• If I Only Had Money...

    ...I would buy the Cats Estate. No joke. It's an awesome property and has amazing history to boot. We all have dreams.

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    "The Cats" estate Los Gatos, CA


    This glorious estate consists of 9 separate parcels with just over 75 total acres. Some of the famous features include the Gate House, the main house, the courtyard and the amphitheater. Experience them in this first video.



    Video credit: Duane Adam



    The artwork, the Poet's Cottage, the secret benches, the first owners. See why so many have fallen in love with this magical place.


    Video credit: Duane Adam



    While the estate has a prominent history, it remains young at heart. Experience the exhilirating back acreage in part three of our video series.


    Video credit: Duane Adam


    Los Gatos has been home to many great and talented people. Throughout history, authors, dancers, community leaders, inventors and business leaders have all been part of the Los Gatos community.

    Charles Erskine Scott Wood was born in 1852. He graduated from West Point in 1874. In 1877 he took part in the campaign against the Nez Perez Indian tribe that was led by Chief Joseph. After Chief Joseph surrendered, the two men became friends and kept in touch through their later lives.

    C.E.S. Wood worked as an attorney in Oregon and represented many world-changing figures. He and Sara Bard Field came to Los Gatos in 1919. Together they built the estate known as "The Cats." The two large cats that you see on Highway 17 mark the entrance to this estate. C.E.S. Wood died in 1944 and Sara sold the estate in 1955.

    Price: $8,950,000

    These sellers chose Sotheby's... so can you.

    Duane Adam
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    Listed by Duane Adam
    Sotheby's International Realty
    (408) 710-9484

    "The Cats" estate in Los Gatos is one of the most well known properties in Northern California.

    The estate became famous in the 1920's after writer Charles Erskine Scott Wood and poet Sara Bard Field purchased the land as a weekend retreat. They stayed in a small cottage during their weekend stays and built the main house in 1925 on one of the most breathtaking homesites in the entire bay area. Two additional homes (The Gatehouse and the Poet's Cottage) were constructed on the estate during the 1920's and each remains in well kept condition with their original character carefully preserved. These are collectible buildings and walking through them conjures visions of the many artists and dignitaries who have stayed within their walls. This is a magical place.


    The Stone Cats, Robert Paine-1922

    The Stone Cats have become a Los Gatos landmark and you see them replicated everywhere. These original sculptures were completed in 1922 by artist Robert Paine at the direction of the estate's first owners. Cats were chosen as the subject not because of their reference to Los Gatos, but because the owners decided they were the most beautiful animals for this type of art.

    This famous Los Gatos estate hasn’t changed hands in more than 50 years. This is a once in a generation offering for an important and special property.

    When you drive through the gated entry for the first time you simply won't believe you're less than a mile from downtown Los Gatos. There is a transformational feeling of being away from it all as if one were at a national park or a resort. There's pure privacy. No cars, no crowds and you're free to do as you wish on your own 75 acre retreat. There is a feeling of creativity, of peace, and of being at one with nature. Nobody ever wants to leave this land and there's no place else quite like it.


    Bust of C.E.S. Wood and Sara Bard Field
    Lawrence Tenney Stevens-1934

    “The Cats” estate is a Los Gatos monument that dates back to the early 1900’s. John Steinbeck, Charlie Chaplin, Eleanor Roosevelt and many others graced this property in days gone by. It is a grand old estate...prominent by every measure.

    Facts and Features

    Main House:

    3985 Square Feet
    Built in 1925
    5 Bedrooms
    4 Bathrooms
    Remarkable Valley Views
    Finished Basement-perfect for wine cellar
    View Amphitheater
    Terraced Courtyard
    Famous collection of notable "attached" art work
    Additional Buildings:
    The Gatehouse
    The Poet's Cottage
    The Ranch
    The Geodesic Dome
    The Teacher's House
    ...more

    Additional Features:

    Gated entry featuring the famous Stone Cats
    Riding/biking trails
    Poet's Canyon
    The secret benches
    The round bench
    Superb acreage for horses
    Natural splendor, a photographer's paradise
    Natural springs
    Suitable for vineyards
    Mountain, valley and lake views

    Chain of ownership:

    1920-1955
    Charles Erskine Scott Wood & Sara Bard Field

    1955-1960
    Fred G. Hampton

    1960-Current
    Ogilvie Family



    HOME | Plat Map | County Zoning | Order book about this property | Interview with Sara Bard Field | Order book by C.E.S. Wood

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    What do you think about this historical piece of property?
    Comments 1 Comment
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      Unregistered -
      Can't believe it's for sale. Poets canyon speaks to what this place is all about.
      My brother lived in one of the homes in the 70's.
      it is magical place, the mountain winery is the only other piece of land I think is close to this.
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