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Horgan: Harry and Meghan, we’ve got a bargain manse for you

By JOHN HORGAN |PUBLISHED: January 16, 2020 at 5:20 am | UPDATED: January 16, 2020 at 5:43 am You really can’t blame them too much. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, are eager to be on their own. They announced last week that, in a desire for more independence, they are seeking to greatly reduce their official roles in the Royal Family and pursue their ...more

$2.9 Million Homes in California

An Arts and Crafts bungalow in Burlingame, a midcentury-modern home in Ojai and a Richard Neutra house in Encino with breathtaking mountain views. Burlingame | $2.898 Million A cedar-shingled 1916 cottage with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms Burlingame, a city in San Mateo County, between San Francisco and Palo Alto, has a population of about 28,000 and a median home sale price ...more

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Former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy Slashes Price on Silicon Valley Mansion

By Claudine Zap | Jan 8, 2020 Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy is hoping to find a buyer for his amenity-stuffed megamansion in Silicon Valley, now available for $53.9 million. The tech tycoon’s hilltop home in Portola Valley was initially offered in 2018 for almost $100 million through a company called REX Real Estate Exchange, of which McNealy is an investor, according to Mansion Global. This week, McNealy relisted it with Samira Amid-Hozour with Compass and Deepee Chattha with REX.   With ...more

This massive Palo Alto home wants $53.8 million

It comes with an ice hockey rink and a professional basketball courtBy Brock Keeling@BrockKeeling  Jan 6, 2020, 2:42pm PST The facade at night. Photos by Jacob Elliott, courtesy of Compass When Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy put his home—a very large home, high atop a hill in Palo Alto—on the market in 2018, it made waves for having the audacity to ask for nearly $100 million. Alas, no one bit. Flash forward to ...more

The Napa Valley agent juggling vineyards and a brutal fitness plan

BY INMAN | January 09, 2020 This week, Hillary Ryan, founder of the Hillary Ryan Group in Napa Valley, California, balances work, family and physical fitness in the heart of Wine Country Celebrate Agent Appreciation Month and #ThankAnAgent with Inman this January. Discover more and see how to get involved, click here. Inman Diaries is a weekly feature tracking the day-to-day activities of America’s leading real estate agents — in their ...more

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Tech Tycoon Listing Silicon Valley Mansion With Ice Rink and Putting Greens for $53.8 Million

The Palo Alto, California, mega estate, which comes with a “pizza room,” was built from scratch by Scott McNealy BY LIZ LUCKING  |  ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 3, 2020  |  MANSION GLOBAL An amenity-laden megamansion in Palo Alto, California, belonging to tech tycoon Scott McNealy will be coming to the market Monday for $53.88 million, Mansion Global has learned. Mr. McNealy, 65, is the co-founder and former chief executive ...more

Renowned Bay Area designer unveils new luxury property in Marin

By Ted Andersen  – Digital Editor, San Francisco Business TimesDec 6, 2019, 1:44pm PST Updated 57 minutes ago Stanley Saitowitz, a Bay Area designer who has garnered attention for his monochromatic and machine-like architecture, has just finished a new estate in Mill Valley. Listed for $6.95 million, the 5-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home rests on a south-facing hill and features a multi-terraced living roof — complete with solar panels — which offers ...more

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Robin Williams’ Former Northern California Home Lists for $7.25M

By Kathryn M. – December 4, 2019 Set on a double lot, the Mediterranean-style home looks out over the widest part of San Francisco Bay. The Northern California home of late actor and comedian Robin Williams just hit the market. Located about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco in Paradise Cay, the waterfront residence spans 6,517 square feet, comprising six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths. The estate of late ...more

Troon Pacific wows again with Cow Hollow masterpiece

Photo: Jacob Elliott Photography A roof deck crowning 2646 Union St. offers sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts and San Francisco Bay. A compound. A sanctuary. A work of art. An environmentally conscious masterpiece. The four-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bathroom contemporary at 2646 Union St. in Cow Hollow is all this and more. “Residence 2646 is the pinnacle of San Francisco ...more