San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)
Grandeur abounds at 52 Glen Alpine
Piedmont mansion offers period details, ample room for entertaining
Handsome, timeless and expansive, 52 Glen Alpine Road in Piedmont stands as a definitive example of the English country Tudor architectural style.
Built by Williams and Wastell Architects for Gene Witter, brother of one of the original partners of the San Francisco stock brokerage Dean Witter, the expansive estate with Gothic undertones exudes architectural grandeur, both inside and out.
Its facade strikes commanding curb appeal through brick accents, peaked gables, leaded glass windows and an arched portico. The 23room mansion spreads across four levels to include a ballroom, nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a fullsized elevator and a game room.
Outside, the estate hosts a blackbottom pool amid colorful gardens of mature trees, vibrant flowers and inviting patios.
The home opens to a commanding foyer with stately coffered woodpaneled walls, a herringbonepatterned hardwood floor and intricate ceiling details. To the right awaits a living room with a woodburning fireplace, leaded glass windows and an arched door opening to a patio.
A breathtaking, handcarved staircase stands beside a twostory bank of leaded glass windows in the foyer, basking in sunlight throughout the day.
“There’s a sense that the staircase to the second floor is actually floating in the space,” said Anian Pettit Tunney of Grubb Co., who is colisting 52 Glen Alpine Road with Adrienne Krumins for $11.995 million.
Stained glass flowers, inspired by the wife of the original owner, are scattered about the leaded glass windows.
Offering nearly 12,000 square feet of living space, this estate completed in 1930 includes a formal dining room, an eatin kitchen, a breakfast nook, a sitting room with bay windows and a library.
Crowning the home, the finished attic awaits endless hours of play. Sheltered by a vaulted, woodpaneled ceiling, the attic provides enough
room for multiple gaming tables, as well as a builtin children’s play place with a slide.
A projector accompanies the home’s movie room, along with a stage for children’s plays. A wine cellar and a professional gymnasium with highend exercise equipment stands adjacent to the home theater.
A charming apartment occupies the space above the listing’s detached, threecar garage.
The expansive abode rests east of Piedmont Park and minutes west of Highway 13. Hampton basketball court and Hampton Field are essentially down the street, providing even more outdoor space to complement the home’s patios, gardens and pool.
Take the online tour at www.grandpiedmontestate.com.