Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
Known as the heart of Napa Valley, St. Helena is a picturesque community that is home to some of the region’s pioneering wineries, superlative restaurants, and delightful shops as well as the Auberge du Soleil resort and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. For those who choose to transcend the occasional vacation and live here, it offers a balance of quaint vintage homes along with larger luxurious estates—this captivating newly constructed compound among them.
St. Helena, California | Hillary Ryan, Sotheby’s International Realty – St. Helena Brokerage
The property makes the most of its site and location, featuring a chic four-bedroom 3,979-square-foot home, a serene guesthouse, a refreshing swimming pool and spa, several alfresco living areas, raised garden beds, citrus and olive trees, a freestanding two-car garage, and environmentally sensitive modern landscaping. The main residence presents a rare combination of exceptional contemporary elements—superior-caliber appliances, custom wall treatments, smart LED lighting, and built-in speakers—and a convivial farmhouse ambience conjured by board-and-batten cedar siding and other carefully chosen organic materials. Abundant windows and glass doors fill nearly every room with natural light and allow for the effortless enjoyment of California’s enviable indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
A centerpiece for entertaining, the great room features built-in speakers, a striking fireplace with hand-cut vertical wood paneling, space for a generous dining table, and a retractable wall of glass opening to an open-air lounge with a warming fire pit and, beyond, the pool and lush lawn. Cooks will appreciate the kitchen, which boasts appliances from brands preferred by the chefs at the illustrious French Laundry, temperature-controlled wine storage—de rigueur for the locale—dazzling marble countertops, and an island with additional seating.
On the main level, the peaceful primary suite features in-ceiling Bose speakers, two walk-in closets, a spa-inspired bath with both a soaking tub and a walk-in shower, a private patio, and views of the pool and gardens. Nearby is a guest suite that easily serves as an office. The two additional guest suites are secluded on the upper level, where they are joined by a versatile loft space perfect for a fitness area. Longer-term visitors will appreciate the similarly stylish guesthouse, which sits beside and overlooks the pool. It offers a welcoming living area with a soaring ceiling, an impressively appointed chef’s kitchen, two restful bedroom suites with handsome baths, and its own terrace.
This idyllic gated getaway is a sophisticated oasis on the east side of St. Helena, where it enjoys a feeling of being remote and removed while remaining a short distance from popular attractions. The setting is as quintessentially Northern California as its architecture and ambience, and with thoughtfully selected amenities and grounds that echo a boutique resort, it constitutes a consummately private, ultimately inviting destination in its own right.