This newly built French Normandy inspired mansion is located at 5 Betty Lane in Atherton, CA, a town known for it’s high-priced (some say overpriced) real estate market. This home is situated on 1.25 acres and offers 14,000 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 2-story foyer with sweeping wrought iron staircase, formal living and dining rooms, butler’s pantry, gourmet kitchen with 2 islands, breakfast room, family room with French doors leading to outdoor patio, wood paneled library with coffered ceiling, home theater with concession stand, wine cellar, recreation room with wet bar and more. Other features include landscaped grounds, a front yard fountain, rear courtyard, outdoor kitchen/BBQ/dining area, swimming pool with spa, pool house and a half court basketball court. It is listed at $22,800,000.

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  • Sam

    Nothing special, but a descent house for anyone who likes french fancy new-builds. The recreation room looks slightly cheap, and I dont like the jumbled look of the outside stairs leading to the patio area, it all looks a bit disjointed. Not very surprised this style of house is in CA, but there’s a good amount of land!




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  • Limedaiquar

    Most of it screams cheap. But I like the facade.




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  • Chris

    looks blah/eh to me. its nothing special




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  • Grrrowler

    Atherton is one of the few places I’d actively choose to live in CA, but I wouldn’t choose this house. It seems as it were designed with the nouveau riche in mind, those who think that French must equal high class, but for whom quality is secondary. I like the interior staircase, and that’s about it. The rest does absolutely nothing for me.




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  • Brian

    Although the facade isn’t terrible, as other commenters have noted, most of the design and construction looks cheap. Given the sub-mediocre quality, it’s hard to see this going for much more than half the asking price. It’s a great location, but you’d need value over $12M/acre to come close to justifying the price.




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  • Daniel

    And another freezing home. The bare concrete look of the stone is pretty terrible. The interior belongs in another home. I don’t see the allure of Atherton, and would never pay the outrageous asking prices.




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  • Mak

    I never understood the “theater candy counter” thing that rich people put into their home theaters.

    I mean…do they hire a part time counter person to sell you highly overpriced candy and soda every time you want to see a movie?

    *shrug* I could understand that. Its how rich people get richer. Rip people off. Even your friends.

    Or maybe they put up a sign instead that says “On Bathroom Break” and then let you and your guests take what they want out of the counter. Its like ripping off a legitimate theater without being charged with stealing. You know…practice makes perfect!

    Or better yet, call the police on the guests for shoplifting after the movie is over. Get them a free pic at the police station, and a mugshot on thesmokinggun.com.

    Oh the rich. Gotta love their sense of humor.




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    • Joejoe509

      Ha! Awesome. I was smiling the whole time I read this. Thanks Mak!




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      • mak

        Well, its true, aint it?




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        • NOVA Ben

          It sure is.




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  • Tay

    ugly window panes/treatments




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  • sam

    Divide the price by 5 and I like it; otherwise, seems like the finishes are not up to the standard set by the asking price. The facade was done well. At that price I would expect more for the money though.




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  • lambskin

    The parquet floors are hideous. The kitchen sink is a bruised hip waiting to happen. Where are my double wall ovens? In so many of these uber-priced homes the kitchen lack wall ovens! I know it costs more but what is a few extra grand in these multi-multi million homes.




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    • Rocco

      Doubt people paying $22MM for a house are concerned about whether their maid or chef has a double oven.




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      • lambskin

        With houses this size there is entertaining. One Viking range and oven ain’t going to do the trick. Every time anyone uses these ovens they have to bend over and lift out hot pans and food. I’m just saying that when these houses are built, a double wall oven should be a given.




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  • Joejoe509

    The price is crazy. Everyone knows it. The facade is fine from a distance, but looks very cheap up close. The interior doesn’t look worthy of $5 Million let alone $22 Million. This house would have been on magazine covers 20-30 years ago. These days, not so much.

    The outdoor spaces look fun and inviting. Again, not worthy of the price. I kinda like the crazy courtyard, but I would never have anything like it on my home.




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  • Tony

    This house is ok but it looks a little cheap in some ways but not bad, it is decent quality, I just think the price should be a little cheaper, oh and I don’t like the ballroom, it looks weird, the floor has a weird pattern, I don’t like the big entertainment cabinet center, entertainment centers are for family rooms, not ballrooms, ballrooms are for throwing balls or black tie events, also there is some weird metal bar along the wall of the ballroom which looks like something a ballerina kicks their leg up on to do ballet exercises or something, I am not sure what that thing is for, that ballroom looks a hot mess!!




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    • Joejoe509

      At first I was going to ask how the hell you would think that is a ballroom. It’s not in Kenny’s description (or the listing) anywhere and it certainly does not looks like a ballroom.

      But upon further review, you’re right! It says “Ballroom” at the bottom of the picture! Well… actually it says “Ball Room”. And I’m not sure, but “Ball Room” might somehow refer to a more recreational function rather than a formal ballroom for dancing and such. I would say this is what Kenny is calling the “recreation room with a wet bar”. Quite litterally someone might “throw a ball” in this room! 🙂 This would also explain the entertainment center. Side note: I see at least three DIFFERENT rooms with that same EXACT entertainment center set up/shelving. SO CHEAP!! $22 Million had better buy me some custom shelving, not this crap.

      Those little “ballerina” bars are commonly found in pubs where the barstools are so high that your feet touch the bar, not the ground. You might be talking about the upper bar, though. The upper “bar” is not litterally a bar, but a place in which you sit and drink. Not included with Kenny’s pictures is another view of the bar. Look at the listing pictures and it will make more sense. That said, I might be confused but why is there a bar area smack up against the mirror on the left? Are you just going to stare at yourself the whole time? Very odd…

      To be honest, this “Ball Room” might be fun place to spend a Super Bowl! 🙂




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  • Tony

    I also wanted to say that finally commenters are starting to be able to recognize cheap quality, I used to be one of the few on here commenting on the cheap quality of these homes, most the other commenters would be going on about how amazing these homes are — totally oblivious to the cheap quality, don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of nice homes on this site but only a small few have superior quality, the following are a few that come to mind, Fleur Dy Lys (with the exception of a few minor flaws), La Belle Vie, The Stone Manor, Palais Des Anges, Le Belvedere, Michael Jackson’s rented estate at 100 N Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills, Colline d’Or, Champ d’Or, Rococo Residence, Fairfield, Avi Arad’s house, Haim Saban’s house, and The Manor (it has some flaws but overall its size, landscaping, location, limestone exterior and layout makes it worthy of mention)




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    • mak

      You forgot Chiltern. I don’t know how, because it IS unforgettable.




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      • Tony

        I didn’t really remember Chiltern, its not my taste but it is a good quality home, I also forgot to mention Marble House and The Breakers and The Biltmore, those are some of the best homes ever made as far as quality is concerned




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        • NOVA Ben

          * sigh * alas, those days are gone.




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  • James

    I like the court yard




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  • NOVA Ben

    I need 50 cc’s of personality, STAT!!!!




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