The Flood Estate: Historical $70M Manor in Woodside, CA

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The Flood Estate: Historical $70M Manor in Woodside, CA
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Front view of the Flood Estate. (Photo courtesy of Gullixson.)

Nestled in the hills of Woodside, California, is the historical Flood Estate. Located at 311 Greer Road, the 9,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom mansion is set across 91 unspoiled acres. It was built in 1941 at a cost of a mere $100,000 but was listed for sale in 2012 with a price of $85 million. The home has significant character and a great deal of history in its original builders, the Floods.

James Clair Flood, the "Bonanza King," was a saloonkeeper who became a multimillionaire after striking silver in the Comstock Lode in Nevada. With his great wealth, Flood and his descendants built massive estates around California. The Flood Estate in Woodside was built by a grandson of James Clair Flood.

Three parcels of land compose the Flood Estate, which is complete with lake, reservoir, vineyard, and miles of trails. In addition to the main Colonial-inspired house, a gatehouse and caretaker's house also complement the property. The grounds of the main house hold authentic Thomas Church-designed gardens and a pool, as well as a barn and tennis court. Church was renowned for his over 2,000 landscape projects, primarily for residential properties using his four unique principles for design: unity, function, simplicity, and scale.

The main house's entranceway features two receiving areas, each with hardwoods and wall coverings. The living room is appointed with wood paneling. Library shelves and floor-to-ceiling windows surround the integrated fireplace with an easily accessible bar room. The kitchen features modern amenities while maintaining its original charm. The vintage gas cooktop is rounded out by two modern Thermador ovens and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The dining room has a central fireplace.

The master suite is located on the second floor of the mansion. It has its own foyer entrance with several closets, as well as a fireplace and en suite bath with separate areas for both shower and tub. The upstairs has three additional bedrooms with en suite baths, as well. The main residence even has its own apartment upstairs with bedroom, full bath, kitchen, living room, and separate entrance.

The property has a few other buildings of interest. At the entrance of the property is the gatehouse, a smaller home with two bedrooms and one bath. The caretaker's residence, near the center of the property, is surrounded by gardens and views. The interior has a large main room with fireplace, as well as kitchen and dining area with three bedrooms and one bath.

The beauty of the Flood Estate is in the surroundings. The home and gardens strive to take the visitor back in time to when the home was originally constructed. The Thomas Church landscaping is truly unique, while the vastness of the property exudes relaxing rural retreat. Despite being located 2 miles from town, the Flood Estate is constructed so that it's easy to imagine oneself exploring the property just after completion in the early 1940s. The character of the period has been expertly preserved in the main house, landscaping, and surrounding hills.

Though originally listed at $85 million, the property has recently been reduced to "only" $69.8 million.

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