206 Palo Alto Rear
We’re intrigued by the house and more than a few design elements (the photography at this price point, not so much). From the listing:

With world class Bridge to Bridge views, this local designer’s contemporary showcase residence, w/ a nod to classical style, melds different genres, creating a fresh & unique environment-an epitome of simple & perfectly proportioned symmetry.

Asking $4,200,000 ($968 per square foot). Bonus points for naming the designer.
206 Palo Alto Stairs
And yes, it’s been renovated and expanded since its sale for $1,300,000 in 2003.
∙ Listing: 206 Palo Alto (4/3.5) – $4,200,000 [MLS]

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    Its too bad that the rear and front facades cannot be swapped here. The rear facade is great, nicely balanced, and elegant. The front facade seems to draw from early 70s tract home influences.
    And what’s up with that tub within a tub ? Is it specifically designed to be extra difficult to clean ? You’d need some sort of special brush to clean out that perimeter trench.
    Nice house, nice location, scary price.

  2. Posted by noearch

    Not impressed. That faux stone on the rear facade is just atrocious. It’s basically just glued on. Who does that? except for decorators who just “decorate”. Architecturally, that stone facade stuff is very dishonest and cheap looking.
    Why not just name the designer in the article?

  3. Posted by abc

    I am puzzled by the room with the stump in it. Is that art? I guess when you can spend $5M on a house, you can afford to devote a room to your stump collection.

  4. Posted by steve

    the stump may be the least artistic part of that fantastic room. I love the stairs, the floor, the recessed baseboard and the quality of the lighting. does anyone know who the contractor was?

  5. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    That ain’t no stump, the bottom cut was from at least three feet above ground.
    As for the glued on stone, I wouldn’t consider it atrocious as it is clearly not intended to hide its superficiality. I doubt anyone would think that you could cantilever a solid stone slab that long. I give it a “B” finishing material. Bay area balloon construction affords only a couple of “honest” finishes : clapboard or stucco. Anything else must be glued on (or built traditionally but very expensively to meet seismic codes.)

  6. Posted by Salarywoman

    I prefer the Maybeck.

  7. Posted by eddy

    Tetris, Tetris, Tetris.
    $4.2; I really don’t think so.

  8. Posted by Mole Man

    Toilet roll parade in the bathroom! The foot level lights along the stairs area nice touch. It is really hard to put a price on a view like that, plus that area is swank and only getting more so. I’d love to but this place and plant big, fast growing trees everywhere just for the iconoclastic effect.

  9. Posted by jlasf

    You’re not puzzled, you’re stumped.

  10. Posted by InterestedInSF

    Don’t know who the contractor was, but the architect was Mark English ( and, of course, the owner (designer Geoffry De Sousa) had a lot to do with the details like the stairs, lighting, and whatnot.

  11. Posted by twnPKS2001

    I live on Palo Alto. This place is beautiful, The facade was updated but the form was kept because of neighbor requests to the city during the permit process. I Attended the hearing…Incredible views and great indoor outdoor living.

  12. Posted by SocketSite

    The list price for 206 Palo Alto has been reduced $205,000 (5%), now asking $3,995,000.

  13. Posted by SocketSite

    The listing for 206 Palo Alto has been withdrawn from the MLS without a reported sale.

  14. Posted by tipster

    Back on, and already dropped in price again. 3.695 in June, 3.595 today.
    Down 17% in 6 months. The declines in expectations are breathtaking!

  15. Posted by tipster

    Dropped to 3.150 from 4.20 initially, 25% drop in expectations.

  16. Posted by anon

    “The declines in expectations are breathtaking!”
    Do you truly think so? I think the Grand Canyon is much more breathtaking.

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