240 Cinnabar Road

Designed by commercial architects to withstand an 8.3 magnitude earthquake, over 70 tons of steel were used in the construction of the modern high-tech home at 240 Cinnabar Road in Woodside which was built in 1991 on three acres with views north to San Francisco and the East Bay.

A living roof covers much of the home’s lower level, helping to hide the bulk of the nearly 12,000 square-foot, three-level structure which includes a 6,000 square foot main residence, two guest apartments, and 3,000 square feet of unfinished space with parking for up to 8 cars and/or a commercial grade workshop.

Purchased for $13.5 million in 2005, the modern high-tech home returned to the market late last year listed for $13.8 million.  And this past Friday, the sale of 240 Cinnabar Road closed escrow with a reported contract price of $12.875 million, roughly $995 per square foot and 7 percent less than in ’05.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    In 2005 this place didn’t look as dated as it does today. It falls into the “style hole” where anything cutting edge (clothes, houses, hairstyles) from 20-30 years ago is passe. It will need another 20 years to get out of its style hole assuming it survives a total demolition. But that 70 tons of rebar is going to frustrate the demo team.

    • Posted by Some guy

      Probably more than just rebar – moment frames, that is, steel I-Ibeams used around the many large openings.

  2. Posted by Matt in Uptown

    Built with every architectural gimmick of 1991, including being designed by a famed commercial architect to withstand the Big One, as well as selling at a loss and yet somehow this post avoided the usual SocketSite editorial snark accompanying note worthy listings on the sunny side of the Bay. Hmm.

  3. Posted by MyOddCommentHandle

    I like it. It has a Tony Montana quality about it. You could throw some big parties there.

  4. Posted by djt

    Maybe that whole “walking to stuff” is a real thing.

  5. Posted by jwb

    Jesus, that’s ugly. It looks just like my office.

  6. Posted by inclinejj

    You do know they have bunker bombs that can destroy this place? What made this guy so paranoid? My great Grandfathers moonshine shack survived the 1906 quake and it probably cost him 20 bucks to build.

  7. Posted by Ken Dahl

    Original owner was the the CEO of Failure Analysis Associates in Menlo Park. Lives and breathes failure, thus the steel. Earthquake and fire proof.

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