This picturesque eleven acre Los Gatos estate was originally built in 1989. It took over 6 years to finish the construction and it necessitated numerous trips to Europe to procure the precise materials and the exact artisans to complete this magnificent grand home. The Forrester Estate, filled with old world elegance and attention to detail, is renowned in Silicon Valley and nestled in its own forested valley. Rolling lawns and manicured gardens complete this very private setting. A secluded tree-lined road leads to the front of the 10,000+ square foot home situation on a flagstone driveway that took stonemasons over a year to fit each stone precisely.
This six bedroom and 5½ bath home is entered through a beautifully carved wooden front door under the limestone reliefs of two seated mountain lions. Upon entering onto the marbled foyer floor, your eyes are drawn to a ceiling mural that was painted in 1989 by the artist Robert Lupetti. Born in 1918 in Milan, Italy, Lupetti graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. As a student at this school, he was offered a position to help restore the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. An opportunity to befall few, he worked directly upon the famed fresco by Michelangelo.
Meticulously carved wood paneling surrounds the foyer and a grand staircase with gorgeous hand carved banisters, giving way to the formal living room bathed in sunlight. The living room’s delicately carved pink marble mantel was made in Pietrasanta, Italy, along with other mantels, bathroom counters and bathtub surrounds. The ceiling’s custom decorative ornamental plaster design was meticulously hand applied piece by piece.
The grand kitchen, the favorite and most used room in the house, features 16th century French tile. The pot rack that surrounds the kitchen island, as well as the massive copper stove hood, was built by metal smith E.A Chase, world renowned sculptural and architectural metal smith, who also constructed the massive 11½’ tall by 18′ wide artistic gates that greet you at the property entrance. The walls are painted with a mural inspired by the owners’ trips to Rome.
The family room or great room features French limestone tile floors and its meticulously carved wooden ceiling was made in England. The ceiling support beams are detailed with relief carvings depicting scenes from many of the great books of literature. The 7’ high English mantel dominates the room along with the carved bookshelves and paneling and curved bar area surrounded by stained glass windows, made by John Forbes.
A beautiful marble statue in the guest bath and hand carved limestone balustrades from Bath, England are just a few of the other fascinating highlights of this estate. The guesthouse on the property is also a wonderful addition. Albeit, with the grandeur and the history of the manor, one cannot deny that the feeling of “home” dominates this estate.