Guests find $28.5M home cozy 

Anne Riley of Alain Pinel Realtors sold the present owner of 30 Ralston Court his house nearly seven years ago, but that’s not the house that’s on the market now. The owner took the house down to the studs, redid everything, and bought up two adjacent properties for a little more elbow room.

The result, she said, is an interesting anomaly: a $28.5 million Hillsborough property that inspires more relaxation than awe.

"I couldn’t get people to leave. People not only liked it, they wanted to stay," she said of the house, where she held a reception. "It’s not a show-off house. It’s just a really elegant, inviting place. There’s something very serene about this home."

Designed by San Francisco architect Robert Frear with the inside completed by Tim Nieman of Tim Nieman Interiors, the owner’s relative, the house features three levels: a public, formal level; a family-living area and a retreat. The last is located under the orchard, but with windows looking out of a hillside onto grassy meadows.

It was built with "exceptional materials," Riley said: 300-year-old reclaimed stone from France, French tiles, door sills made of a single piece of sculpted granite, a potting room done in grooved soapstone for easy washing of potting dirt, raised marble door surrounds and mahogany doors and windows.

"There’s a fabulous pool room with individualcubbies all done in teak," Riley said.

It also has barrel-vaulted ceilings, thick arched passageways, high, hand-hewn beamed ceilings, and imported French oak flooring. The landscaping includes meadows and Italian gardens, and groves of pine and oak trees and flowers, according to Riley.

She declined to name the owner, who county records indicate is Amati LLC.

Where: Hillsborough

Asking price: $28.5 million

Property tax: $370,500*

What: 6 bedrooms, 6½ bathrooms, 12,000 square feet

Amenities: Pool, imported stone, spa, multiple fireplaces, orchard, approximately 5 acres of land, fine construction.

Agent: Anne Riley, Alain Pinel Realtors, (650) 931-2020

* Estimate based on 1.3%

of asking price.

kwilliamson@examiner.com

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