2 BR, 4.5 BA St. Helena Home for Sale: $7,950,000
Find ultimate peace at this hidden sanctuary where modern architectural form meets eclectic nomad style.
This peaceful hillside property rests on its own knoll just minutes away from Downtown St. Helena and Calistoga; a 22-minute drive to Yountville; and 30 minutes to Downtown Napa.
Located just above the Silverado Trail in Saint Helena, the design developed in response to two different desires by the owner: the desire for retreat, tranquillity, and intimacy (the owner travels frequently and re-energizes by coming up to Napa), and the desire for an elegant place to entertain friends. The 2 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home responds to its rural surroundings in its straightforward setting, simple materials, and integration of indoor and outdoor living. Hovering cedar-wood-clad boxes are anchored by a lower main volume of cement stucco. A flowing water wall at the end of the living space is the perfect foreground to the stunning panoramic views of the Napa Valley beyond. Site amenities include a pool, a large jacuzzi, a bocce court, and outdoor showers.
The home is nestled into the hillside, over-engineered on bedrock for optimal stability. With its naturally weathering materials, it is intended to eventually blend in with the natural palette of the hillside as seen from the Silverado Trail below. Each space designed as “floating cubes” has been carefully situated in order to provide the best views of the Napa Valley. The main living spaces can be opened up, with multiple sliding doors, for a fluid indoor/outdoor transition providing plenty of room for al fresco entertaining into the wee hours of the night. Custom art and furniture accent the home and were picked especially to integrate the indoors with the outdoors. A flowing water wall at the end of the living space offers a gentle masking sound to road noise on the Silverado Trail below.
Hand-poured, patina-polished concrete floors encase the living room, led by a concrete mantle designed with custom wood molding and shelving over the fireplace to create a cozy, homey feel. Anchored by a glass stair volume, the “media/wine cube” floats above the entry to the house and is sectionally suspended between the living and sleeping levels within the house. Features include full bar amenities and reflective sculptural art by Gordon Huether. Outfitted with modern, high-end appliances, the home also draws much of its character from a variety of reclaimed industrial materials like hanging lights which were discovered at a local salvage flea market. In-unit laundry and an attached garage complete the home.
The location is surrounded by iconic Napa Valley nature that provides an abundance of outdoor nooks and spaces to enjoy tranquil solitude. Many of the hill’s forms are built with precise intention by the local “rock whisperer,” and indoors, customized features bring the outdoors in to make the home feel integrated with its surrounding organic beauty.
Listed At: $7,950,000
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