Pioneering architect Elizabeth Ayer designed many luxury homes around Shoreline at the turn of the 20th century and one of them, dubbed "Chapel Lane," just hit the open market and all it takes to be the new owner is $7,200,000.
Ayer originally designed the estate for railway heir Langdon C. Henry and the sprawling estate reaches across 11,240 square feet and includes eight ornate bedrooms and eight just-as-ornate bathrooms. Rather than reading what we say, just go look at the photos of the interiors, each room more fascinating than the last thanks to the designs of Sister Parish and Albert Hadley. Current owners David and Sally Maryatt, who bought the place in 1996 for $3.3M, brought in former Parish Hadley VP Brian Murphy to update and re-curate the interiors.
The main floor is focused around a stunning grand foyer with a living room through French doors to the left and period-perfect dining room to the right. From the dining room you can go directly to the breakfast room for a more casual meal that was likely prepared in the gourmet kitchen just beyond that. A wide gallery hall leads to the wood-lined library as well as a guest suite.
The second floor is where you'll find five different bedroom suites, each with their own bathrooms. Some of the suites are themed, including the Soldier Suite, the Raspberry Room and the Green Room. You'll probably be able to tell which is which. There's also two "maids rooms" that share a bath, though you probably don't have to call them that anymore.
The residence is just one aspect of the property as it sits on over four acres that also include formal gardens and unspoiled old-growth forest.
One thing to note is that you're not just buying the house, you're also getting many of the items and collectibles kept within.
Some of the most storied items collected for the house include the gilt dining room table that once belonged to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, a selection of painted pieces once owned by Dorothy Chandler and numerous paintings from San Francisco collectors. The living room is resplendent in exceptional painted antiques that include 2 sets of 18th century armoirs, a pair of 18th century consoles and mirrors, and an oversized 18th century painted leather screen from which the palette for the main public spaces was derived.
Last but not least don't forget the a 1,740 square foot garage and carriage house for all your many vehicles. The circular driveway provides the ideal drop-off location for valeted events, which, we assume, you'll be hosting if you buy the place.
· 166 Boundary Lane NW [Estately]
· Chapel Lane Estate [CL]