California Colonial Residence
Southern sensibilities inspire this Colonial Revival style farmhouse in Atherton, CA. Its symmetric, gabled facade features shuttered windows and columns in formal, traditional rhythm yet the plan of the house is definitely twenty-first century.
Stepping through the front screen door, a wide center hall leads past the formal living and dining rooms to an open kitchen and family room allowing for easy conversation and parenting. A butler’s pantry, mudroom, laundry, gym and Mom’s office as well as a paneled study, guest suite and children's playroom occupy the rest of the first floor. The grand stair with paneled wainscot ascends to an ample window with elliptical fan light. The master suite and three additional bedrooms branch off the stair hall, each with abundant windows, walk-in closets and kid-friendly built-ins.
The rear of the home embraces an old oak tree and is sheltered by its wide canopy. The yard is anchored by a cabana overlooking the pool and is surrounded by tall California redwoods.
Photography by Laura Hull