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This 1885 Mansion is an Incredible Victorian Time Capsule

Northern California has an ostentatious and wealthy history that only New York City can rival. The gorgeous Redwoods, the nearby sparkling Pacific Ocean, and the arrival of multiple tech booms, have created a unique culture just south of the Bay. And Atherton, a small town of about 7,000, tucked next to Palo Alto, boasts a historic mansion that is much more aesthetically pleasing than the Google campus just down the road.

The Fennwood Estate sits at 151 Laurel Street. It was built around 1885, making it one of the first homes built in the area, and includes nine bedrooms and seven full baths for a total of 8,380 square feet. Fennwood rests on 1.85 acres of lush, green land. Furthermore, it has only been owned by five families over the last 131 years, including Albert Hahn who started the Menlo Park’s Circus Club in the 1920s.

First of all, it almost feels like you should pay an entrance fee to stare at the front door. Old-fashioned lampposts and delicately painted gilding create an immediate sense of history.

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First of all, it almost feels like you should pay an entrance fee to stare at the front door. Old-fashioned lampposts and delicately painted gilding create an immediate sense of history.

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The four-story guest tower to the right of the main house, holds two of the bedrooms, kitchen, and two and a half bathrooms. No need to keep guests under foot.

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A luxurious outdoor deck, along with that perfect front porch, make for ample outdoor entertaining options.

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But this house shines when you step inside to another century. The original chevron wood flooring and rich damask wallpaper in the main ballroom are straight out of an Edith Wharton novel. This space was probably designed by Albert Hahn and his wife, Harriet in the early 20th century.

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High tea anyone? The lighting fixture and the outdoor sunlight make this the perfect salon for formal entertaining.

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Even the bedrooms have that old-world Victorian charm with rounded walls and plenty of natural light.

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Get a load of these kitchen fixtures, doorways and flooring. You could pretend you were in Downton Abbey while making dinner.

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However, eating in this elegant Victorian dining room would be a lot more rewarding.

This whole package is on the market for over $11 million, perfect for the tech CEO wanting the quintessential Victorian time capsule.

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This 1885 Mansion is an Incredible Victorian Time Capsule