Solid walnut flooring rescued from the dump. Marble tile leftover from an Atherton mansion. A London library’s leaded glass windows. These are just a few of the unique items from around the bay and around the world that made their way into the one-of-a-kind design at 3255 Oak Knoll Drive in Redwood City.
“We put our heart and soul into every project we did,” said owner Joanne Weintraub, who lived in the home with her family for 51 years. “It represents who we are. We were strongly connected to our home and would have stayed forever, if possible.”
Unfortunately, Weintraub said, “the man of the house” has passed away and, now in her eighties, she cannot maintain the home on her own. Still, the property is imbued with memories of her half-century sharing the home with her late husband, Alan, and their children. She remembered how they hand-carried 5,000 bricks down to the gardens so that a “very talented Russian brick layer” could create the complex archway and patio that she had designed. Alan also sanded and laid the aforementioned walnut floor, which Weintraub said came from a Menlo Park monastery’s gym, after it was torn out during a renovation. It now lives on in the home’s library, which also has built-in curved wood shelves rubbed with tinted French paraffin.
The library is open to the two-story family room. Appropriately, the family worked together to create this addition in 1974 because they had found “six stained glass windows we needed to live with,” Weintraub said. Her then-14-year-old son even helped his dad dig out the trench for the retaining wall.
“While they were digging, I was designing the connecting gallery, my office, and figuring out how to showcase the French-painted lancet windows,” Weintraub recalled. “It took three times to get the correct curve for those windows to be able to open for the breeze!”
The home’s all-antique-glass entry is another showstopper, and one that took years to complete. “Our entry was literally designed in pieces,” Weintraub said. “When we would find an interesting antique to build into our home, we would buy it and store it until we could afford to go forward with the project.” The room has leaded glass windows from a London library, iron work from an elevator in a now-demolished Paris apartment, and one of the home’s nine antique doors.
So many personally selected and installed antiques, and so many memories to go with them, yet Weintraub is ready to move on. “We were in our twenties when we purchased it. I’m now in my eighties. It’s time to let it go,” she said.
The Emerald Lake four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home came to market a few weeks ago asking $1,499,000, a number listing agent Liza Vernazza said came as a result of balancing the gorgeous and unique antique fixtures of the home with considerable amount of deferred maintenance.
“Most prospective buyers love the look of the home and all the details it has to offer, but once they review what has to occur to bring it back to its original glory, it is just not in the budget for some buyers,” she explained. “We are very optimistic that the right buyer is out there, one that loves the beauty of the home, the size of the lot and the setting. A buyer who will transform the home into something beautiful once again.”
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