Today we’re looking at the Hillsborough Mansion, also known as the Tobin Clark Estate, one of the most famous properties in California’s sunny Peninsula area. The Cotswold-inspired estate, originally known as House-on-Hill, was designed for Mrs. Celia Tobin Clark (the heiress to the Hibernia Bank fortune) by architect David Adler in the 1930s. It has also hosted countless heads of state, including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, King Hussein of Jordan and Britain’s Margaret Thatcher. Since then, this 35,000 square foot mansion has been meticulously renovated by current owner Sam Bamie (the founder of American Intertrade Group Inc), making it a unique luxury property.
Wrought-iron gates open onto manicured grounds, with a cobblestone drive leading up to the motor court (complete with stone fountain) at the home’s entrance. The foyer in black and white marble leads to the formal dining room (with carved marble fireplace), loggia, grand terrace, library (with 17th Century English paneling, music room (with antique parquet-de-Versailles floorings, triple gold-gilt moldings and matching fireplaces), media room, personal gym, wine vault, bar room, and kitchens (there are four). The 12-bed, 15-bath home features four master quarters and a VIP suite, as well as a separate guest apartment.
The home’s Grand Terrace looks out across the 6-acre grounds onto San Francisco Bay. The manicured lawns are completed by both a formal statuary garden and a rose garden, as well as a pool with guest house.
Daniel DerVartanian of Sotheby’s has the listing.