Part of what makes an estate extraordinary is its luxurious finishes, prominent architecture, size and location; but another important factor contributing to a home’s uniqueness and value is its historical significance. 300 Alameda Circle is a spectacular and grand property in every aspect. Found within the exclusive community of Olmos Park, this remarkable estate boasts all the physical attributes one would expect from a property of this caliber along with a splendid history reminiscent of The Great Gatsby complete with elite and extravagant parties attended by all walks of celebrities and even royalty.
This sprawling 1920’s iconic residence perches stunningly on the highest point in Olmos Park covering 1.91 private and brilliantly landscaped acres. Extending approximately 12,000 square feet, the 7 bedroom and 7.5 bath home has been completely updated to today’s lifestyle and restored to its original magnificence. Grand splendor emulates throughout the home with its original 1920’s restored light fixtures and sconces, spectacular oversized rooms, a multitude of terraces, breathtaking pool with cabana bath house and unique bonus features including a chapel and a walk-in room safe.
Three significant families have owned and lived in this legacy estate with the third and current family residing in it for the last 59 years. 300 Alameda Circle was built for the Morgan family over about a three year period in the Roaring Twenties with construction taking place between 1927 and 1929. The Morgans were a high profile family who made their money in the oil business. Mr. Morgan traveled Europe extensively and desired to model the home after a Spanish palace he saw on one of his voyages. The Russel Brown Company of Houston, Texas was the architectural firm who brought Mr. Morgan’s dream home to life. They are said to be the same company who helped build the Galveston Seawall.
The Morgans sold the home in the 1940’s to the Brady Family, a brother and sister, who were very successful in the oil, gas and real estate businesses. They were owners of the Brady Building which now houses the well known Empire Theatre. Then in 1954 Morris Jaffe and his wife Jeanette purchased the estate and used it to promote charitable events, Jeanette being one of the founders of the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital.
Jeanette became famous for her extravagant parties and was known far and wide to be a divine hostess. She would go to great lengths to please her guests and some of her most lavish party details include adding perfume to the property’s water fountains, floating exotic flowers in the pool, covering the driveway with fine oriental rugs, erecting authentic Moroccan tents and hiring exotic dancers and singers all to fully entertain her family and guests at the beautiful house and stunning grounds.
Politicians were often guests at these thrilling parties including Governor John Connolly and President Lyndon Johnson, along with entertainers such as Cantinflas, Eva Gabor, Eddie Arnold, Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza), Mickey Mantel and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Royalty also found their way to the famous parties on 300 Alameda Circle and include members of the Moroccan royal family, various Saudi princes in addition to several international ambassadors.
Even Hollywood caught wind of the unique and stunning property and in 1980, scenes from Jackie Chan’s film “The Big Brawl” were shot at the estate. This momentous martial arts film is Jackie Chan’s first American debut and the movie which helped catapult him into the American movie market.
Location, design, finishes and architecture are some of the reasons 300 Alameda Circle is regarded as such a grand and exclusive estate; but the vast and fascinating history surrounding it truly give the property its majestic and intriguing qualities. This one-of-a-kind lavish estate is on the market for the first time in almost 60 years and is listed by Diana Gonzalez with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. Whoever the new owners become, they have the great honor of adding to the historical significance of the residence on 300 Alameda Circle.
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