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Ghirardelli family home for sale for $5.48 million

A Colonial Revival mansion originally built by the Ghirardelli Chocolate family in the Bay Area is back on the market for $5.48 million.

Located at 636 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA, the seven-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home spans 6,479 square feet and includes a two-car garage with a guest house perched above it. 

The home, rich with San Francisco history, features impressive architectural details, elegant windows and attractive box beam ceilings. Grand living spaces and an expansive gourmet kitchen with a center island offers entertainment opportunities on a grand scale.

The East Bay mansion is surrounded by lush gardens and gorgeous rose bushes. While historic, the home features amenities to accommodate modern needs.

The Ghirardelli estate has many exquisite and functionally ideal spaces for today’s lifestyle. Over the garage is a two-room ADU with a full bath, kitchen and a private entrance off the garden. The home has multiple public spaces for working and studying from home.

The wood-paneled library is my favorite, it truly is an elegant room and includes a fireplace, beautiful wood bookshelves and French doors that go out to the lovey garden. To the left is a small music room with floor-to-ceiling windows. The primary wing is quite nice with its own foyer (and) to the left is the wing’s home office, nursery or reading room and to the west, the grand primary room with a fireplace, lovely views of the Bay and mature green trees. It truly is quite magical.

The estate was originally built in the Spanish Mission Revival style by the Milwain Brothers in 1906 at the request of chocolatier Joseph Ghirardelli and his wife Ellen. 

The home has received multiple face lifts and renovations over the next century, but its first remodel came quickly after it was built.