232 North Fork Crystal Springs Road, St Helena, California 94574, USA
This remarkable offering brings together the Napa Valley dream team, a veritable who’s who in architecture, construction, and landscape design, to create an estate like no other. This extraordinary Howard Backen-designed residence, pool house, and guest house are perfectly-sited on a spectacular 40 +/- acre parcel with exceptional views, privacy, and close-in access. The U-shaped main home is sheathed in tawny irregular limestone and surrounds a large inner courtyard that flows seamlessly through a myriad of pocketing doors into the grand hall and public rooms, creating a layout designed for entertaining.
The home’s rich interiors, punctuated with limestone and beautiful walnut wood detail, offer an impressive list of features and amenities. From the entry at the northwest corner, you pass a magnificent living pavilion with a pyramid roof, topped by a glass cupola that acts as a large natural light lantern. Connecting to the West, a casual stone-paved screened-in sitting porch and an outdoor terrace overlooking the valley. Beyond to the South lies an elegant formal dining room that flows into a more casual trellised outdoor dining terrace.
A fully equipped chef’s kitchen, featuring an open rotisserie fireplace and butler’s pantry, adjoins a sunny breakfast room which spills onto a surrounding terrace with dramatic south-facing views. The approach to the private rooms takes the form of a long glass arcade that parallels a delightful reflecting pond. The luxurious master suite occupies its own wing of the home, looking out onto a vista of manicured oaks, hillside vineyards, a beautiful terrace, and fish pond. This private domain also features a connecting office and an intimate courtyard with spa, fireplace, outdoor shower, and lounging area.
The exquisitely crafted library, billiard room and spacious study combine to occupy their own separate and secluded space where work and social can mix. The main residence also includes an inviting guest suite with view balcony, an exercise room, a garden prep room, and a handsome 3700 bottle capacity wine cellar. Complementing the home’s natural surroundings are lovely California style gardens designed by Ron Lutsko and Claudia Schmidt. Beyond the main residence through a private gate, lies a spacious rustic-timbered pool house with full bath, heated pool, spa, and infrared sauna, creating a special place to relax and unwind.
A short distance from the pool house is a lighted bocce court and beyond that, a charming board and batten guest house with a kitchen, a cozy sitting area, and two bedroom suites, each with its own porch. Located in a prestigious neighborhood among noteworthy vintners and high-end residences, this dream estate is the ultimate in Napa Valley living.