A Note from the Owner
Architect John Thodos was a noted residential architect located in Carmel. He died in 2009 when the house was about 2/3 complete so it was his last project after a string of most notable houses. He was a consumate modernist and most unwilling to compromise the design integrity in any way. The fact that the house won an AIA award (hanging in the kitchen) honors John’s position amongst California’s best.
As you can imagine I went to great lengths to select one of the best contractors on the west coast. I have contact with and have toured many houses in OR, Wash, and CA and chose Marrone and Marrone with considerable care. Not only was his project history most impressive, Greg’s personal involvement goes beyond outstanding, and his choice of subcontractors was exceptional. He also had a project superintendent, Steve Gonzales, who I insisted should be on the project full time. Steve’s contribution put this project over the top and based on my 50 years in the construction business that opinion is more than well founded.
In the five years since moving into this exceptional house I have to say that the service, support, and follow-through that Greg Marrone has provided is an asset not to be taken lightly. Greg takes enormous pride in this house and while there has been little to attend to he is always there to make sure any question or issue is properly and totally taken care of.
With the contractor and the extensive list of service providers we have developed the new owner can rest assured that all the support necessary to care for this outstanding house is in place.
About the Home
Inspired by the 1930s Maison de Verre in Paris by Pierre Chareau, this home is renowned for its masterful engineering with entire walls and ceilings of structural glass, but more importantly, its thoughtful design that discretely accommodates full handicap accessibility. The marriage of the two blends in harmony with a result that is both beautiful and functional. Precision craftsmanship is apparent inside and out – from the entire front façade of glass block to the breathtaking gallery entrance spanned by a glass ceiling. The juxtaposition of natural materials, like vertical grain cedar and Tasmanian oak, with the clarity of glass creates a rich meditative tone accentuated by the beauty of the surroundings.
A focus concept in creating a house of “light” was to have natural light bathing the principal rooms on all four sides. This challenging yet stunning achievement is something rarely experienced.
Throughout the home’s two levels, connected by elevator or a glass tower staircase, the entire ambiance is traditional modernism. Vast walls are comprised of nothing but frameless glass while others are set beneath perfectly placed lighting for the display of fine art. A sleek chef’s kitchen stands ready to host festive gatherings in the formal living and dining rooms, a recreation room doubles as a media center, and a customized office is designed for two.
All the main floor room have a most unique connection to the garden. However, the living room and master bedroom have a most unusual ambiance as a result of the beautiful glass walls that bring the garden into the room.
The home’s personal accommodations comprise five sumptuous bedroom suites with three on the main level and two more privately located on the lower level. The grounds are equally captivating and designed with the same simplicity of the home. Quiet sitting areas are tucked beneath towering redwoods, native plantings respect the environment, and a soothing fountain adds a Zen quality. With its exceptional Menlo Park address, unparalleled construction, and rare functionality, this is indeed a very special place to call home in Silicon Valley.
- Masterfully designed modernist home by John Thodos, completed in 2010.
- AIA award winner.
- Skillfully engineered with glass block, commercial-grade 13/16-inch frameless glass walls and ceilings, steel, and vertical grain cedar siding.
- Heated bathroom floors on the main level.
- Level 5 smooth walls with lighting designed for art display.
- Master suite and two bedroom suites on main level, plus 2 bedroom suites on lower level.
- Customized office for two, 380-bottle wine cellar, and recreation/media room.
- Photovoltaic panels as well as solar panels produce power and hot water.
- Skillfully engineered basic structure of concrete, steel, and wood with major attention to earthquake resistivity with a unique blend of finish materials. Exterior and interior glass walls, creative use of glass block, beautiful cedar on exterior walls to create a warm and inviting spaces.
- Zen-like grounds with crushed granite paths, stacked stone walls, fountain urn, all in the heart of a redwood forest.
- Just over one-quarter acre; approximately 11,200 square feet.
- Detached 1-car garage with electric car plug plus defined parking space for 1 car plus a generous driveway to accommodate additional cars.
- Two levels with elevator and full handicap accessibility.
- 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.
- Approximately 5,037 square feet.
- Tasmanian oak flooring in most rooms.
- Custom cabinetry in exotic African Afromosia wood.
- Premier location in central Menlo Park just one mile to downtown shopping and dining.
- This particular long block of Hobart street between Santa Cruz and Middle avenue is a very unique place. From families with small children to folks who have retired have for years held an annual block party that has added a very unique dimension to the resident’s lives.