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Preview this property to be featured on Bravo‘s Million Dollar Listing San Francisco.


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Now offered at $6,800,000
3 Bed, 3.5 Bath
Famous Garden

When: Tuesday, June 23rd from 12 to 4 pm
Where: 70 De Sabla, Hillsborough

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CA Lic. #01361481


Time well spent…


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… The Eugene de Sabla Japanese teahouse and garden is an early expression of the influence of Japanese culture on the development of California design at the beginning of the twentieth century.

The garden is the work of Asian landscape designer Makota Hagiwara during the time of his association (1894-1925) as chief gardener and concessionaire of the Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The de Sabla tea garden is the only other known extant example of his work and the only private Japanese tea garden that remains from the many that existed on the grand estates of San Mateo and Hillsborough. The garden and teahouse were part of the El Cerrito estate owned by Eugene de Sabla during the time he became a major industrialist and a founder of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

The home is “a return to honesty and simplicity in construction, rejection of all false ornamentation and the meeting of all actual requirements in the simplest and most direct way. The architectural gospel preached by The Craftsman ever since the issue of its first number is here echoed in no uncertain tones, and from the other side of the world.”1

The site of the teahouse and garden was originally part of the estate of William Davis Merry Howard, an early wealthy San Mateo pioneer merchant who purchased this part of the San Mateo rancho in 1853. The estate became known for its grounds because they were groomed by John McLaren, who, upon leaving the Howard estate, would become Superintendent of Golden Gate Park.

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