556 Placitas Avenue, Menlo Park
Tucked away in complete privacy at the end of the street, a paver stone patio surrounded by a profusion of white roses and verdant foliage introduces the home. French gardens continue along the walkway culminating beside the chimneypiece that displays the first of many commissioned stone and tile art pieces by renowned artist Marlo Bartels.
The French country ambiance outside continues indoors with a palette of warm colors, gorgeous hardwood floors, and crisp white moldings and plantation shutters. The formal living room and spacious family room each boast a signature fireplace by the artist, whose work is also on display in the upstairs guest suite’s bathroom. Vaulted ceilings and arched room openings contribute to the spaciousness and flow of the formal rooms along with custom lighting that adds a touch of modern panache.
The kitchen and family room combination is certain to be the home’s central gathering place with its inviting casual dining area and French doors to the pool and magical rear gardens. Chefs will appreciate the custom cabinetry in the kitchen, the island for added prep space, desk center for planning the week, and the polished granite counters for ease of maintenance. Quality appliances include a Jenn-Air gas cooktop, two Thermador ovens, a Bosch dishwasher, and Sub-Zero refrigerator. A concealed wet bar assists with pool-side entertaining.
With four spacious bedrooms upstairs, the main level bedroom has been thoughtfully converted to a home office next to a beautifully appointed bathroom with basket-weave marble floor and shower. The master suite is quite luxurious complete with sitting area and fireplace, two walk-in closets, and a sumptuous bathroom with jetted tub and large shower. Two additional bedrooms each have direct access to a shared bathroom with tub and overhead shower plus there is a bedroom with en suite bath perfect for guests.
Rounding out the accommodations is a private staircase to the third floor where a spacious carpeted room with dormer windows, recessed lighting, and built-in bookshelves offers flexible space for a fitness center or playroom.
A sparkling pool awaits outdoors in a very private setting sheltered by towering redwoods and splashes of color from bountiful roses. Wisteria climbs the wall, flagstones define sun-swept and shaded sitting areas, and inground lighting enhances the ambiance at night.
Summary of Home
Enchanting French country ambiance in a garden oasis
One-of-a-kind ceramic and tile work by renowned artist Marlo Bartels of Laguna Beach (marlobartels.com)
5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms on two levels plus third-floor flex room for fitness or play
Hardwood floors, crown moldings, and divided light windows and doors
Tremendous kitchen and family room combination
Main-level bedroom customized for office use
Spacious upstairs master suite, additional suite, plus two bedrooms with shared bath
Attached 2-car garage
Magical rear gardens with pool, redwood groves, and roses
Approximately 3,650 square feet on one-quarter acre (approximately 10,950 square feet)
Close-in minutes to downtown Menlo Park, Caltrain, and Highway 101 to all of Silicon Valley