11 Southgate Drive, Woodside
Exquisite Spanish Colonial Estate in Woodside
Exclusively listed by Nick Granoski, 650-269-8556
Acclaimed architecture and design
Designed by renowned Bay area architect Ernest Coxhead circa 1929 this magnificent Spanish Colonial home once featured in Architectural Digest magazine, blends its early 20th Century legacy with modern luxury to create a sophisticated estate for living and entertaining. Situated on over an acre, the setting is quintessential Woodside positioned back from the street for privacy, with an impressive entrance featuring custom-crafted iron gate, sweeping circular driveway and landscape design inspired by the nearby historic Filoli estate. The floorplan is well-suited for today’s lifestyle, and includes 2 en-suite bedrooms, one with separate entrance on the main floor, one upstairs with attached office/den, and 2 additional bedrooms upstairs with jack and jill bathroom. The home has been updated and every detail has been carefully considered and expertly crafted while being thoroughly restored. With an emphasis on honoring the property’s rich history and timeless artistic vision, great care was taken to protect the original construction with preservation of the heart-redwood ceilings and moldings, mahogany wood floors, and artisan-created custom wrought ironwork. The entire property, which sits above the Woodside hills, is enclosed for utmost privacy and security. Yet it’s just minutes from the area’s popular amenities, including upscale dining, shopping & entertainment, top-rated schools and universities, major business centers, and abundant recreation activities. With easy access to highways, commute corridors, and three international airports, 11 Southgate offers exceptional convenience and accessibility in one of the world’s most naturally picturesque settings.
Bring the outdoors in
The scenic Woodside hills provide the stunning backdrop for this property, but that’s just the beginning. Out front, the sweeping circular driveway is complemented by a large lawn area, trellis, and breathtaking landscape design. The back grounds of the estate, connected by brick and limestone hardscape, are a thoughtful oasis that take advantage of the area’s generous year-round climate. A lovely lavender field and wisteria-covered pergola adds a touch of Provencal charm to the property. Just off the house is a full outdoor kitchen with large barbecue island and sitting bar, as well as a wood-fired pizza oven with separate seating area. Continuing around back is the large pool with beach entry, beautiful limestone patio and private dining pavilion overlooking the sparkling Bay Area below. Accessed by custom iron and tile stairway, the lower gardens provide serenity and opportunities for relaxation among European inspired statuary. The home is masterfully designed to integrate the outdoor setting—including the property’s panoramic views—for luxurious living and entertainment.
Details of the property
Entrance: Approach by a driveway that winds past gorgeous strands of live oak trees, though double iron gates to a circular driveway, lush landscape designed to work with the elegant stucco home facade which immediately charms with its classic Spanish tiled roof and elaborate wrought ironwork; admire the European-imported statuary, including “The Crane,” a remarkable steel sculpture by artist Kevin Box.
Courtyard: Opening from the entry arcade and directly from the driveway, this lime stone paved entertainment space features a covered-balcony overlook, multiple French doors to the main living areas, a griffin’s-head wall fountain, and lush plantings including flowering vines and citrus
Foyer: Through an oversized rustic-paneled front door, the spacious foyer showcases the main staircase and introduces the beamed ceiling and elaborate artisan-created wrought iron lighting and ﬁxtures that express diﬀerent motifs in each room, including ﬂying dragons, grape clusters, and a variety of other local ﬂora
Living Room: A beautiful, relaxing space celebrating natural materials and California’s early heritage with carved, heart-redwood beam ceiling, vaulted archways, manorial scale fireplace, and hand-painted walls: eﬀortless French doors lead to a sunny front fountain courtyard; hand wrought iron candle-style fixtures and wall sconces; expansive windows have sweeping views of backyard and the sparkling Bay Area
Sunroom/Den: Spacious step-down retreat has wraparound windows and a vaulted beamed ceiling, pool and bay views; French doors open into dining room.
Dining Room: The centerpiece of this formal gathering space is a cross-vaulted ceiling with a grape-cluster wrought iron chandelier (artistically recreated by a Santa Fe blacksmith artisan) coordinating sconces; a bay window frames garden views
Kitchen: French country design features limestone floors, solid marble counter tops, La Cornue range/oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator entirely concealed with custom cabinetry
Outdoor Dining: Located near the kitchen and under majestic heritage oaks and wisteria is a full outdoor kitchen and sitting bar, tiered dining seating area with wood-fired pizza oven and warming fireplace
Upstairs Primary Suite: The primary suite is a true retreat with fireplace, cathedral ceilings, sitting area, sumptuous bathroom, walk-in closet and adjoining office/den, multiple balconies with French doors enhance bedrooms and hallways
Main Floor Bedroom Suite: Light-filled retreat offers a corner fireplace, walk-in closet; French doors to the entry arcade and courtyard provide convenient separate entry for guests, an au pair, or extended family
Back grounds: step outside to the sun-swept limestone pool terrace and elegant dining pavilion—the perfect place for hosting large gatherings that can easily spill over to the terraced garden areas; the pool fountain showcases exquisite tile work and peacock motifs inspired by the iconic Peacock Fountain at the Adamson House Museum in Malibu, California; surrounding ironwork motifs pay respect to the original Coxhead vision and artistry; lower garden features an original Dedon Obelisk Seating system
Front grounds: the gated grounds of more than one acre are equally impressive and perfectly suited to the home architecture with garden design details carefully considered and expertly crafted, including “The Crane,” a remarkable steel sculpture by artist Kevin Box; classic European statuary, benches and welcoming fountain; large circular driveway with ample parking space
About the architect: Best known for numerous Pacific Heights neighborhood homes, San Francisco churches and Arts & Crafts shingled urban residences, Ernest Coxhead is generally considered to be one of the fathers of what became known as the “Bay Region” style. His trademarks include modern use of space, the abundant use of materials originating in the California environment such as redwood, and historically informed designs as well as playful and personal touches.