Tour Historic Stonebrook Court Manor

A private owner of an estate of this magnitude is a rare bird indeed. Take a stroll through this magnificent home built in 1914 in Los Altos Hills, California.
By: Amy Keyishian

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Photo By: Arthur Sharif

Stonebrook Court Manor

Sure, it's old and classic, but it's also completely wired: security, Internet, phone and climate control were all factored into the rehab.


The original architect, John Powers, designed the home with a then-huge $400,000 price tag. You can't get a two-bedroom in the city for that these days.


With as many working fireplaces as there are, you'd better believe the chimneys are beautiful as well.

Entry Hall and Stairway

Antique California oak carved in imitation of Jacobean design makes this grand space seem warm and intimate, no small feat in a home this size.

Dining Room

Over the door is a 700-year-old carving from Belgium, raising the eye to the sky-blue ceiling dotted with gilded stars.

Floor and Ceiling Details

The ceilings were done by a master plasterer from Europe; no two are alike, and even within rooms, details are unique.

Breakfast Room

The word of the morning is "light." Arched gothic windows with stained-glass details (also collected from Europe) provide enough of it to complement your morning coffee nicely.


The same way William Randolph Hearst used San Simeon to showcase his collection of plundered treasures, the Porters created a living museum, albeit one more unified (and actually completed).


The ballroom's ceiling was bought — the entire ceiling! bought! — from a Venice palazzo. A dozen oil paintings and a family's coat of arms make it a hazard for easily craned necks.

Chapel Room

Some of the carved wood pieces date to the 17th century; they were gathered from Italy, France and other far-flung locales.

Theodore Roosevelt Room

This home hosted presidents and kings. If Theodore Roosevelt ever came over, he would have loved this study.

Girls' Suite

In the wing of the house where the two daughters grew up, a game room adjoins both bedrooms (and there's yet another fireplace).

Girl's Room #1

What's remarkable about this home is not how grand it is, but how intimate its living spaces are. The two daughters of the current owners have en suite bathrooms, fireplaces and fantastic light.

Lady Grantham Bathroom

For this grand "hers" bathroom off the master suite, marble was brought in from India, a wall was opened up so a crane could lift it in, and the floor was reinforced.

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