Carve out a piece of South Valley history for yourself in the Graystone area – The Mercury Newsadmin
Mount Umunhum looms in all its majesty in the distance along with the rolling Midpeninsula open space and ridgeline. What a breathtaking view from the quiet and serene Graystone neighborhood nestled in the Almaden Valley.
Graystone’s rich history dates back more than a century to when acres of farmland stretched across the valley and Jacob Pfeiffer arrived with his family from their homeland of Alsace-Lorraine, France, via New York and Kansas. They lived in about 17 homes surrounded by acres of apricot, walnut and almond orchards.
The German immigrant was a master stonecutter and was soon in charge of the Greystone Quarry’s 400 acres. Blocks of sandstone were extracted from these hillsides by hand with the help of horses and dynamite and transported across the valley. They became the building blocks for several significant South Bay buildings including the San Jose Museum of Art and St. Mary’s Catholic Church on South Third Street.
Leland Stanford also selected the Greystone Quarry stone for the construction of Stanford University in 1884 and the Quarry had to hire dozens of additional stoneworkers to work on this project. The railroad tycoon even built a private spur to transport the stone to the campus down the Peninsula.
Evidence of the quarry and a few historic buildings remain in the Graystone area and clusters of sandstone boulders dot the natural landscape. Pfeiffer kept his job at the quarry until his death in 1905 and the quarry closed in 1906.
How wonderful to own a slice of South Bay history and be able to call it home. Walk over and hop on the Los Alamitos Creek Trail for a leisurely stroll along the paved walking path. Enjoy the rural setting, large lots, open space and manicured home sites, many of which were built around 1994 and 1995.
The property at 6562 Graystone Meadow Circle showcases a well-appointed and meticulously maintained two-story home that is fresh, light-filled, and spacious both inside and out.
It’s almost 3,000 square feet of living space feels even more spacious due to soaring vaulted ceilings, large windows and clerestory, its neutral palette of colors, and its private park-like backyard that sprawls over its .33-acre lot.
A double-door entry with arched transom creates a dramatic entry into this home that features travertine tile floors, plush carpeting, fresh interior paint and a sweeping staircase to the private bedrooms.
The adjoining formal living and dining rooms feature windows that soar to the heights of the vaulted ceiling. These are elegant, yet comfortable, spacious rooms for gathering and entertaining at any level.
One great room with a wall of windows framing backyard views is an open and spacious area where the family room flows into a casual dining area and adjoining well-appointed kitchen.
A fireplace with granite surround and cast-stone mantel anchors the family room. The casual dining area is large enough to easily accommodate a table for eight and is near the sliding glass door to the backyard.
Granite tile counters and backsplash, large island/breakfast bar enhance the abundance of oak cabinetry in the kitchen. A garden window is over the double Kohler sink with brushed nickel pull-down faucet, and a walk-in pantry offers lots of storage space. Stainless appliances include a Bosch dishwasher and five-burner cooktop, GE built-in microwave, double ovens and refrigerator.
There are five bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms in this home, including a main-level guest bedroom with en suite bathroom.
The sweeping staircase with oak banister leads to the four additional bedrooms including the gorgeous master suite. This room features a soaring vaulted ceiling, wall of windows and built-in window seat, a dual-sided gas fireplace its shares with the master bathroom, and plush carpeting.
The bathroom is beautifully appointed with marble accents and includes a jetted corner tub, seamless-glass-enclosed shower with marble surround and band of decorative tiles, two vanities with chrome Hansgrohe faucets, and two walk-in closets. The three secondary bedrooms all feature sliding paneled-door closets, ceiling fans, and plush carpeting. One bedroom has a double-door entry and a front-facing view of Mount Umunhum. A full bathroom has a dual-sink vanity, tile counter and shower/tub combination with tile surround.
The pristine backyard is an ideal entertaining venue with its white painted pavilion over blue/gray flagstone patio and nearby built-in outdoor kitchen complete with a Lynx refrigerator and grill, stainless sink, and granite counter.
The park-like setting is artistically landscaped with a sprawling lawn and a flagstone paver walkway that meanders through a rose garden and under mature shade trees to an enchanting gazebo and ideal quiet retreat space. The gently sloped hillside features a waterfall cascading down natural stones into a pond, and lush foliage that wraps the backyard in total privacy. The spacious backyard offers even more opportunity to add your personal touches with raised vegetable garden beds, and even a pool or spa. A wide side yard is paved and includes a storage shed behind a vine-covered trellis.
Additional features include a three-car finished garage with workbench and access to the side yard; powder room with pedestal sink and travertine floor with marble accent tiles; two HVAC units, newer fencing, and laundry room with side entrance, utility sink, and cabinetry.
The home is conveniently located near Pfeiffer, Greystone, and Parma parks, the Almaden Country Club, and many shopping and dining options. Top-rated schools are nearby and include less than 2 miles to Graystone Elementary, about 2 miles to Bret Harte Middle, and about 1 mile to Leland High School.
Where: 6562 Graystone Meadow Circle, San Jose
Listing agent: David and Margaret Yost, 408-599-2130 Team@YostGroup.com www.YostGroup.com Coldwell Banker