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If any architectural style can be said to epitomize California’s aesthetic, Spanish Colonial Revival would be in the running. Combining Baroque, Moorish, Mexican, and Craftsman influences, the style rose to popularity in Southern California after its introduction to the United States in the early 20th century, and while it remains more prevalent in the state’s southern region, it feels perfectly fitting in the rolling vineyard-strewn countryside of Napa. Bringing to mind the winemaking villas of the fruitful Iberian Peninsula —as well as the famed Spanish-inspired manors of Santa Barbara and Montecito—this grand hacienda is an ideal setting for a timeless wine country life.
Calistoga, California | Arthur Goodrich & Jim Clopton, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage
The 2.38-acre property is one of the most desirable estate sites in the area, enveloped by vineyards and resting serenely at the foot of Mount St. Helena and the Palisades. The grounds feature towering palms, impeccably manicured landscaping, colorful flowering plants, fragrant vines, and classical fountains. Nearly every vantage point enjoys an alluring view.
The of Spanish Colonial Revival influence is clear, in such timeless elements as stucco and smooth plaster walls, striking hand-glazed clay roof tiles, graceful archways, romantic balconies, decorative ironwork, hand-embellished kitchen tiles, and polished terra-cotta floors. Throughout the remarkably generous 6,485 square feet, the light is lovely and warm, and vistas are peacefully pastoral.
In the distinguished living room, an oversized fireplace and lofty vaulted ceilings buttressed by sturdy reclaimed beams further the sense of Old World refinement. A trio of dramatic arched doors gives way to a placid courtyard rife with greenery and bucolic vistas. Warm and inviting yet undeniably well-outfitted, the chef’s kitchen recalls the fabled cucinas and cuisines of Spain and France. It flows openly to a dining area and a family room with ceiling beams and a wood-burning fireplace that contribute to a rusticity that is simultaneously relaxed and chic. Naturally, the home includes a wine cellar with an impressive storage capacity. The feel of the owner’s suite—one of the estate’s four bedrooms—is practically palatial, with soaring vaulted beamed ceilings, expansive windows affording glorious light and enviable views, and a consummately luxurious bath.
Outdoors, a wraparound covered terrace centers around a soothing fountain courtyard and offers breezy, shady space for alfresco entertaining, dining, and lounging—including an area with a warming fireplace just right for chilly evenings. Steps away are a sunny terrace facing blue skies and rolling hills and a refreshing pool and spa surrounded by lush lawn and framed by two majestic palms. Further afield, a stalwart allée borders an idyllic sitting area with twinkling lights draped overhead. Guests will appreciate the quiet privacy of their own space in the freestanding casita, a similarly stylish oasis with living space, a restful bedroom suite, and a vine-draped verandah.
Although only minutes—and in some cases steps—from famed restaurants, wineries, Calistoga’s own Solage resort and spa, the Four Seasons Napa Valley, and other attractions, this enduring home feels remarkably private and worlds away.