Could This Be Straight out of a Fairytale?
If you’re looking for a new place to call home, then listen up because this immaculately beautiful Japanese-inspired property in San Mateo, CA is now up for sale! And wait, there’s more! It’s even listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The catch, you might ask? Well, it’s asking price is about $5 million, and the upkeep pretty much requires a staff of full-time gardeners. Yikes!
The lush landscape dates to the 1890s. “It started out as a garden and a teahouse, not a residence,” the agent says. The serene spot was designed by Makoto Hagiwara, the landscape designer of the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s. The gardens feature 100-year-old sculptures and lava rock, an almost 100,000-gallon lagoon filled with colorful schools of koi, stone paths, and 500 species of plants, including native oaks, bay laurels, Japanese maples, a weeping Himalayan spruce, and a rare, 200-year-old five-needle Mikado pine—apparently a gift from the emperor of Japan. You enter the home through the original front gates. The teahouse is now the dining room with a wall panel that opens to the gardens and pond. The home and landscape have been meticulously maintained over the years by the sellers, who purchased the property in 1988.
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