California replica of the presidential residence with its own oval office


At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House has one of the most famous addresses in the world. And with its white facade, towering pillars and symmetrical windows, the neoclassical building is instantly recognizable.

In Washington, DC, the mansion has housed all US Presidents since John Adams in 1800. In California, there is a replica of the famous building, known as the Western White House, which is The Nationalinternational property of the week.

The key details

Located in the affluent town of Hillsborough, California, the Western White House is an early 1900s replica of the White House. Property of a remarkably similar size, it has a wine cellar, a cinema, a gym and a library inspired by the oval office.

It’s on sale for $ 25 million and has been on the market for less than three weeks.

What is the story?

The Western White House is described as one of California’s “finest heritage estates”. Located 43 kilometers south of San Francisco on the San Francisco Peninsula, the property is 17,550 square feet indoors, on a large, well-maintained 1.2 hectare lot.

A tribute to the White House, the neoclassical Georgian colonial-style house was built in 1915 and redesigned in 1930 by Julia Morgan, the first woman admitted to the Beaux-Arts de Paris architecture program. It was commissioned by the Hearst family, for whom they designed the famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

The property has 24 rooms, 11 of which are currently used as bedrooms, with 11 full bathrooms and four half baths.

The facilities at the property are magnificent.

The property impresses as soon as you step through the gate, with fountains, trees and hedges at the entrance. At the front there is a large mosaic playing field, which offers ample parking for customers.

The mansion’s columns open onto expansive lawns, with a White House-style rose garden and ivy arches surrounding the outdoor pool, public baths, gazebo and solar panel.

What the broker says …

“Properties of this size rarely make it onto the California market,” says Jennifer Gilson of Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty.

Among the prominent owners of the property, Gilson says it was owned by “Charles Frederick Crocker, heir to the Central Pacific Railroad fortune” and that the Hearst family bought it in 1930.


Update: November 1, 2021, 10:32 a.m.


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