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Location: Hillsborough, California
With an original Japanese tea house crafted by Japanese artisans in 1894 and sprawling gardens designed by Makota Hagiwara (the guy behind the famed Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park), this $5M property in Hillsborough, California is perhaps as authentically Japan as it gets stateside. Originally owned by early-1900s West Coast industrialist Eugene de Sabla, the 3,547-square-foot property got some one and two-story additions in the late 1940s and now contains three bedrooms, a formal living room, and family room.
The grounds, filled with some 500 species of plants, including rarities like the five needle Mikado pine, feature quite a few historic treasures. Up and over the 400-year-old hand-carved sandstone bridge, one can find the original granite lantern from the 1915 World's Fair in San Francisco.