Penny Wright-Mulligan’s French chateau in Tiburon catches the attention of SF Gate
February 9, 2018
A French chateau in Tiburon goes on the market for $16 million
You could move to France, or you could live like a Parisian in an extraordinary chateau on a hill in Tiburon overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The four-bedroom, six-bathroom estate with terraces, turrets and towers is on the market for $16 million.
The property is owned by Gene and Tove Hiller, who traveled to France often with Eugene Anthony of Eugene Anthony Design Group during the design and construction of the house. The process lasted four years and was finally completed in 1989.
“We made several trips to Paris to purchase furnishings, but more importantly to study the authenticity of a French home,” Anthony says.
The Parisian mansion of Nissim de Camondo, which was built in 1911 by a Jewish banker and patterned upon the Petit Trianon at Versailles, was an inspiration.
“This was very influential for me particularly to see the authenticity of an early-18th-century home that was built with the passion of the owner of its time,” says Anthony. “He appointed it to the epitome of 18th-century France.”
A grand limestone staircase winds up three floors to a dome hand-painted with a garland of flowers. Crystal chandeliers dazzle in nearly every room, the eight fireplaces were all made in Italy or France, and the drapes are silk and custom made.
“The drapery is all from Scalamandré and was woven for them,” Anthony says. “The carpets are all copies of original French carpets, and they were custom made to fit in the rooms.”
He adds: “It was a canvas that I was allowed to paint on. I was given a free hand to make this as authentic a French home as you possibly can and I did. There were certain things that were way over the top and that’s what they wanted and that’s what made them happy. And I have to say it’s one-of-a-kind. It’s like a fine diamond. It’s an art piece.”
While the style of the home is old world, it still features all of the modern conveniences. There’s a gym off the master suite, the heating is radiant and the wine cellar holds 1,000 bottles.
The Hillers are selling the home to downsize after living there for 28 years.
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