Demolition work has Woodside reviewing mansion's remodel


Plans approved in mid-2013 for a significant remodel of a 7,750-square-foot mansion at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside are coming back to the town's Planning Commission for further examination and deliberation on Wednesday, July 2.

A visit in May to the property by town staff revealed that, contrary to the approved plans, the entire first floor of the main residence had been demolished, and that plans for the second floor and the basement had been reconfigured, according to a staff report.

The mansion made news in November 2012 when it was sold for $117.5 million, a new U.S. record for a single-family home, according to news reports at the time. Staff reports list the property owner as SV Projects LLC.

While work at the site is being allowed to continue, staff is recommending to the Planning Commission that the applicant be required to submit amended plans consistent with current conditions, including a floor plan, and obtain new building permits.

The July 2 Planning Commission meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.

Staff recommendations also include a deposit of $33,150 to pay for an inspector who will be on the site three afternoons a week, at a charge of $106 per hour, "to ensure construction is in compliance with the approved building permit." The deposit has been made, according to a copy of a receipt included with the Planning Commission agenda.

This inspector will not be there to expedite further changes to the plans, Planning Director Jackie Young says in a letter to the applicant. Such changes must follow the regular process for review and approval. Any construction not in accord with the approved plans will result in a stop-work order, Ms. Young said.

Stone siding

The original plans include expanding the main house to 8,000 square feet from the current 7,750, and matching some 35-foot-high elements by raising the heights of other parts of the house. The existing house, completed in 2007, was granted exceptions to the 6,000-square-foot and 30-foot maximums for floor area and height. The remodel required additional exceptions.

Among the original changes: replacing the white wood siding with beige stone siding, installing matching roofs of gray slate, and adding oval windows in various locations. On the main house, which sits near the center of the property, the remodel would enclose an upper-floor balcony under a slate dome that includes dormers. At the entrances to the accessory structures, the remodel would add formal elements such as columns at the entries.

Since the stone siding is adding to the mass of the residence, the mansion will need a new foundation and stronger framing, according to a June 8 letter from the project's engineering firm.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 1, 2014 at 7:27 am

So who owns the property, who's the contractor and who's the architect?

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Posted by fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

Given that this property which was purchased for $117.5M is on 8 acres with a much lesser fraction of development than Larry Ellison's estate, I bet that the county wishes it could have a do over on Ellison's property tax appeal.

Essentially Ellison's attorney argued that Ellison's property was only worth a small fraction of what was put into it because nobody would ever be willing to pay to rebuild what he did. In other words, that only Larry was crazy enough to spend upwards of $200M to develop a residential property, so it would never sell at that price. So he succeeded in getting his assessment rolled back to about $70M. And yet here we have some other crazy billionaire who is not satisfied with his own $117.5M property....

A lot of people don't know that Ellison's $3M+ property tax refund was paid from every tax rate member in the county (ie, Menlo Fire District, Menlo Schools, Sequoia High Schools, Ravenswood Elementary, etc).

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Posted by Dave Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Jul 1, 2014 at 9:27 am

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

The architect of record for this project is Van Acker Construction.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 1, 2014 at 9:55 am

Owner is reportedly Japanese businessman Masayoshi Son the CEO of Softbank. He went to high school in SouthSF and college at UC Berkeley.

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Jul 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I don't have absolute knowledge but my understanding of the sale price
on Mt Home Rd. was mostly artworks--only a small percentage was the real estate.

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Posted by fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm

> Mt Home Rd. was mostly artworks--only a small percentage was the real estate

The owner paid the 2012 supplemental bill and the 2013 regular tax bill of $1,275,426.88 on the full $117.5M purchase price, so if it was artwork it was built into the structure.

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