San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)
Breathtaking Bay Oaks Estate Offeus Contemporary Country Living Among Lush Gardens
Imagine sipping a glass of wine looking out over the Sonoma Valley at sunset. It may be too crisp for a swim, but the air is just right for a relaxing dip in the heated spa. As you soak in the serene sky and picturesque views, you know this is the private paradise of your dreams. Surrounded by lush landscaping on nearly 12 acres, this grand home is a beautiful collaboration of modern architecture mixed with eclectic artistic style. The residence is a sophisticated structure with flexible floor plan that flows gracefully from room to room, connecting the indoors and outdoors in an intimate yet expansive retreat. This masterwork of form and function offers four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a well-appointed kitchen with stone countertops and an elegant open living-dining space overlooking the pool and Sonoma Valley to Mount Diablo. With abundant natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows and artful skylights, the custom contemporary home features impeccable architectural details and high-end finishes throughout, among other luxuries. Highlights include artist’s studio with professional lighting, gallery with exterior door, spa-like baths, secluded acreage and valley views for days. Not to mention, the incredible library – perfect for the lifelong reader and book collector alike. Enter this inviting sanctuary through an 18th Century carved door to fifteen-foot ceilings and walls of vibrant blue shelving from the floor to the ceiling. Now you understand why Belle needed that ladder for those hard-to-reach classics at the top. But really, the luxuriant gardens are the real star of the show! From the statuesque Italian Cypress trees and blooming wisteria to the vegetable garden and raised beds, you are surrounded by natural beauty from every angle of your outdoor oasis. Among the property’s manicured passages and paths through the wildness of nature, you’ll happen upon the most enchanting scenes – like stairs leading to a wall fountain that hearkens back to ancient Italy or the two majestic trees providing homes for birds for more than 500 years. While it’s lovely to welcome family and guests with fresh flowers, herbs and produce, ample acreage and a private well could support a variety of vineyards and orchards if you dare to think grand-scale. And honestly, the opportunity to create a fabulous family compound has never sounded so sweet. Situated upslope inside a private gate, this Bay Oaks estate is a magnificent opportunity for the discerning buyer who loves pairing gorgeous design with stunning scenery. Enjoy the additional amenities of the coveted Diamond A Ranch Estates and proximity to charming Sonoma Plaza. Explore the views and the vibes for yourself at BayOaksEstate.com.