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Green and Grand: 7 Homes with Delightful Formal Gardens

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This extraordinary 74-acre estate in Woodside, California, has remained intact since its inception in 1911 by Mortimer Fleishhacker, businessman, banker, and founder of the Anglo California Bank and the Great Western Power Company. Green Gables offers an unparalleled breadth of homes, natural habitats, and lands for enjoyment, relaxation, and development in the heart of Silicon Valley. One of the most remarkable aspects of Green Gables is its expansive grounds: a pastoral haven of native woodlands of oaks, giant redwoods, blue spruce, Monterey pine, eucalyptus, and the Camperdown Elm Allée, a striking avenue of meticulously pruned trees; flower, vegetable, and herb gardens; formal gardens; and a majestic Roman pool framed by a series of classical arches and views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Further highlights include a meditative tea house, an artist’s studio, three swimming pools, a tennis court, private roads and wooded riding trails, and a reservoir. The property’s location further distinguishes Green Gables as a truly unique offering. Just 20 minutes from San Francisco International Airport and 10 minutes from Stanford University, the town of Woodside is Silicon Valley’s wealthiest and most prestigious enclave and is among the oldest settlements on the San Francisco Peninsula.

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