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Slash and die

Asking price of Californian estate cut by £37.8 million; condition of owner being allowed to live there until he dies removed

 

When De Guigné Court in Hillsborough, California was last marketed in 2013, it came with a price tag of £64.5 million ($100 million, €91.1 million) and a catch – The buyer would not be able to move in until the owner, Christian de Guigné IV, died. Unsurprisingly, the estate failed to sell and now its been relaunched at a price slashed by £37.8 million ($60.1 million, €54.7 million) and without Mr de Guigné as a continuing resident.

 

Slash and die - De Guigné Court, 891 Crystal Springs Road, Hillsborough, California, CA 94010, United States of America
Slash and die – De Guigné Court, 891 Crystal Springs Road, Hillsborough, California, CA 94010, United States of America
Slash and die - De Guigné Court, 891 Crystal Springs Road, Hillsborough, California, CA 94010, United States of America
Christian de Guigné IV pictured with HRH The Prince of Wales in San Francisco at a dinner at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in April 2006

 

Now on the market for the much more modest sum of £25.7 million ($39.9 million, €36.3 million) yet still out of reach of even a EuroMillions winner, the property – which we featured in March 2013 – is now for sale through Brent Gullixson of Gullixson and is being described as “a hidden treasure on the San Francisco Peninsula”.

 

Slash and die - De Guigné Court, 891 Crystal Springs Road, Hillsborough, California, CA 94010, United States of America
A house designed for entertaining
Slash and die - De Guigné Court, 891 Crystal Springs Road, Hillsborough, California, CA 94010, United States of America
The kitchen is anything but modern
Slash and die - De Guigné Court, 891 Crystal Springs Road, Hillsborough, California, CA 94010, United States of America
The pool and pavilion room were designed by the landscape architect Thomas Church
Slash and die - De Guigné Court, 891 Crystal Springs Road, Hillsborough, California, CA 94010, United States of America
There are views over San Francisco Bay

 

Aside from 47 acres of land and 16,000 square foot of accommodation, the 10-bedroom house includes a dish room, a pastry room, a flower cutting room and a ballroom. Enough, surely, to tempt any upwardly mobile tech billionaire.

 

 

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Comments

7 comments on “Slash and die”

  1. Kitchens bloody awful mate…decor ghastly the outside is nice though. A dish room I would like to see however!??

    1. It looks more like a working kitchen; the range is an incredibly expensive brand and an extremely high quality product – I actually quite like it. The house looks like it needs someone to ‘live’ there and make it a home. It currently appears quite soulless and unloved.

  2. Many things can be changed, but given the water restrictions in California; I would get might irritated by a sloping brown aspect between the new proprietors ( my bitch and I ) and ‘ our ‘ view………look you

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