter to the open space district suggest-