What's happening at the high end?

Blu Skye Media's photos were featured in the Palo Alto Online

Local real estate moves slowly -- and very quietly

This home at 19 Prado Secoya in the Menlo Circus Club area of west Atherton, featuring six en-suite bedrooms, 10,000 square feet and an acre, is on the market for $15.5 million. Photo by Matthew Anello/Blu Skye Media.


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by Susan Golovin

As of mid-September [2013], Multiple Listing Service (MLS) showed 25 Peninsula properties with asking prices at $10 million and above. The lion's share, 10, were in Atherton, with decreasing numbers in Woodside (5), Los Altos Hills (4), Palo Alto (3), Portola Valley (2) and Los Altos (1). But the fact is that few people know exactly how many of these properties are actually available because a large percentage of these high-end properties are not on the MLS.


"If you think these homes aren't moving it's because it is so private, and I honor that," said Keri Nicholas, a top producer at Coldwell Banker in Menlo Park, who sold four homes priced more than $10 million this year, only one of which was on the open market. Nicholas went on to say that it is often the case that deeds are blocked, trusts re-named and addresses changed before the close of escrow. It is not unusual to sign a confidentiality agreement before you even meet one of these clients. No agent worth his/her salt will tell you who is buying these homes.

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San Mateo home balances superlative finishes, green amenities

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Amjad Alhaidari wouldn't let the dark, dated interior of a San Mateo home destroy her vision. Her plans involved welcoming natural light, filling it with high-end finishes and outpacing the city’s progressive environmental efficiency standards.

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For more information, visit www.655Parrott.com.

Listing agent:Que Foor, Alain Pinel Realtors, (650) 642-3898,que@quefoor.com

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Address: 655 Parrott Drive, San Mateo

Real Estate Report: A Lovely Thomas Church Garden (House Included) in Woodside

Check out the virtual tour created by Blu Skye Media here. One of the most innovative and influential landscape designers of the 20th Century, Thomas (Tommy) Church (1902-1978) was the man who gave us two iconic post WWII landscape elements– introducing in 1948 the kidney-shaped swimming pool set in concrete, and decking around native trees to preserve both the trees and provide shaded hardscape. Now taken for granted, both features evolved out of his fundamental philosophy that gardens should be used and lived in, not just looked at. More here.

Modern Tuscan in Menlo Park

" 'This place is perfect,' " Pérez recalls one guest saying. " 'You add people and there's a party.' "

Now, with his son heading to college, Pérez and his wife are downsizing, putting the 3,690-square-foot home at 131 Seminary Drive on the market. Built in 1997, the home has been theirs since 2001.

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Read the full article about this home photographed by Blu Skye Media from the San Francisco Chronicle here on SFGate.com. Watch the complete Virtual Tour at www.131Seminary.com

The most expensive sale in 2013 in Santa Clara County was...

MLSListings.com recently tweeted the 8 Highest Priced Single Family Homes Sold on MLSListings.com in Each County.  The house, or estate, that was number 3 was Comer Drive in Saratoga, California. Blu Skye Media was hired by Eileen Bosch and Dave Welton of Alain Pinel Realtors to create a video of this exquisite home. Take a look at the video with over 3,000 views combined! Congratulations to Eileen and Dave!

21116 Comer Drive in Saratoga, CA 95070 Video Tour http://www.ComerSaratoga.com

Price Point: $3.295 million

A property shot by Blu Skye Media and listed for sale in Palo Alto was recently featured in SFGate. The house was listed by Alain Pinel Realtors' Suzie Provo. Check out the complete article here.

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'Tis the season to Give | Palo Alto

'Tis the season to Give | Palo Alto

Blu Skye Media is proud to donate to the Palo Alto Unified School District, Special Education for the 4th year! If you would like to donate or volunteer time, please visit their website for more information. Or, contact Brian Cordero, Project SEARCH Coordinator at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto Unified School District Special Education Department at bcorder@pausd.org

58 Los Altos Square, Los Altos

58 Los Altos Square, Los Altos

Sharp custom owner remodel! Fabulous one of a kind end unit! Recently remodeled for a family member to include baths and kitchen, hardwood flooring and patio! An amazing buyers benefit since the newly remodeled home was never been moved into! Listed by Kathleen Wilson, of Alain Pinel Realtors. Read more at www.58LosAltosSquare.com

861 Matadero Avenue | Palo Alto

861 Matadero Avenue | Palo Alto

Fantastic opportunity to remodel, expand or build your dream home. This ranch style home has 3 bedroom 1 1/2 baths, hardwood floors, and is freshly painted inside and out. The setting is spectacular-- professionally landscaped grounds highlighted by a natural shaped pool. Updated bath with custom vanity. Wood burning fireplace in the great room. 2- car garage. Palo Alto schools. Near Bol Park. Listed by Desiree Docktor, Alain Pinel Realtors. More at www.861Matadero.com

26 Wilburn Ave, Atherton

26 Wilburn Ave, Atherton

Atherton’s Best Secret

Located in Lloyden Park, Atherton’s best kept secret, this custom one level home is nicely situated on the property and enjoys a large private rear garden with delightful brick wall with a charm factor of 10. Situated on a 14,734 square foot lot, per MLS / CoreLogic, it offers possibilities galore.  Lloyden Park is located within minutes from downtown Menlo Park, Stanford Shopping Center and University. It offers convenient access to public transportation, major thoroughfares and Highway 101.

·       Master suite with handsome bath with separate spa tub and shower

·       Storage room / closet possible guest bath (buyer to verify)

·       Separate Bedroom Wing / bedroom 3 currently used as a den

·       Hall bath with shower

·       Bedrooms 4 and 5

·       Walk-in storage closet

·       Attached two car garage

·       Wood floors (where visible)

·       Designer selected color palette

·       More at www.26Wilburn.com