Hillsborough…Architecture Defines the Lifestyle
“Timeless in its homage to Hamptons-style repose, dynamic in the Wine Country spirit where every moment becomes a celebration…”
At Hillsborough’s #1 location, shouldered by estates exceeding $20,000,000, you will immerse yourself in a panorama of sun and indoor/outdoor vitality. 880 Sharon Avenue makes a bold statement with its 2017 “subfloor-up” complete rebuild and expansion. The masterful design, rendered as-new, showcases luminaries architect Charlie Barnett, custom home builder Wilkinson Construction, and landscape architect Todd Cole of Strata. Premium amenities define every inch of the lifestyle, featuring 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, plus garden-view office. The ingenuity of the layout emerges with myriad destinations, from indoors to outdoors. Retractable doors summon the party out to the courtyard where resort-like amenities include open air fireplace, conversation firepit, and commercial-caliber grilling station. The side vegetable and herb garden further elevates the home’s farm-to-table joie de vivre.
The architect captures volume and light with high ceilings and tall windows and doors. Bay Area architectural connoisseurs will note the influence of legendary architect Gardner Dailey, while those seeking up-to-the minute transitional flow will marvel at the aesthetic choices.The vernacular infuses crisp modernism, while never sacrificing warmth and the invitation to celebrate: everywhere you look the surrounding garden comes alive; the possibilities of entertaining and basking in sun are omnipresent. Natural light becomes a key design element as sunny brilliance streams from east to west.
Entering the property from a quaint garden door, English country dalliance unfolds with a blooming prelude. Once inside, themes of space and light evolve with towering ceilings and signature woodwork. The living room is the dramatic nexus that unites all wings of the home. An optic white palette reveals clean lines and private green vistas all around. You will note the living room’s premium rift and quartered white oak floors (carried throughout), beamed cathedral ceiling, and hand-crafted built-in cabinetry that blurs the line for modern media and artistic display. Bespoke attention to cabinetry and millwork is indeed a recurring asset throughout the home. A formal dining room surveys the west garden, and is accented by a mahogany-topped built-in buffet and monumental windows. At the heart of this single-level design, the open kitchen is the piece-de-resistance. White marble embraces the stations of a grand island, wine bar, computer nook, and a showroom-quality assemblage of appliances by Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Miele. Best of all, the kitchen serves as connector to the other destinations two-station office (with built-in library shelving), full pantry, mud room, and the party courtyard.
Other wings of the home include a bedroom wing complete with three family retreats plus an elaborate master suite that opens to the lawns. In the master, this home’s Calistoga-inspired luxuries continue with dual walk-in closets and large spa-like bathroom. Morning sun will cascade into your bedroom from the verdant east grounds. As a recreational extra, this floorplan also benefits from a bonus family media room converted from the previous garage. Complete with kitchenette, wine library, media wall, plus nearby full bath, imagine your overnighter lodging, teen hangout, or theater—all opening out to the firepit and flat lawns. C’est magnifique!
Lower North Hillsborough remains the Town’s elite location. The historic La Dolphine mansion is just around the corner, and 1-acre+ new constructions abound nearby, creating an exclusive ambiance of gentility and permanence. A magical harmony at a magical address…this Sharon Avenue residence is walkable to downtown Burlingame Avenue, as well as North and Crocker Schools, and the Burlingame Country Club. Just a 10-minute drive into San Francisco International Airport, and poised at the center of the Peninsula’s “City to Valley” experience. You have arrived…
At a Glance
Single-level floorplan of 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, plus office. Totally rebuilt and expanded in 2017 by Architect Charlie Barnett, Wilkinson Construction, and Strata Landscape Architecture.
Home is approx. 3,892 sq. ft. (per architect’s plans) including approx. 495 sq. ft. bonus media room
Totally re-landscaped and fully usable grounds of approx. 17,940 sq. ft. (per county record)
Premium amenities including built-in speakers, tankless water heaters, dual furnaces with HEPA filters, central air conditioning, outdoor kitchen and outdoor fireplace, separate firepit, and full-scale vegetable/herb garden