The Billionaire’s Doghouse
David Duffield’s pooch-friendly pad in Northern California could fetch $39 million— with the sale benefiting his animal charity. THIRTY MILES EAST of San Francisco is a hound’s heaven. On the grounds of Fieldhaven—billionaire David Duffield’s Englishmanor-style estate—are a dog spa, a gated dog park near the upper garden and two paw-washing stations (not to mention 21.5 acres to roam). The dog’s person would have life pretty good, too: The property includes a 14-seat cinema, billiards room, gym, wine cellar and treehouse reachable via a 75-foot suspension bridge.
Duffield, who founded Peoplesoft and Workday, spent seven years designing the place and lived on the grounds until last year with his wife, Cheryl, several children, his beloved miniature schnauzer, Libby, and three other dogs. He decided to move back to his Lake Tahoe estate last year, and in May his family foundation put Fieldhaven up for sale for $39 million. Proceeds from the transaction will go to Maddie’s Fund, the animal charity Duffield founded in 1994 (and named after another of his schnauzers), which will receive much of his fortune after his death.