In 2004, the tech entrepreneur Kumar Malavalli bought two adjacent lots in Los Altos Hills in Silicon Valley, Calif., for his wife Vijaya and him to build their dream home at 27500 La Vida Real. The couple took years perfecting the plans, which yielded a 20,400-square-foot main home brimming with skylights and spacious, open living areas. The home exudes an organic quality, with curved walls and artfully placed wood paneling on ceilings and walls. A central courtyard ensures that every room can access the outdoors.
The price tag for the 8-acre estate results as much from its build quality and amenities as from its sheer size. When the couple entertains (for as many as 250), a stand-alone catering kitchen accommodates party preparations. Adjacent to the bell tower—fitting for the home’s Santa Barbara Mission–style architecture—a patio lined with fire pits can be set for large alfresco dinners. When Mr. Malavalli (cofounder of data and storage networking company Brocade Communications Systems) entertains clients, he walks across the yard to the executive center, complete with a reception area, kitchenette, and conference room.
In the main home, the Malavallis keep a 4,000-bottle wine cellar and tasting room and an indoor pool with a retractable roof that automatically closes when it rains. In the home theater, 15 reclining, red-leather seats are fitted with cup holders. The couple is downsizing to be closer to family, so the property within one of the wealthiest zip codes in the Bay Area has been listed since November for $88 million. (Inquiries: Sotheby’s International Realty, Michael Dreyfus, 650.485.3476; dreyfussir.com)