Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 10-16-2012
Selling Absolute! It’s a phrase that raises the pulse rate on everyone from prince to pauper. In the case of Le Soleil, your gardener will be the most important member of your staff. Be sure to arm them with a tape measure and a full-length level!
Happily ensconced in his new home in the East Bay and no longer needing to be only minutes away from Silicon Valley, Australian-born venture capitalist, Kevin Kalkhoven, at age 68 is still swinging the world around by the tail. Kalkhoven is the kind of man who makes the word “multi-tasking” pale in contrast with the number of projects he’s involved with at the same time, as well as keeping them straight and continuously making improvements to everything he touches. He is well known as a visionary in the photonics field and his interests in futuristic technologies has led to his appointment as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the X Prize Foundation. The mission of X Prize is to set up private competition to create breakthroughs in space and related technologies outside of government. Is it any wonder that the man is a perfectionist and restored Le Soleil to such exacting detail? As he said of the property, he will miss its "feeling of glamour.” You walk through the gate and feel like you're a million miles away from Silicon Valley, while in reality you're only 10 minutes."
Built in 1929, the year of the biggest stock market crash in the nation’s history, this 7 bedroom, 9 bath, 13,000 square foot mansion was and is a showplace. Nestled on over 5 acres of immaculately sculpted gardens, the home and grounds vie with each other for attention. Back in the 30’s the San Francisco Ballet even danced on its grounds. Unusual features include a ballroom, seismic retrofitting for the entire home flooring, commercial telephone system, two large greenhouses, power station building with backup generator, 9-car garaged parking, a hydraulic car lift system, citrus grove, tennis, pool, spa and croquet court.
1929 historic Le Soleil French home restored to its original splendor. Was $21 million. Selling absolute.