Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
Few residential aesthetics are as widely esteemed and emulated as those of Northern California’s wine country, with their rustic materials, serene organic palettes, relaxed but chic furnishings, plentiful light, and emphasis on indoor-outdoor living. This impressive 9,620-square-foot home—which boasts nine bedrooms and interior design by the acclaimed Paul Wiseman of the Wiseman Group—is a bastion of them all, with stalwart wood ceiling beams, stone thresholds, and hardwood flooring fittingly crafted from winery barrel staves bringing a stylish sophistication to spaces firmly rooted in natural ruggedness. Much like a traditional hacienda, the home centers around a private courtyard with grass, trees, sculpture, and—just beyond—a refreshing swimming pool and spa.
Kenwood, California | Holly Bennett, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage
The home’s heart is a welcoming great room with a stunning pitched and beamed ceiling and a warming stacked-stone fireplace. At one end of the room, rusticity meets sleek, streamlined surfaces in the kitchen and adjoining butler’s pantry, both outfitted for industrious pursuits with a full complement of top-tier stainless-steel appliances. The great room’s wall of glass “disappears,” giving way to a cool, breezy covered patio designed for alfresco dining and lounging.
Beneath a soaring ceiling, the primary bedroom is a handsome oasis with richly hued hardwood floors, a corner fireplace, French doors to the grounds, and an en suite study and bath. Each of the guest bedrooms is filled with lovely light, and many enjoy easy access to patios or the verdant surrounding landscape. The under-10 set will appreciate the charming four-bed bunkroom. Other highlights include a window-wrapped sunroom, a movie room, a relaxed family room, and—naturally—a classic wine “cave.”
The estate has been equipped with such thoughtful 21st-century updates as generators, solar panels, and a gym that makes at-home fitness effortless—its two sets of double glass doors providing rejuvenating breezes and inspiring outlooks. Above the freestanding three-car garage is an enviable recreation and party room with a trio of wide wooden doors, space for billiards and table tennis, a media area, and a fully outfitted bar. From its carefully chosen perch, the bocce court enjoys a dramatic view. Further afield on the 12.69-acre property are two guesthouses, a circular patio with a fire pit tucked beneath sheltering trees, and a tennis court with a pavilion. Areas of remarkably lush lawn offer perfect spots for play or simply relaxing in wine country’s fresh, rarefied air.