"To get almost an acre this close to downtown is something really desirable," he said. "In many ways this is an Atherton home set in Menlo Park." It is more attractive for being in walking distance of downtown Menlo Park, too, he said.
Owned by Dale and Jennifer Fuller, the 9,585-square-foot mansion at 5 Robert S Drive sits on nearly an acre of land in the cul-de-sac across Valparaiso Avenue from the Sacred Heart schools campus.
The home, rebuilt in 2003 and designed by local architect Jim Maliksi, has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms; a large pool and pool house/entertaining venue; a dedicated apartment with a separate entrance; a wine cellar dating back to the 1940s, capable of storing 1,600 bottles; and rooms for just as many purposes as one can think to dedicate entire rooms to: casual and formal dining, his-and-hers walk-in closets, a fancy bathtub, adult and children sections of the house, and a secret small-people-only nook reportedly used to store and play with dolls, to name a few.
Roof tiles were reportedly shipped in from France, McNair said. He also pointed to the library, finished with black walnut, and the extensive molding in the living room as examples of the quality of materials used in the home. It also has a backup natural gas generator and vegetable garden.
The site also carries historical significance. It was previously owned by Robert S. and Florence Moore as part of a larger estate in the early 1900s. Robert Moore was a successful businessman who died in the early 1930s. Upon his death, his wife, Florence, developed the cul-de-sac, called "Moore Acres," as a tribute to him. From the entrance to the cul-de-sac, the original ironwork of a lamppost and other flourishes are still visible today.
The marketing brochure lists the properties as "Five Examples of Traditional Elegance" and states, "Plans for these houses were drawn during the war, which prevented actual building ... these houses were planned with an imaginary owner standing by ..."
The S in Robert S Drive actually stands for his middle initial, Steven, not "south," Billy McNair said.
Florence Moore also donated funds to Stanford to create an all-women's dorm, and insisted it should have the best ice cream in the whole university. Today the dining hall, which is named after her — affectionately shortened to "FloMo" among students — is still known for its ice cream, said marketing director Kim McNair.
The original home on the site was built in the 1940s and sold in 1960 for $62,500. That buyer lived there until the Fullers bought the property in 1999, Billy McNair said. At that time it was sold for $4.15 million, according to Zillow.
So who might buy the house? McNair said that he's just starting to market the house and expects that word will reach local, regional, national and international audiences.
It also might appeal to some people over in Atherton for business or political reasons, he said, because "Atherton is seen as a community that has a certain level of wealth that Menlo Park maybe, (while an) extremely nice community, has a different vibe about it."
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