Building a new house in Palo Alto

Building a new house in Palo Alto

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

James Witt's Palo Alto dream house is for sale

Coming soon: The mother of all dream houses. 4008 El Cerrito, Palo Alto. 

My building idol, James Witt (the Steve Jobs of Bay Area builders) is working a dream house in Barron Park that will be finished in November. James has been kind enough to let me shadow him while he builds it and is mentoring me through my own construction. In coming posts, I'll be blogging about some of the many lessons I learn from James and the makings of a dream home. 

For those of you who'd rather buy than build, below is a sneak peek of the house and his contact information in case you want to make an offer before it hits the market. I offered to trade lots with him but sadly he didn't accept. Maybe you'll have better luck.

Address: 4008 El Cerrito Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • 5 Bedrooms, 4 1/2 Baths
  • 13,328 sq ft lot (backs up to the open space and trails behind Gunn high school)
  • 3750 sq ft living space plus attached 2 car garage
View from the living room.
The house has a convenient single story layout with soaring ceilings, an open floor plan and big windows. It's the essence of Palo Alto (which was named after a redwood tree) magically captured in a house. The first thing you see when you walk in the house is a view of the beautiful redwoods that line the yard.  Spin back around and through the front door and window above is another redwood tree perfectly framed in the entry. Ah, words cannot describe the tao of James Witt.

Entry way to the house. Welcome to James' world.

*Tip for would-be buyers:  
The house won't be done until November but James will occasionally pre-sell to the "right buyer." If you ask James what that means, he'll say the right buyer is someone who stays out of his hair. You see, James not your typical developer (spec home is a four-letter word to him). Anyone who's met him or has seen one of his houses knows that James an artist who labors over every last detail, so messing around with his vision is not advised. Having said that, a wino friend of mine bought James' last house before it was completed. Not only did my friend avoid the bidding wars, he also somehow managed to convince James to customize a wine gallery room for him. (Pretty sure there was plenty of alcohol involved in that negotiation.)

If you would like to contact James, stop by the house or email him at the address below.

Aug 2012 Update: Sorry folks, this house sold a few days after this post. Contact James if you'd like to be put on a list for future homes.

The floor plan. Perfect for California living.


  1. omg. and it's one story?? will he take a diabetic min pin and a chihuahua as a trade? i want to see this house when it's done so i hope he sells it to one of your friends. and that your friends let us take a tour...

    1. too many sweets for the min pin?
      the problem with that trade is i already have pet donkeys
      i think there is a story there