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A rousing game of bocce—on a private court just steps from a home filled with sophisticated spaces and luxurious amenities—is the perfect way to pass some time alfresco during the last warm weeks of summer.
Kenwood, California | Tina Shone, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage
Home to five acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines, olive and fruit trees, and gardens, this delightful 10-acre compound in Kenwood features a charming five-bedroom 5,000-square-foot residence and two similarly styled guesthouses. The acreage encourages enjoyment of California’s renowned beautiful weather with spacious porches, a refreshing heated pool, lovely landscaping, an outdoor dining and entertaining pavilion, a fire pit, and a bocce court beneath stalwart trees and twinkling lights.
Santa Fe, New Mexico | Darlene Streit, Sotheby’s International Realty – Santa Fe – 326 Grant Avenue Brokerage
Perched in an enviable location on the historic Eastside of Santa Fe, this 2.37-acre estate is anchored by a six-bedroom home that blends contemporary and Pueblo styles and a two-bedroom guesthouse, both with dramatic vistas of mountains, sunsets, and the area’s rugged terrain. Nestled into the hillside amid juniper and piñon trees are a 50-foot lap pool, a hot tub, and a sunny bocce court.
St. Helena, California | Ginger Martin, Sotheby’s International Realty – Wine Country – East Napa Street Brokerage
This consummately private 160-acre St. Helena estate exemplifies the subtle luxury, elegantly rusticity, warmth, and stylish informality for which wine country is renowned. The centerpiece of the compound is a 7,400-square-foot main residence conceived by award-winning architect Howard Backen, beyond which are two guesthouses, a dazzling pool, a patio with an outdoor fireplace, raised garden beds, lighted paths, a tennis court, a vine-draped picnic pavilion, and an allée of trees sheltering a classic bocce court.
Geyserville, California | Sheri Morgensen, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage
Amid acres of vineyards in the Alexander Valley—with Mayacamas Mountains and Geyser Peak providing a dramatic backdrop—this 3,900-square-foot contemporary farmhouse is sophisticated in style and welcoming in ambience. Outdoor enjoyment has never been easier thanks to a cooking, dining, and lounging lanai; vegetable gardens; bluestone patios and walkways; a terrace with a fire pit; a redwood deck; and on the verge of the vineyards, a bocce court bordered by a flower-draped trellis.