Palo Alto’s 1905 Theophilus Allen House lists for $17.5M (PHOTOS)

Palo Alto’s 1905 Theophilus Allen House lists for $17.5M

$17,500,000 | Built c.1905 | 7,823 Sq. Ft. | 5 Beds | 5.5 Baths | 0.42 Acres
601 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto, California, United States, 94301

One of the finest craftsman-style homes in Palo Alto has just hit the market for $17.5 million. The nearly 8,000 square foot craftsman-style home, known as the Theophilus Allen House, was designed by architect Alfred W. Smith and built in 1905 by skilled craftsman, Gustav Laumeister, for Theophilus Allen, founder of the Palo Alto Christian Science Church. Allen owned the house for 50 years and it remained in the family until 1959 when it was sold to Clifton and Gladys Woodhams. According to Past Heritage, 601 Melville is one of two houses in Palo Alto that cannot be demolished as it is protected by a preservation easement held by Palo Alto Stanford Heritage. Exceptional design, outstanding craftsmanship & state-of-the-art amenities harmonize with the original architecture of this turn of the century beauty transforming it into a home that radiates warmth & hospitality. 

Grand rooms feature rich wood details, open beam ceilings, handsome stonework, & an abundance of windows. There are 5 huge bedroom suites, 1 on the main floor with a separate seating area, two private offices, an open family/kitchen that will wow the home chef, an upstairs media room with snack kitchen, & lower level recreation room. There is plenty of room for work, play, family time & exercise space. The home is surrounded by a serene garden with majestic trees, lush perimeter planting beds, water features & an inviting brick terrace with outdoor fireplace. A detached garage repurposed as an exercise space & a 1 bedroom cottage complete this special property. The Theophilus Allen House is on the market for $17.5 million with Carol & Nicole of Compass.


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