At a Glance

154 Atherton Avenue
(approximately 2 acres; 87,125 sf)

  • Currently  a sculpture garden with walking paths

170 Atherton Avenue

(approximately 4 acres; 174,199 sf)

  • Existing main residence
  • Pool house  
  • Pool and tennis court
  • Well for irrigation

178 Atherton Avenue

(approximately 2 acres; 87,112 sf)

  • Existing secondary home
  • Separate guest house
  • Well for irrigation

Price Upon Request

The Story

This legendary property is on the market for the first time in decades on Atherton’s eponymous street. Since 1975, this cherished property has been the summer home of Doris and Don Fisher, founders of The Gap, Inc., which revolutionized the retail industry beginning in 1969. Over the years, adjoining properties were added on each side of the main parcel. Today, the entire property comprises three parcels totaling approximately 8 acres, making it the ninth largest estate in all of Atherton; it is currently owned by the non-profit foundation Green Acre Gardens, LLC. Options are available to purchase the lots individually as 2 acres, 4 acres, 6 acres, or 8 acres.

The fully level land has four gated entrances, with a striking main entrance that stands as a work of art, and has exceptional discretion from the road. The main home, as well as the secondary home, have served as treasured escapes for family gatherings as well as for magnificent entertaining. The entire setting is understated elegance with interiors done by of-the-era acclaimed designer Michael Taylor. Surrounding it all is verdant landscape and majestic trees that stretch endlessly, intersected with paths for showcasing its current use as an art sculpture garden.

There are myriad possibilities for the property’s future – art collection, as the Fishers have done with their sculpture garden, multiple garages for a car collector’s dream, museum-worthy gardens, indoor pool or other sports training facilities, or an executive office complex for continued work from home – to name just a few, and all of course with a magnificent estate home. With the rare sheer size of the land, one can only imagine the scale of such an estate and the potential for ancillary buildings that would combine for an executive’s retreat, a family compound, or both. As well, the parcels can be purchased individually as 2 acres, 4 acres, 6 acres, or 8 acres.

Year after year, Atherton, California is ranked the most exclusive ZIP code in the country. This San Francisco Bay Area community is renowned for its billionaires, Silicon Valley executives, venture capitalists, and sports A-listers. Generally, the lots are one-acre minimum and level, which allows for grand estates, and the building code for allowable square footage and lot coverage is deemed more generous in Atherton than in some neighboring cities. There is no commercial building or multi-family unit zoning. All of this has contributed to Atherton achieving this prestigious designation – by far – for the past four years in a row, and also in years previous to that.


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