Luxury Outlook 2023
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
“Indoor-outdoor living” is a phrase regularly applied to many homes in California, where the idyllic temperate climate not only allows for but encourages time divided between stylish interiors and the open air and sunshine. Here, on a hillside in Napa’s revered wine country, the concept takes on a new, deeper meaning. From nearly every vantage point in the airy 5,415-square-foot floor plan, the boundary between indoors and out begins to disappear, with expanses of glass offering perhaps the most spectacular vistas in Napa and creating a sense that walls might not be there at all. The cinematic scenery becomes a form of art, practically pleading for a life lived in the outdoors—or at least one with magazine-worthy views of it.
Napa, California | Arthur Goodrich, Sotheby’s International Realty – St. Helena Brokerage
A decidedly contemporary sensibility pervades the interiors, beginning in a chic living room with a soaring double-height ceiling, a disappearing wall of glass, a fireplace, and an impressive wine room with sliding glass doors that reveal the stunning outlook. This space flows to a dining area wrapped in windows and an open kitchen with a marble-topped island and an adjoining butler’s pantry with abundant counter and cabinet space. The four restful bedrooms benefit from the serenity of a soothing organic palette, thanks primarily to generous use of stone and wood. The owner’s suite includes a fireplace and a bath with a soaking tub, a glass-walled shower, and access to a private courtyard. The home’s quintessential contemporary staircase leads to the guest suites—some with window seats and doors to a floating balcony—and a wood-paneled media room with plentiful built-ins.
Make no mistake—the traditional connotation of indoor-outdoor living holds sway here as well. Public spaces flow effortlessly to multiple alfresco areas with a full panorama, an open-air kitchen, and an emerald lawn. Just beyond, a sun-soaked terrace with a gas fire pit accompanies a refreshing pool with a mesmerizing view of the valley, hills, mountains, and the horizon. Trees, grasses, steppingstones, and colorful flora have been carefully chosen and artfully positioned. The home is perched, aerie-like, above the lush valley floor, and it follows the hillside, in a way mirroring iconic terraced vineyards themselves. A fenced lower yard with a sitting area and a bocce court overlooks vines as they cascade down the hill toward one of the valleys that made California’s wine renowned worldwide and transformed Napa into a peaceful retreat from the bustle of San Francisco, a mere hour away.