Magnificent 18th century estate reborn in Palo Alto: Gray Gables

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This once magnificent estate entitled “Gray Gables” has been given a major overhaul by Ken Linsteadt Architects, located in Palo Alto, California. The home had fallen into complete disrepair for quite some time, but when the new homeowners purchased the property, it had great potential. The original front facade featured a beautiful Victorian wrap-around porch, which was retained and completely restored. The rest of the residence was re-designed from the ground up, in keeping with the estate’s humble beginnings, built in 1894. Spread out over three levels, the second level features a beautiful green roof. The surrounding exterior environment features a beautifully manicured lawn, mature growth trees and plenty of space for children to play.

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According to the architects, “the entire footprint of the house was moved forward on the property to create more area in the back for an expanded garden, pool and cabana. Flared eaves and arched pediments reference the past while the warm monochromatic gray tone of the façade is decidedly modern in the way that it unites the exterior wood elements into a single texture. Beyond the threshold, the interiors are soft and light to accentuate the clean, pared down lines of the detailing.”

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What We Love: This Palo Alto estate features a comfortable neutral color palette with relaxing interiors and spacious layout. With preserved architectural details and modern updates, this home is a visually appealing mix of both new and old. Wide plank oak floors in the main living areas helps to create an inviting aesthetic. Overall, the architects did a fabulous job of turning this 18th century home into a timeless design full of elegance and warmth.

Readers, what are your thoughts and opinions, anything you like/not like about this home? Share with us in the comments below!

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Photos: Courtesy of Ken Linsteadt Architects

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2 months ago

I feel a bit anal bringing this up, but the house is late19th century.